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.


Get the Jump

Whether you know where you’re headed in the future or not, knowing the work and study choices available to you is a great place to start.  Explore all of the education and training choices available to you here.


Launch Your Career

Launch Your Career is the home of the National Careers Challenge! Begin your career journey by taking the quiz and finding your personality animal and matched careers.


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.



Check out the short ‘Job of the Week’ clips which gives you an insight into different career paths



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


Buzz Quiz

Find out about your personality type, and what jobs might suit you by taking the Buzz Quiz.



Careers resources for school and college leavers.



Not sure what you want to do?  Browse the different jobs on offer and get an idea of the day-to-day responsibilities, the skills you will need and which courses could get you there.


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.


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 Careers Quiz

The UCAS careers 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.



Earn CV-ready certificates, learn at your own pace and get long-term access to thousands of high-quality short courses.



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


Youth Employment UK

Youth Employment UK is a leading organisation working to change the youth employment landscape for young people in the UK aged 16-24.


Input Youth

Input Youth is designed to offer young people careers advice, help and guidance by means of job guides and links to other key sites across the Internet



Join Upskill Me to learn from inspiring speakers, entrepreneurs, careers advisers and employers about the essential skills you need to succeed in life.



Browse over 40 different career routes across multiple sectors and hear from inspiring role models with industry insights.



Providing young people, students and graduates with up-to-date labour market information and career support, using comprehensive career guides for different sectors.


Young Professionals

Helping thousands of school students to accelerate their careers in apprenticeship and work experience programs.  Create your profile and find the best apprenticeships, work experience & insight days with the world’s biggest brands.


Parental Guidance

Parental Guidance will give you some of the advice and information you need to support young people during their transition to adult working life. You will find up-to-the-minute and well-researched articles by the country’s leading careers writers.


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.



The virtual careers platform which allows you to experience the world of work and university before applying.


Essex Opportunities

Essex Opportunities is a one stop shop for information and advice on jobs, careers, skills & training.  Search for jobs, courses and apprenticeships based in Essex.


Greater Essex Careers Hub

Working to ensure every young person receives outstanding, relevant careers education throughout their time at school & college and bridging the gap between education and employment.   Check out your 16-18 progression routes here.


Essex Youth Service

If you are 16-18 years old, live in Essex and are not in education, employment or training, an Employability and Skills Adviser can help you with your next steps. We also offer support to young people who are in home education or off school roll from Year 11.

Higher Education


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


Informed Choices

Use Informed Choices to help you understand which subjects open up different degrees, particularly at Russel Group universities



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


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.


Open Days

Visit the university & college open day directory to find out when you can visit institutions that you are interested in studying at.



UniTasterDays lists thousands of university events which are delivered by higher education institutions.  Students can search and book taster days, workshops, masterclasses and open days.


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.  You can also explore the university league tables which rank the best universities in the UK.


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.


Amazing Apprenticeships

Explore 350+ Higher and Degree apprenticeship vacancies.  Discover vacancy details from over 65 employers, including locations, salary information and direct application links.  The Higher & Degree Listing is a bi-annual publication, with the next release planned for November 2023.


FIND Apprenticeships

FIND Apprenticeships is a dynamic platform that bridges the gap between eager learners and industry-leading employers. Our mission is to empower the workforce of tomorrow by providing a seamless gateway to hands-on learning experiences


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.



CareerMap is the leading website for 15-19 year olds looking for a pathway into apprenticeships and early career opportunities.


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.


Essex Provider Network

Search the Essex Provider Network for current apprenticeship and trainee vacancies.


The Apprenticeship Guide

The definitive guide for apprenticeships in England.

CV Information

Barclays Life Skills

Use Barclays Life Skills CV builder


StandOut CV

To create a standout CV to help you get your dream job



For a school leaver CV Template


Success at School

CV information from Success at School



CV library with templates including how to write speculative letters

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


Pathway CTM

Connecting young people with leading global brands.  Providing employability skills training, free careers events and work experience opportunities.



In-depth, interactive and informative virtual work experiences from industry experts in the world’s leading employers.


Speakers for Schools

Explore the latest work experience placements on offer from hundreds of employers across a wide range of industries.


Rate My Placement

Find paid placements and internships with the UK’s best student employers.

Job Searching Websites

The government website for job searching




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