Useful Resources

The National Careers Service website aims to:

  • help you with careers decisions and planning
  • support you in reviewing your skills and abilities and develop new goals
  • motivate you to implement your plan of action
  • enable you to make the best use of high quality career related tools

Your Future - Choices for 16-19 Year Olds

A booklet produced by Somerset Choices for local young people.

Employability and Skills Guide for Young People

A booklet produced by Somerset Choices giving advice about types of work opportunities and how to access them.


The Local Government Association Careers Guide

The Workforce Team at the LGA recently launched two major initiatives to help councils recruit the best young people.

The first is a booklet Working in Local Government, launched in December 2014, which describes the important work that councils do within the places that young people live, work, learn, shop, socialise and exercise. It highlights the huge variety of interesting and meaningful careers that councils have to offer young people.
Since its launch the LGA has received very positive feedback from councils, schools and career advisers all of whom believe the guide is an important contribution to the range of information young people need when thinking about their futures. Plotr complements this careers guide.

Find out more about LGA here.

Career Pilot provides a comprehensive resource of careers information including quizzes that will ask you lots of questions and from your results suggest jobs that might suit you or identify strengths you have. 

Barclays Life Skills provides a range of resources aimed at helping young people unlock their potential and improve their employability. Advice and materials for young people, parents, employers and schools/colleges.

U-Explore is an exciting and interactive resource designed to support young people find out about suitable jobs and understand the world of work. U-Explore uses motivating video clips, 3600 interactive virtual tours and multimedia graphics to inspire and support young people in investigating the jobs and opportunities which exist on a local and national level. There is also information on qualifications, different industry sectors, local success stories, business profiles and much more.

Career South West - Being a teenager can be a really exciting time but it can also seem like there are too many choices you're being asked to make! Don't worry we're here to help you sort through all these decisions and point you in the right direction. We support you by providing independent and impartial information, advice, guidance and practical help. We can also help you up to the age of 25 if you have special educational needs in certain cases.

Pluss - Want to work? Support for people with disabilities to find work and a career.

www.learnsomerset.co.uk Have you just left school or college? Are you looking to take those next steps into employment, education or training? If so - Somerset Skills and Learning an help.

www.skillsforcare.org.uk  Information and advice for those considering a career in the care sector.

Orangeo is a free resource website set up by a current apprentice to promote the positives of Apprenticeships. We aim to inform young people to the advantages of Apprenticeships and help them to become more informed and positive towards Apprenticeships.

icould gives you the inside story of how careers work. The icould storytellers relate, in their own words, their real life career journeys. From telecoms engineers to police officers, from landscape gardeners to web designers, from engine drivers to zookeepers; they talk about what they do, what it’s like, how they came to be where are and their hopes for the future.

Tomorrow's Enginners - A career in engineering can be exciting, varied and rewarding. Engineering is a key part of a range of industries, including music, TV and film, construction, transport, cosmetics, medicine, food, fashion and much more. Tomorrow's Engineers gives you all the information you need to make wise choices about your future.

Young Chamber is a branch of the British Chamber of Commerce.

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