Useful links to career websites
Top recommended websites for careers exploration and learning
Help You Choose
Norfolk County Council’s comprehensive ‘one-stop-shop’ for local careers-related information, advice and guidance. It is designed to support all young people in Norfolk and their parents/carers. It is also the common application system students should use for applying to college or sixth form in year 11.
National Careers Service
The Government’s careers website, for use by people of all ages in England. It includes a wealth of information, including: job profiles, advice for producing CVs and preparing for interviews, a skills assessment (quiz) to help you identify career aptitudes and advice for young people making decisions at 16 or 18.
Youth Employment UK Careers Hub
Job information, CV builder, support and advice for applying for apprenticeships, free online training to help build employability skills, links to youth-friendly employers.
A regional ‘online careers fair’. It offers an insight into many of Norfolk and Suffolk's most successful organisations and highlights the career and training opportunities on offer. There are videos and employer tours, a Careers Wizard (quiz) and a live feed of events, workshops and work experience opportunities. Icanbea have also created a comprehensive resource directory for careers learning, general learning and subject specific lessons and resources. This is Norfolk/Suffolk-specific where appropriate and is designed to support online learning during the COVID 19 pandemic. Please click here to access this.
A really accessible website from the BBC, all about the world of work, including: an overview of different job sectors to browse for inspiration, an A to Z of careers with videos about different jobs, ideas for where your favourite school subject could take you, guidance about options choices, work experience guidelines and advice about job applications and interviews.
UCAS is the University Central Admissions Service and the place to go to start looking ahead and researching degree courses. However, the website also contains great job profiles, a quiz, subject guides and information about alternatives to uni such as gap years and apprenticeships.
Prospects is a useful, general careers website. It is designed primarily for graduates but it has a really comprehensive set of job profiles, advice on work experience and guidance on what you can do with particular degrees. It is a good one for loner-term career planning, especially if you are thinking of going to university.
Icould includes loads of accessible videos featuring real people talking about their careers.
There’s also a fun personality test called the Buzz Quiz. This links your personality to the Myers Briggs personality types. It tells you what ‘animal’ you are, with insights into what career areas suit your personality type, what you tend to be like as a child and a young person, as a boyfriend/girlfriend and a boss, and which celebrities share your personality type.
Career Pilot is a comprehensive careers information website and tool for 11–19-year-olds, all in one place. It includes masses of information, including how to choose your options and make choices at 16+ and 18+, advice about different pathways and qualifications, quizzes and activities and ideas for jobs that link to your favourites subject.
This is a first stop for all information the information you may need about apprenticeships, traineeships and T Level qualifications. Here you can find links to apprenticeship vacancies, advice and resources including the Vacancy Snapshot where you can find out about schemes with big national companies such as the BBC, NHS, British Army, Google, Amazon or Coca-Cola.
Success at School
Success at School is another useful place for young people to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice. It’s particularly helpful for help with producing a CV or writing an application letter
The Wow Show
A fast-moving magazine-style website which includes engaging video encounters with young inspirational people for an authentic view of what the world of work really means.
Find out more about the UK’s largest employer. With more than 350 different job roles to choose from, the NHS is about much more than just Doctors and Nurses.
Allied Health Professions
Find out about a wider range of specialist healthcare roles, usually within the NHS, where you work directly with patients to help them live the fullest lives possible - for example: physiotherapist, dietitian, occupational therapist, orthoptist, radiographer, speech and language therapist or podiatrist.
Find out more about joining the British Army, Royal Navy or the Royal Air Force or contact our local Armed Forces Careers Office in Norwich.
Visit Discover! Creative Careers for the A-Z of all creative jobs, from Actor to Virtual Reality Programmer.
Studying STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) will give you knowledge and skills that are always in demand and give you access to jobs that may not even exist today. Have a look at the Neon website for inspiration.
A series of job profiles and videos (approximately 3 minutes long) providing an insight into a 'day in the life' of various jobs.
Websites about work experience, apprenticeships and employment
National Government Apprenticeship website - live apprenticeship vacancies.
Apprenticeship Norfolk website – local apprenticeship advice and vacancies.
Barclays Life Skills - virtual interactive interview practice tool and other resources.
Speakers for Schools – virtual talks and work experience covering a wide range of career areas.
Sutton Trust – summer schools, digital virtual experience. Eligibility factors apply.
How to develop transferable skills, job and labour market information and apprenticeship knowledge.
These home learning packs have been developed in Cornwall so there are a few regional references.
- Careers-related projects you can work through at home to develop your knowledge in the following areas:
Transferable Skills for Work – recommended for Year 7/8
Labour Market Information – recommended for Year 9
Apprenticeship Project – recommended for Year 10
(These resources have been developed in Cornwall so there are a couple of regional references)
How to develop ‘career resilience’ and manage your own career journey
- How to succeed at interviews
Websites for learning new skills
Skilled Trades – plumbing, electrics, carpentry, auto-service technicians and other vocational areas
British Sign Language - usually chargeable, but currently you pay whatever you can afford.
Oxford and Cambridge University websites - links and activities to extend your learning, if you 'd like to win a place at one of the top two universities.
Future Learn online courses - free access to hundreds of online courses.
The Open University - similar to Future Learn. Fantastic free courses from the Open University.
When registering for websites and courses, only provide the essential information e.g. name and school email. Never give your telephone number. If a site asks for a Date of Birth to confirm your school year, that is fine. Some Future Learn courses offer the opportunity to engage with other students on their moderated portal. This is NOT recommended.