A job or career

Where can I look for further information on jobs and careers?

Job sectors and job profiles:

In Careerpilot you will find information about a range of job sectors. The Careerpilot information will tell you the basics about the job sector including, what it is like, key facts about the job market in the UK and the South West, how you can get in, types of jobs, case studies and useful links.

icould is a website with lots of videos showing different career sectors.

If you want detailed information about a particular job then the National Careers Service site provides ‘Job Profiles’ will give you lots of information about a specific job and also show you related jobs – some of which you will not have heard about before – so exploring this site is a good way to expand your knowledge and options.

Each job sector has a Sector Skills Council. Their job is to reduce skills gaps and also to work with people in education to develop qualifications that meet the needs of employers.

If you need more details about a job sector you can find out which Sector Skills Council is responsible for the job sector you are interested in by following this link, which shows all 22 Skills Sector Councils and the employment areas they cover.

The Sector Skills Council’s websites often provide detailed information on the qualifications they are looking for and also the opportunities available in that sector.

Careers World provides information on job sectors and has some job and apprenticeship vacancies. Also has SW region facts and contacts.

MyKindaCrowd is a site showing challenges set by employers where you can win prizes, such as cash or a work placement. You can also make links with companiesyou are interested in.

Looking for employment - where to start:

Suggestions and websites to visit to get you started:

  • Add recruitment websites to your list of 'favourites' on your computer, check them regularly or request alert messages if jobs become available
  • Explore job profiles and start planning how you will be able to show you have the right skills for the job, try to provide evidence of your skills to show you have experience
  • Find out how social media can help with job search, and use your social media to ask about job opportunities. Be aware that prospective employers might search for you online so make sure there is nothing which will be embarrassing
  • Set up a Linkedin profile and market your skills clearly. See how to create a profile here
  • Keep your CV up-to-date and to 2 sides of A4, type it not write it. Lots of information can be found at 'The Ultimate Guide to Building a CV the Careerpilot HE Skills Map Tool will help you identify valuable skills and experiences
  • Write speculative letters to local firms, don't wait for jobs to be advertised. This will give you some ideas about writing covering letters
  • Use the Gov.uk Job Match service
  • Prepare for interviews - there are lots of websites with advice on how to do this

Job hunting/vacancy websites

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