Useful UK Careers Resources
Stuck? Need a helping hand? These UK careers resources are here for you. If in doubt, get in touch with Plotr.
If you've got any questions or queries about jobs, careers, learning or training, the friendly people at the National Careers Service are here to help! There are lots of ways you can get in touch with them, so choose the option that suits you best. You can have an online chat with Webchat, for example, where you have a one-to-one confidential careers advice session with a trained adviser.
Being an apprentice gives you the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification and develop professional skills, while earning a salary, inside some of Britain’s best companies. Find the latest news and information on apprenticeships and schemes, including types of apprenticeship, apprentice employers and tips on how to apply for vacancies.
UCAS stands for the 'Universities and Colleges Admissions Service'. They are the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK, and can take you step-by-step through any applications.
If you're unemployed and looking for work, Jobcentre Plus has lots of careers resources for young people. Try its job search , or search for apprenticeships and traineeships across the UK (you'll need to register to use the new service). If you're aged 16-24 and getting Jobseeker's Allowance, you can get a work experience opportunity through Jobcentre Plus. Click the link for volunteering and work trail info, too. Jobcentre Plus has several ways to help any young entrepreneurs get help, mentoring and financial aid: New Enterprise Allowance, Enterprise Clubs and Mentors Me.
UK job boards
There are a host of UK job boards if you're looking for a chance to break into a cool career. Apprenticeships? Graduate jobs? These boards can help:
vInspired is an independent charity dedicated to helping young people volunteer in ways that matter to them. You can search volunteering opportunities by issues, interests or location.
Created with Barclays, LifeSkills offers a variety of career exploration resources for young people, teachers and parents. If you're a young job hunter, discover how to improve your presentation skills and self-confidence, or gain valuable work experience.
MyBnk are a charity who deliver financial education and enterprise directly to 11-25 year olds in schools and youth organisations. Their Money and Enterprise Programmes are aimed at young people aged 11 and up. They offer multiple opportunities aimed at teaching real life money skills.
Connexions can provide young people with all kinds of career help, from employment to education and training. Some of it's funded through the Local Authority, for example if you're young and unemployed.
YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Feel like you're not being heard? What's worrying you? Unhappy with your treatment? You can find information about common mental health problems, how to cope with your feelings about it and where to get more info and advice.
You can contact ChildLine about anything - no problem is too big or too small. If you're feeling worried, scared, stressed or just want to talk to someone you can contact ChildLine. They are there to offer information and support whenever you need them.
Horses Mouth is a social network for informal mentoring where everyone can give and gain. You can search for a mentor, be a mentor, or simply browse the inspirational profiles and stories on the site.