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Top Websites – Careers Information on the Internet 

The internet can never be a substitute for a young person discussing their career interests and information needs with a professionally qualified careers adviser. As a parent or carer you have a vital supporting role and, speaking from personal (and sometimes painful) experience, timing can be everything! However, I am sure you would agree it’s never too soon for a young person to begin exploring their own ideas, and the internet is a great place to start. (See also Ellie Stevenson’s Getting Help with Careers: where to start.)

Surely we can just Google what we need?

It’s true that Google is brilliant and can instantly meet a specific information need. However, despite sophisticated use of analytic tracking software, the results are still based on promoting the most popular or paid ads rather than professionally recommended or evaluated careers information. The best may not even appear!

So where do we start?

A career can be explained as a ‘pathway through life’ and, like any journey, there are transitional periods, milestones and even crossroads. So, we have taken the opportunity below to list a wide selection of recommended and reliable sources of general as well as specific careers information sources, beginning with the national careers sites supporting young people and/or parent interests:

Extensive and inspiring videos explored by subject interest, job type or life decision. The site is aimed at young people, but many of the films are suitable for all ages. Includes a popular mini interest guide called the Buzz Quiz which can be helpful for generating early ideas based on personality type. 

Prospects This site is an excellent resource for anyone thinking about going to university, or job seeking after graduation. There is a helpful Career Planner to give young people ideas as to what they may be suited to, as well as information on work experience, internships and postgraduate study. 

Occupational sectors

Perhaps your son or daughter is already interested in a careers sector, but unsure what job role appeals. The following sectors represent hundreds if not thousands of careers, so we have selected particularly informative sites representing a broad range of different occupations.

Administration, Business and Office Work       Building and Construction

Catering and Hospitality                                       Computers and IT Design

Design, Arts and Crafts                                         Education and Training

Engineering                                                              Environment, Animals and Plants

Financial Services                                                   Healthcare

Languages, Information and Culture                 Legal and Political Services

Leisure, Sport and Tourism                                  Manufacturing and Production

Marketing and Advertising                                  Media, Print and Publishing                                

Performing Arts                                                     Personal and Other Services (Hair & Beauty)   

Retail Sales and Customer Services                 Science. Mathematics and Statistics

Security and Armed Forces                               Social Work and Counselling Services

Transport and Logistics

Extra web gems

To keep up to date, don’t miss the carousel of general and specialist parent support sites from the Parental Guidance home page.

Hot tip

Encourage your son or daughter to check out what careers software, including psychometric matching programs, may be available at their school or college. Most have excellent careers information to complement their results, and some programs may be accessible from home through the school or college’s intranet, VLE/MLE platform. 

© Hilary Nickell, January 2018