School leaver advice

Plan for the future now with our range of useful advice for school leavers. From top tips on how to prepare for university and understanding degree levels to what extracurricular activities to include on your CV, as well as expert careers advice for school leavers, you’ll learn everything you need to stand out from the crowd.

Revealed: The best city to go to university in 2018

Hull has been named the most cost-effective city to attend university, as part of the NatWest Student Living Index 2018. Find out how your uni stacks up.

Six extracurricular activities to add to your CV

Wondering how you can add a little extra to your CV? We’ve already covered whether you should include your hobbies, but here are five extracurricular activities you might want to add to your CV.

Jobs for 16-year-olds

16 and ready to work? Here are a few jobs you can do – and a handful of helpful hints to get your career off on the right foot.

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.

Five ways to make the most of career fairs

Want to speak face-to-face with recruiters in your industry? Here are some of our top career fair tips, and how you can learn to use them to your advantage…

Personal statements for university

Here’s everything you need to know about writing your personal statement for university, and a personal statement example to help you get started.

The Gradlife – What needs to go?

To help you work out what needs to take precedence (and what needs to go), Lydia Randall gives some of her top tips on how to get your priorities sorted.

The Gradlife – How to turn a loss into a win

Our graduate blogger, Lydia Randall, explains how learning to embrace losses could help move your life – and your career – forward.

What are the different degree levels?

Thinking about going to uni? There’s more than one way to get a degree. To make your options clearer, here’s everything you need to know about the most common degree levels:

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:

University open days: What you need to know

Not sure which university is right for you? Don’t panic. To help you get up to speed, here’s a quick rundown on how university open days work:

How to: Prepare for your first year at uni

Not feeling ready for uni? We can help with that. To make sure you’re ready to become a fresher, here’s how to prepare for your first year:

Student loans: What you need to know

Confused about student loans? You’re not alone. To help you get to grips with it all, here are a few key things you need to know, and how to apply for them.

Should I go to university?

Let’s face it, university isn’t right for everyone. To help you weigh up all the options, here’s how to find out whether it’s a good fit for you.

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:

What you need to know before you start working

To help ensure your first role doesn’t catch you out financially, we asked Money Advice Service to cover some basics you should make sure you’re aware of:

3 out of 4 students would consider an apprenticeship, but lack the right information

Almost three quarters of students would consider an apprenticeship, yet 80% know little or nothing about them, according to the latest research from QA Apprenticeships.

Is a Computer Science degree important to work in Technology?

Is the IT industry inundated with computer science qualifications? We spoke to Mark Ridley, Technology Director at, to find out…

No regrets: why skipping university may give grounds for optimism

University has long been thought of as one of the best ways to learn the skills we need to get a good start in our careers, but is this still the case?