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JULY 2018


Hey there <<First Name>>! 

So exams are done and your Summer break is close enough to smell BBQ smoke. That means that, if you're in year 13, practical things like where you'll live next year are starting to get important. And if you're in year 12, you might be starting to think about more than just what you want to study at uni, like what you’ll do in your spare time.
 

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The Push Team

WHAT'S NEW?
STANDING OUT FROM THE CROWD: FREE ONLINE COURSES TO BOOST YOUR CV

Getting a job, apprenticeship or a place at your dream uni might seem like pretty terrifying concepts right now, but they don’t have to be.

You might think you have no skills and a dire CV or personal statement, but you’re completely wrong.

Everyone’s got something that will wow employers and admissions tutors, whether it’s dedication, time management and people skills earned from a weekend shop job or paper round, or sacrifice, compassion and maturity from being a carer to younger siblings or family members...read more.
OUT OF THE FRYING PAN

You’ve got the next six weeks of freedom ahead of you – use it wisely! Whether you’re thinking of going away to uni, taking an apprenticeship or just getting your own place sometime soon, learning to cook is an incredible life skill.

Trust us, the instant noodles get old real quick. (And we’re not talking expiry dates. Monosodium Glutamate will outlast us all.)

So now that you’ve got the time, why not learn something new? This summer is a great opportunity to help out in the kitchen, learn some recipes and techniques, and test drive a few dishes...read more.
ACCOMMODATION: THINK FUN HOUSE, NOT HOUSE OF HORRORS

The sun’s (sort of) shining, but September is going to roll around quicker than you think. So if you’re moving away from home, start to consider who you might want to live with in the next academic year.

Going to uni for the first time?

If you’re moving into halls as a fresher, no need to worry about picking a roommate. That’s all done for you...read more.
WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING?
For year 12s

Wherever you are, school’s pretty much out for Summer now. You might have another week or so, but no one really does anything with that time anyway. You’re on the home stretch.

So, how are you going to max out your time off?

First thing’s first: relax. Yeah, you heard us. You won’t get many more opportunities in life to bliss out quite like this. Sure, there are some big decisions looming, and maybe some important exams in the not so distant future, but that’s tomorrow’s problem. Today’s for chilling.

Tomorrow though… it might be a good time to start looking for some part-time work to keep yourself busy...read more.
For year 13s

So, you want to go to uni next year? Great, exams are out of the way and there’s nothing more you can do on that front.

And sure, you should be out enjoying your last summer of pure, unadulterated freedom. But now you’ve got a prime opportunity to give yourself a head-start by prepping for the year ahead.

Maybe think about thinking about creating a budget. It doesn’t matter if you have no idea what you’re doing. It doesn’t matter if you’d rather have your teeth pulled than check your bank statement. The important thing is to know where you stand so that you can plan ahead.

And that means no nasty surprises, you savvy, forward-thinker, you...read more.
WHAT NEXT?
Push titbits of news and advice on heading to uniapprenticeshipsschool leaver schemes, and the world of work
LANDING THE JOB IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Nothing is safe in the digital age, and recruitment is no exception. Gone are the days where employers rely solely on face-to-face traditional interviews.

Now you’ve got phone interviews, conference calls, Skype interviews, online or virtual aptitude tests and cognitive tasks.

So, how do you prepare?...read more.
WHAT I WISH I'D TOLD MYSELF ON LEAVING SCHOOL PART 3

This third and final part starts with the end: my concluding message to young people: listen to others openly and impartially about their varying experiences after school - of higher education routes and non-higher education routes...read more.
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