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

BBC Bitesize Careers

Checkout the videos and content from the BBC Biteseize Careers team, all about lots of different careers you might like

iCould careers videos

Looking for careers inspiration? Use the careers videos icould and see videos of people working in their careers talking about what it's really like

Careers Box

Use the Careers Box Video Lounge to checkout people talking about their careers

Digital Careers Magazines

Target Careers

Target Careers: School Leaver 200 features the 200 most popular employers for school leavers

BAME Education & Careers Guide

BAME: The Education & Careers Guide has insights from professionals in the BAME community

Careermag

CareerMag is a magazine for young school-leavers finding out about their options in the world of work

AfC World of Work virtual careers fair

You will find videos, web links and more information on a number of industries and companies, enabling you to further your understanding of opportunities within a range of employment sectors.

Have you got skills for the job?

Future Learn have created a fantastic interactive tool so students can see how their skills fit in the world of work and find information about the Labour Market, in the UK and globally

Popular Careers


  • 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.



  • DENTISTRY: aspiring dental students need to find work experience, be that virtual or physical.



  • 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.

    • The Medical Schools Council has produced information to assist medical school applicants.

    • 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.



  • SPORTS Students can look at the Careers-in-Sports website to discover more about the sporting industry.


Link to National Careers Service website.

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.

Working Hours

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.

Volunteering

If you are keen to become a volunteer, Do-it and Vinspired can help to link you up to volunteering vacancies, as well as the #IWill campaign website.

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

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.

Student and Parents' Guide

Achieving for Children has a Next Steps Pack for those who need extra support with learning or employability support

Parents' Guide

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.