Career Development

Looking to develop your career? We’ve got you covered. In addition to a whole host of information on the best courses & qualifications in a number of fields, we’ve got advice on how everything from internships & apprenticeships, to work experience & volunteering could be great ways to further your career.

Apprenticeships for changing careers

Considering a career change? An apprenticeship could be the answer. Multiverse, a leading apprenticeship platform, tell us how. 

Five IT courses that will get you hired

Looking to find your perfect position in the IT industry? Here are five courses which will help take you where you want to go.

How to: Find volunteer work

To make sure your help is headed in the right direction, here are our top tips on how to find volunteer work.

Benefits of volunteering

From improving your skills and experience, to adding value to your CV, find out why volunteering can seriously help your career prospects.

The top courses to help you get hired June 2021

Whilst we can’t guarantee the sun will stay out all summer, we can give you a variety of ways to learn. Here are six of the top courses to sign up for this June.

Five benefits of personal development

Need to work on your development? It’s time to get personal. Here’s everything you need to know about personal development (and five reasons to get started).

Courses & qualifications

Five IT courses that will get you hired

Looking to find your perfect position in the IT industry? Here are five courses which will help take you where you want to go.

The top courses to help you get hired June 2021

Whilst we can’t guarantee the sun will stay out all summer, we can give you a variety of ways to learn. Here are six of the top courses to sign up for this June.

Five benefits of personal development

Need to work on your development? It’s time to get personal. Here’s everything you need to know about personal development (and five reasons to get started).

What is ECDL?

Think you’re good with computers? You might be surprised. If you’re looking to expand your knowledge, here’s everything you need to know about ECDL.

Three ways to upskill for free in 2021

We spoke to vision2learn, one of the UK’s top providers of free courses, to find three (totally free) courses that’ll help you upskill in 2021.

Sage: What you need to know

Want to become certified in the one of the most popular accounting and payroll programs? Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know about Sage certifications.

ICB: What you need to know

Big on bookkeeping? An ICB qualification could be the perfect way to get started, or even take your career to the next level. Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know.

How to: Earn while you learn

To help you find a way to fit studying around your finances (not to mention your schedule), here are some of our top tips on how to earn while you learn.

Ten coding languages you should be learning

Don’t know your PHP from your Python? Don’t worry, we’re here to help. Here are ten programming languages that will help get you hired.

PRINCE2®: What you need to know

Looking for a career in Project Management? Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know about PRINCE2®.

Five reasons you should become CIPD certified right now

Considering a CIPD certification, but don’t know where to start? Here are five reasons you should become CIPD certified right now:

How to start a career in law (if you’re changing careers)

We spoke to The University of Law, the UK’s longest-established specialist provider of legal education and training in the UK, to get their advice on how to start a career in law.

Internships & apprenticeships

Apprenticeships for changing careers

Considering a career change? An apprenticeship could be the answer. Multiverse, a leading apprenticeship platform, tell us how. 

How to kick-start your career if you’re aged 18-24

Aged 18-24 and looking for work? Here are our top tips on how to kick-start (or restart) your career and find a job you love.

Want a job in technology? Don’t worry if you don’t have a degree

Is a Computer Science degree important to work in tech? The short answer is ‘Not necessarily’. But it certainly won’t hurt…

Six companies hiring for apprentices right now

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, here are just some of the top employers you could find apprenticeships with right now.

Not going to uni: What to do next

What comes after school? It doesn’t have to be uni. If you’re considering not going to uni, here are a few options of what you could do next:

A level results day: What are your options?

Just got your A level results, and not sure where to go next? Here are some of our top tips to help you weigh up the options.

Why choose an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are officially on the rise. And it’s all about the benefits. Here are five reasons why an apprenticeship could be right for you:

Five apprenticeships you may not have considered

Ever thought about becoming an apprentice? Here are some of the top apprenticeships you may not have considered:

Five of the best things to do in your gap year

So you’ve decided to take a gap year…why not make the most of it? Here are five of our suggestions that will help you get the most out of your gap year.

NHS Apprenticeships: What you need to know

Always wanted to work for the NHS? Here’s everything you need to know about NHS apprenticeships – and how you can get into them.

IT apprenticeships: How to get started

So you want to work in IT, and you understand the benefits of apprenticeships – but how do you get started? Here are some of our top tips.

Seven reasons you should start an apprenticeship

Thinking about an apprenticeship? We’ve already covered how to get started with an apprenticeship, but to make you aware of the benefits, here are seven reasons you should start an apprenticeship:

Temporary jobs

Five of the best-paying summer jobs

Looking to earn over the summer? To help you choose your perfect position, here are just five of the best-paying summer jobs.

Five of the best part-time jobs for students

Need to earn while you learn? A part-time job could be for you. To make sure you’re looking in the right places, here are five of the best part-time jobs for students:

Pay and benefits for temporary and agency workers

Tempted to start temping? The Money Advice Service explains some of the key things you need to know to get started, and how you get paid as a temporary worker:

Second job tax – how much will I have to pay?

Not sure how much tax you need to pay on your second job, or how it will affect your wages? We spoke with The Money Advice Service to find out…

Ask James: How do I turn a temp job into a permanent role?

Career coach and Chairman of reed.co.uk, James Reed, gives his top tips on how to turn your temp role into something more permanent.

Five reasons to start temping

Temporary work is a great way to develop your skills, gain practical work experience, and improve your career prospects. Here are five reasons to start temping: 

 

Five of the best temp jobs

Not big on commitment? Try temping. To help you decide which role is right for you, here are five of the best temp jobs that you could be doing right now:

Eight great reasons to work over Christmas

Deck the halls with boughs of…jobs? To make sure you’re seeing the silver linings of working during the festive season, here are eight great reasons to work over Christmas:

CV template for temp work

Want to start temping but not sure if your CV is up to it? To help you out, we’ve put together our own Temporary CV template:

Engineering internships: What you need to know

If you’re looking to put your engineering knowledge into practice, an internship could be the next step. To guide you in the right direction, here are a few things you need to know if you’re considering an engineering internship:

How to make yourself available for temporary work

Need work now? Here’s how to let recruiters know you’re available to work right away:

Case study: How temporary work can lead to something permanent

Find out how temporary work can help you to find the career of your choice.

Work experience & volunteering

How to: Find volunteer work

To make sure your help is headed in the right direction, here are our top tips on how to find volunteer work.

Benefits of volunteering

From improving your skills and experience, to adding value to your CV, find out why volunteering can seriously help your career prospects.

Jobs for 14-year-olds

Are you 14 years’ old, and not sure whether you can work? To help you get into work, here’s everything you need to know about finding work as a 14-year-old.

Work experience letter template

Looking to gain some work experience? Our free work experience letter template will help get you started, and learn how to stand out to employers.

The Gradlife – How to get experience (without experience)

Our blogger, Lydia Randall, gives her top tips on how to build your work experience (when all the jobs you apply for ask for experience to get started).

The Gradlife – Working your way into work experience

Our graduate blogger, Lydia, talks about how she found great work experience placements – and gives her top tips on how to find one that works for you.

How to: Find traineeships

Never heard of traineeships? You might be missing out. Here’s our guide on how to find them – and how joining one could change your career:

How to: Get work experience

Need to get experience without any experience? We’ve already covered what you need to know about work experience, but to help guide you further, here are four top tips to ensure your work experience hunt brings the best results:

Work experience placements: What you need to know

To make sure you’re not missing out, here’s a quick rundown of everything you need to know about work experience placements.

How to: Volunteer abroad

We’ve already covered the benefits of volunteering, but here are a few things you should think about before you set off:

Case study: Why work experience and qualifications don’t have to be mutually exclusive

Find out how you can pro-actively gain both the experience and qualifications you need to help find your right role, courtesy of Janet & Richard.

Working abroad

How to get a job in tourism (without any experience)

Considering a career in tourism? Now could be the perfect time. Here are some of our top tips to help you get your foot in the door.

Working in Canada

Are you looking for a job in Canada? To help you turn your dream into a reality, here’s everything you need to know about working in Canada.

How to find: international graduate jobs

For many recent graduates, finding a job abroad is an attractive option. To help you figure out the logistics of moving abroad for work, here are our top tips on finding international graduate jobs.

Working in Australia

Looking for a job down under? To help you turn your dream into a reality, here’s everything you need to know about working in Australia.

Working in Dubai

Want to work in a vibrant and multicultural city…with completely tax-free income? Here’s everything you need to know about living and working in Dubai.

Other advice on: Career Development

Speaking up, and speaking out: How to overcome the ‘broken rung’

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Patricia Seabright, author of ‘She Said!’, gives her top tips on how to overcome the ‘broken rung’.

80/20 rule (and how it could kickstart your career)

Everything you need to know about the 80/20 rule, and how using it could help maximise your productivity – and progress in your career.

Out of work checklist: Things to do if you lose your job

Here’s a checklist of the things you should do if you lose your job, including claiming benefits, and keeping track of your money.

What is a line manager?

How do you become a line manager? And what are the main line management responsibilities? Here’s everything you need to know.

How to write a resignation letter

Ready to hand in your notice? Here’s everything you should include – and our top tips on how to write a resignation letter.

Resignation letter templates

Ready to leave your job, but not sure how to put it into words? Here are our resignation letter templates to help you get the ball rolling:

How to: Resign

Thinking about resigning from your current role? Here are some of our tops tips on how to say goodbye the right way (and a few things to avoid).

Ask James: What should I ask my mentor?

Not sure how to make the most of your mentor? In this month’s column, James gives his top tips on what to ask your mentor.

How to: Negotiate a payrise

Undervalued and underpaid? To help make sure you approach the conversation in the right way, here are our top tips on how to negotiate a payrise.

What are transferable skills?

Not sure you have the right skills for a role? You just might not be making the most of your transferable skills…

How to: Design a website

You don’t have to be a designer to design a website. To give you an idea of the routes you could go down and what to consider, here are four things to think about when designing a website.

Personal Development Plan template

We’ve already covered the basics of what you need to know about Personal Development Plans, but to help you plan in the right way, we’ve put together a free PDP template to get you started: