Here you will find a selection of resources relevant to careers advisers. They range from other career advice sites to organisations working in access to higher education or the professions. Also check out Career Sectors for information on routes, qualifications and jobs directly from the professional bodies that represent the careers in each sector.
We provide listings of work placements, apprenticeships and professional vacancies on our Jobs Board, along with advice about CVs and interviews.
First of all we will look at organisations that are either guiding people into specific sectors, or promoting fair access by inspiring and supporting young people into professional careers. Then we will cover some of the initiatives from universities to increase the diversity of the backgrounds their students come from.
The BBC has some useful resources both about careers in broadcasting and other support that they offer:
- BBC Careers provides information about trainee schemes and work experience as well as vacancies.
- BBC Outreach is all about letting you know how the BBC delivers beyond broadcasting to support people in a range of different ways – from helping students with their revision to assisting adults in becoming internet savvy.
Become a Teacher has all the information you need to know about applying for teacher training. There is information on routes into teaching, pay, choosing which subject to teach, information about Education degrees, all you need to know about CRB checks, FAQs as well as an invaluable list of teaching resources compiled by TSR members. There is also top advice on the application and interview process for PGCEs and a discussion thread for getting teaching course interview tips plus information from current teachers about what teaching is really like, what routes they took and the things they find most enjoyable.
Brightside is an education charity using online technology to connect, inform and inspire people to achieve their potential through education. Brightside create, develop and manage ementoring schemes connecting individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds with an online mentor who can help them develop skills, gain confidence and explore their education and employment options.
Brightside also provide free online resources:
- Bright Knowledge – the essential guide to careers, education and student life
- Student Calculator – an interactive budgeting tool helping students prepare to manage their money at university
Future Morph is designed to show you just some of the amazing and unexpected places that studying science, technology, engineering and maths can take you. The site provides links to job profiles, quizzes and games about potential careers in science, technology and maths.
- The 11-14 section is more games focused and gives advice about studying maths and science at school.
- The 14-16 section gives more advice about applying for courses and work, possible next steps, advice of placements and work experience, potential next steps as well as stories from real people.
- The 16-19+ section gives advice about what to do beyond school, finding careers advice, getting experience and more experiences from real people.
IntoUniversity provides a national network of high quality, local learning centres where young people are inspired to achieve. Each local centre offers an innovative programme that supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to attain either a university place or another chosen aspiration.
- IntoUniversity works with children and young people with talent and potential who are at risk of underachieving and are seeking, with our help, to improve their life chances. The majority are from ethnic minority backgrounds and other social groups currently underrepresented in higher education.
Life Coach Directory allows you or your students to find the most suitable qualified coach for the guidance needed. Coaching is the process of guiding a person from where they are to where they want to be, and can address a range of areas from career advice to family coaching.
The National Careers Service is the government provided website which offers a wealth of valuable careers resources, including job profiles and information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential, helpful and impartial advice, supported by qualified careers advisers.
Universities are some of the most diverse institutions in the country with students from all types of background. However research has shown that students from private schools are nearly twice as likely to get a place at the UK's top universities as their state-educated counterparts. Pure Potential is an independent organisation which aims to reverse this trend by raising the aspirations of thousands of sixth-formers every year, encouraging them to apply to and helping them to achieve offers from excellent universities and leading graduate recruiters.
Northgate Training Activities provide simulations for introducing key business principles which present learning in a fun and interactive way. Two ideal programmes for Business Studies and Careers sixth form students are:
- Going for Profit! - teams compete to run a pizza takeaway in the mythical European city of Villeburg.
- The Sandwich Shop - teams compete to run a simple business… a sandwich shop!
Push Talks provide highly entertaining talks that deliver all the necessary information about HE at the same time. This fun (and funny) delivery is one key advantage over, say, getting an admission officer from the local uni. The talks are independent (Push is not tied to any institution) and expert. It helps to get everyone motivated to make well informed choices.
Rathbone is a charity offering training and guidance to young people who are having difficulties in accessing education or employment, through study programmes, apprenticeships and other initiatives.
The Social Mobility Foundation is a registered charity, with the objective of making a real improvement in social mobility for bright young people from financially disadvantaged backgrounds.
- They work with students from Year 12 and provide them the inter-related supports of E-Mentoring, Summer Internships and University Application sessions, with the belief that supports empower the students to make informed decisions about Higher Education and future careers.
The Sutton Trust challenges educational inequality and the subsequent waste of talent. It is particularly concerned with breaking the link between educational opportunities and family background, and in realising a system in which talented young people are given the chance to prosper, regardless of their background, the school they happen to attend or the area in which they live.
- The Sutton Trust runs summer schools for year 12 students to get a taste of university life. Find out more about this and other programmes at their pages for students.
The Brokerage Citylink works in partnership with City employers to create a pathway to the City for young residents of London’s inner-city boroughs. They work with local schools and colleges enabling City firms to engage with students from 14 - 18 years old with a view to raising their future career aspirations. Through internships and direct hire programmes, the Brokerage Citylink enables employers to gain access to a diverse group of talented young people.
- They provide access to City employers and internships for London based students who aspire to a career within the financial services.
UCAS provides information to help careers advisers assist someone to apply to university. It also runs training events.
Whatuni compares university courses and provides information including student reviews about life at each uni.
University initiatives for school students
Durham University's admissions policy prides itself on being fair and transparent. They seek to recruit the most able and most motivated students who can best benefit from a Durham University education.
The University of Exeter believes that a diverse community is an essential part of its core values, and that diversity amongst their student body enriches learning, teaching, and research. The University is committed to ensuring that no student with potential to meet their entry requirements is deterred from applying. All applications are considered and evaluated on the basis of individual potential.
King's College London's Extended Medical Degree Programme (EMDP) is a six-year medical degree programme designed for students attending non-selective state schools or FE colleges in designated boroughs in London and the south east which have high levels of social disadvantage.
Med-View, also at London's King's College, is an intensive 3 day taster for year 12 and Access course students with medical aspirations, but no family history of higher education are encouraged to shadow a GP or hospital consultant and get a taste of medical school life before applying.
The University of Edinburgh's Pathways to the Professions project provides information and guidance to Scottish school students interested in studying Law, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or Architecture.
The University of Southampton's BM6 programme aims to widen access into the medical profession. It involves studying for an extra year on a specially designed year zero course before joining students on the BM5 programme. It is aimed at students with circumstances such as being a first generation applicant to higher education, being looked after young people living in supported accommodation, living in an area with a postcode which falls within the lowest 20 per cent of the Index of Multiple Deprivation (authenticated by the University), or being a member of a travelling family.
Many of the above resources might be useful for guiding students at university, as well as our extensive Career Sectors which provide information about jobs and salaries, routes and qualifications, funding and support, and more about what a career in that sector is really like. Also take a look at these organisations and initiatives:
Career Camel is a free and on-line platform dedicated to the provision of career advice, further education guidance and equal access to job and work experience opportunities.
The Civil Service Fast Stream is a programme that many students and graduates are interested in pursuing. It is an accelerated training and development graduate programme for people who have the potential to become the future leaders of the Civil Service. It is ranked among the top five Times “Top 100 Graduate Employers”.
Education UK, run by the British Council, offers information about support and funding for international students who want to study in the UK.
Getting Graduates into Careers from the Careers Group at the University of London has some useful guidance as well as information about employers.
GradPlus is a useful resource for students and graduates. You will find information on careers advice, jobs and courses. They also have a blog and plenty of graduate case studies.
iCould is a not-for-profit organisation with the aim of giving people ideas about potential careers. It uses 4 minute video clips from just under 1000 people from a wide variety of professions to talk about their experiences of their careers. The clips also talk about real issues related to starting or changing career such as problems at home, taking a year out, failing exams or coping with redundancy.
Milkround offers information on the latest internships and placements.
Teach First is and independent charity with an aim of bringing excellent young teachers into secondary schools across the UK. It helps top graduates to become teachers in challenging schools, committed to leading classrooms and overcoming the obstacles of deprivation in order to increase the access, achievement and aspirations for the thousands of young people that lack the opportunities that many others take for granted.
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