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5 Tips On How To Get A Digital Job After Your A-Levels

By Lauren @BubbleJobs

The time is finally here: two years of hard work is (hopefully!) about to finally pay off and it’s time to go and collect those long-awaited A-Level results!

But, before you go out to celebrate or drown your sorrows (depending on your results) – have you taken time to think about your next steps if you’re not going to university?

Starting a career in digital straight out of college or sixth form is a daunting prospect, so we’ve put together some ways it can be done – we’re so kind to you!

So here are our five tips on how to get your foot on the career ladder in the ever-growing digital industry straight after your A-Levels!

1) Be Realistic

When you’re fresh out of college armed with your A-Level qualifications, you most probably haven’t got that much professional experience, weekend jobs aside. Be realistic in your job search and the sort of roles you’re able to apply for.

You’re not going to be taken seriously if you start applying for senior roles requiring years of experience, but going for assistant positions that don’t require degrees or relevant experience is much more sensible.

2) Get Experience

The digital industry is a very competitive sector, so as soon as you’re out of college or sixth form it’s a good idea to get as much experience under your belt as possible. Contact local businesses about internships or stints of work experience doing digital work in the area you want to get into.

Even if it’s just doing odd jobs and helping out around the office at a local digital agency a few days a week, this will look great on your CV and the knowledge you will gain could give you the edge when it comes to getting an interview. And, who knows, if you make a good enough impression, the company might take you on full time after your work experience stint!

3) Build Your Own Brand

Another way of giving yourself the best possible chance of landing a job after college is to use your skills and passion in your spare time.

Want to get into copywriting? Set up your own blog and start writing about your passions and interests. Fancy trying your hand at web development? Build your own website where you can host your CV and any other work you’ve done. These are just a few examples of great points of reference for employers wanting to check out your skills and it’s also a great way to show off your innovation.

4) Get Qualified

It’s not just academic qualifications that give you the best chance of landing a job, there are lots of professional courses you can take from the comfort of your own home.

From coding courses to full-on digital marketing training, there are lots of qualifications you can get online that don’t cost the earth and really boost your chances of landing a full-time job.

5) Consider An Apprenticeship

If you’re finding it difficult to land a full-time job straight out of college, an apprenticeship is a good way of gaining real-life work experience, another qualification and earn some money along the way!

There’s still a lot of confusion around apprenticeships – how to apply, where to look for one etc – so our handy guide to digital apprenticeships might help and can be found here.

 

Are you a college or sixth form-leaver and have some tips to share or need some more advice on getting a digital job?

Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @BubbleJobs! 🙂

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