How your school can support you with careers information, where to go for more guidance, and job quizzes.

How your school can support you with CIAG

Good CIAG is very important, because it helps young people move on to successful working lives.

Your school has to provide independent and impartial careers information that is in your best interests. That means they should help you explore all possible options for:

All schools will have a careers lead and colleges will have a careers team. All of these people are there to help you make good choices for the future.

You can find more information about the CIAG programme in any secondary school by searching the school's website.

Useful questions to ask about different careers

  • What do they involve?
  • How do you get into them?
  • What qualifications do you need?
  • What salaries do people earn?
  • How many jobs are there in this career, and what are the chances of getting a job in this career?

Useful websites for careers information

Career Pilot Go to (opens new window) has information about:

  • different careers
  • whether there are many jobs in different sectors
  • training and education providers in the south of England

Your school or college might have accounts for this site, or you can make your own.

BBC Bitesize Careers Go to (opens new window) has videos about different careers and advice for writing CVs and applications.

Icould Go to (opens new window) is for secondary school students. It has videos about different careers with clear information about the numbers of jobs in the sector you're interested in.

Prospects Go to (opens new window) is for sixth form and university students. You can make an account, and the site has information about:

  • applying for jobs and university
  • different job sectors, and jobs within these sectors

Sometimes you can click through to advertised jobs.

Start Go to (opens new window) is for young people aged 11 to 18. You can set up an account and make a profile. There's information about job sectors, and a section about big employers with descriptions of the kinds of work and apprenticeships they offer. Every job type comes with a grade that tells you how many jobs are in that sector.

Job quizzes

The Icould buzz quiz Go to (opens new window) is short, and suggests some good career areas to look at.

Prospects Go to (opens new window) has two quizzes: a short job matching one, and a longer career planner. If you make an account, it saves your results so you can come back to them.

Start Go to (opens new window) has four surveys about your interests, skills, qualities and work preferences. You'll need to register and log in to do the surveys. They're saved in your profile and good job matches are suggested for you.

Other places for information

Ask your school or local library. Your local library will have prospectuses for local colleges and post 16 education providers.

Bristol City Council's pdf Post 16 Directory (3.38 MB)  lists all post 16 education providers.

Creative Youth Network runs drop in sessions Go to (opens new window) on Wednesday afternoons. These sessions can help you find a job, a course or a training opportunity.

Bristol Post 16 Participation Go to (opens new window) has the latest opportunities Go to (opens new window).

You can also talk to your education advocate at The HOPE about careers advice.

Contact us

Call: 0117 903 6282
Write: The HOPE Virtual School (CH), PO Box 3399, Bristol, BS3 9NE

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