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Careers - Home Learning Activities


As well as continuing with your academic studies, you will really benefit from having a future-focus and being inspired about your career and study options at this time of disruption and uncertainty.

These activities will help you to focus on what’s important when thinking about your future and they include online and offline activities covering topics such as:

  • Selling yourself - the importance of a personal brand
  • Learning from the jobs people in your family have done
  • Understanding the importance of technology and how it’s changing the workplace

Create yourself a plan to work through all of the activities. New activities will keep being added, so check back on the site regularly.

You’ll need to login with your Start account to do the activities. If you don’t have one, just register yourself when prompted.

You can find many other resources below including inspirational virtual talks by industry experts, keen to share their stories and plenty of worksheets in the National Careers Service Guidance E-Pack.

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HSBC Investing in Futures

Investing in Futures:

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a real sense of confusion and uncertainty for students, with question marks raised over the state of the employment market and future career prospects.

To counter this, the Early Careers team at HSBC have created a series of bite-sized virtual events and material all with the aim of developing your soft skills. This is designed to give confidence on employment prospects, mythbust common recruitment misconceptions and target key employability skills to give you an advantage when looking for a career.

Find Out More

The webinars will all be free to attend, and will be hosted via Zoom. Please register in advance through the following links. Spaces are limited, and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

14th January – Who am I?

An exploration of Personal Branding including: what is a Personal Brand, how to discover and build your own and why changing your mentality is key for success.

Register for this webinar:

4th February – Do I need a degree to enhance my career?

An exploration of various career routes that are available to students, with an emphasis on what you need to consider when trying to choose the correct one for you.

Register for this webinar:

11th March – How to stand out?

A session dedicated to applications. This will include a breakdown of CVs in general and also aim to demystify online applications. We will also include application hints & tips from an employer’s perspective to give you an insight into what is looked for.

Register for this webinar:

22nd April – How to be the best you?

An exploration of the different type of interviews alongside their purposes. This will cover what signs to look for, and also how you can maximise your chances at success. We will also include different tips and tricks from an employer’s perspective to give you an insight into what is looked for.

Register for this webinar:

Coming next year:

  • May – Wellbeing
  • June - Classroom to boardroom, A day in a life
  • July – Progression stories
  • August – Resilience ‘so what now and moving forward’

Useful resources from Higher Education providers

University of Leicester

A range of YouTube videos offering advice and guidance to those going to university and considering going to university in the future


Loughborough University

A range of sessions to inspire and inform young people about different subject areas available at Higher Education (HE)


University of Derby

Fast Track to Clearing

Have you secured your university place for September? Are you worried about your predicted grades or have changed your mind about where you want to study? You can jump the queue and register now for fast track to Clearing. Fast track allows you to register for a phone call to talk through your options before results day and they may even be able to offer you an early place at the University.

UCAS and personal statements


Virtual open day

Can't make it to an open day? Take a virtual tour instead!

Sheffield Hallam University

UNI4U @ Home contains information for students who are exploring the options around university, and for students preparing to start university in September 2020.

Explore UNI4U @ Home here.

University of Lincoln

Join the University of Lincoln's Virtual Classroom. Join them for Live Link-ups, Lincoln Live talks and the Lincoln Quiz!


Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University's Student Recruitment and Outreach team are digitalising their sessions so you can find information, advice and guidance on considering and applying to university online.

The first two sessions are now available. 'Researching Your Options From Home' is for year 12s and 'Student Finance' is for year 13s.

They’ll be updating the page with more sessions over the coming weeks. These sessions include:

  • the UCAS process
  • personal statement workshop
  • how to stress less
  • thriving at university


Parents and Carers Guide

Nottingham Trent University's guide to applying to NTU for parents and carers, is full of useful information about the application process, NTU, and higher education in general.