Next Steps

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Next Steps

Are you looking for some help in figuring out what to do next?

This section is full of information on how to get support in making your next steps in your education or career pathway.

Careers related resources

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Plan your study & work – your choices at 14, 16 and 18, routes to different qualifications and job sectors, and career tools to help you decide.

Screenshot of Career Pilot website

Search for career ideas, advice and tips. Start thinking about your career & find out what you’re like and what you could do.

Build a shareable CV which evolves as you do.

The National Careers Service (NCS) provides information, advice and guidance to help young people make decisions on learning, training and work.


Alternatively, if you have questions you can use their free webchat facility for anyone aged 13+, click here.


A place for young people to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice. Get career smart!

BBC Bitesize now offers a wealth of careers inspiration and advice! These new resources offer:

• A growing collection of job case studies across a wide range of sectors, supported with labour market information
• Links between curriculum subjects and the world of work, showing how vocational, apprenticeship and academic pathways can lead to success
• Information and guidance on skills for work, choosing options, work experience and more

How much do careers pay?

Check out the Careerometer below for careers information on average pay rates, industry sector growth in the future, possible jobs you might find and what tasks you may be asked to do to help you in choosing your career pathway.

Do you have a few hours to spare? Are you looking to get more involved with your local community? Do you like interacting with people and want to make a difference?

If so, then volunteer work could be your perfect solution, as it provides you with a way to learn new skills, meet new people and give something back to your local community. Places to consider may include:

  • Volunteer centres
  • Councils
  • Parks, cafes and pubs
  • Citizens Advice Bureaux
  • Job centres
  • Schools and nurseries
  • Health centres
  • Housing associations
  • Garages
  • Women’s Institute
  • Radio stations
  • Charities

To become a volunteer why not check out Community First or if you would like some additional information, then try out the web links below:

Find Volunteer Placements
National Trust
Volunteering Matters
Volunteer Now
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust
Get Involved in Volunteering
Volunteer Centre Swindon
Wiltshire Citizens Advice

National Citizen Service

National Citizen Service (NCS) is an experience you really don’t want to miss. If you’re 15 to 17 years-old, this is your chance to embark on exhilarating challenges, make your mark and build skills for work and life. More than 275,000 young people have already said YES to NCS. Don’t. Miss. Out.

Work experience

Whether you’re on year ten work experience or you’ve arranged a placement independently, our top tips will help you to make a good impression. Placements are a great way to find out about different types of jobs and to identify your own preferences. They may help you to find your ideal career, or simply to decide what’s not for you. Whatever the case, there are a number of ways to ensure that you get the most you can from the experience.

Find out more about work experience