Careers advice

The National Careers Service can help you make career decisions throughout your life. From deciding your education route at 14 to planning a career change at any age. Get the job that's right for you with our advice on where to look, how to apply and how to do your best in interviews.


Routes to careers

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.

Advice on a gap year

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


Coping with change

Advice for if you lose your job

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

Advice for furloughed workers

Find out about your rights and get help when becoming furloughed.


Finding job opportunities

How to find job vacancies

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

Find a job by networking

Discover jobs through people you know.


How to get the job you want

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.

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.