Helpful Links

To assess your skills and explore career options, complete the Skills Health Check on the Next Step website. It contains ten assessments covering personal skills and practical skills. The assessments include looking at skills areas, interests, personal style, motivation, literacy, numeracy, attention to detail and problem solving. After completing one or more assessments, it will provide a report with job suggestions and other resources, based on your results. The process of completing the assessments is often insightful.

See: https://nextstep.direct.gov.uk/planning yourcareer/skillshealthcheck/Pages/default.aspx

Please be aware you need to save your identifier number if you plan to complete the assessment in more than one session.

Have a look at relevant or interesting job profiles on: https://nextstep.direct.gov.uk/planningyourcareer/jobprofiles/Pages/default.aspx

To get information on what skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications are required for different jobs, as well as where opportunities relating to that job can be found. There are over 700 job profiles listed.

Investigate suitable training opportunities which relate to new or existing career options, using information from job profiles on www.learndirect.co.uk on www.direct.gov.uk/en/educationandlearning/index.htm there is a section on financial help for adult learners and professional and career development loans.
Investigate free or subscribe IT training courses through www.learndirect.co.uk and www.exchangegroup.co.uk or your local college.

If you are interested in coaching, or likely to have people development responsibilities in the next role, consider attending the free 2 day certificate in personal coaching course with The Coaching academy. Courses can be booked online at http://www.the-coaching-academy.com

Consider self employment or setting up your own business and get start up advice from Business Link on www.businesslink.gov.uk as well as looking at: www.smallbusiness.co.uk, www.inbiz.co.uk and www.hmrc.gov.uk

To save your business time and money on essential spend, please visit BCR Associates www.bcrassociates.co.uk/chrishodson

Consider voluntary work to gain recent experience to enable the change of career direction or to build up confidence levels by looking at www.voulunteering.org.uk , www.do-it.org, www.vso.org.uk and www.citizensadvice.org.uk . Voluntary work can also enhance the hobbies & interests section of a CV and provide an interesting talking point during interviews, as well as providing recent referee.

Find out more about labour market trends in your sector by looking at: https://nextstep.direct.gov.uk/gettingajob/labourmarketinformation/pages/default.aspx . Information is available on skill requirements and skill shortages, occupation trends and professional bodies.

For career advice in other languages, available over the telephone, please see https://nextstep.direct.gov.uk/contactus/multilingualadvisers/pages/default.aspx

For information & calculation of benefits, advice & guidance then visit www.moneysavingexpert.com or www.direct.gov.uk/en/MoneyTaxAndBenefits

For travel information & how to get around then visit:  www.tfl.gov.uk

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