If you are aged 13 to 19 (or up to 25 if you have a disability), you can seek careers advice and guidance from the Government’s National Careers Helpline and webchat service. Find out more here.
The Plotr and Prospects websites also provide useful information about career pathways based on your interests. Both sites are designed with young people in mind and provide fun and interactive guidance.
Don't forget, your school or college also has responsibility for your careers education. They may even employ a careers-qualified teacher or guidance worker so make sure you find out who you can talk to. The Birmingham Careers Service has an excellent website, so use that too!
If you are aged 19 or over, the new National Careers Service can help. In addition to web and phone support, you may also be able to get free face-to-face help from a qualified adviser. Call 0800 100 900 for more information.
A to Z Guide to Vocational Learning
Whatever your age, the A to Z Guide to Vocational Learning may be helpful. It gives information on career opportunities in 14 sectors of the world-of-work, examples of the different learning pathways to careers in each sector, case studies of how local people have realised their career ambitions, and links to a wide range of regional and national sources of further information, advice and guidance.
Careers of the Future in the West Midlands
This booklet presents easily accessible information about the labour market prospects for jobs in the West Midlands, based on research by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) into the world of work. It's a fantastic source of ideas and inspiration to inform your career planning.