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Contacts

Sonia Seaman Careers/Higher Education Adviser
Sonia is based in Student Support and is available...
Monday: 8.30am-6.30pm
Tuesday: 8.30am-4.45pm
Wednesday: 8.30am-4.45pm
Thursday: 8.30am-4.30pm
 
 
For information our local Connexions service has now become Prospects Leicestershire. Their remit is to work with 16 - 18yrs NEET  (Not in Employment Education or Training), Potential NEET and vulnerable Young People

Coalville, Loughborough and Melton staff are based in the Loughborough office and the new manager is: Paul Bluett

Jane Sutton is still the Personal Advisor for this area, her contact details are as follows:

Prospects Services Ltd
7-9 Fennel Street | Loughborough | Leicestershire I LE11 1UQ
Tel: 01509 214002 | Fax: 01509 214446
jane.hart@prospects.co.uk | www.prospects.co.uk

Vulnerable Young People can be referred either directly to Jane or to outreach access points: 'Appointments' and 'Drop in' available

Coalville Library - Mon/Fri by Appointment only
Ashby Library - Mon-Fri by Appointment only
Castle Donnington Library - Mon-Thu by Appointment only
Shepshed Library - Mon-Thu by Appointment only

 

Careers Advice

Careers Calender
Student Entitlement Statement

Advice for 16-18 year olds is available via Web chats or Phone conversations on 0800 100 900.

Advice on learning and work is available to all students over 19 years of age either face to face or via Web chats or Phone conversations.

nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

0800 100 900
National Careers Service
82 Charles Street
Leicester
LE1 1FB

 

Careers Resources

General careers information and University/College prospectuses are available in red boxes in Cluster 5.

Career Resources
CVs
Interview Skills
Letter Writing


Please note that the list below is not a list of recommended sites but a guide to help direct you to useful sources of information

Useful Websites:-

GENERAL CAREERS

Connexions -   www.leicester.gov.uk/connexions - Information and support to help young people progress into further learning and work in Leicester City.

National Careers Service - https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk - 100's of different job profiles, to aid career choice

APPRENTICESHIPS

Apprenticeship Guide - http://www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk

what they are, if they are for you and how you can get one

National Apprenticeship Service - official site. apprenticeships.org.uk
Search and apply for vacancies

Future Talent - www.future-talent.com advertises apprenticeships and other alternative routes to uni

GetMyFirstJob - www.getmyfirstjob.co.uk once registered they will help you find an apprenticeship

Advice for Disabled Students:-

DirectGov:- www.gov.uk/ In depth advice on financial help for disabled students and how to apply for it through Student Finance England

 

JOBS

Universal Jobmatch - https://jobsearch.direct.gov.uk- register to find a job on this Government site

Indeed - www.indeed.co.uk – online job search site

Monster - www.monster.co.uk   - online job search site

Prospects www.prospects.ac.uk - Information on graduate jobs and postgraduate courses

 Jobseekers -www.jobseekers.direct.gov.uk - Advice on job searching and job vacancies

Job Seeking

The following websites are useful for help with the following:-

  • CV Writing
  • Letters of application
  • Completing application forms
  • Interview techniques

www.prospects.ac.uk
(click on the link Jobs and Work)

www.careers-gateway.co.uk
(click on the link Job Seeking)

 

www.adviza.org.uk/

(click on the link –Careers info for young people)




 

CAREER QUIZZES

Buzz Testwww.icould.com   - a short test that analyses your personality to see which job might suit you

University of Kent - www.kent.ac.uk/careers/explorer.htm a quick test that analyses your skills and gives examples of jobs that you may like. More suitable for older students

Bubble Careers quiz - www.bubble-jobs.co.uk  a quick quiz that tells you which digital jobs would suit you 

UKSP Careers quiz - www.hospitalityguild.co.uk  a quick quiz that tells you which careers in hospitality/leisure/travel/tourism would suit you

CAREER VIDEOS

Careersbox - www.careersbox.co.uk a  free online library of careers related film, news and information

Careers4u - www.careers4u.   videos on loads of  different jobs and students talking about apprenticeships, uni, jobs etc

icould www.icould.com, videos of people in different occupations describing what they do

FINANCE

Care To Learn - www.gov.uk/care-to-learn  help pay for childcare costs if you are studying and under 20

Student Cash Point - www.studentcashpoint.co.uk a  guide to finding financial support (bursaries/awards etc) to assist with the cost of university

GAP YEARS

Gap Year - www.gov.uk/guidance/gap-year-foreign-travel-advice  an official government information on gap years

Year in Industry - www.etrust.org.uk/the-year-in-industry  offers internships to undergraduates and HE students in Engineering, Business, Marketing and IT

SELF EMPLOYMENT

Livewire - www.shell-livewire.org , support, information and advice for 16-30 year olds wanting to set up their own business

The Prince's Trust Enterprise programme - www.princes-trust.org.uk  -help-for-young-people/support-starting-business support for unemployed young people age 18-30 to determine if their business ideas are viable and whether self employment is right for them

STUDENT/PART-TIME JOBS

Natives - www.natives.co.uk  ski and seasonal jobs at home and abroad

Thebigchoice - www.thebigchoice.com , part-time/temp/summer/seasonal jobs for students

Studentjob - www.studentjob.co.uk , part-time jobs and internships

E4S   www.e4s.co.uk/ part-time, holiday, seasonal, temporary, festival and gap year jobs at home and abroad

Just Student Jobs -www.student-jobs.co.uk/  part-time, holiday, seasonal, temporary, festival and gap year jobs at home and abroad

Your rights at Work  www.citizensadvice.org.uk   Citizens Advice Bureau guide to working whilst studying, young people's employment rights, minimum wage and working conditions


 
STUDYING ABROAD

Erasmus - www.erasmusplus.org.uk/ enables university students to study abroad as part of their degree

Fulbright - www.fulbright.org.uk - offers scholarships and exchange programmes to UK students wanting to study in the US

Hot Courses Abroad - www.hotcoursesabroad.com/ search for thousands of courses abroad

Study Overseas - www.studyoverseas.com focuses on life and studying in various different countries

Study in Finland - www.studyinfinland.fi/  guide to studying in Finland

AUCC - www.univcan.ca/ -studying in Canada

Study USA -  http://studyusa.com/ -studying in the US

STUDENT SITES

The Student Room - www.thestudentroom.co.uk/ online student community - help with revision, statements, applying to uni etc

Access Professions - www.accessprofessions.com/ get alerts about open days, opportunities and events

UNIVERSITY

UCAS - www.ucas.com/ official site where you can search and apply for your degree

Complete University Guide - www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk does what it says on the tin

Bestcourse4me - www.bestcourse4me.com/ - shows link between your course and the kind of jobs you can get/money you can earn

Unistats www.unistats.direct.gov.uk/ -search, review and compare courses and universities; reviews by students

Student Cash Point  www.studentcashpoint.co.uk/default.aspx - guide to finding financial support (bursaries/awards etc) to assist with the cost of university

Which?University  www.university.which.co.uk/ what to study, where to go and how to get there

Open Days www.opendays.com/  search open days at unis

Push www.push.co.uk/ - independent and brutally honest site about life at university

Prospects  www.prospects.ac.uk/  - helps students consider what they can do after their degree. Includes free psychometric test to determine suitable degrees.
 

NOT GOING TO UNI

Notgoingtouni  -www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/ search and apply for apprenticeships, jobs and sponsored degrees

VOLUNTEERING

Vinspired  - www.vinspired.com - volunteering guide for 14-24 year olds. Search and apply for opportunities

Do It - www.do-it.org   - national volunteering site, search for current opportunities

WORK EXPERIENCE

All About Careers -www.allaboutcareers.com/ - guide on how to get work experience

Student Ladder  www.studentladder.co.uk/ -lists companies that offer work experience

 

INFORMATION ON SPECIFIC JOBS

Accountancy
ICAEW  www.careers.icaew.com/school-students-leavers -info on entry routes, training and opportunities in accountancy

 

Animal, Land-Based and Environment Jobs
Lantra  www.lantra.co.uk/ - info on apprenticeships, college and uni courses and careers 

 

Armed Forces
Before you sign up  -www.beforeyousignup.info/  pros and cons of joining the armed force

 

Construction

Be Constructive -www.beconstructive.co.uk - Information on careers in the construction industry

 

Creative Careers
Creative choices www.ccskills.org.uk/careers -  about careers in the creative industries
Skillset  www.creativeskillset.org/ -guide to finding apprenticeships, courses and careers in the creative industries

 

Electrical and Engineering
Gocracker - www.gradcracker.com/ -  guide to careers in Science, Engineering and Technology

 

Health & Social Care
NHS Careers  www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/  information on the wide range of jobs in the NHS.
NHS Careers You Tube channel

 

Hospitality/Leisure/Tourism
Careers That Move  www.careersthatmove.co.uk/ - information on jobs in the transport and travel industry
Hospitality Guild www.hospitalityguild.co.uk/uksp - information on careers in hospitality. Includes a careers quiz which tells you which roles would suit you best
CruiseShipJobs  www.cruiselinesjobs.com/ - information on working on cruise ships and job search
CareerScope www.careerscope.uk.net/ information on jobs in hospitality, tourism and leisure

 

IT/Web
Bubblejobs - www.bubble-jobs.co.uk/career -explains all the different kind of jobs in this ever-expanding sector; you can search for jobs too
Bubble careers quiz - www.bubble-jobs.co.uk/career_portal/digital-careers-finder/career-finder-quiz/ -  quick, fun quiz that tells you which digital/online jobs would suit you best

 

 

Law
All About Law - www.allaboutlaw.co.uk/ -guide to degrees and careers in Law
LNAT -  www.lnat.ac.uk/ -guide to the test you may have to take to gain entry onto a Law degree
LawCareers - www.lawcareers.net/ -comprehensive guide to becoming a lawyer

Manufacturing
 

Mechanic
Autocity www.jobs.theimi.org.uk/ -careers in the motor industry including apprenticeship vacancies

Media TV & Communications
My First Job In Film - www.myfirstjobinfilm.co.uk -includes a jobs/internship/work experience board
Pinewood Studios - www.pinewoodgroup.com/our-studios/uk/about-us/careers

 

Medicine
BMAT - www.admissionstestingservice.org - find out about one of the tests for entry onto a medical/dentistry degree
UKCAT - www.ukcat.ac.uk/ - is the other test you may have to take for entry onto medical/dentistry degree
MDX Events - www.mdexperience.co.uk/ - offers work experience and seminars to help you find out more about medicine
Medlink www.medlink-uk.net/ four day course at Nottingham Uni for 6th formers on getting into Medicine
Gap Medics - www.gapmedics.co.uk/  medical work experience abroad during school holidays/gap year
Medical Careers - www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/ tips on medical interviews, podcasts and interviews

 

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)
Future Morph - www.futuremorph.org/ careers that studying STEM can lead to
Maths Careers - www.mathscareers.org.uk/ helps you choose your routes to a maths career
Cogent - www.sciencecareerpathways.com/home/ A-Z of careers in STEM
Go Cracker - www.gradcracker.com/  about careers in STEM

 

Sport
Careers in Sport - www.careers-in-sport.co.uk/ profiles of around careers in the sports industry

 Skills Active       -www.skillsactive.com - Information on careers in the sports and leisure industries

Theatre
Get into Theatre www.ccskills.org.uk/careers/advice/any/theatre - information on careers in the theatre and how to get in

 

Working for a Charity
Working For A Charitywww.knowhownonprofit.org/studyzone/working-for-a-charity information on careers in the charity and voluntary sector.

 

Please note - This is not a list of recommended sites but a guide to help direct you to useful sources of information


Extra information for Higher Education

How we can help?

  1. Why should I apply to university?
  2. How do I choose a course
  3. How do I decide which university to go to?
  4. Will my disability prevent me from going to university?

Frequently Asked Questions - Application Process

Student Finance


www.gov.uk/browse/education/student-finance

NHS Student Bursaries
Student Cashpoint
www.gov.uk/unimoney
www.thestudentroom.co.uk/content.php?r=5659-Student-Finance
http://www.thescholarshiphub.org.uk/
Student Finance – What you need to know
Student Finance – Quick Start Guide

Useful Websites
www.ucas.com
www.whatuni.com
university.which.co.uk

Midlands Universities offers to LAC and care leavers
LAC and care leavers

University League Tables and Guides
http://education.guardian.co.uk

Don’t forget to check local College websites for Higher Education courses!
www.stephensoncoll.ac.uk
www.burton-college.ac.uk
www.leicestercollege.ac.uk
www.loucoll.ac.uk

Resources for applying to UCAS/Personal Statements

How to Complete your UCAS Application
Your Personal Statement
UCAS Writing Personal Statement 

 

Last modified: Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 2:51 PM