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Careers Guidance Resources

Government-funded careers services open to all (including adults)

The National Careers Service is available to anyone in England for careers support, skills assessment and other resources, in Northern Ireland you can use the Careers Service, in Wales you can access Careers Wales and in Scotland you can access Skills Development Scotland.

Other general resources including career decision making:

All About School Leavers

Website which offers jobs, advice, and resources for those considering apprenticeships and other school leaver options.

Apprenticeships

You can access the government’s website on apprenticeships, which includes vacancies and explanations of the different types of apprenticeship.

Barclays Life Skills

Barclays Life Skills have a series of resources including videos, especially designed to help parents and carers support young people with regard to work experience. 

BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize, which you may know from its resources to support classroom learning and revision for public exams, has a wealth of resources relating to careers, including sections on returning to learning, university, college and apprenticeships, finding and applying for jobs, and much more.

Brightside

Brightside have produced a guide on what to consider when deciding what to study at university

Career Pilot

Career Pilot has great resources for young people 11-19.

Higher Education Progression Partnership (HEPP, Sheffield)

HEPP have produced a guide for making informed decisions about whether university is the right choice after school.

Icould

Icould has hundreds of useful careers videos as well as interactive tools and general advice. Try the Buzz Quiz to discover some of your strengths.

Not Going to Uni

Not Going to Uni is a portal for school leavers including degree apprenticeships and other jobs.

Reed

Employment agency and recruiter Reed has an advice page for school leavers.

Sector and subject specific resources

NB: This section is updated periodically. While we can’t ensure every career sector is represented, a good general guide can be found here on the National Careers Service website, with further links.

Biology

The Royal Society of Biology has a wide range of resources for careers in biological sciences, including further advice on careers and courses in biology.

Chemistry

The Royal Society of Chemistry has resources on careers relating to chemistry, including this one on career decisions.

Engineering

Tomorrow’s Engineers have a whole section on engineering careers, including how to gain experience, advice on becoming an engineer, and much more. 

English, History, Philosophy

There are many web pages which describe options with Humanities degrees. Here is one for an English degree; you can also look at History and Philosophy.

Remember that most graduate employers are interested in the attributes, behaviours and skills of the graduate as a whole, without specifying what degree has been studied. If you choose to study a subject that you will enjoy, you will find it far easier to do the hard work necessary to get a good degree. All universities have careers services with excellent resources and personal guidance available to help every student maximise their chances of the job or career they want after graduating.

Geography

The Royal Geographical Society has a page of careers resources for those interested in geography.

Health Careers

The NHS has an informative website about all aspects of health-related careers. These include Medicine, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, and many more, as well as wider healthcare careers. See also Medicine, below.

Law

A good place to start is with LawCareers.net. The website includes detailed sections on all aspects of law, but the Beginners’ Guide to a Career in Law is an excellent overview.

Mathematics

These resources from www.stem.org.uk are designed for teachers’ use in classrooms but are freely available and include videos to understand careers in which maths can be useful.

Medicine

This website from the Medical Schools' Council has up to date information on entry requirements and much more.

Modern Languages 

Prospects.ac.uk has a useful ‘What Can I Do with My Degree?’ page and specifically for Modern Languages

Physics

The Institute of Physics has some excellent career pages. This resource is good if you have decided you want to study physics at university or if the decision is whether or not take physics at school.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths):

General links to careers in STEM.

Teaching

Get into Teaching is the government’s gateway for explaining all the different routes for those who are considering teaching as a career.

Resources from Employers (section under development)

Capgemini (consultancy, technology and digital transformation) have careers information, including apprenticeships and graduate schemes.

Professional Services

For an overview of what professional services firms do and the ‘big four’ in particular.