About Explore careers

Explore careers is the government’s careers advice website for England. It provides information and advice to help you make decisions on learning, training and work. The service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers.

The site is maintained by the Department for Education (DfE).

What’s on Explore careers

You’ll find:

  • job profiles
  • a Skills health check tool
  • a Find a course tool
  • help to get a job

Job profiles

We've got over 750 job profiles describing what each job involves, including:

  • what you need to get into the job
  • what you'll do
  • what the working hours are
  • how much you'll usually get paid

You can use the search bar if you've got a particular job profile in mind. You can also browse the jobs in different job categories to get some career ideas.

Skills health check

Try our Skills health check to assess your strengths and personality type and get ideas on the kinds of jobs that could suit you. You'll work through several assessments to help you find out what you're good at, what you like doing and how you like working. You can take one assessment at a time or spend a few hours completing it in full. You'll get a report showing your results, which will include suggestions on job categories that might suit you.

Find a course

Use Find a course for information on courses offered by learning providers contracted with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). These include colleges, training providers and local education authorities.

Learning opportunities include:

  • adult further education
  • apprenticeships
  • adult community learning
  • undergraduate and postgraduate degrees
  • courses aimed at 16 to 19 year olds

Help to get a job

In our help to get a job section you can find in-depth advice on how to:

  • find vacancies
  • fill in application forms
  • write a professional CV
  • perform well in interviews
  • get work experience

Advice in other languages

You can speak to an adviser in your own language using our translation service. Call 0800 100 900 and tell the adviser which language you would like translated.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Explore careers offers advice about careers and skills in England. You can get careers advice for other parts of the UK from:

How Explore careers is updated

We work closely with Sector Skills Councils, professional and industry bodies, and government departments to make sure all the information on Explore careers is accurate and up to date.

Explore careers is also updated based on results from user research and feedback from members of the public.

Tracking users

We track how you use Explore careers, but we do not collect or store your personal information (like your name or address) while you’re browsing. This means that you cannot be personally identified.

We use Google Analytics software to track:

  • which pages you visit
  • how long you use the site
  • how you got to the site and what links you clicked on

We do not allow Google to share this data with anyone else.

Reuse information published on Explore careers

You can republish any of the content on Explore careers, as long as you meet the conditions of the Open Government Licence.

Links to other sites from Explore careers

Explore careers links to external organisations when that link is essential for helping someone complete a task that they begin on the site.

For example, there’s a link on many job profiles to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) website, which allows you to search for degree courses.

You can ask for a link to be added to Explore careers.