Careers Information and Advice
Job Market Information
Use the LMI for All widget to check fast facts about a career you're interested in.
The Institute for Employment Research gives up to date information relevant to different industries, with an overview of types of jobs in each industry, skills employers want and employment trends in the UK.
The Careers Inspiration website offers up to date information about the job market within London.
Eurostat has lots of information about the labour market in Europe.
Moving On magazine also gives you careers and qualification information.
What's the job really like? Be inspired with careers videos
Digital Careers Magazines
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CONSTRUCTION: For Construction careers use the Go Construct website. Or book yourself a tour of a working construction site through Open Doors where you'll see a range of careers, such as Quantity Surveyors, Civil Engineers, Project Managers and more.
CREATIVE INDUSTRIES: there are numerous sources of information about creative industries including;
Access VFX has information and apprenticeships in Games Design and related industries.
Escape Studios careers guide, should help you find your way to a career in VFX, game art, animation, motion graphics or producing.
DENTISTRY: aspiring dental students need to find work experience, be that virtual or physical.
UHB & Medic Mentor have a 30-hour virtual programme for aspiring dentists.
Medic Mentor have an application guide for those intending to apply for a GDC (General Dental Council) approved undergraduate course. They also have a page for students considering gaining dental work experience.
Future Learn have a free online course; Discover Dentistry
Advice from the Dental Schools Council about useful experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The British Dental Journal also has articles which can make informative reading for students.
HEALTHCARE: For careers in Healthcare, take a look at the Medical Mavericks website and watch the quick 11 min video (Episode 21) on how to get into the right training route for your healthcare career, as well as this video about healthcare Work Experience. Other useful websites include: -
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: This 2018 edition of TargetJobsIT e-magazine has stacks of information about getting into the IT sector.
LAW: Aspiring Lawyers should aim to broaden their knowledge beyond their school curriculum. Students can do this by using resources such as those found on The Lawyer Portal website, as well as taking up opportunities such as Virtual Work Experience. Experiences are useful for understanding the career, referencing and reflecting on in future interviews and applications. Vantage is a website which matches students to opportunities at law firms - create a profile in 5 minutes. Law Careers links to various Diversity Access Schemes in order to create a more diverse workforce in law.
MEDICINE: Aspiring medics should broaden their knowledge beyond their existing curriculum.
EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE: students can; read this Aspiring Medics article for ideas about gaining experiences, listen to BMJ podcasts, read BMJ articles, take part in virtual Brighton & Sussex Medical School work experience, virtual GP experience from the Royal College of GPs, UHB & Medic Mentor 30-hour virtual programme for aspiring doctors, take a free short online course in Medicine or Health topics. If possible, join the St Johns Ambulance Cadets.
African Caribbean Medical Mentors (ACMM) aim to realise the potential of current and future African and Caribbean healthcare professionals, particularly in medicine and dentistry.
Dr Baptiste on YouTube is a GP and has lots of videos students can watch for careers information.
Medic Mentor is an excellent website which students can register onto directly. This organisation runs events at various locations throughout the year.
The Taste of Medicine website has worked in partnership with St George's University of London to develop their interactive website.
The Medic Portal can be used for information and support about the application process, developed in partnership with The Royal Society of Medicine.
Education Projects has specific tips for students applying to Medical School with help on Personal Statements and interviews.
Melanin Medics promotes diversity within medical careers particularly for those of African and Caribbean descent.
UniMed have plenty of resources such as webinars and ebooks for aspiring medical students.
MUSIC: for young songwriters, composers and producers, here are some leads into the music industry.
PRS for Music charge a £30 lifetime joining fee, and protect your copyright and royalty's.
The British Academy of Songwriters Composers and Authors - a movement / union of songwriters that fight to change the law to protect song writer's rights.
The Musicians Union, a trade union for musicians.
The Brit School a London based performing arts college.
The Academy of Contemporary Music a university which involves students within the industry to give them a career head start.
MIDEM run annual events for musicians to network internationally.
SPORTS Students can look at the Careers-in-Sports website to discover more about the sporting industry.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) Careers:
Neon is a fantastic website offering insights into STEM industries as well as opportunities for young people
The Maths Careers website has information and links to websites across many STEM sector careers.
The Tech Future Careers website gives a lot of information about careers in technology.
Digital Skills on the Mayor of London website is for young people to sign up for digital training opportunities in London.
Royal Society of Chemistry has careers insights as well as a game to identify which of your passions fit with which career in chemistry
Space Careers UK has lots of information about getting into a career in space.
Catalyst magazine is a digital magazine all about the latest developments in STEM.
MATHEMATICAL CAREERS: For information about careers which use Maths look at the Maths Careers website.
Talk Business has information about How to Become an Accountant
Careers information services
The National Careers Service website offers students impartial and independent careers information, advice and guidance to help them make decisions about learning, training and work opportunities.
Use this link for an A-Z of job profiles and labour market information.
You can contact an adviser at The National Careers Service offers confidential, helpful and impartial advice, supported by qualified careers advisers. Support is also available from trained advisers who will talk through issues, offering confidential advice and practical help. Advisers are available from 8am to 10pm, seven days a week, telephone 0800 100 900, or for text messages on 07766 413219.
Total Professions is an advisory website where you can find out about many different careers.
Here are some government rules about how many hours you can work as a teenager in full-time education. Legally, you should not be employed to work before 7.00am or after 7.00pm.
Temporary work or holiday work
It can be difficult to know where to start when looking for temporary work, click here for some guidelines to get you going.
For London-based volunteering The Mayor's team have developed their Team London website, to find voluntary opportunities within London.
Qualities employers look for
Employers want individuals who have qualities useful in the workplace, such as those who: -
- Are aware of business opportunities - Deliver quality - Are resilient - Exercise professional judgement - Strive for continual improvement - Demonstrate innovation and curiosity - Have career motivation - Make an impact - Are collaborative and inclusive.
You can also use the SkillsBuilder self-assessment tool to work out which transferable skills you are best at, and which areas you can build on to improve
Preparing for Interviews
The National Careers Service offer excellent information to help you prepare for interviews.
If you are looking to interview for a well-known company, Glassdoor can help you with your interview preparation, giving specific feedback from people who have previously interviewed for that company.
Self-employment is an option for all ages. Nationally and locally we have multiple organisations who can support your new business idea with funding, training, mentoring and more, to get your new business off the ground: -
Princes' Trust Enterprise Programme helps people aged 18-30 who are unemployed, or who work fewer than 16 hours per week, to build their business ideas into a solid plan
New Enterprise Allowance supports eligible Jobcentre customers aged 18+ with start-up funding through either and allowance or a loan, as well as support from business mentors.
ROCBaSE (Richmond Opportunity Centre for Business & Social Enterprise) offer affordable Business Counselling, mentoring, coaching and training for people looking to start up their own business
Richmond's Den - similar to Dragon's Den, run an annual competition where potential new businesses pitch for £10,000 to use towards their start-up costs
Women in the workplace
Career blog What's For Work? has advice for women who go out to work. Fearless Futures aims to educate young women and improve gender equality in the workplace. Stemettes was set up to inspire the next generation of females into (STEM) Science, technology, Engineering and Maths careers. The University of Oxford has produced a website; Women in Science to help support and advise young women looking at a science career.
Disabilities in the workplace
Advisory website, Disability Rights UK has information and advice for people who have a disability including information on education, skills and employment. EmployAbility has information, advice and support for students with a disability or dyslexia. Diversity Careers run an annual careers event showcasing employers who are seeking to employ, support and connect with students with disabilities.
With the help of JP Morgan, this 2020 Parents' & Carers Guide has been made so parents/carers can use it as a tool to help young people prepare for their future. There's a step-by-step guide to help them focus on career paths connected to their skills and interests, including is a worksheet to be completed by the parent/carer and young person together to make tangible progress. It also includes case studies, info on the new T-levels, plus articles on university, mental health, encouraging young women into engineering and more.