A-Z ideas for your first job!

A – What better place to start than to think about an apprenticeship? Apprenticeships are available in lots of different industries and organisations, from agriculture to retail. For example, the AA offer a customer services apprenticeship. If you fancy working in a fun environment, check out opportunities with ten pin bowling organisation All Star Lanes. Holiday or part time work can often lead to full time employment, take a look at Asda and Amazon who offer a range of part time and permanent roles.

B – B is for British Gas, BT, British Airways and Boots all of which offer excellent career development opportunities. Both BT and British Gas offer full apprenticeship schemes, icould has met several of the recent graduates from the BT apprenticeship scheme who have all really enjoyed their experience so far. If the thought of being in an office fills you with dread why not take a look at careers in the building and construction industry or how about the leisure and tourism industry?

C – If you’ve already got a degree them you might want to think about the Civil Service has a fast track scheme which opens up a vast number of careers across different government departments. If you just want to work in a fun environment you might enjoy checking out jobs at Center Parcs more! If things are getting too serious and you want to just have a temporary job for now take a look at the Compass Group who place people in the hotel and catering industry.

D and E – If you just love shopping why not look at a career in retail? Take a look at Debenhams, DFS and Dixons or green fingered retail at Dobbies as a starting point. You could also think about turning your interest in shopping into some extra cash by becoming a mystery shopper through the Douglas Stafford Group. If you fancy getting away from it all what better way than to hit the skies. Easyjet offer a wide range of careers both on land and in the skies and have a really informative careers section on their website. If you love performing and entertaining but don’t know where to channel your talents, take a look at the Excellent Entertainment agency for information on opportunities to perform in the UK and abroad.

F, G and HFirst Direct, Fitness First or the First Groupwhere will you look first? Perhaps it’s time for a snack and visit Greggs or maybe lunch at Giraffe? Time for a lie down at The Hilton and then maybe take the bus home? Go Ahead own many of bus companies across the UK, so why not drive the bus home!

I and J – If you’ve already tried a job and it wasn’t for you then take a look at “˜I want a fresh start‘ for some inspiration. icould has met some people who are really happy in their jobs at John Lewis, who offer careers both on and off the shop floor. They also have a very popular graduate recruitment scheme.

K and L – For apprenticeships in electrical and electronic servicing have a look at Know How, part of the Dixons Retail Group, which includes Currys and PC World. If you care about your community making a difference by working for your local government could be for you. How about thinking about banking? The Lloyds Banking group offer career opportunities at branch and head office level.

M - For a new look at banking, take a look at the UK’s newest high street bank, Metro Bank, who have plans to open another 200 stores over the next couple of years. If numbers are really your thing then Mazars school leaver and graduate programmes may be of interest. They specialise in providing audit, tax and advisory services across a range of sectors. We can’t forget M for Marks and Spencer and M for McDonalds, both offering management training schemes with plenty of potential to rise through the ranks.

N- Get on the National Express or maybe jump on a Network Rail train to your nearest opportunity with the NHS. The NHS is the UK’s biggest employer with more clinical and non-clinical jobs than you could possibly imagine. icould has met people from all different backgrounds across the NHS, all of which have been given the chance to grow and develop in their careers. If you’ve already got a degree you might want to take a look at the excellent NHS Graduate Management training schemes or opportunities with Nuffield Health in the private healthcare sector.

O and P – Can’t live without your mobile phone? The telecommunications sector is a growing industry, with lots of chances for you to find a career. At O2 you can start with a part-time retail position and work your way up to a Senior Technical Manager! If part-time is all you need at the moment then Poundland could be the place to look for that Saturday job.

R and S – If you’re an early riser then the Royal Mail might be a good place for you to look at careers! As well as a two year graduate scheme they offer an 18-month school leaver programme, to gain hands-on experience in a paid job, and work your way towards an NVQ in Mail Services. Sainsburys have recently revamped their Graduate Scheme, which is now called 2020 Leaders. The programme offers the chance to specialise in one of three stream, the Commercial, Ooperations or People Programme. SKY also offer a graduate scheme and are keen to encourage people to apply for work experience with them.

T - T is for Third Sector, which is often the forgotten group of organisations that are charities. Charities come in all shapes and sizes, from small charities like icould to international charities such as Oxfam. We can’t forget T for Tesco, TKMaxx and Travelodge and if catering is your thing then take a look at Targus, the people behind Café Rouge, Bar Italia, Strada, Belgo and more.

U and V - For a career with potential for development look no further than Unilever. This massive international organisation is the force behind many of our everyday brands, from Ben and Jerry’s ice cream to Persil! They are several ways to look at starting a career with Unilever, from Summer and industrial placements to their graduate Future Leaders programme. Another organisation with wide ranging prospects is Virgin with Virgin Active, Virgin Holidays, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Media.

W (and no X, Y, Z) - If this has all been too much for you to read then why not sit down with a good book from WH Smith and head for your nearest Wetherspoons or Whitbread pub for a quick lemonade. Who knows you might be able to check out some job opportunities while you’re there!

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