To help you decide which career would be suitable for you, it can be useful to research jobs to find out what is involved, what skills are required and what qualifications are needed.
You can do this by:
- at school or college, using the careers library and computers provided
- visiting your Career Connect centre, using the facilities in the careers library and on the computers provided.
- talking to relations or friends who are working to find out more about their jobs
- searching careers databases online to find information which you can read or print out.
National Careers Service
The National Careers Service can also help you plan your future. They have friendly advisers who can provide information on learning, work, apprenticeships and choosing the right university. You can also get advice on your choices in Year 9 and Year 11.
If you’d like to speak to an adviser, just call 0800 100 900. Calls from a landline are free, but will show on your phone bill. Some calls from a mobile are charged, but if you call on your mobile, they can call you back. Calls can take up to 30 minutes, depending on what you want to talk about.
To make the most of your time, here are some useful things you can do to prepare beforehand:
- think about what you want to get out of the call, for example have you a specific question in mind or are you looking for more general advice?
- set aside enough time to talk
- phone from a place where it's not too noisy
- have a pen and paper ready to write down any points, names or phone numbers you may be given.
You can also contact the National Careers Service by webchat, email and text - visit their website for further details about each of these.
The new user-friendly and interactive website has links to lots of other useful sites, and has handy tools and guides for you to use, such as Skills Health check Tools and a CV builder.