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Advise me about...... Careers

One of the main reasons for learning is to help develop your career, whether that is about advancing in your current job or taking a new direction. If you are thinking of changing your career path then spending some time researching your options is important.

The National Careers Service

The National Careers Website is a great place to start if you want to do research online, they provide profiles of all jobs and general career planning tools. They have excellent up to date links to more detailed help for almost any career you can imagine. You can also get one to one help from the National Careers Service either through their helpline or through their network of local advisers.

Advice from Education Providers

Local education providers may also have someone you can talk to about careers and course choices, they may also be able to tell you about the employment prospects for those completing a course they have on offer. These may be called careers advisers, student support workers or educational guidance officers.

Researching the skills employers need

If you have a clear direction about the career path you want to take but you are not sure on the best way in then finding out what skills, knowledge and qualifications employers want is important. You will want to make sure the courses you are considering are valued in the job market. You can do this by looking at job vacancies online or in newspapers. Looking at the webpages of a recruitment agency is also useful as there are a number of vacancies advertised together and you can see if there are any common job requirements. Professional bodies are another source of support, their web pages can given an insight into what is happening within a particular field of work and there is often detailed information about the requirements of a particular job. The National Careers Service website has good links to relevant professional bodies.

Progressing at work

If you are looking to progress at work then talking to your employer is a important first step, they can help you understand what routes are available and what additional skills or qualifications you will need to gain before you could be considered for a new role. They may even be able to support you financially to undertake further study or perhaps give you a chance to get some work experience or shadowing. Talking directly to people in the role you are interested in can help, although remember there are usually a number of different routes into any career so finding the right opportunity for you is what counts.

Gaining access to Higher Education

For some careers you will need to take a degree or other higher education qualification. If you wish to take a certain degree subject then make sure the access or pre-entry course you are applying for is suitable. Using UCAS profiles or the provider's online prospectus for this can help but you will probably need to contact the admissions department directly for individual advice. Although most HE courses have set entry requirements the Open University has an open entry policy, which means for most courses there are not formal entry requirements, to read more go to www.open.ac.uk/courses/do-it

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Information about the advice services offered by the
For some careers you will need to take a degree or other higher education qualification. If you wish to take a certain degree subject then make sure the access or pre-entry course you are applying for is suitable. Using UCAS profiles or the provider's online prospectus for this can help but you will probably need to contact the admissions department directly for individual advice. Although most HE courses have set entry requirements the Open University has an open entry policy, which means for most courses there are not formal entry requirements, to read more go to http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/do-it

Information about the advice services offered by the
National Careers Service

General information about entry requirements for HE or use the online course search tool and look at course entry profiles to get more detailed information see:
Entry requirements on UCAS website

Find out about a free 15 hour online course ‘Planning a better future’ provided by the Social Partnerships Network
‘Planning a better future’

The Workers Educational Association
Workers Educational Association

Careersmart is a careers guidance website set up by the Prospect union for professionals. It covers a range of subjects, from progressing your career to pensions, self employment and CV writing.
Careersmart

Useful Links

Information about the advice services offered by:

National Careers Service

Entry requirements for HE or use the online course search tool and look at course entry profiles to get more detailed information

UCAS

‘Planning a better future’ provided by the Social Partnerships Network

‘Planning a better future’

The Workers Educational Association

Workers Educational
Association

Careersmart, a careers guidance website for professionals.

Careersmart