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Virtual Careers Library

Your virtual careers library

General Careers Information – a good starting point in your research

http://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/

  • how to make career decisions, including personality assessments
  • what courses to choose, what careers are available, and how to get into them
  • how to find job vacancies; application and interview techniques.
  • CV builder template – just enter your personal details in a secure part of the website, and you get a smart layout and advice on content.

 www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk

  • new organisation incorporating Careers Scotland, ILA Scotland, Learndirect, National Training Programmes (eg Modern Apprenticeships) which has useful links and general information.

 www.planitplus.net

  • Careerometer offers job suggestions based on your answers to questions about what you would like in a career. Details of all Scottish courses at college and university at all levels, linked to the career you want to work in.

 www.mappit.org.uk

  • information about apprenticeship training and useful hints about how to go about finding an apprenticeship (you usually need to find an employer who is willing to give you a job first)

 www.ukcoursefinder.com

  • includes interest guide to help you decide what courses may suit you.
  • See separate university section on Higher Education choices & careers.

 www.youngscot.org

  •  lots of useful general information for young people, with sections on education and training, jobs and careers.

 

For more specialised web pages please see below:

 

Administration and Business

www.cfa.uk.com – Business and administration skills

www.cipd.co.uk – Human Resources/Personnel

www.careers-in-business.com  Career information in the areas of accounting, finance, marketing and management.

Animals, Plants

www.rspca.org.uk  www.scottishspca.org – animal inspection work

www.rcvs.org.uk   www.bvna.org.uk  - vet and vet nursing

www.horticulture.org.uk  - gardening / horticulture

www.lantra.co.uk – agriculture / horticulture / gamekeeping

www.forestry.gov.uk

www.farrierytraining.co.uk     www.bhs.org.uk – horses, farriery

www.scra-online.co.uk – Scottish Countryside Rangers Association

www.countryside-jobs.com – training and volunteering information

 Armed  Forces 

www.army.mod.uk

www.rafcareers.com

www.royalmarines.mod.uk

www.royalnavy.mod.uk

Art & Design

www.creativescotland.com – may be helpful to see what jobs are available

www.yourcreativefuture.org/ - info on careers in art, design, fashion, advertising and much more

www.creative-choices.co.uk – industry insights to creative careers

www.ccskills.org.uk – Sector skills covering design, literature, music, visual and performing arts

Building & Construction

www.bconstructive.co.uk – construction careers and apprenticeships info

www.architecture.com – but check Careers Scotland website for Scottish entry qualifications

www.sectt.org.uk – electrical apprenticeship training

www.ciob.org.uk/careers/buildingcareers - professional construction careers

www.ciat.org.uk  - Careers information for Architectural Technology

www.becomeaplumber.com – Information on plumbing apprenticeships

Buying, Selling and Related Work

www.skillsmartretail.com/ - Sector Skills Council for Retail

www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/  - Trading Standards Officer

Care Work

www.sssc.uk.com – careers in social services

www.carouseltraining.com – nursery nurse training

 www.skillsforcareanddevelopment.org.uk – Sector skills information covering early years, social work and social care.

Catering, Hospitality & Tourism

www.careerscope.springboarduk.net/ – promoting careers in catering, leisure and tourism

www.itt.co.uk/ - Institute of Travel & Tourism

www.uksp.co.uk – Careers information for hospitality, leisure and travel and tourism industries.

Computing and IT

www.bcs.org – leaflets on careers in IT

www.e-skills.com/careers  - careers in IT and Telecoms

Education, Teaching & Training

www.teachinginscotland.com – details about entry requirements etc

www.myjobscotland.gov.uk – useful case studies about jobs in local government as well as job vacancies eg for classroom assistants

Emergency Services

www.policecouldyou.co.uk

www.scottish.police.uk/

www.centralscotland.police.uk

www.centralscotlandfire.gov.uk

www.fireservice.co.uk

www.scottishambulance.com

www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/ - check ambulance details in career leaflet

www.sps.gov.uk  – Prison Officer work

 www.btprecruitment.com – Careers and vacancy information for the British Transport Police

www.cnc.jobs – Civil Nuclear Constabulary careers and vacancy information

 Engineering & Manufacturing

www.enginuity.org.uk/what_is_engineering.cfm - great website on engineering careers and routes into them

www.semta.org.uk – Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing

www.engc.org.uk/ Engineering Institutions

www.euskills.co.uk gives information on breadth of job roles in the Energy and Utility Sector

www.summitskills.org.uk – Sector Skills Council information on building services and engineering

www.ice.org.uk – Institute of Civil Engineers

www.imeche.org – Institute of Mechanical Engineers

Environmental Work and ‘Green’ Jobs

www.britishecologicalsociety.org

www.iema.net/  - Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment -

www.lantra.co.uk/

http://www.euskills.co.uk/ sector skills council for Renewable Energy

Financial Work

http://rethink.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/

 Accountant and Accounting Technician – www.icas.org.uk   www.aat.org.uk

Actuary – www.actuaries.org.uk

Banks & Building Societies – www.charteredbanker.com ; www.bsa.org.uk

Garage Services

www.autocity.org.uk – good job descriptions of job roles in motor vehicle work

www.lagta.co.uk – offers training at Skillseeker and Modern Apprentice level

www.gtg.co.uk/modernapprenticeships - online application for apprenticeships

www.remit.co.uk – apprenticeship training

Hairdressing & Beauty

www.habia.org – national training organisation for hair and beauty

Health & Medical

www.nhscareers.nhs.uk – info on a huge range of jobs in the health sector, and links to specialist and professional websites.

www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk

Languages

www.iol.org.uk – Institute of Linguists

www.languageswork.org.uk - interesting website showing the huge range of jobs where languages could be useful

Law & Politics

www.lawscot.org.uk/training/ - Law Society of Scotland

www.advocates.org.uk – Faculty of Advocates

 www.skillsforjustice.com – Sector information for courts, prisons, fire and rescue, forensic science, policing and legal services

 Libraries, Museums

www.cilip.org.uk/jobscareers/careeradvice - Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

www.museumsassociation.org – info on careers and getting a job in museums/galleries

 Local Government

www.civilservice.gov.uk/jobs  - Civil Service Jobs

www.myjobscotland.gov.uk -  Local Authority vacancies in a range of areas

www.lgcareers.com/careers-az - Comprehensive job guide to a range of local government areas

 Manufacturing

www.proskills.co.uk – Sector Skills Council for Process Manufacturing Industries

www.iomnet.org.uk/ - Institute of Operations Management

www.semta.org.uk/ - Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies

Media, Marketing & Advertising

www.skillset.org/uk/scotland/ - Sector Skills Council for Creative Media, including radio and TV

www.ipa.co.uk/Content/Agency-Careers - Institute of Practitioners in Advertising, information on career paths

www.nctj.com/  - National Council for the Training of Journalists – Careers Advice section, and vacancy adverts for trainee journalists

Performing Arts

www.yourcreativefuture.org/- sections on music, performing arts and dance

www.creative-choices.co.uk – industry insights to creative careers

www.drama.ac.uk/ - Info on courses, funding and careers in drama

www.ism.org/ -  look at ‘policy advice/article/careers with music – general information’.  Incorporated Society of Musicians.

www.skillset.org/uk/scotland  - music technology / sound recording

http://www.creativescotland.com/explore/explore-overview

 Science & Maths

www.futuremorph.org/  – careers in maths, science, technology with career case studies and a bright, cheerful layout

www.iop.org/activity/careers - Institute of Physics

www.rsc.org/Education/CareersAndCPD - Royal Society of Chemistry

www.societyofbiology.org - Life Science careers

www.spsa-forensics.police.uk/recruitment/roles - job roles in Forensics

www.mathscareers.org.uk – excellent website with case studies showing maths applications in many career areas

www.cogent-ssc.com  Sector Skills Council for bioscience, chemical, nuclear and oil and gas industries

www.opito.com  Information on apprenticeship opportunities in the oil and gas industries

 Social Science and Psychology

www.bps.org.uk/careers/careers_home.cfm - British Psychological Society

www.the-sra.org.uk/careers.htm - careers in social research

 www.britsoc.co.uk – British Sociological Association careers information

 Sport & Leisure

www.skillsactive.com – for information on jobs in the sports industry

http://www.sportscotland.org.uk/ - general website with coaching qualification details

http://www.teachinginscotland.com – look at ‘special entry requirements’ for entry to PE Teaching

www.society-of-sports-therapists.org

www.bases.org.uk/Careers - careers in sports science

 www.outdoor-learning.org – Career and Job vacancy information for Outdoor Instructors

Transport & Logistics

http://www.skillsforlogistics.org/

www.careers-at-sea.org

http://www.balpa.org/Become-A-Pilot.aspx

http://www.natscareers.co.uk/ - Air Traffic Control website

www.careersinpassengertransport.org/ - very useful website covering all passenger transport

 www.clydemarinetraining.com – UKs largest merchant navy training agency

www.mntb.org.uk – Merchant Navy Training Board

www.britishhelicopterassociation.org  Information on becoming a helicopter pilot

www.careerintravel.co.uk  Information and job vacancies for air cabin crew

The Institution of Civil Engineers Video Clips

We’ve got four new video clips on our YouTube channel from civil engineers who have done Modern Apprenticeships, Graduate Apprenticeships or both, talking about their journey and the difference an apprenticeship made to them:-

Gavin Smith - “Without apprenticeships, I would never have got to where I am today” - hear about Gavin’s journey through his Graduate Apprenticeship https://youtu.be/S65603uCt5o

Ross Tweedie - Ross was “a bit lost after school” and didn’t know which path to take. A Modern Apprenticeship let him see he was on the right path for his career as a civil engineer https://youtu.be/eW6qBvIfs3s

Kirsty Smith - Kirsty has done both Modern & Graduate Apprenticeships and has loved being able to gain valuable work experience alongside her academic qualifications https://youtu.be/G8slXH_YHJ4

Ross Meechan – Ross has found his Apprenticeship experiences invaluable throughout his career – hear how he has progressed from civil engineering apprentice to managing his own site https://youtu.be/DgpM9b6xrM4