Finding your first job

Written on: 29 January 2019
Written by:Bethany Lowdon

Finding your first job can be a daunting task, especially if you don’t know what type of role you are looking for. Starting your job hunt should be an exciting time, full of new opportunities and possibilities for the future. 

Skills and Interests

To begin your job hunt, you should be aware of your current skills and interests. Especially if you don’t know what kind of job you are looking for, this will help you find a role that is a perfect fit.

Looking at your past work experience and skills will allow you to see what qualities you already possess. This can help if job vacancies have specific requirements.


It is important when you are applying for a job to check that the location is suitable. You should take into account the commute and time it will take to travel to and from the location. If you don’t drive, you should be mindful of transport links.

Be realistic on how far you are willing to travel to and from work, we recommend commuting no longer than 45 minutes.


Having an idea of your wage expectations will make it easier when looking at jobs to apply for. You should be realistic, especially when applying for your first job.

Be aware that an apprentice under the age of 19 or in their first year of their apprenticeship will be entitled to a minimum of £3.70 per hour. However, many employers will choose to pay more than this.

Working Environment

You should think about what kind of environment you’d like to work in. For example, busy or quiet, fast paced or relaxed. Being in the right environment will make you feel comfortable in the workplace, in turn, making you more productive and happier in the role.

Being able to work well in your surroundings means that you’ll be able to thrive in your role and work to the best of your ability.

Company Culture

Many employers have a strong company culture, promoting team work and company values.

Just like the working environment, being able to fit in with the company culture means you can successfully grow within your role, with everyone working towards a common goal.

Written on: 29 January 2019
Written by:Bethany Lowdon