Look out for local careers events There are also lots of resources available to help you with your job search and organisations that may be able provide advice and guidance.
World of Work Roadshow
This event is usually held in the spring school term. The World of Work Roadshow, as part of National Careers Week, is an event organised by Achieving for Children, aimed at promoting a wide range of careers to 15 to 19 year olds in Kingston and Richmond. There is a "relaxed" SEN session at the start of the event where pupils attend with their school before the event gets busy and other schools arrive.
Employer Offered Careers Support
Barclays LifeSkills works with teachers, parents and businesses to help young people:
- Build a job-hunting toolbox - Find out how social media can supercharge a CV, get tips for creating strong covering letters and LinkedIn profiles, and practice interview techniques.
- Identify skills - Interactive challenges help identify and develop personal skills – with useful advice on selling these skills to employers.
- Gain experience - Offered by businesses, organised by teachers and driven by young people – by working through LifeSkills online, they’ll unlock valuable work experience.
National Career Service
The National Careers Service offers free and impartial information, advice and guidance to help you with your decisions about careers, courses and work. The service is available to people who live in England and is supported by qualified careers advisers. They also have a range of tools on their website to support you in making decisions.
Downs Syndrome Association - Workfit
WorkFit is the Down’s Syndrome Association’s employment programme which brings together employers and job-seekers who have Down’s syndrome. It is a tailored service dedicated to training employers about the learning profile of people who have Down’s syndrome so that they can be supported in the workplace.
National Autistic Society (NAS)
NAS offers support to help people with autism build the skills needed for work, and support, for example with coaching, CV writing and opportunities in social enterprises.
The Autism Project
The Autism Project is a full time 2-year employment programme for young people on the autism spectrum who would like to work but need more confidence, support, skills, and experience.
All students follow o supported internship curriculum for their first term and typically, students will spend 3 terms (their first year) following this: they will learn within real work experience placements within either Guy’s & St. Thomas’ or Whittington hospitals four days a week, supported by work-place mentors and specialist job coaches. They will also attend class once a week, where they learn valuable employability and independent living skills. The objective is for young people to become ‘work-ready’.
Blind in Business
The Blind in Business Employment Service is designed to help blind and partially sighted students and graduates prepare for and find jobs within their chosen careers.
Virtual work experience
Also referred to as online, remote or e-experience, virtual work experience gives students and graduates the opportunity to complete a full internship from home, in most cases using nothing but a laptop. Online work experience is open to all and for the majority of opportunities all you need to get involved is access to a computer and a stable internet connection.
Virtual internships share many similarities with traditional, in-person internships but their online nature allows participants to work with organisations across the country, even the globe. They're particularly relevant in these unprecedented times, as they enable students and graduates to gain invaluable work experience and boost their CV in spite of lockdown restrictions.
Find out more about opportunities to take part in virtual work experience on the weblinks below:
Careerometer can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations, help you learn about different occupations and identify potential careers. It provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as description of the occupation.
Simply type in the title of the job you are interested in to the screen cards shown below and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you. You can then look up another two occupations and compare. You can also select ‘display the UK average’ and compare the information with the occupation you have selected.