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Careers advice and employment

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice. This is supported by qualified careers advisers.

Everyone has the ability and potential to develop and grow in their lives and careers but sometimes things get in the way and can hold you back.

The National Careers Service website aims to:

  • help you with careers decisions and planning
  • support you in reviewing your skills and abilities and develop new goals
  • motivate you to implement your plan of action
  • enable you to make the best use of high quality career related tools

Many of us use the internet in our job search now, as there are many ways it can take the legwork out of sorting through and applying for job vacancies. We've got some hints and tips on how to get the best out of recruitment websites. So whether you're new to online job hunting or an experienced internet jobseeker, check out our guide and see how the web can help you into work.

In addition to the internet, newspapers, Job Centres and trade magazines are just some of the other places employers advertise their job vacancies. Searching through advertised vacancies is also a great way to get ideas for jobs that might suit you, and to get a feel for the local labour market. Read our guide to offline vacancies, and make sure you're looking in all the right places.

Networking is using word of mouth to find out about the many jobs that aren't advertised. If you learn to network effectively you'll get inside information on jobs and careers, and build contacts who can help you find work. Applying for jobs that aren't advertised also cuts down your competition for each vacancy. If you're not networking already, we can help you to tap into the hidden jobs market today.

Recruitment agencies can take the hard work out of job searching, especially if you have skills local employers are looking for. Agencies can specialise in temporary work, permanent work or specific sectors. Find out how to deal with recruitment agencies so you make sure they're working hard to find you the right job.

Further information

Information for parents and carers from year 7 to year 12

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