If you’re considering your options and aren’t quite sure where to go next, in terms of your career or qualifications, that’s ok! It’s perfectly normal to be unsure. It’s a big decision and it’s great that you’re looking for information and doing your research before jumping in.
At NCFE we believe that there’s #nowrongpath to success, but there are lots of ways to find information, advice and guidance to help you to identify your next steps.
Where to start
One thing you might want to try to get you started is a career diagnostic. You can find lots of them online, but there’s a comprehensive one that you can complete free at https://www.prospects.ac.uk/career-planner
Answering the questions as honestly as possible will help the diagnostic to work at its best and, by the end of the quiz, you should have some good suggestions to explore.
Once you know which job, or even which general career area you’d like to work in, a good starting point might be to check out the job profiles on the National Careers Service website.
These great guides can give you information about the salary, general working hours and day to day make up of lots of different job roles, as well as information about which qualifications and skills you might need, and where the role might lead through progression opportunities.
After finding out all that you can from the job profiles, you might want to get some advice that’s specific to you and talk through your options with someone who knows their stuff.
Careers advice service
You’ll need to contact the right careers advice service for where you live, so that the information that they provide is accurate, as careers may have different entry requirements depending on where they’re based, due to local legislation and standardisation. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all have their own careers advice services and you can find contact details (including how to get in touch via webchat in some cases!)via these links:
If you’re outside of the UK, you may need to look online for contact details of your most relevant advice service.
If you’re considering a career in Health and Social Care, Childcare, Education or Dental Nursing, you may find it helpful to join CACHE Alumni.
You can find more about that service here.
You can also take a look at our handy career cards for a variety of subject areas which are available here.