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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 young people 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, but don’t miss the 'extra web gems' and 'hot tips' at the end.

National Careers Service - Job Profiles

This link is to hundreds of occupations, but the site also includes a wide range of other careers-related topics. If you want to support a young person aged 13-16, you may find this link particularly helpful.

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Extensive and inspiring videos explored by subject interest, job type or life decision. Also includes a popular mini Interest Guide - The Buzz Test that can be helpful for generating ideas.

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 about work experience and postgraduate study. They may also find careerplayer a useful companion for exploring graduate career films.

Also, don't miss the annual gem on destinations What Do Graduates Do? which is recommended to be in every Adviser and Tutors kitbag.  

Occupational sectors

Administration, Business and Office Work    Building and Construction
Catering and Hospitality   Computers and IT
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 & 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
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 tips

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 schools or colleges intranet, VLE/MLE platform.

Keep returning to this article as well as 'picture viewer' and any further 'image links' in the Home for any changes or new, timely or particularly popular sites.

© Hilary Nickell,  September 2016