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What will you do after leaving school? Introduction to our guide Dear teacher, Thanks for downloading the unis not for me education pack. We hope it provides some inspiration and helps you and your students tackle some of the challenging decisions facing young people today. Unis not for me is one of the leading authorities on alternative education and career choices for young people. Our website aims to provide independent careers advice to young people exploring the alternatives to university, whether thats leaping into work, further study, or attending university later in life. The site was inspired by my daughters experience. She chose not to go to university, despite considerable pressure to do so. We actively campaign to tackle the stigma many young people face around their decision to bypass university, from education establishments, other parents, and even other students. We are not against university and support it as a considered choice for thousands of students across the country. However, we do believe that students should have the opportunity to consider all the routes and options open to them, making choices based on their personal interests and talents without recourse to outdated myths and stereotypes. Included in this resource is a lesson plan, supplementary materials to that plan and a poster which you are welcome to display in your school. You are also welcome to add a link to our site from the careers section of your website. Now is the time to start thinking afresh and supporting young people to make the right choices for them. Sarah Wrixon, Co-founder of unis not for me www.unisnotforme.com Year group 9-11 Time required 50 minutes Materials required Internet access and workbooks Lesson objectives Identify a range of education and employment routes available to students on leaving school. Understand the potential benefits of these varied routes. Consider the routes of interest to them based on their skills, ambitions and interests. Summary Students have an objective and informed view of the many and varied routes to extend their education or prepare them for work, and begin to consider the ones most applicable to them. Lesson Introduction Introduce the topic. Starter Students form groups and are presented with a collection of celebrity photos with accompanying questions. Students could use internet research to find out more about the celebritys background or guess themselves which routes they have taken. (A list of useful websites is provided in the handouts.) Main Using the internet, students will remain in their groups and be asked to research one career or education route and present back a compelling case to the class on why they should undertake this route after leaving school. (Some notes have been provided if internet access is not available.) The routes presented could include the following: - Studying at university or college - Gap year - Apprenticeship - Going straight into work - Starting a business Students listen to all the presentations and have the opportunity to pose questions or challenge the information. Once all the presentations have been delivered, students vote for the choices they might consider. Plenary Students are asked to explain why they voted for each option. Pass out Students will be asked to identify one interesting fact they learned when they leave. Evaluation Students will have a better understanding of all the career and education options available to school leavers and appreciate the strengths and benefits of each. They should value graduate and non-graduate opportunities equally, and be capable of seeing where their own skills and interests fit. LESSON PLAN What will you do after leaving school? Introducing the topic You may wish to introduce the topic by asking a few students from the class how they will make their decision about what to do after leaving school. Will they be driven by the type of job they want to do? How important is cost in deciding whether to continue their studies? Do they feel expectations play a role in their decision expectations from parents, their friends, or expectations they have about themselves? BACKGROUND TEACHER NOTES What will you do after leaving school? Name? Current job? First job? Education? Achievements? http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/1226485/Simon-Cowell Name? Current job? First job? Education? Achievements? www.jkrowling.co.uk HANDOUT 1 What will you do after leaving school What will you do after leaving school Name? Current job? First job? Education? Achievements? www.jamieoliver.com Name? Current job? First job? Education? Achievements? http://investor.fb.com/ HANDOUT 1 What will you do after leaving school HANDOUT 2/HE Notes and talking points: Getting a degree at university or college. The average starting salary for a graduate is estimated to be 26,000 (Association of Graduate Recruiters) and graduates are estimated by the Office for National Statistics to earn considerably more than non-graduates over their lifetime. A degree is a necessity for some career choices, such as becoming a doctor. Many employers stipulate having a degree in their selection criteria and run schemes to attract graduate talent. Many institutions are charging annual tuition fees of around 9,000 a year. What will you do after leaving school HANDOUT 2/gap year Notes and talking points: Gap year. An opportunity to gain work experience relevant to your career plans, either in the UK or abroad. Potential to pick up new skills -such as learning a new language as well as people or organisational skills which might be appealing to an employer. Gap years will need to be self-funded and depending on your choice, can bear a considerable cost. An opportunity to distinguish yourself in the jobs marketplace on your return. What will you do after leaving school HANDOUT 2/apprenticeships Notes and talking points: apprenticeships. Earn a wage whilst developing your skills among more experienced staff. The average salary of an apprentice is 170 per week. Opportunity to work towards nationally recognised qualifications. An increasing number of businesses are creating their own apprenticeship schemes providing a means to work for some of the nations most popular employers. There are more than 200 different types of apprenticeships across a broad range of sectors and professions enabling you to hone in on your area of interest or passion. What will you do after leaving school HANDOUT 2/work Notes and talking points: straight into work. Provides the opportunity to earn straight away in the profession of your choice. Through online and part-time study, you can bolster your qualifications whilst earning your employer might even pay. You will need to be prepared to work your way up. However, some of the UKs most influential chief executives started their career in entry level posts. Another avenue worth exploring is school leaver schemes offered by a range of employers from accountancy firms to retailers. They can provide work experience and/or apprenticeships too. What will you do after leaving school HANDOUT 2/business Notes and talking points: start a business. Starting a business is something you can do to fit your circumstances you can earn elsewhere while you make a start. You will have to face some tough choices, though. At some point, your business will need your full commitment and sacrifices may need to be made around your social life and living arrangements. There is free support and mentoring available through government schemes, such as Start-Up Loans. Starting a business allows you to pursue your passions and interests. It is a high risk choice but the rewards can be considerable. What will you do after leaving school HANDOUT 3 Route Advantages Disadvantages Current job: Presenter and music producer First job: Worked in the mailroom at EMI Education: Left school before sixth form Achievements: Managed successful bands including Five and Westlife; producer behind the hugely popular X-Factor and has an estimated worth of 225 million Current job: Author, Harry Potter series First job: Researcher at Amnesty International Education: Exeter University French and Classics Achievements: Over 450 million Harry Potter books have been sold worldwide. Spin offs such as the movie, merchandise and Harry Potter world have broken commercial records. J K Rowling has donated an estimated $160 million to charity ANSWER SHEET 1 What will you do after leaving school? Current job: Chef, restaurant owner, presenter, campaigner, author First job: Worked at his parents pub Education: Westminster Catering College Achievements: Award winning TV programmes and best selling books, set-up a training academy for disadvantaged young people, campaigned to improve school dinners Current job: Co-founder, chairman and CEO of Facebook First job: Setting up Facebook! But prior to that, Mark also created his own family online messaging network called ZuckNet at just 12 years old Education: Studied computer science at Harvard University but dropped out before graduating Achievements: Facebook has more than a billion active users and has transformed the way we communicate ANSWER SHEET 2 What will you do after leaving school? Wouldnt all academic types benefit from going to university? The pursuit of learning does not have to include going to university. It is certainly an option both on leaving school and later in life but it is far from the only option. College can provide an alternative setting for studying so-called academic subjects and might be a more supportive environment for some. Research by the Association of Colleges1 shows that higher education students taught in colleges are more satisfied with the academic support provided than their peers at university. Isnt a university degree essential to securing a good job? True, there are a number of careers in which a degree is necessary. That said, there are plenty of surprising examples where one is not. Take the legal profession. Its possible to train to become a legal executive lawyer through college, which as well as specialising in cases relating to family or company law, can also provide a pathway to becoming a partner or judge. While a degree can increase students eligibility to apply for certain jobs, employers are often looking for more work experience and evidence of employable skills around presentation, sales or technology is often just as important. According to the CBI2, even in the professional services sector, nearly a third of jobs dont require any degree at all. Isnt college just for those who wish to pursue a vocation? Colleges offer a variety of courses, not just vocational ones. Every year, 170,000 students study some form of higher education in a college setting whether thats a degree, higher national diploma or foundation degree in courses ranging from social sciences to the visual arts or even zoology. Its true that colleges are known for their vocational offerings, but it is for that very reason that people might be surprised by the range, status and professionalism of vocations supported, from aeronautical engineering, applied psychology and criminology to journalism. These can provide a great fast-track route into a specific career and many can be topped up to degree level later if the need arises. 1 Association of Colleges College Key Facts 2012 2 2011 CBI Education and Skills Survey BACKGROUND TEACHER NOTES What will you do after leaving school? http://www.aoc.co.uk/en/research/college-key-facts.cfmhttp://www.cbi.org.uk/business-issues/education-and-skills/in-focus/education-and-skills-survey/Dont graduates enjoy swifter promotion and have greater earning potential? Averaged salary figures from the Office for National Statistics 3 show that graduates earn an average of 12,000 a year more than non graduates. However, alternative options do not always restrict earning potential. For the entrepreneurial, for example, this potential is only limited by an individuals resourcefulness and ambition. Also, for those who work their way up through a business, theres no reason to hit a ceiling due to education and, even if this happens, there are plenty of opportunities to study later in life employers might even pay. But isnt earning potential the key thing that students should be focusing on? There is more to life than money job satisfaction should not be undervalued and there is no sure-fire educational pathway that is guaranteed to lead you to it. Making the right decision as an individual means students can exploit their strengths and get the most from their education and training. Ambition and informed decision making can then carry them, whatever path they choose. Arent some alternatives to going to university simply unadvisable? For example, isnt starting a business in the worst recession since the 1930s a recipe for disaster? The business landscape is constantly changing, opening up new opportunities to those who know where to look. Government and other agencies can offer start-up funding4 you can even crowdfund it yourself to help get your business off the ground. Thats how unis not for me got off the ground! To see a simple summary of the alternatives to university, visit www.unisnotforme.com/options 3 Office for National Statistics 4 The government-backed Start-up Loans scheme BACKGROUND TEACHER NOTES What will you do after leaving school? http://www.ons.gov.ukhttp://www.startuploans.co.ukhttp://www.startuploans.co.ukhttp://www.startuploans.co.ukhttp://www.startuploans.co.ukhttp://www.startuploans.co.uk

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