Careers information, advice and guidance for young people

Careers information, advice and guidance (CIAG)

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 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 has videos about different careers and advice for writing CVs and applications.

Icould 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 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 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 is short, and suggests some good career areas to look at.

Prospects 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 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 Post 16 Directory lists all post 16 education providers.

Creative Youth Network runs drop in sessions on Wednesday afternoons. These sessions can help you find a job, a course or a training opportunity.

Bristol Post 16 Participation has the latest opportunities.

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