You may not realise it but you already have valuable skills and experience and you can build on these over the next few years to develop a well-rounded CV.

Think about these areas and you will see that you are already doing some things and could start others that teachers and employers will be interested in hearing about.

Whether you are applying for an apprenticeship, thinking about university and looking at a future career, you will need to demonstrate that you have more than good exam results.

Remember that whatever you say about yourself, you will need to be able to prove it so start collecting evidence as soon as you can. You can easily build up a portfolio to support your CV which could include information, photos and examples:

School or college – evidence from essays and coursework, presentations, organisation of revision and meeting deadlines, use of IT, good attendance and punctuality and good communication with others.

Hobbies – these show that you are active outside of school and that you have lots of interests, for example sports, acting , dancing and singing, programming, model making, drawing, designing, photography, reading and films, travelling, cooking.

Responsibilities – these may not be fun but they do demonstrate that you are mature and trustworthy – you may be caring for your siblings or another family member, you may babysit or do household tasks and you could have been involved in a team or group project.

Other school achievements – you might have been involved in other activities and achievements at school – don’t forget these are valuable. For example Gifted and Talented in a subject or subjects, Prefect or school counsel member, sports or activities club member, NCS, DoE or volunteer.

Work experience – get ahead of the game and boost your skills and experience by volunteering at a local company or charity and arranging work experience in your holidays.

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Top Basic Skills that Employers look for, whatever the role.

According to The Essex Skills Board, the following skills and attributes are mentioned in job descriptions for almost all roles. Look at them and see if you are able to give examples that demonstrate that you have or are developing in these areas:

  • Communication Skills
  • Organisational Skills
  • Customer Service
  • Resilience
  • Critical thinking
  • Initiative
  • Planning
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Detail-Orientated
  • Team Work/Collaboration

These skills will help you through the changing labour market and maintain your employability prospects.



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