Is NCS important?

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SixOfOwls
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I’m really stumped. I’ve been reading forums on here saying ncs doesn’t even give ucas points like the claim which is really annoying. It’s apparently so hit and miss and I would prefer to get a part time job over summer or just unwind a little before a level. However I’m still a little on the fence so what do you guys think?

Stuff I’ve already done potentially for my CV:
Grade 4 clarinet
Part of my school orcastra
Youth speeks competition
Air cadet for 3 years
Cosford walk (40 km walk)
Bag packing
Air discovery badge
Science ambassador for 2 years
Charity council for a year
I’m doing further maths


Is any of this helping me in the future?
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NCS isn't going to help you get into university, UCAS points are worthless anyway and it's not going to help you get a job either. You might find it fun though.

Getting a summer job is largely impossible: since training and hiring new staff is expensive, most companies aren't going to hire someone they know will be leaving in three months.

Just take the summer to unwind.
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Yeah good points how about volunteering at libraries or charity shops?
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(Original post by SixOfOwls)
Yeah good points how about volunteering at libraries or charity shops?
Sure, if you want to. Neither are amazing skills that'll transform your job prospects though.

I spent my summer socialising, low energy pre-reading for my course and did a lot of programming - which in my mind is a much more employable skill than simply volunteering, so if you can find something similar, do it but enjoy yourself too because it's one of the longest holidays you'll ever get.
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Yeah thanks a ton you’ve really helped!
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(Original post by SixOfOwls)
I’m really stumped. I’ve been reading forums on here saying ncs doesn’t even give ucas points like the claim which is really annoying. It’s apparently so hit and miss and I would prefer to get a part time job over summer or just unwind a little before a level. However I’m still a little on the fence so what do you guys think?

Stuff I’ve already done potentially for my CV:
Grade 4 clarinet
Part of my school orcastra
Youth speeks competition
Air cadet for 3 years
Cosford walk (40 km walk)
Bag packing
Air discovery badge
Science ambassador for 2 years
Charity council for a year
I’m doing further maths


Is any of this helping me in the future?
This stuff will useful only if you can actually talk about how it helped improve your skills that you need for the course you're applying to. I doubt NCS will help much at all, but it's only £50 and it's fun so you might as well do it
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Thanks but I don’t really want to do it anymore so I guess that answers my question
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I did NCS after year 11 and honestly it was **** and such a waste of time! Do something fun and enjoyable over the summer! It’s poorly organised and you have done loads of things to add to a CV, you’ll have no trouble finding a part time job! I have been to three job interviews at Waitrose, Tesco and Next, not one of the interviewers had heard about it before. Don’t do it!
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(Original post by SixOfOwls)
Is any of this helping me in the future?
You need to be careful by what you mean when you say "help".

Are you talking about A- a purely transactional thing where X time with an organisation equals Y qualification which you'll use to get Z job?
Or, are you talking about B- an experience that'll give you chance to develop and demonstrate your potential and give you transferable skills that can be used across a variety of roles in the future?

If you're talking A, then you're doing all those things for the wrong reasons and won't get the satisfaction you're looking for.
If you're talking B, then you need to think much bigger picture sluta when you'll see the rewards.

The things you're doing aren't instantaneous. They won't instantly turn around and give you a shiny badge. They're giving you skills that'll be useful in the wider world where you can easily spend a few years working towards something, not actually get there, but still be successful.

Think more.
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I agree and I was feeling like I should do ncs for the wrong reasons
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I did NCS once and it was a waste of time tbh. The people you meet were the exact same people from high school except it’s multiplied and it’s ten times worse.

You don’t really do that is CV worthy but some parts were fun like rock climbing and going to see the GoDaddy Headquarters to do a dragons den style pitch and funny but annoying moments such as the boys setting off the fire alarm as the detector was able to detect body sprays so that was always taken advantage of xD

However, it did inspire me to get off my butt and do something lol and I’m not stopping anytime soon so yeah.

It’s up to you if you want to do.
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Thanks I’ve decided to not do it because I don’t think I’ll enjoy it but it’s different for everyone 👍
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Do it for something fun to do not for your CV cause it’s basically useless
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Yeah a lot of people seem to agree on that
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