City : Careers Advice Centre : Getting Careers Advice
What is Careers Advice?
It's fairly obvious that careers advice is where you get advice on your career options and what you want to do in the future. But there are different pathways you can go down when getting careers advice that we'll run through in the following floors!
The quickest and most basic way to get careers advice is to search online for tips and guidance - on the following floors you'll find plenty of useful links to sites containing lots of useful advice about how to decide what career you'd like.
If you want more personalised, experienced careers advice you can book an appointment with a careers adviser! There are a few options when finding a careers adviser that we've listed below.
Finding a Careers Adviser...
At School or College
You may have a careers adviser at your school or college that you can book an appointment to go and see. Ask your tutor or check your school or college's website for any information.
If your school doesn't have a careers adviser you can ask teachers you know well for other options that might be available through your school/college or try one the other options listed below.
Through the National Careers Service
The National Careers Service is the government run careers advice service to help young people figure out what they'd like to do! The website has plenty of advice about careers from job profiles to searching for courses that could help.
Contact them to speak to a careers adviser in a number of ways - find all their contact information here.
(The webchat is for those 13 years and above living in England.)
Here at Elevate we can also help you get some careers advice! We have lots of general advice online but it's not always easy to know exactly what you want to do.
If you'd like some careers advice but don't know where to start then get in contact; we have plenty of people we can put you in touch with and resources to get you started in your career search.
You can send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or give the local hub a call on 01344 352 777.
Adviza are a careers advice service for those aged 19+ and they run in Reading and West Berkshire.
Adviza often work within schools and local councils to offer services free of charge, so it's worth contacting them to see if they can offer you some help!
You can contact them through their online contact form or give them a call. Find the contact information here!
Making the most of your advisor
If you do go to see an adviser it's important to make the most of your appointment!
When you go to your first meeting you can make the most of it by taking your CV with you, as well as a pen and some paper to make notes. They might give you useful advice or contacts that you might want to write down!
Make a list of questions you'd like to ask or things you'd like to find out about to make the most of your time and come out feeling like you have some direction!
(If you don't yet have a CV, visit the CV Hothouse for advice on how to write a good CV!)