Key Careers Weblinks

WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO BECOME?

The following weblinks highlight the importance in taking some time to reflect on what is important to you in relation to career choices and allow you to explore your interests, values, skills, strengths and personality and how they relate to careers in a variety of interactive career questionnaires.

https://www.plotr.co.uk/game/

https://icould.com/buzz/

https://www.allaboutschoolleavers.co.uk/career-test

 

EXPLORING CAREERS

The following weblinks allow you to explore careers in more detail individually or by sector highlighting key information such as duties, skills required, entry routes, labour market information and career progression options.

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles

https://www.plotr.co.uk/careers/

https://www.allaboutschoolleavers.co.uk/industries

More detailed career research can be gained by networking with family and friends who work in specific job sectors. However the following video-based weblinks give a through overview of what a specific job may be like, including day to day roles and pros and cons of working in that sector.

https://icould.com/watch-career-videos/by-job-type/

http://tv.careersbox.co.uk/

Industry websites

Useful Links and Resources focussing on specific Career Sectors:

§  Accountancy, Banking, Finance and Law

§  Business, Management, Retail, HR, Advertising and PR

§  Creative Arts and Culture

§  Engineering, Manufacturing, Property and Construction

§  Energy, Utilities, Environment and Agriculture

§  Health, Social Care, Teaching, Childcare and Education

§  Sport, Leisure, Tourism, Hospitality and Catering

§  International Opportunities

§  IT and Information Services

§  Science and Pharmaceuticals

§  Transport and Logistics

 

CHOOSING OPTIONS AT YEAR 9 AND YEAR 11

http://www.youthspace.haringey.gov.uk/node/258
The study guide section within youthspace contains a range of information including help on making options choices in Year 9, post 16 options, and getting into higher education.

https://www.ucasprogress.com/search

This website allows you to search for London wide post-Year 11 6th form/College courses and  Apprenticeship options. A variety of filters can be applied to narrow your search including distance from home address, course level, type etc.

[The attached downloadable table outlines the current 6th form/ College /Apprenticeship qualification levels and entry requirements for options after Year 11]

 

CHOOSING HIGHER EDUCATION OPTIONS AT YEAR 12/13

The following links will allow you to analyse what is important in choosing a degree subject or University as well as understand entry criteria and the Application process:

 

I want to know more about applying to Oxford or Cambridge

https://www.alexandrapark.school/images/pdf/sixth_form/Updated_Oxbridge_Guide_2017.pdfI

 I want to know more about applying to Medical Schools

https://www.alexandrapark.school/images/pdf/sixth_form/Medical_School_Applications.pdf

I want to know more about HE Pre-entry tests e.g. BMAT/UCKAT/LNAT

https://www.alexandrapark.school/images/pdf/sixth_form/Guide_to_University_Admissions_Test_Requirements_2016.pdf

I have no idea what I want to study at University

The following websites use online questionnaires to enable you to gain a better understanding of what subjects/courses are available and which link best to your interests and strengths

www.ukcoursefinder.co.uk/questionnaire

www.bestcourse4me.com

www.university.which.co.uk/courses

https://www.whatuni.com/degrees/courses/

https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started/ucas-undergraduate-what-study

I am not sure of the different types of qualification available at University

What is the difference between an undergraduate degree, a sandwich degree and a Higher National Diploma? The following link will reveal the answers

https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started/ucas-undergraduate-what-study

I want to go to highly ranked/rated University

The following weblinks allow you to compare and contrast Universities by subject in relation to specific criteria such as results, post qualification employment, % spent on research/student etc.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/ng-interactive/2017/may/16/university-league-tables-2018

https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings

www.russellgroup.ac.uk/

www.qaa.ac.uk

I would like to understand the cost of studying at university and any financial help – loan/grants/scholarships/Bursaries available

Unfortunately going to University does not come free unless you have some very kind and wealthy relatives! Research the following weblinks for information on financial support that may be available to you:

https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

http://www.savethestudent.org/student-finance/student-grants-bursaries-scholarships.html

https://university.which.co.uk/advice/student-finance/how-do-i-find-out-which-bursaries-and-scholarships-are-available

GAP YEAR OPTIONS

Not ready to commit to University, want to travel or want to explore other options and get some work experience? Taking a gap year is a good idea but make sure you research as to how you can maximise your time wisely to benefit future job or university applications:

https://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/gap-year-226

https://www.gapyear.com/

http://www.yearoutgroup.org/

JOB SEARCH & EMPLOYABILITY

The internet and social media has both widened and developed job searching and how you interact with potential employers. However knowing how to create a winning CV or cover letter is still a critical skill to acquire. It is also worth investing time in speculative applications and networking through sites such as Linked-In as around 75% of jobs are not advertised.

CVs & Cover letters

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/cvs-and-cover-letters/example-cvs

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/cvs-and-cover-letters/cover-letters

https://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/cv/cvexamples.htm

CV Builders

https://www.barclayslifeskills.com/i-want-to-use-my-online-presence-to-get-ahead/school/cv-builder#form1

https://www.reed.co.uk/cvbuilder

https://www.studentjob.co.uk/info/cv-example?format=html&id=cv_example

https://uptowork.com/resume-templates#1

Online Jobsearch

https://www.studentjob.co.uk/info/this-is-how-you-use-social-media-in-your-search-for-a-job

https://www.studentjob.co.uk/info/tweet-yourself-to-a-job-with-our-twitter-tips

http://www.fish4.co.uk/career-advice/how-to-use-social-media-to-your-advantage/

https://gb.linkedin.com/ (Networking)

https://www.yell.com/ (speculative job applications)

 

APPRENTICESHIPS/TRAINEESHIPS/INTERNSHIPS

Work based learning opportunities have mushroomed over the last 5 years however there is an argument that quantity can often outweigh quality on a lot of these programmes. It is imperative that attention is paid to the length, duties, pay and content of these opportunities to prioritise well-resourced and fully accredited options.

Apprenticeships

https://www.plotr.co.uk/career-choices/apprenticeships/

https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch

https://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/apprenticeships-223

https://www.unifrog.org/

https://www.ucasprogress.com/search

 

VOLUNTEERING

Volunteering is an excellent way to gain valuable work experience and contacts whilst developing key skills for job or university applications.

https://do-it.org/

Current and local volunteering opportunities giving you the opportunity to filter area, work type and time of the week you wish to volunteer

http://vinspired.com/
Connects young people with volunteering opportunities
www.timebank.org.uk
Find out about how you could volunteer. Timebank make sense of all the different types of volunteering and can put you in touch with the right opportunities out there.
www.volunteering.org.uk
Lots of information about volunteering in England.
www.youthactionnetwork.org.uk
National membership organisation that develops and promotes volunteering.

Qualifications and Progression Routes