Are you under 25 and wondering about your future employment, education or training? Every young person needs high quality career education to make informed decisions about their future. The Careers Leader (careers advisor) in your school or college will be your first port of call as you consider your next steps.
You can also find information, advice and guidance online. Just click on the links below to get started.
Online platforms to help you make your next decisions:
- BBC Bitesize Careers is an excellent place to begin, as it allows you to search for careers by your favourite school subject.
- iCould provides career inspiration and information through online videos, articles and quizzes.
- Target Careers has useful advice on many topics, including A level choices, which skills are in demand and which jobs pay the most.
What are your options at 14?
- If you are aged 14 and wondering about leaving school, the CareerPilot website provides details of alternative ways to continue your education: University Technical Colleges (UTCs), Studio Schools, Free schools and some colleges with pre-16 courses.
Just finished your exams?
- If you've just received your exam results and need help deciding what to do next, you can contact the National Careers Service by webchat or on 0800 100 900.
- The Department for Work and Pensions has also published a guide for young people. This explores traineeships and apprenticeships, further and higher education, T Levels, volunteering, the National Citizen Service and has links to the Exam Results Helpline and the National Careers Service.
- Another useful site is 'The Results Day Guide'
What are your options at 16 or 18?
- The National Careers Service website has careers advice by phone 0800 100 900 and webchat careers advice, as well as information about courses, job roles, and a Skills Health Check (quizzes and activities to help you to explore your skills, interests and motivations),
- UCAS is the best place for information about university degrees and what A levels/other qualifications you need to do the degree of your choice. UCAS also has a section on supported internships for young people with learning disabilities, and provide advice on alternatives to university – gap years, apprenticeships and studying overseas. The Office for Students has further useful information on student finance and how to compare different universities.
- If apprenticeships interest you, visit Find an Apprenticeship, and the links on Office for Students, as well as employer websites (such as the NHS - a big apprenticeship provider) and universities (for degree apprenticeships).
- Visit not going to uni website to read about alternative options at 18: gap years, distance learning and employment.
An app to help with interview prep:
- Be prepared, be confident and be succesful with the free Skills2use app
Have a look on our Education, Employment and Training Page for more information