Resources

Hello and welcome to those of you who are familiar with Shaping Futures, and to the new faces as well! We are here to help the young people across the Liverpool City Region to make informed decisions about their future by providing information, advice and guidance focusing on careers, college and university.

Each section can be accessed as individual topics or as an 8 week programme, we hope you enjoy the resources and find them useful.

If you have any queries please contact us here

The Shaping Futures Team

 

Wellbeing & Resilience

Find information here for Wellbeing & Resilience

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Student Finance

We are focusing on financial support for Years 12 and 13 as well at university students. We’ll cover what support is available, who is eligible and how apply, as well as looking at the money management and financial literacy skills students need to live independently. Student Finance applications are open now, so we hope these resources will help you with your application!

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Study Skills

Study skills are the skills you need to enable you to study and learn efficiently – they are an important set of transferable skills. These resources will share some practical tips to help you improve your study skills.

You’ll learn:

· Revision techniques
· How to learn effectively online
· How to design and deliver a presentation
· How to take notes
· How to write an essay

The activities will be a selection of online workbooks, online tutorials and videos for different year groups.
If you’re in Year 9, 10 or 11 you’ll want to complete the activities with KS3&4. If you’re in Y12 or Y13 you’ll complete the activities with KS5.

If you need any help, you can live chat to a member of our team!

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Student Life

Here we will be looking at different aspects of student life at university. We will explore accommodation options, sports and societies, academic student life as well as opportunities such as study abroad and year in industry placements.

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Fun time!

This section will be split into themes and whilst we are hoping to help with skills for university, we’re also keen just to help with some skills (cooking) as well as potentially hobbies. Getting older and moving into Higher Education, apprenticeships or jobs means that at some point you’ll find yourself independent and really in need of a recipe for peanut butter noodles.

But the future doesn’t need to be 2-3-4-5 years’ time. You may well just be bored at home and wondering what to busy yourself with. Here, we provide at least several hours of potential activities for you to browse, peruse or virtually stroll along. There are no worksheets, no expectations just a little something for everyone to enjoy!

Monday – Music with George, learn to play along with Marty the guitarist or search the web for inspiration on that instrument you’ve been meaning to pick up.
Tuesday – Art with Sarah (of Um Bop fame). Discover a paradise of virtual galleries, painting with professionals and exploring some creativity in a time of captivity.
Wednesday – Join Faye for some group activities, fun with friends or perhaps the family. Something for all age groups and a cinema in your own home!
Thursday- Shannen guides us through how to help in your community, virtually and in real human form (no robocops).
Friday – Rupert shares some online hints and tips for getting started on a culinary journey – whether you’ve cooked before or you’re just jumping on the train now, hopefully you’ll find something useful in his Gordon Ramsay impressions where he continually berates the camera for hours at a time whilst staring at a raw and bloodied ham hock covered in garlic salt.

Enjoy the videos and activities, take part and share some of your experiences with us on Instagram or other available social media. Our team will be sharing videos and pictures through the week showing them tackling the challenges of boredom in the modern age, without being solely reliant on Netflix.

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Making Transitions

Lets focus on Transitions!
Your transition back into education after some time off is always difficult – your teachers feel the same! We all need time to settle in and find our feet. Each day you’ll read an introduction blog which outlines the days topic. You’ll find advice and guidance for:

• Understanding Transitions
• Preparation and Packing
• Finding Academic Support
• Practical Advice for Freshers
• Finding Additional Support

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Careers (1)

Let's look at ‘Careers’ and what this means for you.

Have you ever thought about your future and wanted to find out about the possibilities but just not known where to start?
Whether you are in year 9 or year 13 you need to be making the most of the careers support in school or college – you may still need to figure out who and where you can get professional careers support from! This section highlights the ways in which you can be empowered to do this and proactive along the way so that you can start to take control of what direction you’re going in.

You will be able to think about what valuable skills and personal qualities you have and how they help you identify potential career ideas. You will then look at how you use online careers tools to research careers to find out about all of the important facts and maybe even some surprises about that career you thought was perfect for you!

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Careers (2)

Continuing with the focus on our ‘Careers’ theme and building from the previous sessions where you looked at taking control of your destiny, identifying your own skills and qualities and making the links to potential career ideas by using online tool-kits.

We hope to take you a step closer to finding your ideal role by showing you how to research into ‘Labour Market’ trends and determine which careers will be in demand (growth sectors). We’ll look at useful online tool-kits which will help you to compare careers and see the differences in wages and qualifications at a glance. You’ll see a selection of video clips from people giving a brief insight into their own current careers and you’ll get the opportunity to develop SMART goals and create your own personal Careers Action Plan to guide you through your next steps.

Our aim is to provide the guidance and support to empower you to find out what works best for you!

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Making Applications

Making applications, we share some information and advice on making applications to university, for apprenticeships and jobs, and provide an opportunity for you to practice some essential skills for writing applications and preparing for interviews.

You’ll learn:

· How to think and write about your skills and experiences
· How to write a CV and cover letter
· How to write an apprenticeship or job application
· How to prepare for an interview
· All about the UCAS application process
· How to go about starting your UCAS personal statement

The activities are a mixture of workbooks, information booklets, fact-sheets and video presentations.

If you’re in:

Year 9, have a think about your skills using Monday’s Skills Workbook. You can also have a go at the activities Tuesday-Thursday if you want.
Years 10 & 11, Monday - Thursday activities will suit you.
Years 12 & 13, Monday – Friday will suit (make sure to look at Friday’s UCAS info).

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