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Leaving school and getting a job is a big change. It’s natural to feel nervous about it. In this Guide we find out what it’s like finding a job and being in work. 


What work is like

Sam and Ethan are pupils at Exhall Grange Specialist School in Coventry. They wanted to find out what it was like having a job. So they travelled to Birmingham to meet former pupil, Megan, to hear about her experiences of work.

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Megan's Top Tips

In the film Megan gave her advice for finding and applying for a job:

  • Take your time and don’t pressure yourself into finding a job.
  • Read the job description thoroughly to make sure the job is suitable for you.
  • Do your research about the job and the company. Make bullet points with key information.
  • Be prepared when you go to an interview. Have your qualifications, CV, and any references ready. And take some bullet-point notes so you can refer to them easily during the interview.
  • Talk to your employer about your needs. Employers have to consider your needs and good employers are very supportive these days.  

Read all about the making of this film and what happened behind the scenes, here.

“The key to not feeling so nervous is to have a good support network around you.”


Pupils from Exhall Grange school.

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  • About me: I run the online well-being groups and a group in Wandsworth. I am also a playworker! I have a background in Art therapy. 
  • Fun facts: I love different wheels! I have roller-skates, a surf-skate board and a bike. 


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