The National Careers Service: nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk website contains some excellent careers information, including entry routes, skills required and salary. It also gives you details of some alternative, related careers and gives you the chance to read some up-to-date and accurate labour market information.
The icould website icould.com contains lots of short films featuring people talking about their jobs. There is a link to a personality/ disposition quiz called ‘Buzz’, which helps you think about what jobs would suit your personal strengths.
Careersbox: careersbox.co.uk is a website that has videos of individuals who work in particular jobs and industries. There are also films about apprenticeship schemes.
All About Careers
All About Careers: allaboutcareers.com
This website enables you to explore a range of jobs and enables you to get careers advice. There are 3 sections:
• Wondering what can I do?
• Looking for jobs?
• Need career advice?
You can also sign up for a weekly careers advice newsletter and take a careers test.
There is an area on the site for jobs and employers. This offers live information about what jobs are available and which employers are looking to recruit.
Plotr: www.plotr.co.uk is another good website that allows you to explore different sector areas.
Career Player: careerplayer.com is another that allows you to watch videos to learn about a wide range of different careers.
Prospects: prospects.ac.uk has lots of interesting information for students considering university, including a section that outlines what current undergraduate students, studying particularly subjects, will likely consider as future employment opportunities once they graduate.
Offers a range of free services to help students make the best choice possible when it comes to Higher Education. Services are designed to help students explore the range of possibilities open to them.
All information links to the latest University; Unistats and UCAS data.
Sector Skills Councils: fisss.org.uk/sector-skills-council-body gives excellent careers information as well as current information on the labour markets associated to a particular sector.
Other useful websites
Amazing Apprenticeships: https://amazingapprenticeships.com/
University of Kent: http://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/explorer.htm
Career How: http://careerhow.ncfe.org.uk/
Success at School: https://successatschool.org/careerzones
Pure Potential: http://www.purepotential.org/
Target Careers: https://targetcareers.co.uk/
https://www.gov.uk/browse/education/student-financ is a government website with specific information on HE finance for English-based students. It is also the website which you use to apply for your tuition fee and maintenance loans: https://www.gov.uk/apply-online-for-student-finance.
Student Finance England
http://www.sfengland.slc.co.uk/ is a website with links to other resources explaining how student finance works.
http://www.thescholarshiphub.org.uk/ is a website that has information on financial support for students. You can go to this website and search by specific courses or just by a university; for some of the scholarships you will need to make applications – others will be organised by the university as soon as they receive confirmation that you will be starting with them, and once they know your individual financial circumstances.
https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/finance-and-support has a specific section focussing on the finance of higher education and details of the support that is available.
The Student Calculator
http://studentcalculator.org/ from Brightside helps you to work out how much money you will have at university and how much you will need.
Save the Student
The Big Fat Guide to Student Finance Checking out the info on this page will mean you’ll be less confused about undergraduate uni costs, more confident about getting the funds you need, and have a better idea how much the whole thing’s going to set you back.
Repayment Calculator Find out how long it will take you to pay off your student loan, and how much you can expect to pay back
VInspired: www.vinspired.com is an organisation that can help you to find volunteering opportunities.
Volunteering Matters: http://volunteeringmatters.org.uk/ is an organisation who can help you to find volunteering opportunities within your local community.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award: http://www.dofe.org/ has helped countless young people to gain valuable experience and life skills. For over 70 years the charity has inspired and transformed the lives of millions of young people from all walks of life. From volunteering to physical activities, life skills to expeditions, achieving a DofE Award is a passport to a brighter future, valued by employers and universities.
National Citizen’s Service: http://www.dofe.org/
National Citizen Service (NCS) is open to all 16 and 17-year-olds in England.
It helps you build your skills for work and life, while you take on new challenges and meet new friends.
It runs in the spring, summer and autumn. You’ll have a short time away from home and take part in a team project that will help your community.
NCS brings together young people from different backgrounds and helps them develop greater confidence, self-awareness and responsibility. It encourages personal and social development by working on skills like leadership, teamwork and communication.
Participants develop a social action project to deal with a local issue they’re passionate about, and spend 30 hours putting the project into action in their community.
Volunteering to Support Health and Medical Careers
An excellent website offering advice and guidance on how get the much needed work experience that is needed to apply for a career in health care.
Individuals organise gap years for different reasons. They can be used to help you to further develop key skills, gain experience, learn a language, volunteer, earn some money, re-sit qualifications or take some time to think about what you’re going to do next. If you want some help in co-ordinating this, there are lots of companies out there who will do this.
The Gap-Year Guidebook: http://www.gap-year.com is a good place to start if you want to find out more information about gap years and also get some links to the various organisations who could help you plan your gap year.
The Year Out Group: http://www.yearoutgroup.org/organisations/ also has links to various other organisations.
Finally, various travel companies that offer a booking service covering travel, volunteering and work experience abroad. These include:
Other useful sites are:
Parental Guidance: http://www.parentalguidance.org.uk/ this site offers some useful advice to parents regarding their son/daughter’s future plans and has some excellent links.
Studential: https://www.studential.com/ is a website that helps individuals consider the range of opportunities they have for their future.
Amazing Apprenticeships: https://amazingapprenticeships.com/
Careers at Sea: http://www.careersatsea.org/ is a website for those considering a career in the Merchant Navy. The site explores the various career opportunities and includes contact details of all the sponsoring companies.
Widening Access to Medical School: http://www.wanttobeadoctor.co.uk/ has been set up by current medical students from the University of Leeds. It is a good website with lots of information/links for any prospective medical students.
Student Midwives Sanctuary: http://studentmidwivessanctuary.com/ is a website forum set up for the benefit of students interested in training to be a midwife.
NHS Careers: https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/ is a website with lots of information about the huge range of careers that are available within the NHS.
The College of Policing: http://recruit.college.police.uk/Pages/home.aspx has a website with information about the entry requirements and process for becoming a Police Officer, Community Support Officer and/or Special Constable. Each local Force will also have information on their websites, for example: https://www.durham.police.uk/Join-us/Pages/default.aspx
Barclays Life Skills https://www.barclayslifeskills.com/
Loud Magazine www.loudmag.co.uk features the latest opportunities for college leavers and 6th formers.