DESC Careers Information, Advice and Guidance Service

Support with next steps for Year 13 School Leavers Summer 2023

Higher Education

Guidance for results day Summer 2023 can be found on the UCAS website here

Year 13 school leavers who have applied for undergraduate courses starting Autumn 2023 can keep updated on funding for these courses by following the links on the Student Awards homepage This page is updated regularly

As well as providing support through the whole grants process over the Summer, the Student Awards Team can also assist with individual appointments if students need any help in completing the application form, or have any specific queries about their circumstances.

Applications for the 23/24 Academic year were available from April.


Employment Options

Unemployment on the Island is low (around 0.5%) and there are employment roles available on Island in many different sectors.

School leavers seeking employment (either temporary or permanent) at the end of Key Stage 5 may wish to update their Year 11 Record of Achievement Personal Statement using a Record Achievement lite document available here On the Signposts website Employability tab there are also documents that can help you with structuring CVs, writing letters of application and preparing for different types of interview. Recruitment agencies will often provide people who have signed up with them this kind of help for free.

Local advertised employment roles

Many local employment roles are advertised through the Job Centre and these Careers Advisers work closely with the DESC Careers Team. Job Centre staff can provide advice around eligibility for unemployment benefits. Unemployed 18 year olds may be entitled to Job Seekers Allowance or other benefits. Roles advertised by the Job Centre may be full or part-time, temporary or permanent. Often people applying for a role through the Job Centre will have to sign up to the employment agency linked to the advert for the role to progress their application.

The Finding Employment area on the Signposts website contains a number of resources and links that would support the exploration of employment opportunities by a school leaver including how to write a cover letter, CV, types of interview and how to prepare for them as well as the Looking for a job which is an overview of where roles may be advertised locally.

Information on minimum wage can be found on the Isle of Man Government website at this link


Junior Achievement and Paragon are holding a ‘drop in’ event for education leavers seeking employment this Summer.

Date: Tuesday 22nd August

Time: 1pm to 4pm

Venue: Santander Work Café, Market Street, Douglas

There will be employers and others there who can talk to you about what kind of jobs are available, your skills and qualifications , how to apply for a job and prepare for an interview.

If you want to know more further details can be found on the Junior Achievement website:

Results Days and Summer Signposts

IOM Secondary schools will be running results days as usual during Summer 2023. What this will mean is that Year 13 students will be able to access Cambridge Assessment International results via a secure individual login provided to them by their school on the 10th August prior to receiving the remainder of their results face to face in school on the 17th August when staff will be on hand to support next steps of students.

Schools, as the examination centres, will provide details of their own specific arrangements for results days Summer 2023 directly to students and their parents including details of logins.


Some general help and advice here from the Education and Employers Charity:

A-level results: what now – clearing, retakes or something new?

In addition, DESC Careers Adviser interviews and advice are available throughout the Summer from 17th August until 1st September


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