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Time For A New Career?

Becksdawe Avatar
9y, 4m agoPosted 9 years, 4 months ago
Ok guys - cut a loooooooooooong story short here. I'm 21 with 4 C grade GCSES and a Customer Service NVQ under my belt.
After 4 1/2 years in what I have just realised is a dead end retail job (which I do love I will add - just can't see it getting me much futher) I believe its time for a new career.

Now I don't know where to turn - I need help! I need to carry on working whilst I study (if I need to go down that route) if not full time - then I need to work out if I can actually afford to drop in pay and how much.

Where do I go next?

Oh - and I want to work with children.
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9y, 4m agoPosted 9 years, 4 months ago
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#1
what you want to do with children? any ideas? childminder? child social worker? nursary assistant?

do a bit of reasearch into what you think you'd most like to do, apprenticships in childcare could be a good starting point, however your starting at the bottom which means pretty dismal wage.

take a look at the learning skills council see if they can give you any advice

http://www.lsc.gov.uk/
1 Like #2
the open university do a lot of good courses.
if you like working with children, they do many courses eg http://www3.open.ac.uk/courses/bin/p12.dll?Q01B23 childhood studies degree.
#3
Give me your job lol I need to work.
#4
Id personally keep with the retail job and do some voluntary with the kind of people and situations you wish to work in. Its no good training up for a job if you find out is not what you think it is. It will give you the opportuinity to look into it all further without giving up your curent wages.
#5
ciaozammer
the open university do a lot of good courses.
if you like working with children, they do many courses eg http://www3.open.ac.uk/courses/bin/p12.dll?Q01B23 childhood studies degree.


ok if your willing to pay stupid money, when your not garunteed to be in a better position than anyone who has gone through the apprenticship route. It also takes a lot of self discapline to do an OU course
[mod]#6
[SIZE=2]Hi Becksdawe :) [/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]You're situation reminds of my sisters a few years back. She ended up doing an HND in Childcare, part time ( i think it was 1 night a week and 1 day placement). [/SIZE]


[SIZE=2]Since completing the HND she's now working as a Classroom assistant at the local secondary school. She loves the job and its a bonus that its term time as she has school age children.[/SIZE]


[SIZE=2]She's now decided that she wants to go further with this and eventually wants to be a teacher - she's in no hurry as she loves her job! [/SIZE][SIZE=2]So she's starting BA in history, which i think gets her into the last year of the PGCE.[/SIZE]

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[SIZE=2]Its never to late to change what you wanna do, if you still need to work like my sis then just do it gradually, enjoying each step as you go :) [/SIZE]
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[SIZE=2]Good luck with your decisons[/SIZE]
[mod]#7
ciaozammer
the open university do a lot of good courses.
if you like working with children, they do many courses eg http://www3.open.ac.uk/courses/bin/p12.dll?Q01B23 childhood studies degree.


I think the OU do clubcard deals now too lol!
#8
well the good thing about the OU, is that you dont have to do a full degree. You can do a diploma or a certificate in a short amount of time. eg see if you like studying or wether or not you want to take it further.
but yes it does take self discipline, local colleges probably do a lot of good courses too with the added advantage that you have the support of the classroom.
I hope it works out for you, the hardest thing can be figuring what exactly it is that you want to do. once you do that - go for it
#9
Thanks for the advice everyone.

MinstrelMan - from a young age all I wanted to do was teach - but we all know how this changes from time to time - year to year. I do want to help shape a childs future in some way though.

Millercat - sounds like your sister had a ball doing it :) Will definatly have to see about this.

Simon_G - doing voluntray work would be nice - but with the hours I work and the felxibility my company need me to work would make it pretty hard. Hours can change from day to day.

ciaozammer - Had a quick look at OU early - some pretty pricey courses there :whistling: so something I really need to think about obviously before I start anything.
#10
I know OU do discounts if say you or your parents are on benefits(I doubt it but its a good start for a discount)

No reason not to apply.
#11
Ryouga - no I'm not on benefits and don't live with my parents. Gonna take a proper look at the OU site later
#12
Doesnt matter if you dont live with them as long as you are under 25, well I think so, as thats the way it is for normal uni
#13
Well seeing as there not on benefits either - and I haven't relyed on them for the past 5 years I'm not gonna start now,.
1 Like #14
You could use your school/college careers service if thats still available
#15
you may still qualify for a grant of some sort, they calculate it from your earnings, they have a reckoner where you can check here:

http://www3.open.ac.uk/coursefinance/
#16
loupomm
you may still qualify for a grant of some sort, they calculate it from your earnings, they have a reckoner where you can check here:

http://www3.open.ac.uk/coursefinance/



Thanks Lou :thumbsup: Might give them a call later this week and see what's what too.
#17
Becksdawe
Well seeing as there not on benefits either - and I haven't relyed on them for the past 5 years I'm not gonna start now,.


Thats not how it works anyway, even though I left home 8 years ago im still classed as a dependant so when I applied for my uni loan I had to get details of parents income, stupid really.
#18
you would be surprised at how much financial support you get from the open university. it is worked out like if you would go to university. the only cheaper way to study would be a further education college.
to be honest - i can't rate the OU highly enough.
I'm studying a few business courses, and my wife is studying psychology, we really get a lot out of it.

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