Useful Websites

In order for you to do your own research, we have compiled a list of websites, which may be of use to you:


National Careers Service

Provides careers advice and information on a wide range of jobs, training courses, resources and funding.


Barclays Life Skills

Helps young people to understand and develop the key skills they need to go forward into the world of work.


Careers Box

The national online careers film and video library featuring real people in real jobs to help young people make informed decisions.



Provides career inspiration and information for young people.  Access over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, practical tips, insight and advice.



Careers resources for school and college leavers.


Student Ladder

For information on over 2,500 work placements, graduate schemes and internships for 16-24 year olds.



Plan your route, build your profile, find a provider and search job sectors. For A Levels, vocational qualifications, apprenticeships and more.


Success at School

The place for young people to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice.


Career Camel

Addresses the needs of young people in today’s job market. Gives students an understanding of what a career entails and how to go on to secure employment.


All About School Leavers

For information on where your qualifications can take you and latest job information.


All About Careers

A careers information site for 16-24 year olds looking for graduate schemes, graduate jobs, apprenticeships, placements & internships.


My World of Work

Learn more about yourself, explore your options and find the career that’s right for you.


The Big Choice

Look for graduate jobs, student jobs, school leaver jobs and work placements.


Search for graduate jobs, apprenticeships and work placements.


Future Talent

Alternatives to attending university including apprenticeships, entry level jobs and training courses.


Not Going to Uni

Alternative ideas if you are not going to university.


UCAS Post 16 Options

Find out more about Post-16 Options including courses in schools, colleges and training providers in England & Wales.


UCAS Explore Jobs

The website that enables you to explore jobs linked to school subjects, by job families and by your skills.


UCAS Buzz Quiz

The UCAS ‘buzz’ quiz which can help you with career ideas.


Sutton Trust

The Sutton Trust is an educational charity in the United Kingdom which aims to improve social mobility and address educational disadvantage.


Shaw Trust

The national charity which supports disabled and disadvantaged people to prepare for work, find jobs and live more independently.


The Princes Trust

Gives you the skills, tools, training and confidence you need to secure the job you want.



At FutureLearn, you’ll find a career that matches your education and skills.



Aims to help all students aged 16 and older with their academic journey, by offering information and advice on all stages of education.


The Student Room

A student community that exists for every student to use to support each other – whatever your background. From GCSEs to University, to landing a job and everything else life decides to throw at you.



Choose from six different course categories and have the freedom to learn new personal skills and employability skills by working independently from home whilst gaining certificates.

Higher Education


Provides information, advice, and admissions services to inspire and facilitate educational progression into Higher Education.



Information and advice about work experience, internship opportunities postgraduate study and graduate careers, including job profiles and “What can I do with my degree?”


Pure Potential

Provides free university and career advice to students from state schools and colleges across the UK, empowering them to make informed choices about their future university and career decisions.


What Uni

Whatuni helps students find universities and courses using comprehensive data and a handy university comparison tool.


The Uni Guide

What to study, where to go and how to get there.


University Compare

For advice and guidance on choosing a university course that’s perfect for your future career.


Apply to Uni

Sign up for news and advice on applying to university.


My Student Events

Finds open days, taster days & events. Search 100s of university & college open days and study events across the UK.


Parent Adviser

Advice for parents about career options for their children.


Discover Uni

Discover if Uni is right for you, choose what & where to study, find and compare courses.


Save the Student

A student guide to grants, bursaries and scholarships.


The Big Fat Guide to Student Finance

Shows students where the money is, how much you can get and how to get your hands on it.



For information about University and Student Finance.


The Complete University Guide 

The Complete University Guide provides a comprehensive and definitive guide to all matters related to higher education.


National Apprenticeship Service – Apply Apprenticeships

The government website which enables you to search and apply online for apprenticeship opportunities.


National Apprenticeship Service – Apply Traineeships

The government website which enables you to search and apply online for traineeships.


The Aim Group

Create your profile and start applying for your perfect apprenticeship.


QA Apprenticeships

For an apprenticeship in Technology, Project Management or Business then look at QA Apprenticeships.


Get My First Job

Specialises in the recruitment of apprentices, so register your details on the site.


Rate My Apprenticeship

The UK’s leading job resource for young people seeking apprenticeships.


The Apprenticeship Guide

The definitive guide for apprenticeships in England.

CV Information

Create a CV by going to:
Barclays Life Skills


To create a standout CV go to:
StandOut CV


For a school leaver CV Template go to:


CV info from Success at School:
Success at School

Volunteering/Work Experience

To help with future applications and to show your interest in your career goal, you may want to consider volunteering and/or work experience. Here are some examples but try local charities and organisations as well:


National youth volunteering charity


Volunteer Essex
Volunteering opportunities in Essex


Volunteering in the voluntary sector


National Citizen Service
National Citizen Service for 15–17 year olds


TCV Essex
Conservation volunteering in the community

Job Searching Websites

The government website for job searching




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