September may seem a long time ahead, but it is really important that you are planning what to do next (post 16/post 18) and making an application soon, if you haven’t done so already, or getting some help if you are confused about which direction to go in. Make sure that you’ve fully researched your chosen option and know exactly what you are letting yourself in for. Be certain that you choose the subjects, course or job that suits your personality, abilities and skills the best. Remember to always have a back- up plan in place!
Please come and find help in school if you need it.
We’ve had several guest speakers into School, but recently at Holmesdale we’ve had (Kent County Council and) Kent County Police in to talk to our Sixth Form students and they gave an interesting and insightful account of their work, including recruitment, training, challenges and rewards. Please see our school magazine for the full articles.
We are hoping to have lots more guest speakers over the next few months, so if you would like to volunteer as a Parent/Guardian to discuss your occupation and training, please email me at Jeanette.firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss further – without any commitment.
If you are 16 or over, have you ever thought about volunteering in your local area? Perhaps helping to fundraise for as little as three hours for a local or national charity during one of their big collection weekends or becoming Race Champion for Race for Life!
Volunteering can help you to meet new people, make new friends and enhance your CV and career prospects. A Time Bank Survey through Reed highlighted that amongst 200 of the UK’s leading businesses, over 70% of employers would employ a candidate with volunteering experience over one without. Additionally volunteering lets you try out or ‘road test’ different kinds of work, giving you the hands on experience before any final decision making.
Some tips below from Do-it.org who are one of the UK’s national volunteering databases who promise to make ‘volunteering easy’.
Why not take a look and see what you think?
Top Ten Tips from www.do-it.org
- Think about what you want from volunteering - new skills, fun, a chance to contribute to a cause?
- Think about what you have to offer - enthusiasm, work skills, life skills?
- Work out roughly how much time you have to give, and how many times a week or month.
- Browse! The best way to find out what's available is to do some searches on the do-it database. Use the quick search (right) or try the advanced search
- Narrow down - if you get too many results to manage when you search do-it, narrow them down by selecting from the activity and category drop-down menus.
- Increase the distance - if you don't get many results try increasing the distance searched.
- Consult the help section if you still have problems searching on do-it.
- Remember that everyone can volunteer - whatever your skills, experience or background you should be able to find an opportunity.
- Ask questions - don't be shy about asking questions as you go through the process of applying for an opportunity.
- Just try it - often the most difficult part of volunteering is making the first move, so be brave!