If I were 22…

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Everyone deserves a second chance

So not everything has gone right for you. Everyone makes mistakes, so leave the past behind as now is your time to shine and prove to yourself  that you can take small steps to be the best person you can be.

You have so much to offer

The vibrancy of youth, your personality and eagerness to learn and succeed are inspiration to others. Someone may be more experienced or qualified than you at the moment, but value what you can offer now.

Follow your dreams but be realistic

When it comes to dreams, they are what keep us going in life, bring a sparkle to our eyes but sometimes dreams are not always a realistic approach to the world of work. You must consider that you have to financially support yourself and your dream might not be able to sustain this.

Learning doesn’t stop

Learning doesn’t need to stop when your first job starts. Throughout your career you will have many options for learning  and development. For example you could join the  440,400 young people aged 16-24 people who started an Apprenticeship in 2013/14, combining working with the added benefit of gaining qualifications.

Choose an internship

An internship or work experience programme is a fantastic start to trial a career path you wish to take, breaking the industry and meeting people who might actually take you on and give you the initial stepping stone to start the career of your dreams.

Don’t underestimate volunteering  

As well as being intrinsically valuable, volunteering helps support your career progression, learning new transferrable skills that you might not learn in the work place.

Work experience will get you paid work one day

Many people are often asked about their non-paid work experience in job interviews. Make sure you explore the opportunities around you at school, college, university or just among your friends and see if you can partner up with someone to produce something creative and worth telling a future employer.

Don’t take life too seriously

Being mature doesn’t equate to taking life too seriously. Having a job doesn’t mean losing a social life – if anything you can gain a social life; being surrounded by people from different backgrounds and of different interests to yours. Go out on week days, explore where you live and enjoy your youth.


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