Useful Websites

 

Bigstock www iconThere are so many careers related websites out there that it can be hard to know which ones to trust to give you accurate advice and information so in this section I’ve included what I think are some of the best websites out there that will help you with your careers research and planning.  See also apps recommended by Prospects at the bottom of this page. However, if you come across any websites not included here that you have found helpful then please email me and let me know so that I can add it to the list.

Websites are an essential tool in careers research but if you need to discuss your ideas then remember to refer yourself for a careers interview via your form tutor or send me an email at careers@bishopwalsh.net  

 

* SECTIONS *

 CAREERS RESEARCH  *  RESEARCHING CAREERS RELATED TO SUBJECTS  *  JOB TRENDS * CAREER VIDEOS  *  GENERAL CAREERS  *  FURTHER EDUCATION * COLLEGES *  HIGHER EDUCATION * UNIVERSITIES  * STUDYING ABROAD  *  ALTERNATIVES TO UNIVERSITY  *  APPRENTICESHIPS  * JOBS * SCHOOL LEAVER PROGRAMMES  *  WORK EXPERIENCE  *  GAP YEAR  * PARENTS  *  APPS

* CAREERS RESEARCH *

www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk great for careers research and job market information. Click on ‘Careers Advice’ then ’Job Profiles‘. Also links to other websites.

www.creativeskillset.org information and advice on careers in the creative industries eg:  digital media, ICT, performing arts, art and design.

www.creative-choices.co.uk – information and articles on creative careers

www.ccskills.org.uk – the Creative & Cultural skills website has a section on careers in design.

www.getintodesign.org – for anyone interested in a career in design, includes job profiles on different design related careers

www.animal-job.co.uk – for anyone interested in finding out about careers working with animals

www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching – the Governments teaching information website, has all you need to know about careers in teaching

www.balpa.org – the British Airline Pilots Association website

www.lawcareers.net – everything you’ll need to know about getting into a career in law

www.allaboutfinancecareers.com – from the All About Careers organisation.

www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk one stop website for information about  the wide range of careers available in engineering – there are  approximately 25 different kinds of engineering. This is a growth sector and the UK already has a shortage of skilled engineers.

www.theiet.org – the Institute for Engineering & Technology – lots of good advice & information on this career sector

www.borntobuild.org.uk – this website says ‘Construction is one of the biggest industries to work in, both in the UK and Worldwide. There is something for everybody whether you are good at maths and sciences, wood work or ICT or just love organising. Why not find out if a career in construction is right for you and whether you’re Born To Build.’

www.thinkpowersector.co.uk – lots of information about careers  within this field – one of the growth sectors for the future as the need for new forms of energy increases

www.west-midlands.police.uk/recruitment – the recruitment information pages for West Midlands Police.

www.skillsforcare.org.uk – information about entry into the care sector. Another growth sector as the population ages and the ‘baby boomers’ reach retirement age.

www.nhscareers.nhs.uk – excellent website with lots of information on the wide range of careers available within the NHS.

www.getintotheatre.org useful website giving details of careers in the theatre

www.intofilm.org – a charity set up to help young film makers develop their talent & learn more about the industry. They run a Talent Development scheme.

www.yde.org.uk – Youth Dance England website-useful information on dance events, training and careers

www.cdet.org.uk – the Council for Dance Education & Training

www.posirank.com/digital-career – careers in digital marketing

www.army.mod.uk/join – British Army careers website

www.raf.mod.uk/recruitment – RAF careers website

www.royalnavy.mod.uk/careers – Royal Navy careers website

* FAVOURITE SUBJECTS – ‘WHAT CAN I DO WITH….?’

www.prospects.ac.uk information on career options with your chosen subject. Select ‘Careers Advice’  then ‘Options with your Subject’. Aimed at graduates but really useful to look at now.

www.kent.ac.uk/careers  Kent university has some excellent career pages especially on what you can do with your (degree) subject

ENGLISH – www.afterenglish.ac.uk – lots of advice about where English can take you

HISTORY – www.history.org.uk – good website that broadens your knowledge about what you can do with history.

SPORT – www.careers-in-sport.co.uk – advice and information on careers in sport

MUSIC – www.careersinmusic.co.uk – advice and information on careers in the music industry

LANGUAGES – www.languageswork.org.uk advice and information on the careers available to you with a language qualification.

MATHSwww.mathscareers.org.uk lots of information and ideas if you’re interested in a career related to maths

STEM – www.futuremorph.org – information and advice on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) related careers – a growth sector.

SCIENCE – www.sciencecareerpathways.com – Cogents STEM careers website shows entry levels and progression routes for over 200 roles, with standard job descriptions, case studies and salary levels.  Pupils and parents can explore routes into great careers through apprenticeships, higher apprenticeships and graduate opportunities.

PSYCHOLOGY – www.bps.org.uk – the British Psychological Society website

PHYSICS – www.physics.org/careers – careers with physics

CHEMISTRY – www.rsc.org – careers with chemistry

BIOLOGY – www.societyofbiology.org – careers information on careers with biology

GEOGRAPHY – www.rgs.org – Royal Geographical Society website. Select ‘our work’ then ‘study geography’ then ‘careers with geography’

DRAMA – www.dramauk.co.uk – website for anyone interested in acting, lists all the Drama UK accredited courses

www.hecsu.ac.uk – the Higher Education Services Unit produce an online report called ‘What Do Graduates Do’ where you can find out what recent graduates have gone onto do 6 months after completing their degree. Helps you to see the kinds of career opportunities linked to degree courses

www.telegraph.co.uk/education/universityeducation/degree-courses/ – The Telegraph has a section called ‘Subject & Degree Course Guides’ which gives you an overview of a particular subject – qualification, length, what it covers, what to expect, A levels usually required, career prospects, top places to study. Approx 50 broad course subjects are covered.

* NO CAREER IDEAS?? *

Try completing a profiling questionnaire called a psychometric test which will ask you questions & then suggest careers / career areas that might suit you based on your answers

www.plotr.co.uk – plotr have a test called ‘The Game’. you have to register for free first, answer some questions & it will suggest possible careers. You can save your answers & complete it later.

* JOB TRENDS / LMI – LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION *

It’s really important to understand what the careers of the future are likely to be. Have a look at the websites below to help you find out more about local & national job trends.

www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk – hover over ‘Careers Advice’ then select ‘Job Market Information’.

www.gov.uk/government/publications/careers-of-the-future – an easy to read PDF exploring what the careers of the future are likely to be.

 

* CAREER VIDEOS *

 www.careersbox.co.uk – film and video clips of people talking about their career and giving you a real insight in to what the job is really like and how they got in to it.

www.icould.com – video clips on a wide range of careers. You can search by job type, subject or life stage. See video below.

www.careerplayer.com video clips as above but aimed more at graduates so relevant if you’re planning on going to university.

* GENERAL CAREERS ADVICE WEBSITES *

www.purepotential.org – launched in March 2014, an excellent website offering advice on different careers, university, Apprenticeships and school leaver programmes. Also a section for parents.

www.allaboutcareers.com – covers everything from careers information, university open days, employer events, career fairs, blogs, videos, employer A-Z and more!

www.barclayslifeskills.com – lots of advice & information on careers / applying for jobs etc.

www.careerkickstart.rbs.com – RBS have created a free careers website with all kinds of careers related advice, information & useful links. 

www.totalprofessions.com – advice and information for anyone planning to go into a profession.

www.getsmaart.com – website offering a wide range of careers and course information for school leavers and students

www.successatschool.org – 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, news and advice.

www.careersavvy.co.uk –  a free jobs / careers magazine, packed full of some great careers advice.

www.plotr.co.uk – lots of careers advice, job profiles and videos. Also a ‘game’ thatcan help you find the right career for you.

www.milkround.com/earlycareers – opportunities, advice and information for 16-18 year olds. You can register for updates. 

* FURTHER EDUCATION – 6TH FORM / COLLEGE *

Bishop Walsh 6th form – for all the information you need about our 6th form then click on this link which will take you to the 6th form website pages

www.bmetc.ac.uk – Birmingham Metropolitan college website. 3 main campuses Sutton, Matthew Boulton and James Watt. Offer a wide range of courses including A levels and vocational (job related) courses.

www.ucb.ac.uk – University College Birmingham website. Offer mainly vocational courses in subjects such as sport, leisure and tourism, hair and beauty, catering and hospitality, business and marketing, health and social care and childcare and education.

www.sccb.ac.uk – South and City College Birmingham website. This college mainly offers vocational courses. The nearest campus, which is in Digbeth,  offers business, ICT, music, media and performing arts.

www.boa-academy.co.uk – Birmingham Ormiston Academy is a 14-19 academy specialising in Creative, Digital and Performing Arts. It is extremely popular and so the closing date for applications is usually 31st January. After that you go onto a reserve list. Students are offered a place based on aptitude rather than academic  qualifications.

www.auea.co.uk – Aston University Engineering Academy is a 14-19 university technical college sponsored by Aston University. It focusses on engineering and science and has strong links with industry.

www.westmidlandsconstructionutc.co.uk – the new West Midlands Construction University Technical College for the West Midlands, open to 14-19 year olds. It’s been developed in partnership with CITB and is supported by the University of Wolverhampton and Walsall College. See website for details of open days etc.

www.accesstomusic.co.uk – a national college with a campus in Digbeth. Access to Music offers courses in music, music performance, music technology, music business & artist promotion. They have strong links with industry, previous students include Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora and The Saturdays. They have regular open days and opportunities to experience the college.

www.southstaffs.ac.uk – South Staffs College website. Although out of the area some pupils from north B’ham have gone to this college if their chosen course isn’t offered locally. For example, the Rodbaston campus in Penkridge offers land based and animal care courses. There is a special bus from Sutton Town Hall that takes students to and from Penkridge every day.

www.getting-in.com – contains advice for school leavers applying to college or for apprenticeships. Offers careers advice, open day information, apprenticeship opportunities, in depth revision guides and exam preparation help. 

*  HIGHER EDUCATION / UNIVERSITY *

www.ucas.com – best place to start searching for degree and university information. Direct links to university websites. If the entry requirements aren’t clear then I suggest that you ring or email the admission tutors and ask them for clarification.

www.russellgroup.ac.uk – the website for the Russell Group Universities, have a look at their Informed Choices publication.

www.coursefindr.co.uk – degree course search tool, quick & easy to use & you can shortlist your favourites. Also related career articles.

www.telegraph.co.uk/education/universityeducation/degree-courses/ – The Telegraph has a section called ‘Subject & Degree Course Guides’ which gives you an overview of a particular subject – qualification, length, what it covers, what to expect, A levels usually required, career prospects, top places to study. Approx 50 broad course subjects are covered.

www.opendays.com – details of university open days. If you’re in year 12 it’s essential to go to these, ideally during the summer term.

www.bestcourse4me.com – free and independent website which shows you the link between what you study, what you could earn and the jobs you could get.

www.unistats.direct.gov.uk – the official site for comparing UK higher education course data

www.applytouni.com – lots of advice and information on all aspects of applying to university. Also allows you to compare your choice of university.

www.push.co.uk – an independent guide to UK universities, student life, gap years, open days and student finance. Tells it how it is!

www.unifrog.org – Unifrog makes it easy for students to choose the right courses to put on the UCAS forms. They recently won a national prize for the best new education service in the UK! They are currently building a similar tool but for Apprenticeships. It will be the first tool which allows you to:
* Compare live Apprenticeship vacancies
* Use Labour Market Information to help them make choices
* Compare taking an Apprenticeship with going to University 

www.theguardian.com/education/universityguide – the Guardian newspaper online guide to HE including tables & ranking as well as general advice.

www.getting-in.com – contains advice for school leavers applying to university and college as well as offering in depth revision guides and exam preparation help. The website also has lots of great careers advice. Getting-in has recently been accredited by UCAS for the resources they provide to students 100% free of charge the site has 650,000 pages and growing!

www.thestudentroom.co.uk – written by current / past students. Lots of advice and information on courses, universities, personal statements, university interviews, post graduate courses etc from people who have ‘been there’! However, please  be aware that this information is subjective so may just be that persons experience – keep an open mind.

www.open-university.co.uk – an alternative way to gain a degree or other qualification such as post-graduate. Mostly achieved via distance learning. Enables you to gain a degree but doesn’t cost as much as university..

Recently, as the competition for university places has increased, new tests/processes have been developed. The following are just 3 of these but more are being developed & are likely to appear in the future.

LNAT (Law) – www.lnat.ac.uk – Many of the top universities offering law now ask for this

UKCAT (Medicine) – www.ukcat.ac.uk – most medical schools now ask for this.

BMAT (Biomedical Admissions Test) – used for medicine, veterinary medicine & some other related degrees

www.birmingham.ac.uk – Birmingham University website

www1.aston.ac.uk  – Aston University website

 www.bcu.ac.uk – Birmingham City University website

www.wlv.ac.uk – Wolverhampton University website

www.newman.ac.uk – Newman University website

www2.warwick.ac.uk – Warwick University website

www.coventry.ac.uk – Coventry University website

www.hecsu.ac.uk – the Higher Education Careers Services Unit has information on what recent graduates have gone onto do 6 months after leaving university. Helps you to see the kinds of career opportunities linked to degree courses

 www.parentadviser.co.uk – an excellent website for your parents to use when supporting you with university choices and applications.

* STUDYING ABROAD *

www.TheStudentWorld.com advice and information on where to study, how to go about it, employability, finances etc. 

* ALTERNATIVES TO UNIVERSITY *

www.notgoingtouni.co.uk – excellent website on the alternatives to going to university., also advertises jobs and apprenticeships.

* APPRENTICESHIPS *

www.apprenticeships.gov.uk – click on ’Apprentices’ section to find out all about how apprenticeships work, the different levels, the benefits and how to apply.

www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk – similar to above

See also the Neuvoo website in the Jobs section where you can also search for Apprenticeships.

* JOBS / SCHOOL LEAVER PROGRAMMES *

www.schoolleaverjobs.co.uk – vacancies for school leavers!

www.milkround.com – student & graduate jobs. For school leavers you need to look under the ‘Early Careers’ section. Also lots of advice, news, information on industries & organisations. 

Are you looking for a job? Here is a list of some Job Sites

www.neuvoo.co.uk – a free job search engine, a bit like a Google for jobs! They offer 800,000 jobs in UK and the list of jobs is constantly being updated. A search for “trainee”, “school leaver”, “apprentice” will bring up lots of potentially suitable vacancies

Jobseekers.direct.gov.uk The Jobcentre Plus online job search. Search and apply for jobs, voluntary work and childcare provision anywhere in the UK

Monster.co.uk –  Find the job that’s right for you. Use Monster’s resources to create a killer CV , search for jobs, prepare for interviews, and launch your career.

Totaljobs.com Start your job search on totaljobs, the UK’s largest job site. With thousands of new vacancies added daily, you’re sure to find a job that’s right for you.” 

Jobsite UK – The award winning UK job search and jobs by email service. Send your CV to top recruitment agencies and employers. The latest UK recruitment & career advice and jobs in 35 industries. 

Careers and Jobs UK – Careers and Jobs UK contains one of the largest selections of temporary and permanent UK jobs from top Employers and Recruitment Agencies but makes it really easy for you to drill down to the job that you want.

* WORK EXPERIENCE *

www.studentjob.co.uk – website where you can look for internships, part time jobs and graduate opportunities

www.bvsc.org – Birmingham volunteer bureau website – best place to start looking for voluntary work opportunities.

www.heftfaculty.co.uk – Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust learning and training website where you can find out about how to get work experience within a healthcare setting. Go to the ‘Work Experience’ section for details.

www.aspireatbch.com – the website for healthcare related work experience opportunities at B’ham Children’s Hospital

www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk – Royal Voluntary Service offer work experience with older people.

http://www.uhb.nhs.uk/work-experience.htm – the Queen Elizabeth Hospital healthcare related work experience pages. 

www.jaguarlandrover.bmetc.ac.uk – Jaguar Land Rover – JLR apprenticeship queries need to go through their website but for work experience you need to go through Jane Harmen as she sorts work experience placements and you need to apply at the beginning of July (for next year) through jlr@bmetc.ac.uk You need to apply yourself as JLR respond to you directly and not to the school.

* GAP YEAR *

www.gapadvice.org – lots of advice and information on taking time out from studying and what you could do

www.realgap.co.uk – similar to above, all the information you need plus details of opportunities.

www.prospects.ac.uk/gap_year.htm – information about taking a /gap year from Prospects

* PARENTS *

www.parentadviser.co.uk – a website about all aspects of higher education aimed at parents.

www.careersadviceforparents.org – an excellent website offering advice and information on all aspects of careers and how you can support your child.

www.realgap.co.uk/gap-travel-advice/parents – information on gap years specifically aimed at parents

www.parentalguidance.org.uk – a website written for parents by the Careers Writers Association. You can also follow Parental Guidance on Twitter @Parent_Guidance

* APPS *

Advice from Prospects on some of the best careers related Apps to download

‘So from the huge number of apps available to choose from,  which should you be downloading and using?  We like these, they are user  friendly and once you start your journey of app discovery hopefully you’ll  find lots more you like!’

  • National Careers Service
  • National Apprenticeships Service
  • UCAS
  • vInspired
  • What University
  • Apply Med
  • Occupations UK
  • plotr magazine app