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Online resources: All you need to know about how to choose a profession

Links that help you to choose a job, step by step!

You’ll find some links here to specialized websites which can really help you! By following the links, sometimes you will find good tips and tricks, sometimes helpful addresses. You can surf through all the websites, or make your choice according to your needs. And of course, you can search on your own for more online information.

I. Learn more about yourself!

The first step in choosing a job is to learn more about yourself and your skills: this is called a “skills assessment”.

If you’ve never worked till now and you don’t know which profession to choose, or if you do have professional experience in a specific field but you want to explore other possibilities; this section is for you. Although you can start with an online quiz, test, etc, we recommend you let a professional help you. Professional advice may be more useful for you, because it will take into account your previous professional and even “life” experience to spot the best jobs for you. Nevertheless, it is easy and fun to do an assessment quiz right now!

To start an assessment quiz, click here:

Your local jobcentre can also provide you with updated information on particular programmes for jobseekers in your area. To find their address in your region, click here:

Or to speak with an adviser

If you need extra employment support because of a disability, your local Jobcentre can put you in touch with one of their Disability Employment Advisers.  Click here to find out more:

II. Explore all the possibilities…

Once your skills assessment is done, you will probably get a very long list of jobs that match your skills. Perhaps you don’t like some of them, or even most of them! But you need to like your job to be happy! And maybe you like or dislike something for reasons you can’t explain… To understand more, and challenge your prejudices, it’s a good idea to watch videos of professionals explaining their jobs:

You can read job descriptions too:

Don’t forget to have a look at the list of the most “wanted” professional profiles. If you are choosing a profession, it’s a good idea to take into account what companies are really looking for!

You can find more about what you really like, and maybe change your mind about some jobs you thought were not for you…

III. Training? Why not?

Now you have some ideas about your future job. Remember for some jobs it is compulsory to have an academic degree. For others a one year training will be enough. If you think you need training to get the job you want, you can look for training close to your home. Check the prices and check if, in your specific situation, you are entitled to pay less.  You may be eligible for concessionary fees or financial support.

Click here to find a list of training in your region:

For courses in London:

Click here to find out how to apply to pay less, or not pay at all!

Or contact an adviser directly:

IV. Employment legislation: your rights and duties.

Forewarned is forearmed: better to know in advance what you can expect when you start work. How long will the probationary period be? What is a limited term contract? Can you continue to receive state benefits? What if your job requires you to work in the evening, or on Saturdays…

Check these links for more information about the labour market.

For general advice and information:

If you have a disability:

For resolving workplace disputes:

For employment relations services, see Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service). Click here for further information…

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