There has never been a time when careers guidance has been as important for young people as it is today. The landscape of education, training and employment opportunities that students need to navigate is more complex and more challenging than that faced by previous generations. We support students in making well-informed decisions by providing access to differentiated, impartial and independent information and guidance about the range of options (including academic, vocational, apprenticeships) that are most likely to help them to achieve their ambitions.
By helping students with decisions at crucial stages, informing them of all their options and introducing them to the world of work, we aim to prepare them for the world of work whichever pathway they choose. The best way to achieve the career which we desire and deserve is by research and planning. We all have the chance to choose what we want to do for the rest of our lives and to avoid drifting into a ‘job’ not a career. During your young person’s tutor periods, PSHE lessons and wider school activities they will have multiple opportunities develop their understanding about what they are good at, what they’d like to do in the future and how to get there which means finding out about a huge range of career pathways. On this page we have pulled together a range of links [also available to students] which we would recommend you support your young person to visit to find out more…..
Understanding Labour Market Information (LMI) is becoming more and more important as the world changes. It helps your young person to become more aware of where different job roles are needed around the country and what types of jobs may need more people in the future.
Use this site and videos as a start point to help your young person think about what your young person might want out of a job and help to make thier next career move the right one for your young person .
Nomis is a good all-round site for labour market information. The summary pages provide key trend data about a local area.
As you generate more questions, head to these sites to help you find the answers:
START Careers is a free and comprehensive digital platform, offering you a good starting point to help simplify and improve careers guidance. By following Start’s programme through you can interact with a range of activities which will support you from the point at which you first begin to consider “what next?” to developing a detailed understanding of the industry you intent to join post 18.
By heading to the Success at School website your young person can find a useful careers guidance and careers zone focused on different jobs, what to study and how to get there.
The Skills Health Check is a set of quizzes and activities designed to help you explore your skills, interests and motivations. Working through the Skills Health Check can help you decide what kind of jobs might be right for your young person. You’ll be able to download your report once you’ve completed at least one assessment.
As your young person begins to make decisions about thier next steps they might like to consider these sites:
Get in Go Far is the government portal for information about apprenticeships, with a linked website to find live apprenticeship vacancies.
Amazing Apprenticeships provides ideas from Apprenticeship Champions on how to promote apprenticeships. The site also provides free talks and guidance to schools via the Apprenticeship Support Knowledge service (ASK).
The Prospects website is designed for people already at university, but it contains useful information for you too. One useful section is the “Careers Advice” section. Choose likely degree subjects (one at a time) and the website will give your young person ideas of graduate jobs you could consider. Your young person can also find out about the skills they will develop from studying a specific subject
My Career Springboard is a FREE careers guidance tool for school & college students.
Plan It Plus can help your young person match thier subjects with possible careers, has a course-matching page to aid your young person to identifying courses relevant to your career interests
If you have found some careers you are interested in click through to:
The National Careers Service HERE to find out the skills and qualifications needed to get into that job, what the work would be like, the pay you could expect and what the career prospects are.
Target Careers which offers a guide to potential career paths, choosing the most appropriate A level subjects and which careers require specific degrees or A-Levels
A career resource hub targeted at school and college leavers aged 16 to 18 can be found at Milkround which has lots of information about careers, universities and apprenticeship options and associated support and guidance
If you like to watch a video rather than read information head to these sites:
Talking Jobs where you’ll find an online video player that delivers a series of career case studies.
Push Talks are unique to any other school talk you’ve ever seen. They use comedy and storytelling to relate their deep expertise on higher and further education, careers, skills and employability.
I Could which provides a huge variety of video clips of LMI and personal career stories and gives you the inside story of how careers work. The icould storytellers relate their real-life career journeys. There are over a thousand easy to search, varied and unique career videos as well as hundreds of written articles. There are also quizzes to support your search and provide suggestions.
Careers Box means you can watch videos of people talking about a wide variety of job roles.