Where can I get more information?

When you’re making big decisions about your future, it’s so important to find out as much as you can about your options and possibilities. If you’re not sure yet what you’d like to do, try doing a careers quiz to see what options you might be suited to. If you’ve got an idea about the area you’d like to work in, you can try some career-specific websites or look up that section on more general websites.

To help you to make the right choices about your career and future we recommend having a look at these sites linked through below.

Starting Your Research

Choosing A Career By Subject

Going To University

Getting A Job

Doing An Apprenticeship


 Specific Careers Ideas Advice For Parents and Teachers Boosting Your Employability

Career Advice General

  • National Career Service helps you explore career families and see what qualifications and experience you will need for certain careers
  • icould shows a range of careers with real stories from people in a variety of different careers
  • Career Companion offers careers guidance and advice for students, teachers, careers advisers and parents
  • Parental Guidance helps parents and carers who want to help their child make the right decision for future careers and study
  • Southampton Information Directory lists partners and services in the city
  • Not Going to Uni  has information and advice on job vacancies and careers after A-levels, including Higher Apprenticeships
  • successatschool Success at School is the place for young people to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice.
  • brightknowledge.org while this sight is particularly focussed on life as a student with advice on housing and finances it is laid out in a simple and accessible way to help with finding information on careers and opportunities.

Specific Career areas

  • Creative Skillset provides career profiles, advice and information for people looking for jobs in media, fashion, game design and other creative areas
  • Shaping Your World is an interactive website that acts as a guide to an awesome career in the built environment
  • britishmarine.co.uk representing businesses involved in: Leisure boats – seagoing and inland, Small commercial workboats up to 24m, Super yachts and Hire fleets this is the go to site of you want a career at sea.
  • A-Career-in-Hospitality a huge industry and particularly relevant for us on the south coast.
  • nurseryworld a valuable site for finding out what’s happening in the world of childcare with interviews from workers and vacancies.
  • Carnival is a big employer in Southampton so its important to know the huge  range of careers on offer. Take a look, and if you think a career at sea is for you watch the British Marine film at britishmarine  for more inspiration.
  • careersatsea is part of the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB), which in turn sits within the UK Chamber of Shipping. The MNTB works right across the UK to champion maritime education, training and skills. Your studies at a nautical college or university will be based on an MNTB framework.
  • catoacademy A school for aspiring Tour Managers, Production Managers, Backline Techs & Live Sound Engineers. view the film on the site to see what’s involved. The course does cost; for the 12 weeks it is £2000. You need to be 18 to apply.  Winner of the Creative and Cultural Skills Music Skills Award 2016
  • people1st People 1st is the workforce development expert for the hospitality, tourism, travel, passenger transport and retail industries. Working in partnership with employers to develop solutions that increase performance through people. careerpathwaymaps love this simple diagram showing how careers are linked.
  • LANTRA offers careers information on land-based careers, work with animals, conservation and the environment
  • NHS Careers explains about career opportunities in the NHS and in hospitals.
  • Step into the NHS provides information and advice about working in the NHS
  • yourlife where can Science and technology subjects take you? Your Life will show you how to make an impact on the global economy by choosing to develop skills that are in demand.       
  • Featured article: Interested in becoming a veterinary surgeon? This great career guide tells you more about what a veterinary surgeon does and what you need to do to get into the role. Check out the article here: vetsure  
  • Want to become a hairdresser or barber? Perhaps an apprenticeship is right for you. Check out this guide from London Hairdressing Apprenticeship Academy for more info: become a hairdresser   

Subject specific

  • history careers looking at how to combine a love of history with a career for the future – its not just about working in museums!
  •  geography careers this page gives links to resources for teachers as well as giving an insight into the various careers Geography study can lead to.
  • studyreligion a word of caution that this is a US site – however the basic premise is global and makes interesting reading for looking at the benefits of studying Religion
  • physics careers with job profiles for a range of careers, some obviously linked to physics, others not so obvious! a good starting point for those deciding about further physics study.
  • rsc careers it is always useful to have job profiles to inspire and this site does this really well with an great graphic to show the not so obvious careers using skills from study in Chemistry. there are also resources for Chemistry teachers to promote careers using these skills.
  • http://www.futuremorph.org/ Career opportunities for Science and Math an easy to use site that helps you to consider the breadth of Career opportunities in STEM

The prospects site can help with a range of ‘where next’ questions: prospects

Higher Education

  • Which University offers careers information and advice to help you choose GCSE and A-level subjects and narrow down your higher education options
  • The Student Room allows GCSE, A-Level and university students to share academic and social knowledge, from study help and student life, to choosing a university or career
  • Prospects offers career information and advice
  • UCAS displays the entry requirements for university courses and the specific grades you will need to get in, as well as course details and advice to help you choose the best path for you
  • Smart Futures is a great paid experience of work for ambitious, bright Year 12s that can improve your chance of getting a job after school or going onto higher education.
  • Uni Stats includes official data about each university and college’s satisfaction scores in the National Student Survey, jobs and salaries after study and other key information for prospective students
  • Best Course 4 Me gives the option to put in the A-levels you are studying to help you decide which courses to pursue in higher education
  • Student Parents helps parents who wish to become students by providing advice on planning for university and balancing a budget
  • russellgroup.ac.uk represents 24 of the countries leading universities for teaching quality, research and business links. download ‘informed choices’ for advice on subject combinations and tips for getting a place.
  • careeringtosuccess. preparing graduates for business
  • milkround The UK’s most widely used student and graduate job website
  • educationuk.  when you’re off to study in Higher education then finding out whether there are financial  busaries and grant available is a must. use this site to find out where you could be eligible.
  • sacu-student SACU offers a great independent source of Information, Advice and Guidance to students, parents and teachers. Not affiliated to any university, government or business. Try the Sparton test to test your Higher education ideas.
  • thescholarshiphub a comprehensive database to find funding to support UK/EU under and post graduates
  • Oxbridge preparation with My Tutor from mytutor.co.uk gives you specialist advice in this and other HE related areas. The wider site enables access to tutors online at affordable prices.

 Job and Apprenticeship Opportunities

  • apprenticeships register here if you are considering an apprenticeship at any point after year 11. There are also links to find training providers in your local area to link to occupations of interest.
  • The Government website has a live vacancy feed, advertising apprenticeships available across the UK
  • Get In Go Far Campaign The National Apprenticeships Service have recently launched their Get In Go Far campaign. Use the hashtag #GetInGoFar to get involved on Twitter. They also have a useful toolkit to help schools, colleges, teachers and parents to get involved with the campaign. Click here to view the toolkit
  • Alphi contains information about local apprenticeship training providers and free resources for schools to use in their careers information and guidance programmes
  • The Guardian website offers good careers advice and offers up-to-date careers news and job vacancies. It also shares tips on writing your CV and improving your interview technique
  • Careers Box is filled with careers related films, information and options. It gives young people a great insight into different careers
  • Job Zoo allows you to search for relevant careers information through job descriptions, facts and articles. It also includes a CV creator and job hunting advice to help you with finding work, getting experience and approaching employers.
  • Fast Tomato helps you to find out which jobs and careers might suit you based on your individual interests, learning styles and expectations
  • All About Careers lets you explore, search and understand more about each career family
  • Total professions links to over 300 careers, allowing you to research your dream job and check current vacancies
  • The Big Choice helps young professionals find jobs and careers. It is split into sections for graduate jobs, apprenticeships, student jobs and placements/Internships
  • job applications detail on top companies recruitment procedures along with vacancy information and the application forms.
  • Website of the month: getmyfirstjob once you’re signed up this has a useful local search + CV template and job search skills. It also includes great resources for education, eg exam revision timetable.
  • LoveApprenticeship.com – is a new job board displaying apprenticeship vacancies from across Hampshire and the UK


  • Do-it offers information about volunteering opportunities
  • Vinspired shows you how to improve your employability through volunteering and work experience

Directory 2017

Southampton Agency Directory 2017

Use the directory to find post 16 programmes

Agency Directory 2017 (the PDF is best viewed at 70% zoom)






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   The Enterprise Adviser Network

Creating powerful, lasting connections between schools and the businesses in the local area. Find out more by contacting Jade Fuller jade.fuller@solentlep.org.uk  Enterprise Coordinator, The Careers and Enterprise Company – Solent Local Enterprise Partnership

Professional resources

Building a Careers programme:

https://www.ulas.co.uk/ Created by Teach First Ambassadors, ULAS is an innovative free employability tool that bridges the gap between schools and employers.

Start careers provision options in your school

future of work lesson plan Nesta provide lots of useful resources. Here is one for future proofing.

Alphi allows local providers to work together to equip school leavers with apprenticeship ready skills.

Ebpsouth.co.uk – facilitating employer work within education and providing careers education and guidance services.

goconstruct The site has a professional section with resources to use in schools.

Your Life encourages students to explore careers in Science and Technology. It is full of useful resources for both students and teachers.

Career Ready helps raise young people’s aspirations and bridge the gap between education and work by giving them access to real experience of the world of work.

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Education and Employers

Future First

springpod find how to connect students with STEM ambassadors

Ideas Foundation Creative industries + time2act.uk for inspiring drama bringing issues to life in your school/College.

connecting with culture from Artswork enables links with local inspirational activities.

Inspiring the Future

Young Enterprise

Young Chamber

Growing Ambitions

Skills to Succeed Academy

Bright Futures

Business in the Community




which university

www.turn2us information and advice on welfare

Life Coach Directory

Parents and Support Workers

Careers Advice for Parents

Employers and Learning Providers

Southampton Information Directory is a useful resource for services in the city. This easy to use resource covers services for adults, families and children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs. The site gives detail on the educational provision in the city as well as the extracurricular clubs and activities a young person can get involved in.

Southampton City Council has online details about the grant scheme, traineeships and links to community learning.

Southampton City Council have put together an interactive IT map which shows information about a wide range of IT facilities, training and free WiFi that is available in Southampton to help support people to get online.

If you are aware of any other free training or online help we can add to the list, please contact tenant.involvement@southampton.gov.uk