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Career planning resources

Young people planning their career

From this year all young people are expected to stay in full-time education, training or training with employment until they are 17. Next year it will change to 18. This doesn't mean staying at school. Young people can carry on with full-time education at a sixth form or local college, or combine working and learning as a trainee or apprentice. Schools are responsible for giving young people careers advice but independent research can be done by using the resources below. 

Changing career at any age

If you're currently unemployed (especially if it's for the first time) it's daunting to try to match your skills and experience to something completely different. Transferable skills are those that you have developed whilst in employment or as a result of things like hobbies, interests, travel, voluntary work or managing a home. They can include things like time management, planning, decision making, motivating others, problem solving, having attention to detail and working well within a team. So, as well as considering how your qualificlations and experience match a completely new career, you can also look at these skills to help you decide on your direction or give you the confidence to apply for a new job. 

Transferable skills and the STAR technique

You often have to identify your skills in job applications and at interviews so part of your change-of-career planning should be to work up some examples to use.

For each skill you have:

Situation - think of a situation where you have had to use or demonstrate the skill

Task - what was the actual task you had to carry out?

Action - what did YOU actually do?

Result - what was the result or outcome?

Other useful resources

Have a look at our PDF Careers Guidance info sheet for ideas on where to start.

  • The National Careers Service website includes information on over 700 job profiles with advice about qualifications needed and prospective earnings. It also has a range of career tools so that you can identify your skills, build a CV and create an action plan. You can also phone or email for advice.   
  • Even if you're not studying, listen to an Open University careers adviser talking about career planning and use the materials in about you to analyse your strengths, skills and interests. If you're currently unemployed and needing to change direction completely, the materials will help you focus.
  • Unionlearn  has a free careers and learning information line.
  • See our section on Apprenticeships.

For graduates 

If you live in Brighton & Hove, see Brighton and Hove Graduate Jobs which includes links to University of Brighton and University of Sussex careers services.  Please note that the excellent University of Brighton Careers Service website is open access, and individual careers support is available for up to two years to graduates from all higher education institutions. 




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