Here are some excellent resources to help students to research careers, next steps, apprenticeships and school leaver programmes.
Apprenticeship Guide offering a guide to apprenticeships in England.
Amazing Apprenticeships are a leading organisation in the education sector, founded to tackle misconceptions about apprenticeships and promote the benefits.
All About Careers offers free advice and guidance to young people interested in a range of careers. Also suitable for students, graduates and school leavers seeking internships, placements and graduate jobs. They also have websites for law careers, finance careers, apprenticeships and school leaver programmes.
Bright Network offers access to exclusive careers advice and opportunities for graduates.
Cambridge Subject Masterclasses are subject-specific events that offer academically able students in Year 12 (or equivalent) the chance to experience typical undergraduate teaching at the University. Useful whether or not you plan to apply to Cambridge.
Career Boss offers guides on specific career roles outlining skills and attributes.
Careersbox is a free online library of careers related films, news, and information.
CareerMap is the leading website for 15-25 year olds looking for a pathway into Apprenticeships and early career opportunities.
Choose Hair – interested in a career in Hair? This website will help you on your way.
EDT (Engineering Development Trust), offer young people active learning experiences in STE(A)M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) related careers, giving them the opportunity to gain knowledge and exposure that will help them make decisions about their future. They have 3 great areas of support as outlined below:
Insight into University (previously known as Headstart & Inspire) is a comprehensive on-line course allowing students to experience STEM studies at university and the career opportunities that these subjects lead to.
The virtual Routes into STEM course allows students aged 13+ to recognise the variety of opportunities available to them after taking their GCSEs, it will provide them access to key information on different pathways; college, university and STEM career.
Year in Industry help place students aged 17+ in Year 13 or S5/S6 (Scottish equivalent) or undergraduate students in top UK companies and organisations every year, including, Rolls-Royce, EDF, Network Rail, Scottish Power and P&G. Typically, the programme lasts between 10-12 months and is a paid placement.
Fledglink offer workshops, jobs and opportunities.
FutureLearn offer a diverse range of free massive open online course (MOOCs) in partnership with over 170 world-class universities, institutions and industry leaders, creating world-class courses to help support career choices.
Finito Education is passionate about helping first-time job hunters make the transition from education to employment. Learn from the employability experts about the global job market and how to beat the competition with this new insightful publication
Go Construct looks at jobs in the construction industry including plumbing, electrician, architect & engineer.
icould is a small, dynamic charity, providing career inspiration and information for young people. Explore new careers or take the buzz quiz.
informed Choices – What you study at sixth form or college can affect your options at university and your future career. Use Informed Choices to help you understand which subjects open up different degrees, particularly at Russell Group universities.
Inside Sherpa offers virtual work experience programmes from top companies.
InvestIn – Career-experience programmes for students who aspire to work in investment banking, law, medicine, engineering, politics, and journalism.
JobCentreGuide an independent guide to JobCentre Plus services, online job searching, CV preparation, and interview technique. They aim to provide you with all the information you’ll need to help you find a rewarding job.
LMI for All (Labour Market Information), here you can find out where to get more information and intelligence of the UK labour market.
The Medic Portal in partnership with The Royal Society of Medicine for aspiring medics.
MyBigCareer aim is to provide free one-to-one career guidance to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and to break down barriers to social mobility. Advice is delivered by professionally qualified advisers volunteering from within the independent sector.
MyKindaFuture is an award winning Social Enterprise that exists to give every young person equal power and opportunity to kickstart their career and shape their future. They work with a large network of schools, colleges and universities to connect students to employers who are looking for their next generation of talent.
The National Careers Service is the publicly funded careers service for adults and young people in England. Launched in April 2012, it brings together elements of previous publicly funded careers services for adults and young people. Its explore careers section is particularly useful to gain an understanding of what a job involves and whether its right for you.
National Careers Week a plethora of resources provided by a wide range of companies related to different careers.
Parental Guidance will give you some of the advice and information you need to support young people during their transition to adult working life. You will find up-to-the-minute and well-researched articles by the country’s leading careers writer.
National Space Academy looks at career opportunities in space and about the Level 3 qualification in Space Engineering.
Prospects are owned by the registered charity Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU), providing information to guide and inspire career choices throughout the student journey. Particularly useful for showing what careers degrees can lead to.
The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities, which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.
Springpod offers real-time work experience opportunities.
Student Ladder provides information on work placements, graduate schemes and internship opportunities for 16-24 year olds. Application advice on CVs and interviews alongside information, guidance, and advice from GCSE through to graduation.
Success at School is the place for young people to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice.
Tasty Careers is your one stop shop to finding a deliciously scrumptious Tasty Careers in the Food & Drink Industry.
UCAS is an independent charity providing information, advice, and admissions services to inspire and facilitate educational progression.
Your Game Plan, offer free digital learning for students to gain employability and transferable skills.
For long term Gap ideas there are several websites to explore.
Participation in ‘out of school’ volunteering, clubs and societies are always good. In addition, demonstrating involvement with diverse groups of people and what you have learned from the experiences is impressive in personal statements and future job interviews.
Not going to University/Beyond University
Not going to Uni – search jobs, opportunities and apprenticeships in the UK.
Get My First Job – apprenticeships, degree apprenticeships, work experience and graduate opportunities.
Glassdoor – research and read reviews of companies before you apply for a job.
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