Useful Contacts

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service: nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk website contains some excellent careers information, including entry routes, skills required and salary. It also gives you details of some alternative, related careers and gives you the chance to read some up-to-date and accurate labour market information.

icould

The icould website icould.com contains lots of short films featuring people talking about their jobs. There is a link to a personality/ disposition quiz called ‘Buzz’, which helps you think about what jobs would suit your personal strengths.

Careersbox

Careersbox: careersbox.co.uk is a website that has videos of individuals who work in particular jobs and industries. There are also films about apprenticeship schemes.

All About Careers

All About Careers: allaboutcareers.com
This website enables you to explore a range of jobs and enables you to get careers advice. There are 3 sections:
• Wondering what can I do?
• Looking for jobs?
• Need career advice?

You can also sign up for a weekly careers advice newsletter and take a careers test.

There is an area on the site for jobs and employers. This offers live information about what jobs are available and which employers are looking to recruit.

U-Explore

U-Explore: www.u-explore.com is a website that all Carmel College students have access to. The website offers excellent careers advice and support.

Plotr: www.plotr.co.uk is another good website that allows you to explore different sector areas.

Career Player: careerplayer.com is another that allows you to watch videos to learn about a wide range of different careers.

Prospects: prospects.ac.uk has lots of interesting information for students considering university, including a section that outlines what current undergraduate students, studying particularly subjects, will likely consider as future employment opportunities once they graduate.

SACU sacu-student.com

Offers a range of free services to help students make the best choice possible when it comes to Higher Education. Services are designed to help students explore the range of possibilities open to them.

All information links to the latest University; Unistats and UCAS data.

Sector Skills Councils: fisss.org.uk/sector-skills-council-body gives excellent careers information as well as current information on the labour markets associated to a particular sector.

Other useful websites
TES: http://growingambitions.tes.co.uk/
University of Kent: http://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/explorer.htm
Career How: http://careerhow.ncfe.org.uk/
Success at School: https://successatschool.org/careerzones
Pure Potential: http://www.purepotential.org/
Target Careers: https://targetcareers.co.uk/

Teaching Training: Students who want to consider a teaching qualification, after gaining an initial degree, can use the UCAS website: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/teacher-training to research their options.

Other useful sites are:

Get Into Teaching: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/
Carmel Teacher Training Partnership:
http://carmelteachertraining.org.uk/

The Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT): http://www.lnat.ac.uk/ is used by a number of universities to help them select students for their law degrees. This website explains what is involved in the test and gives you access to some sample papers.

The BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT): http://www.admissionstestingservice.org/for-test-takers/bmat/about-bmat/ an aptitude test used as part of the admissions process for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or Biomedical Sciences in some universities.

The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT): http://www.ukcat.ac.uk/ is a test used in the selection process by a consortium of UK Medical and Dental Schools.

Graduate Medical School Admissions Test: www.gamsat.acer.edu.au

GAMSAT is developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) in conjunction with the Consortium of Graduate Medical Schools to assist in the selection of students to participate in the graduate-entry programs in Australia, Ireland and the UK. It is designed to assess the capacity to undertake high-level intellectual studies in the medical and health professional programmes.

GAMSAT evaluates the nature and extent of abilities and skills gained through prior experience and learning, including the mastery and use of concepts in basic science as well as the acquisition of more general skills in problem solving, critical thinking and writing.

Candidates whose first degree is in a non-scientific field of study can still sit GAMSAT and succeed in an application for admission to one of the graduate-entry programs. A science degree is not always a prerequisite and institutions encourage applications from candidates who have achieved academic excellence in the humanities and social sciences. However, it must be stressed that success in GAMSAT is unlikely without knowledge and ability in the biological and physical sciences.

Volunteering

VInspired: www.vinspired.com is an organisation that can help you to find volunteering opportunities.

Volunteering Matters: http://volunteeringmatters.org.uk/ is an organisation who can help you to find volunteering opportunities within your local community.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award: http://www.dofe.org/ has helped countless young people to gain valuable experience and life skills. For over 70 years the charity has inspired and transformed the lives of millions of young people from all walks of life. From volunteering to physical activities, life skills to expeditions, achieving a DofE Award is a passport to a brighter future, valued by employers and universities.

National Citizen’s Service: http://www.dofe.org/

National Citizen Service (NCS) is open to all 16 and 17-year-olds in England.

It helps you build your skills for work and life, while you take on new challenges and meet new friends.

It runs in the spring, summer and autumn. You’ll have a short time away from home and take part in a team project that will help your community.

NCS brings together young people from different backgrounds and helps them develop greater confidence, self-awareness and responsibility. It encourages personal and social development by working on skills like leadership, teamwork and communication.

Participants develop a social action project to deal with a local issue they’re passionate about, and spend 30 hours putting the project into action in their community.

Volunteering to Support Health and Medical Careers

www.healthcareers.nhs.uk

An excellent website offering advice and guidance on how get the much needed work experience that is needed to apply for a career in health care.

Other useful links are:
St John Ambulance
British Red Cross

Gap Year

Individuals organise gap years for different reasons. They can be used to help you to further develop key skills, gain experience, learn a language, volunteer, earn some money, re-sit qualifications or take some time to think about what you’re going to do next. If you want some help in co-ordinating this, there are lots of companies out there who will do this.

The Gap-Year Guidebook: http://www.gap-year.com is a good place to start if you want to find out more information about gap years and also get some links to the various organisations who could help you plan your gap year.

The Year Out Group: http://www.yearoutgroup.org/organisations/ also has links to various other organisations.

Finally, various travel companies that offer a booking service covering travel, volunteering and work experience abroad. These include:

Gapyear.com (owned by Flight Centre UK Ltd): https://www.gapyear.com
Real Gap (owned by TUI Travel plc): http://www.realgap.co.uk/
STA Travel: http://www.statravel.co.uk/gap-year-travel.htm

GOV.UK
https://www.gov.uk/browse/education/student-financ is a government website with specific information on HE finance for English-based students. It is also the website which you use to apply for your tuition fee and maintenance loans: https://www.gov.uk/apply-online-for-student-finance.

Student Finance England
http://www.sfengland.slc.co.uk/ is a website with links to other resources explaining how student finance works.

Office for Fair Access (OFFA)
https://www.offa.org.uk/ promotes and safeguards fair access to higher education. See their website for student FAQs and information about bursaries and university access agreements.

Scholarship Hub
http://www.thescholarshiphub.org.uk/ is a website that has information on financial support for students. You can go to this website and search by specific courses or just by a university; for some of the scholarships you will need to make applications – others will be organised by the university as soon as they receive confirmation that you will be starting with them, and once they know your individual financial circumstances.

UCAS
https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/finance-and-support has a specific section focussing on the finance of higher education and details of the support that is available.

The Student Calculator
http://studentcalculator.org/ from Brightside helps you to work out how much money you will have at university and how much you will need.

Other resources
The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/money/student-finance
The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/universityeducation/student-finance/
Money Saving Expert: http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/students/
Finally, please note, each university and college will also have relevant financial information, including about bursaries on their own websites.

Other resources
The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/money/student-finance
The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/universityeducation/student-finance/
Money Saving Expert: http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/students/

Also individual universities and colleges will also have financial information that can be accessed on their websites.

Please find below a list of other websites, which might be useful for helping you to explore your future plans:

Parental Guidance: http://www.parentalguidance.org.uk/ this site offers some useful advice to parents regarding their son/daughter’s future plans and has some excellent links.

Studential: https://www.studential.com/ is a website that helps individuals consider the range of opportunities they have for their future.

Careers at Sea: http://www.careersatsea.org/ is a website for those considering a career in the Merchant Navy. The site explores the various career opportunities and includes contact details of all the sponsoring companies.

Widening Access to Medical School: http://www.wanttobeadoctor.co.uk/ has been set up by current medical students from the University of Leeds. It is a good website with lots of information/links for any prospective medical students.

Student Midwives Sanctuary: http://studentmidwivessanctuary.com/ is a website forum set up for the benefit of students interested in training to be a midwife.

NHS Careers: https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/ is a website with lots of information about the huge range of careers that are available within the NHS.

The College of Policing: http://recruit.college.police.uk/Pages/home.aspx has a website with information about the entry requirements and process for becoming a Police Officer, Community Support Officer and/or Special Constable. Each local Force will also have information on their websites, for example: https://www.durham.police.uk/Join-us/Pages/default.aspx

Barclays Life Skills https://www.barclayslifeskills.com/

Loud Magazine www.loudmag.co.uk features the latest opportunities for college leavers and 6th formers.

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