It is important to think through all your options and to receive impartial advice from an independent source, as well as speaking to those who know you well.
Speak to a careers adviser at your school, college, university or job centre, or get in touch with the National Careers Service which provides young people and adults with information, advice and guidance about careers, as well as giving up to date labour market information.
A CV (Curriculum Vitae) is a document you can give to potential employers, providing details of your education, qualifications, work experience, job roles, skills and interests.
A covering letter accompanies your CV, introducing yourself to the employer and highlighting the most relevant aspects of your CV to the job you are applying for. It should be short, tailored to a specific job opportunity, and memorable!
You can have a look at some example CVs and covering letters and read some top tips on the Prospects website.
You are invited for an interview with a prospective employer - congratulations! This means they have read your application and believe you could be a good fit for the role. It is understandable to feel nervous about being interviewed, whether it's your first or your fiftieth, but it is important to remember that the person or people interviewing you are on your side - they want you to be the right person for the role. Take time to prepare; research the company, go over your skills and experience, practice telling a family member, friend, teacher or careers adviser how you fit the role you have applied for. Plan your route in advance and make sure you are looking smart and feeling alert. If you would like to find out more about preparing for interviews, have a look on the Prospects website.
Job-hunting can sometimes seem like a daunting task - especially if it is your first time - but if you write yourself a plan of action and dedicate a good amount of time and effort to it, you should find that you quickly start to make good progress. And don't forget, there are people there to help you. As well as asking family members, friends and teachers to share their expertise (and in many cases, their useful contacts in the world of work), you can get support and advice from professional careers advisers. They can be found in the careers departments of schools, colleges, universities and training providers and also in job centres.
The National Careers Service provides young people and adults with information, advice and guidance about careers, as well as giving up to date labour market information, showing the opportunities available in different industries.
There are many websites that advertise job opportunities and some that specifically advertise engineering roles, including Just Engineers, The Engineer, Engineer Live and GradCracker. You can also visit individual companies' websites to see the current opportunities they have, or sometimes they will advertise jobs on their Twitter feeds.