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The National Careers Service provides free, expert, impartial information, advice and guidance on careers, skills and the labour market in England.

To make decisions about your future, it is important to know what’s out there and what’s right for you. Whatever stage you are at in your career, we can help you understand what your skills are and what skills you might need to adapt to new jobs, circumstances and opportunities.

There are many options open to you when thinking about your next steps, and we provide information, advice and guidance to help you make the best decisions on learning, training and work.

The National Careers Service will help you to:

  • explore different careers – our website has information on many different job roles with sections and covers how to get the job, what you’ll do, career paths, progression, and training opportunities
  • review your skills and develop new goals
  • feel motivated to implement your plan of action
  • enable you to make the best use of high-quality, career-related tools.
  • find a course and study for your future
  • Get the job you want

Further information and contact details are available here.

National Careers Service Virtual Jobs Fair: 27 – 28 January 2021

The National Careers Service continues to support the country by bringing jobseekers closer to vacancies and giving them the tools and techniques they need to apply.  To that end, the Department for Education is bringing back the Virtual Jobs Fair campaign, taking place 27-28 January.

The event is split into two days:

Day 1 (27 Jan) – Exhibition Day - A chance to hear from organisations about their opportunities, and hear the experiences of people doing the jobs; what to expect, what skills you need, and routes in. As well as other useful careers resources.

Day 2 (28 Jan) – Virtual Jobs Fair – Join your local fair to see vacancies in your area on the regional National Careers Service social media accounts and relevant jobs hour hashtags. The local jobs hours for the South West & Oxfordshire on the 28 January are 10am-1pm.

As well as promoting vacancies, careers advisers will be delivering webinars and workshops, giving the necessary careers advice and guidance to help jobseekers make successful applications by helping them improve their CVs and to prepare for interviews.

The schedule includes speakers from organisations, such as BT and the NHS, talking about their current opportunities and holding Q&A sessions giving first-hand industry insight. The event will also have qualified National Careers Service advisers on hand throughout the day to provide advice and guidance, whether it’s talking further about the careers on display or answering any other questions you have about your next step.

For the latest updates, follow @NationalCareers and @NC_SWandOxonRegister here to access the event for free.

For further support, the National Careers Service is available for free, personalised and impartial careers advice for people who need help to find learning and work that’s right for them. To contact the service call the helpline on 0800 100 900, open 7 days a week from 8am until 10pm, or visit their website.

Last updated: 21 January 2021