High School Leavers

Leaving High School can be daunting, especially if you aren’t sure what your next steps are. 

It’s easy to get wrapped up in negative thoughts, especially if your friends/peers know what they want to do after graduating? 

It’s essential to plan for the future and learn everything you need to stand out from the crowd. 

Key advice points:

During high school, you may have just been focused primarily on your studies therefore you’re panicking as you have no experience.

However, here are some jobs that usually don’t require experience and can be the first steps into your career 

  • Customer service representative – the average salary is $36,648.
  • The lowest you will earn $24,000, and the highest is $47,000.
  • The role is best suited to candidates who are a people person, confident speakers, good at communication, and a team player. 
  • You will be trained for this role to understand the company’s policies and way of work, but no further experience will be necessary.
  • Public relations assistant – The average salary is $46,569, and the lowest you’ll earn is $34k.
  • The highest salary you can earn is $64k.
  • Candidates will need to be a keen writer and a people person. 
  • Most companies in this career sector want fresh candidates to teach and mold employees into their standards. 
  • Care assistant – The average salary is $33,220, the lowest you will earn is $20k, and the highest is $55k.
  • Applicants will have to be reliable, will need a valid driving license and like to care for the elderly. 
  • You might need a care certificate but you can obtain this by being trained on the job. 

Estate agent – The average salary is $59,281, the lowest salary is $30k and the highest is $117k. 

Many companies hire trainees and teach them as they go along. 

This job runs on commission so the more targets you meet, the more you’ll get paid. 

Sales account representative – The average salary for a sales account representative is $50,439.

The lowest applicants will get paid is $30k and the highest is $85k.

Good persuasion skills are needed, as well as being friendly and engaging. 

There’s a range of experience levels companies are looking for so look out for those that say entry level. 

Most businesses require a bachelor’s degree for this work; however, there are some exceptions.

Administrative assistant – The general role of this role will be to deal with paperwork, make phone calls, deal with emails and scheduling.

The average salary is $41,761, the lowest you will earn is $29k and the highest is $60k

The general role is to deal with paperwork, make phone calls, deal with email correspondence, and scheduling. 

Candidates may be asked to sit in on meetings and take notes or help prepare for major a project the company is working on. 

These jobs are especially good for those who aren’t sure what they want to do within a larger company as you will have day-to-day contact with multiple departments. 

After getting some experience learning how the business works from the bottom up, you may be able to move into a more specialized role.

Veterinary care assistant – A love of animals is key for this role. 

The average salary is $37,394, the lowest you’ll get paid is $20k, and the maximum is $70k.

Candidates would have to be OK with spending all day around animals and good with computers. 

Candidates will have to complete a certification.

Some animal hospitals and vet offices will allow their employees to learn on the job. 

Legal secretary – Skilled writers are vital for this role working alongside lawyers and solicitors. 

The average salary is $58k, the lowest you will earn is £38k and the highest is $90k. There are legal secretary jobs that require significant experience, but there are quite a few entry-level positions to be found. 

As you get more senior, you can up your earning potential and even train to become a paralegal.

            Remember that motivation plays a big part in success, 

Don’t always go by average salary e.g. assuming that an engineering graduate who becomes an engineer will earn more than an English graduate who becomes a City lawyer 

Don’t go for a job just for the money, ensure you have an interest in the career path 

Always remember you have to start at the bottom to get to the top

Don’t feel like you need university in order to succeed in any career.

If it isn’t for you then there are lots of other ways to build a career for yourself. 

Interviews can take many different forms:

  • You might have a video or telephone interview before you meet anyone face to face.
  • You may be invited to a first interview followed by a final interview, or be given interviews that focus on different areas such as your skills or technical knowledge.
  • You could be interviewed by one or two people and your interviewer(s) could be a senior partner, a member of the HR team, or your manager.
  • You could also have a trial shift 

In any job, you start there’s always a three month probation period 

Competency interview questions are widely used as interview question focuses on your skills and competencies and aims to find out if you are a good match for the role. They often start ‘Give me an example of a time when you…’ or ‘Tell me about a time when you…’.

  • -Prepare yourself by finding out more about the skills and competencies most employers seek. Make sure you know if there are any skills and competencies the employer is particularly keen on, and check what’s required for the role you are applying for. 
  • Come prepared to discuss times when you’ve shown the competencies they are looking for. 
  • For example, if you are asked about teamwork you could bring up your involvement in sports teams or voluntary organizations such as the Guides or Scouts.

Reasons to choose an apprenticeship 

  • You will gain the right skills and experience suited for you and your choice of career path
  • You earn money whilst learning 
  • You will have guidance and support throughout 
  • You will gain a professional qualification 
  • Stay ahead of graduates as you will have practical work experience 
  • No debts, tuition fees, or other costs like university 
  • Learn from the real experts 
  • Connecting with different people on a day to day basis 

What to include in your cv:

  • Personal details and contact information – this is essential.
  • Education – again, essential. If you have done a relevant training course you could highlight this by using ‘Training’ as a separate heading.
  • Employment history and work experience – another must-have. You could present this as two separate sections.
  • Voluntary work and work experience. You could give this its own separate heading, create a ‘Work experience and voluntary work’ section, or give details of your voluntary work in your ‘Interests’ section.
  • Skills – When you are describing your work experience and voluntary activities, look for ways to highlight skills such as communication and teamwork. If you have specific relevant skills, you can draw attention to them by putting them in a section of their own.
  • Strengths and achievements. You could give these a section of their own, or cover them in the other sections.

In a CV do not:

  • Lie
  • Waffle 
  • Don’t be too fancy or too informa

And ALWAYS check spelling and grammar