Written for young people, by young people.

Let us help you Kickstart YOUR Career

‘Kickstart My Career’ is an online course created by jobseekers for jobseekers. Aimed at 16-24-year-olds who are looking to start their career, the course is perfect for those who have completed their education, are seeking new employment opportunities, or are simply looking to improve their employability.


Purpol Marketing employed 50 kickstarters and they have learned all aspects of career development.

If you are a young person starting your career or an organisation employing a kickstarter or apprentice then this course is specifically developed to provide useful content to help with career development.

Managing Director, Purpol Marketing

Denise O'Leary

Purpol Marketing is owned by Denise O’Leary, a Board level Marketing Director who has maintained her ongoing accreditation as a Chartered Marketer with the CIM – Chartered Institute of Marketing every year since 2005.Denise holds both a Masters Degree specialising in Marketing and Business Strategy and a First Class Honours Bachelors’ Degree in Business Administration.Denise is a dynamic, enthusiastic, award winning, marketing specialist and coach with 20+ years’ extensive experience of delivering impressive results. Denise utilises a pragmatic, market based approach to deliver measurable company development in all aspects, including communication strategy, brand development, competitor understanding and customer engagement.

Course curriculum

  • 2

    Getting Started

    • Finding the right career

    • Finding a company suitable to you

    • Finding a company suitable to you (2)

    • Finding a company suitable to you (3)

    • Reviewing the company: is it right for me?

    • Reviewing the company: is it right for me? (2)

    • Additional sources

    • QUIZ: Getting started

    • The importance of SWOT analysis

    • SWOT: your turn

    • Personal SWOT Analysis template

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    • Understanding your identity

    • What threatens your chances of success?

    • QUIZ: SWOT analysis

    • Personal branding

    • Personal branding tips

    • LinkedIn

    • Personal branding and social media

    • Online presence

    • QUIZ: Personal branding

    • Identifying your interests and personal branding

    • DISC profiling

    • Myers-Briggs

    • Matching your personality with jobs

    • Personality Test Links

    • QUIZ: Match the personalities with the ideal jobs

    • How to apply learnt information

    • Social media engagement

    • Look for opportunities

    • Setting goals

    • Maintain a positive mindset

    • QUIZ: How to apply learned information

  • 3

    Professional Profile

    • An introduction to understanding skillset

    • Hard skills

    • Soft skills

    • Skills showcase

    • Origin of your skills

    • QUIZ: Skills

    • Portfolio

    • Creative Portfolio

    • Professional Portfolio

    • Professional Portfolio (2)

    • QUIZ: Portfolios

    • CV writing

    • Tailoring your CV

    • Layout and length

    • Language matters

    • What to avoid

    • QUIZ: CV writing

    • Cover letter: Introduction

    • Cover letter format: Research

    • Cover letter format: Opening

    • Cover letter format: Paragraphs

    • Dos and don'ts

    • Cover Letter Top Tips

    • QUIZ: Cover letter writing

    • Business communication: The essentials

    • Writing a professional email

    • Applying for a job through email

    • QUIZ: Business communication

  • 4

    Applications

    • Where to look? Job sites - LinkedIn

    • Where to look? Job sites - Indeed

    • Where to look? Job sites - Reed

    • Where to look? Job sites - Govt

    • Other sites

    • QUIZ: Applications - where to look

    • Ultimate framework

    • What to include: Who are you?

    • What to include: Competency based Qs

    • QUIZ: Applications - what to include

    • What to avoid

    • What to avoid (2)

    • QUIZ: Applications - what to avoid

    • What is an internship?

    • Internships: Benefits

    • Internships: Application

    • During your Internship

    • During your Internship (2)

    • Internship: Statistics

    • QUIZ: Internship

    • Graduate jobs: How to prepare

    • Graduate jobs: Top tips

    • Graduate jobs: Top tips (2)

    • Graduate jobs: Stages of application

    • Graduate jobs: Stages of application (2)

    • Graduate Jobs: Stages of application (3)

    • Graduate Jobs: Stages of application (4)

    • Stages of the application process: Resources

    • QUIZ: Stages of the application process

    • Graduate jobs: Skills and requirements

    • Graduate jobs: Skills and requirements (2)

    • Graduate job: Resources

    • QUIZ: Graduate jobs

    • Candidates: Skills and requirements

    • Candidate requirements: Resources

    • QUIZ: Candidates questions

    • Cover letters: Tailoring to the application

    • Cover letters: Tailoring to the application (2)

    • Top tips: Tailoring the application

    • Networking letter top tips

    • Cover letters: What to avoid

    • Application: Resources

    • QUIZ: Application

    • Mental health and rejection

    • Mental health and rejection (2)

    • Mental health and rejection (3)

    • Mental health and rejection (4)

    • Mental health and rejection: Resources

    • QUIZ: Mental health and rejection

    • Understanding skillsets

    • Understanding skillsets (2)

    • Understanding skillsets (3)

    • Understanding skillsets (4)

    • Understanding skillsets (5)

    • Understanding skillsets (6)

    • Skillset: Resources

    • QUIZ: Understanding skillsets

  • 5

    Interviews

    • Interview preparation

    • Preparation for questions

    • Interview questions

    • Common questions

    • Difficult questions

    • Questions to ask your interviewer

    • QUIZ: Interview questions

    • Expecting the unexpected

    • Expecting the unexpected (2)

    • QUIZ: Expecting the unexpected

    • Dress and verbal etiquette

    • Dress

    • Verbal etiquette

    • QUIZ: Dress and verbal etiquette

    • STAR method

    • STAR method: Situation

    • STAR method: Task

    • STAR method: Action

    • STAR method: Result

    • What is the STAR method

    • QUIZ: STAR method

    • Knowing your CV and experience

    • Knowing your CV and experience (2)

    • Knowing your CV and experience (3)

    • Knowing your CV and experience (4)

    • QUIZ: Knowing your CV and experience

    • Types of interviews

    • Face to face

    • Interviews

    • Interviews (2)

    • Video Interviews

    • Video Interviews (2)

    • Phone call and video interviews

    • Phone interviews

    • Assessment centres

    • Group interviews

    • Interview Top Tips

    • QUIZ: Interview format

    • Post-interview actions

    • Post-interview actions (2)

    • Post-interview actions: Handling rejection

    • QUIZ: Post-interview actions

  • 6

    Next Steps

    • Receiving feedback

    • Receiving feedback top tips

    • Handling feedback: Myers Briggs types

    • Handling feedback: DISC profiling

    • Handling rejection

    • Handling rejection top tips

    • QUIZ: Receiving feedback and handling rejection

    • Developing your skills

    • Record and categorise

    • Research and network

    • Convey your experience

    • QUIZ: Developing your skills

    • Don't be complacent

    • Don't be complacent (2)

    • Keep setting goals

    • Keep setting goals (2)

    • Keep asking for feedback

    • Keep asking for feedback (2)

    • QUIZ: How to thrive when successful

    • Volunteering and charity work

    • The benefits of volunteering

    • External links for volunteering

    • QUIZ: Volunteering

  • 7

    Conclusion

    • Thank you for completing our course!

    • More job related resources

    • Kickstart My Career Slides

  • 8

    Top Tips

    • TOP TIPS: Interview preparation

    • TOP TIPS: Interview preparation (2)

    • TOP TIPS: Prepare for questions

    • TOP TIPS: Prepare for questions (2)

    • TOP TIPS: Prepare for questions (3)

    • TOP TIPS: Unexpected questions

    • TOP TIPS: Unexpected questions (2)

    • TOP TIP: STAR method

    • TOP TIP: Body language

    • TOP TIP: Post interview

  • 9

    What to do when I am offered a job

    • What to expect when offered a job

    • Offer of employment

    • References

    • Right to work

    • Any other documentation

    • Sending your formal notice of resignation to your current employer

    • Letting current colleagues know

    • Meeting your new team

    • Conclusion

  • 10

    What I learned from the Kickstart My Career Course

    • What I've learned - Ashleigh

    • What I've learned - Jay

    • What I've learned - Sophie

    • What I've learned - Hamza

  • 11

    Action Plan

    • What Industry are you interested in?

    • Your Goals

    • Targets

    • Requirements

    • Personal SWOT Analysis

    • Barriers to entry

    • Work Related Activities

    • Assess your competence