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

Get the Jump: explore your education and training choices

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.

Education advice if you have special educational needs or a disability

Advice and support to help you choose your next step if you're leaving school or have recently left.

Job support if you have special educational needs or a disability

Help and advice to find and stay in work if you're disabled or have a health condition.

Advice on a gap year

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

Redundancy and losing your job

Find useful advice and resources if you've been made redundant or become unemployed.

Postgraduate study options

Consider and all the post-graduate study options available to you.

How to bounce back in a tough jobs market

Learn resilience and how to deal with difficult experiences.

Armed forces careers 

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

Getting a job

Find job vacancies

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

Make the most of virtual job fairs

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

Networking to find a job

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.

Filling in an application form

Get help to complete paper and online application forms.

Interview tips

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

Common interview questions: how to answer

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

Phone interviews: how to do well

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

Video interviews: how to do well

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

Explain gaps in work history

Get advice on how to tell employers about gaps in your employment history.

Create a LinkedIn profile

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

Graduate schemes: getting a place

Develop your talent on a graduate scheme.

Psychometric tests: how to prepare

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.

Volunteering advice

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.

Identifying skills and upskilling

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

Digital skills to help your career

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

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.

Ways to get work experience

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