Careers advice

The National Careers Service can help you make career decisions throughout your life. From deciding your education route, planning a career change at any age or getting the job that is right for you.

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Making career choices

Post 16 options

Think about what your next step in education or training will be at 16.

Post 18 options

From 17 to 19, explore the education, work and study options available to you.

Options with an Education Health and Care (EHC) plan

Find the right learning or training option available to you with an EHC plan.

Career and job support for people with a disability

Help and advice for people with a disability or health condition to find and stay in work.

Advice on a gap year

Advice on taking time out of education before continuing your studies.

Advice for if you lose your job

Find useful advice and resources for if you have recently been made redundant or become unemployed.

Understanding the working world during COVID-19

See how Covid-19 is changing the way you find and get a job.

Advice on further study options

Consider and all the further study options available to you.

How to bounce back in a tough jobs market

Learn resilience and how to deal with difficult experiences.

Careers in the armed forces

Look into job roles in the British Army, Royal Air Force or Royal Navy.

Getting a job

How to find job vacancies

Find out where to look for vacancies from recruitment agencies to social media sites.

Making the most of virtual job fairs

Prepare for a virtual job fair, where you can network and find a job online.

Find a job by networking

Discover jobs through people you know.

How to write a CV

Check our CV advice on what to include and how to make it stand out.

How to write a cover letter

Learn more about cover letters, why they're important and how to use them.

How to fill in an application form

Get help to complete paper and online application forms.

Interview advice

Find out about the different types of interviews and how to do well in them.

How to answer common interview questions

Learn how to answer interview questions confidently and make a good impression.

How to do well in telephone interviews

Follow our advice on how to prepare and succeed in telephone interviews.

How to do well in video interviews

Follow our advice on how to well in live or pre-recorded video interviews.

How to create a Linkedin profile

Develop your job search and network by creating an online Linkedin profile.

How to find graduate schemes

Develop your talent on a graduate scheme.

How to prepare for psychometric tests

Learn how to be successful in psychometric tests.

How to find a virtual internship

Get remote work experience with companies in the UK or abroad.

Progressing your career

Develop your soft skills

Learn to develop your soft skills, like communication and leadership skills.

Advice on volunteering

Advice on how to choose volunteering positions for your future career choices.

Getting the most out of mentoring

Consider a mentor that can support, advise and guide you in your career.

Ways to develop skills

You could develop the soft skills you need for your future jobs and career.

Identifying skills and upskilling

Identify the skills you have, how you can improve them and develop new ones.

How digital skills can help you

Learn digital skills to improve your confidence in using technology for work, learning and daily life.

Build foundation digital skills to help your career

Learn the foundation digital skills you will need for the workplace.

Choosing online learning

Online learning is a way to improve your skills without leaving your home.

Getting the most out of online learning

Make online learning a fun and rewarding experience.

How work experience can help you

Understand why work experience is important and how it can help you develop.

Types of work experience

Look at the different ways to try out different careers to see whether they're right for you.