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.

Three quick and easy ways to get into teaching

We spoke to Train Aid, a course provider run by people with experience in teaching, to find out three of the fastest (and easiest) ways to get into teaching.

The top courses to help you get hired May 2020

Need something to do? Here are three of the best courses you could be studying this May.

Three skills you need to study at home

Is procrastination getting the best of you? Here are three essential skills you need to study at home.

Five of the best courses for kids

To give you some inspiration, we’ve pulled together a list of five of the best online courses you can enrol your kids in right now.

10 hobbies you can do at home (without breaking the bank)

To help you make the most of your free time, we’ve put together a list of 10 great hobbies that you can start today (that won’t break the bank).

Seven of the best home learning courses

To ensure your time indoors is well spent, we’ve put together a list of seven of the best courses you can do from home this month. 

Courses & qualifications

Three quick and easy ways to get into teaching

We spoke to Train Aid, a course provider run by people with experience in teaching, to find out three of the fastest (and easiest) ways to get into teaching.

The top courses to help you get hired May 2020

Need something to do? Here are three of the best courses you could be studying this May.

Three skills you need to study at home

Is procrastination getting the best of you? Here are three essential skills you need to study at home.

Five of the best courses for kids

To give you some inspiration, we’ve pulled together a list of five of the best online courses you can enrol your kids in right now.

10 hobbies you can do at home (without breaking the bank)

To help you make the most of your free time, we’ve put together a list of 10 great hobbies that you can start today (that won’t break the bank).

Seven of the best home learning courses

To ensure your time indoors is well spent, we’ve put together a list of seven of the best courses you can do from home this month. 

How to become accountancy qualified online

Want to get accountancy qualified, without a classroom? We spoke to Eagle, one of the most experienced online distance learning providers, to find out how to become accountancy qualified online.

The top courses to help you get hired March 2020

Is it really March already? To help inspire you, here are three of the top sectors you can get qualified in this March.

Five reasons you should become a bookkeeper

We spoke to Eagle, one of the most experienced online distance learning providers, to find out why bookkeeping is a great field to work in.

The top courses to help you get hired February 2020

If you’re looking to learn something new this February, then you’re in the right place. Here are three of the top sectors you can get qualified in this month.

Five reasons to start a career in Cyber Security

We spoke to the experts at Northumbria University London Campus, to find out why there’s never been a better time to start a career in cyber security.

What job can I get with a CIMA qualification?

What job can you get with CIMA? We spoke to Kaplan, the UK leader in financial, accountancy and business training, to find out just a few of your career options.

Internships & apprenticeships

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 on A level results day:

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.

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.

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:

Higher Apprenticeships: What you need to know

Looking for an apprenticeship that suits your skills? Here’s everything you need to know about Higher Apprenticeships – and how they could help your career.

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:

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:

Advanced Apprenticeships: What you need to know

Never heard of Advanced Apprenticeships? Here’s our guide on everything you need to know about them, and how they differ from other types of apprenticeship.

Temporary 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:

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:

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

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.

Benefits of volunteering

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

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 volunteer work

Enjoy helping others, and looking to improve your skills? You should try volunteering. To make sure your help is headed in the right direction, here are our top tips on how to find volunteer work:

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

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

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).

How to write a resignation letter

Whatever your reasons for leaving a job, there is a right way and a wrong way to resign. Here’s everything you need to know about how to write your notice:

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:

How to: Claim Jobseeker’s Allowance

Are you looking for financial help during your job search? Here’s a quick guide on how to claim Jobseeker’s Allowance:

Four ways to help recruiters find your CV

Here are our top tips to help you optimise your CV for search, and ensure you get headhunted for your perfect position.

Ask James: What can I do to stand out and get a promotion?

Looking to take the next step in your career? In this month’s column, James gives his top tips on how to get yourself promoted.

Career crossroads: What to do next

Not sure where to go next in your career? To help you choose the right direction for you, here are our tips for managing a career crossroads.

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: