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Career Advice

Choosing your career

Choosing your future career can feel like a huge burden for a young person. You are still learning, so how are you supposed to already know what you want to do for the rest of your life?

Firstly, know that this is just a starting point. No matter what you choose to do, you can always move around and eventually find the right job for you – but getting qualifications and experience in the workplace are the first steps you need to take.

Now ask yourself these questions:

For example, if you love animals and prefer practical work to sitting in a classroom, then you might consider a career in agriculture or animal care.

Once you’ve thought about that do some research! Look online, read blogs and ask your friends and family. If you know someone who has a career you’re interested in, ask if you can shadow them for the day. This will tell you more about the job and if it’s the right fit for you.

Finally, check what qualifications you need for the job. This will help you make the next step.


Who can you talk to about careers?

As well as your friends, family and school advisors there are other places where you can get unbiased and confidential advice about your future.

If you are 16-19 and unsure what your options are, you can talk to a member of the Skills and Employability Service. We will talk to you about your goals, identify your options and if needed refer you onto other services who can support you. Please call a member of the team who covers your area:

Helen Cook         03000 416891     Dartford, Gravesend and Sevenoaks

Helen Whitcher   03000 418830     Maidstone, Medway, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells

Robin Chapple    03000 419703     Ashford, Dover and Folkestone

Jackie Lovell       03000 416401     Canterbury, Whitstable, Faversham, Margate, Ramsgate, Sheerness

                                                         and Sittingbourne

You can also get free, confidential careers advice from qualified advisors at The National Careers Service.

The National Careers Service website aims to: