Making the transition from education to the workplace

Making the transition from education to the workplace

The number of people applying for UK university places fell by more than 5 per cent last year, with a rise in young people choosing alternatives such as apprenticeships and internships . Interestingly, this year has also seen a 19 per cent  increase in employers choosing to take on apprentices as opposed to graduates.

Research has also revealed that fifty per cent of SMEs think that young people do not have the core non-technical skills needed for entry-level jobs, including problem-solving, organisation, punctuality and communication. So, what can young people do to make their transition from education into the workplace as easy as possible and keep productivity levels high?

AXA PPP healthcare has put together these top tips to make the transition as smooth as possible;

Get work experience: According to research, 31 per cent of this year’s entry-level positions are expected to be filled by graduates who have already worked for their employer, either through paid internships, industrial placements or vacation work. Undertaking an internship will help you build knowledge and experience, and strengthen your C.V.

Strike a healthy work-life balance: Long working hours and the expectation to work overtime can have a detrimental effect on your health and well being. 47 per cent of employees in SMEs across the UK said they regularly work 4 or more hours of overtime per week. Striking the right balance between work and play, and managing your time wisely, can lead to an overall increase in productivity.

Establish a routine: Sleep is essential to good mental wellness. Lack of sleep can make you feel moody and irritable – and over time this is likely to affect your relationships with people, your work and your mental well being. Our research reveals that, when employees have problems with their sleep, almost half say that this adversely affects their work and career. Try to establish an evening schedule; this could be taking a hot bath, reading a book, or listening to calming music. Try to go to sleep and get up at the same time every day, even if you’re not feeling tired, to establish a good routine.

Harness the power of digital: Research has found that a large number of recruitment agencies use social media to find high quality candidates, with 87% of recruiters using Linkedin to look at an individual.

Eat well: According to a YouGov survey, only 58% of Brits say they always eat breakfast. Consuming a nutritious breakfast with slow releasing energy is key to having a productive day. Our blood sugar levels are at their lowest in the morning, so, a nutritious morning meal will help replenish lost energy and set you up for a productive day.

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