Join TSR now and get all your career questions answeredSign up now

Nearly 26 still live at home with parents with a part time job Watch

    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Hello.

    I graduated at Plymouth uni with a Health and Social Care degree and managed to scrape with a 3rd.
    Afer finishing uni i feel like i dont know what to do with life. I have applied jobs at different schools hoping to become a teaching assistant or nursery assistant. I get rejected because i dont have a level 2 in Child care. When i did my degree i was told i could work in a nursery or school setting.
    I still live at home and still work at retail which i have been with them since i was 17 years old.

    I dont know what to do.
    I was thinkibg of changibg career but i dont kow what to do.
    • TSR Support Team
    • Very Important Poster
    • Peer Support Volunteers
    • Clearing and Applications Advisor
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Skyt1)
    Hello.

    I graduated at Plymouth uni with a Health and Social Care degree and managed to scrape with a 3rd.
    Afer finishing uni i feel like i dont know what to do with life. I have applied jobs at different schools hoping to become a teaching assistant or nursery assistant. I get rejected because i dont have a level 2 in Child care. When i did my degree i was told i could work in a nursery or school setting.
    I still live at home and still work at retail which i have been with them since i was 17 years old.

    I dont know what to do.
    I was thinkibg of changibg career but i dont kow what to do.
    Have you looked into how much the level 2 would cost?
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    Hello. At the school my son does a placement at they advertised for a Classroom Assistant. The advertisement said Essential; Level 2 in Childcare and Education, but preferable is the level 3. The Level 3 only takes a year and appears to be far more widely accepted by employers. At my son's college the fee for the course is £550. If my son were to do this course in the future he would get absolutely no financial help whatsoever and would have to pay the full fee himself. This is because he is currently doing a Level 5 course a HND. You only get financial help if you are progressing academically, not going back to a Level 2 or 3 course.
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Skyt1)
    Hello.

    I graduated at Plymouth uni with a Health and Social Care degree and managed to scrape with a 3rd.
    Afer finishing uni i feel like i dont know what to do with life. I have applied jobs at different schools hoping to become a teaching assistant or nursery assistant. I get rejected because i dont have a level 2 in Child care. When i did my degree i was told i could work in a nursery or school setting.
    I still live at home and still work at retail which i have been with them since i was 17 years old.

    I dont know what to do.
    I was thinkibg of changibg career but i dont kow what to do.
    Do you read The Guardian every Wednesday, their jobs section? That might give you some ideas. You may have to do a post graduate course in something, i.e Social Work, Youth Work or something to be actually qualified in a specific job. This is a situation my son might e facing as he is in the final year of the H+SC HND, after doing the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in H+SC first. Doesn't know what he wants to do ultimately either, although he is interested in the idea of being a H+SC Lecturer at a local college perhaps one day.
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    Get a hobby. Work doesn't need to be the centre of your life.
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    You can always progress in retail by doing more hours and becoming coordinator and store manager etc (it will take time) but teaching assistant pay is rubbish. I'd stick to retail and do more hours, at least with retail you have more opportunity to pick up shifts.

    You could perhaps do a masters?
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Ishax)
    You can always progress in retail by doing more hours and becoming coordinator and store manager etc (it will take time) but teaching assistant pay is rubbish. I'd stick to retail and do more hours, at least with retail you have more opportunity to pick up shifts.

    You could perhaps do a masters?

    I dont think i would qualify to do masters as i got a 3rd.

    I am on 12 hours contract and the company is cutting back. Not sure if i want to progress in retail.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by claireestelle)
    Have you looked into how much the level 2 would cost?
    I have and that means i have to wait next year to be able to do the course and find a secure placement. I see that as setting down from a degree that i did...
    • TSR Support Team
    • Very Important Poster
    • Peer Support Volunteers
    • Clearing and Applications Advisor
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Skyt1)
    I have and that means i have to wait next year to be able to do the course and find a secure placement. I see that as setting down from a degree that i did...
    Sometimes you have to take a step back to move forward, unfortunately there aren't many, if any graduate opportunities out there with a 3rd. For most jobs that pay more than minimum wage you would have to get some sort of qualification unless you find something in customer service or sales, for example call centres can pay 14k+ a year.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by claireestelle)
    Sometimes you have to take a step back to move forward, unfortunately there aren't many, if any graduate opportunities out there with a 3rd. For most jobs that pay more than minimum wage you would have to get some sort of qualification unless you find something in customer service or sales, for example call centres can pay 14k+ a year.
    I
    I see what you mean. Its a shame really.
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Skyt1)
    I dont think i would qualify to do masters as i got a 3rd.

    I am on 12 hours contract and the company is cutting back. Not sure if i want to progress in retail.
    Hmm, no harm in researching I guess? I know retail isn't the best option at the moment but it's better than nothing.
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    Don't do a masters unless you need it for a job you want. Otherwise it's just a waste of time and only really serves the purpose of letting you put off getting a job for a bit longer as well as putting you into more debt.

    Even if retail isn't your chosen career, perhaps try and switch to an organisation where you will get more hours. It will at least give you a better quality of life and help you save, then you can afford the Level 2/3. Look into being a learning support worker - my friend became one with a degree and no other qualifications.
    • Community Assistant
    Offline

    17
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Skyt1)
    Hello.

    I graduated at Plymouth uni with a Health and Social Care degree and managed to scrape with a 3rd.
    Afer finishing uni i feel like i dont know what to do with life. I have applied jobs at different schools hoping to become a teaching assistant or nursery assistant. I get rejected because i dont have a level 2 in Child care. When i did my degree i was told i could work in a nursery or school setting.
    I still live at home and still work at retail which i have been with them since i was 17 years old.

    I dont know what to do.
    I was thinkibg of changibg career but i dont kow what to do.
    Hi it looks like we both have something in common - I studied a Health and Social Care degree too but got an average grade.

    I am the opposite when looking for jobs in this sector, it's all about experience nowadays (lack of it for graduates like us). Have you tried volunteering instead? This sounds cliche I know but I think you're more likely to enter the job when you have practical experience.

    For me I just decided to do something different. I had a change of career direction due to the constant government cuts and I now work in recruitment in the Healthcare industry, specifically Nursing.
    Most graduates think its a typical 9-5 office job but its not.
 
 
 
Poll
If you won £30,000, which of these would you spend it on?
Useful resources

Articles and guides:

Hands typing

Degrees without fees

Discover more about degree-level apprenticeships.

A-Z of careers Advice on choosing a careerCV writing helpCovering letter helpInterview tips

Featured recruiter profiles:

CGI logo

CGI is open for applications

"Offering a range of apprentice and sponsored degree positions."

Deutsche Bank logo

Deutsche Bank is recruiting

"Thrive in an international banking environment"

ICAEW logo

Merck

"Merck is a global leader in specialized pharma & chemicals – join us!"

Army logo

The Army is recruiting now

"With hundreds of roles available, there’s more than one way to be the best."

Bianca Miller, runner-up on The Apprentice

Handle your digital footprint

What would an employer find out about you on Google? Find out how to take control.

Quick links:

Unanswered career sector and employment threads

Groups associated with this forum:

View associated groups

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Quick reply
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.