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I’m a young person

If you are a young person thinking about entering the job market for the first time, start by identifying your interests, strengths and values. This will guide your job search and help you find the opportunities that are right for you.

Look out for internships, part-time jobs or volunteer roles to gain real-life experience and develop a practical understanding of the world of work. Use your CV as your shop window to showcase your academic achievements alongside extracurricular interests.

Find every opportunity to emphasise your ability to adapt, learn quickly and collaborate effectively. Platforms like LinkedIn can help you expand your circle of connections and learn from people who have experience in the field you’re looking to work in.

Always be open to feedback as it can be a valuable tool for personal and professional growth. You might want to consider a less traditional route to work such as freelancing or starting a side project to showcase your skills and build a portfolio.

The early stages of your career are an opportunity for self-discovery. Rejection is part of the process so be persistent, don’t give up and stay positive about the journey ahead.

National Careers Service

If you need additional support, then you can contact National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.