Life After GCSEs: 3 Ways to Land Your First Digital Marketing Job

That time of year has arrived once again when the dreams and future plans of British teens are either met or crushed. A time where we find out if all that hard work and stress was worth it (or not in some cases). Of course, we’re talking about the GCSEs and A-Levels results. And whilst most will rejoice in their achievements, some may be left wondering what their career options are going forward.

But fear not, we’re pleased to say that there are plenty of options available for people hoping to get into digital marketing, design and development and GCSE or A-Levels results don’t have to be the deciding factor in your future.

With so much pressure placed on students to perform well, there is often a common misconception that exam results are the be-all and end-all and ultimate factor in whether you are able to go to college, University or whether you can get a job. However, this is simply not the case in the digital age.

Whilst your GCSE or A-Level results are certainly important, there are a number of things you can do after your exams if you didn’t quite get the results you wanted but are looking to get a job within social media, digital marketing, design and web performance. As such, we’ve put together a guide of ways you can progress and build a future (regardless of exam results) in the industry. The world is your oyster!

Free Google Training for Web Developers and Digital Marketing

Google offers a wide variety of free tutorials and courses online meaning you can learn at your own pace in your spare time. If you’re interested in learning how to create responsive apps or web and mobile platforms, Google can help you to do this.

These are free tutorials, and are available to anyone who’s interested in learning more; whether you’re an experienced UX developer or you’ve just finished exams and are looking for a career path. Google Developers Training can point you in the right direction that will help you develop high-quality apps and websites. And, when you’re ready, you can take a Google Developers Certification exam which you can put on your CV and help you to gain recognition for your development skills.

For those who are interested in learning more about social media marketing, Google analytics or online advertising, Google also has a huge selection of tutorials on Google Digital Garage, with career development in mind.

Moz Beginner’s Guide to SEO

If you’re interested in getting into digital marketing, SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) or web performance, Moz offers a number of free and useful guides. The Moz Beginner’s Guide to SEO allows you to break down the fundamentals of search engine optimisation at your own pace, teaching you important factors about SEO that can be applied within the workplace.

The Moz guide is designed to take you through each of the major aspects of SEO, from finding the terms and phrases (also known as keywords) that can generate web traffic, to building links and improving the search engine friendliness and marketing of a website.

The world of search engine optimization and web performance may seem confusing but guides such as this allow you to easily understand the basics – and even a small amount of SEO knowledge can make a huge difference. There are a number of free SEO educational tools, such as this, widely available on the internet, so what are you waiting for?

Brave Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are a great way to learn practical skills on the job whilst also studying towards your qualification. As an apprentice, you’ll work alongside an experienced team of marketers, web development and design experts who can provide you with support and training.

This will help you to build job-specific skills, whilst also earning a wage and having time for the study related to your role (usually one day per week). An apprenticeship often takes around 1 year to complete, depending on your role, and often with the opportunity of a full-time job at the end of your placement.

Here at Brave Agency, we’re always looking for talented individuals who are passionate about progression and looking to learn more about digital marketing practices.

To apply for an apprenticeship at Brave, just send us a copy of your CV, along with a covering letter explaining why you are interested in a career in digital marketing or web development. Alternatively, you can contact us now for more details or give us a call on 01733 602020.

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