I want to know more about a job sector
Getting the information you need
- If you have a particular job or career in mind it is worth finding out all you can about that job sector - the jobs that it offers, the qualifications and skills that are required and also how the job market in that sector is doing – especially in times of recession.
- Do bear in mind though that it is always worth having a look at more than one job and also, perhaps, more than one job sector, just in case your first idea doesn’t work out.
- It’s always worth discussing your plans with someone. This could be a parent/carer, teacher or tutor or could be a careers or Connexions Adviser. You can access an adviser through the Careers Service for Young People.
- Ask your school if they provide career software programmes you can use.
- You could also do the Careerpilot Profile Builder so you can look at your skills against what a job requires and make a plan to fill in any gaps!
Where to look for job sector information
Careerpilot job sector information
In Careerpilot you will find information about a range of job sectors. The Careerpilot information will tell you the basics about the job sector including, what it is like, key facts about the job market in the UK and the South West, how you can get in, types of jobs, case studies and useful links.
icould is a website with lots of videos showing different career sectors.
The National Careers Service Website
If you want detailed information about a particular job then The National Careers Service site provides ‘Job Profiles’ will give you lots of information about a specific job and also show you related jobs – some of which you will not have heard about before – so exploring this site is a good way to expand your knowledge and options.
Sector Skills Council – for each employment sector.
Each job sector has a Sector Skills Council. Their job is to reduce skills gaps and also to work with people in education to develop qualifications that meet the needs of employers.
If you need more details about a job sector you can find out which Sector Skills Council is responsible for the job sector you are interested in by following this link, which shows all 22 Skills Sector Councils and the employment areas they cover.
The Sector Skills Council’s websites often provide detailed information on the qualifications they are looking for and also the opportunities available in that sector.
Careers World provides information on job sectors and has some job and apprenticeship vacancies. Also has SW region facts and contacts.
Skills Explorer from Careerbox is a fast and easy way you can match your skills against selected careers from the Careersbox library (you will need to be able to view videos) giving you an individual report based on your personal skills. Skills Explorer also links students up with local colleges and national opportunities for jobs and training.
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