Choosing the next step in education, training or employment can be a daunting prospect. We aim to provide the tools to help you make the right decision for you.
The best place to start is to think about what you are good at and enjoy. Build a profile of your skills and interests using Career Pilot's Skills Map - and then explore the types of job roles that you may be well suited for on Career Pilot's Job Sector page.
It makes good sense to spend some time in the types of industry that interest you. Ask your Careers Leader at school or college for work experience opportunities in your area.
Volunteering can be very rewarding for personal development and gaining skills for the workplace. Search for Somerset volunteering opportunities here.
The Study Up website showcases and provides information about all the Higher Education courses on offer in Somerset by our Colleges and Training Providers, including how to apply and details on funding.
The National Careers Services provides information, advice and guidance to help with decisions on learning, training and work. If you are thinking about an apprenticeship and would like some help and advice, you can speak to an adviser using their webchat service. The service is open from 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week.
There are many different ways to develop the knowledge and skills you need for an exciting career. This might range from an apprenticeship to A-levels, BTEC or other post 16 course.
When you are ready to start applying for work, you may wish to read Somerset Skills & Learning's Job Hunting - A Guide to Success. This handy booklet offers recruitment ideas, CV writing tips and interview skills.
Support for SEND Learners
Recent changes to the support disabled young people and learners with special educational needs receive when finishing school or college aim to help you move onto the next stage of your life. The young people in this short film talk about some of the opportunities available.
Preparing for Adulthood
The Preparing for Adulthood scheme, funded by the Department for Education (DfE), supports young people with SEND as they move into adulthood. Their website includes lots of useful information, advice and opportunities.