Highdown School Library
The library offers a good stock of books, which can be borrowed by students. There are titles on everything from applying for a Saturday job to apprenticeships to preparing for a job interview. Part of the collection dedicated to higher education is held in the Sixth Form Study Room, along with university prospectuses. These can also be borrowed with permission from Mrs Kaminska.
Adviza offer a live helpline service for young people aged 13-19 and their parents/carers for advice on careers, choices, qualifications, college and university, apprenticeships and job opportunities.
eCLIPS is an easy to use, high quality online resource which contains lots of information leaflets on jobs, careers and lifestyle topics. eCLIPS leaflets can be printed, saved, and emailed. The generic password for all Highdown students is RG48LR.
FutureLearn partner with over 170 world-class universities, institutions and industry leaders to create world-class courses to help you with your career. On this course learners will identify their strengths and learn how to use their time at university to explore career options and prepare for future job roles. It will help anyone unsure whether university is right for them to identify how to make the most of a degree to better their employability after graduation.
Elevate Me is the place for 16-24 year olds in Reading to get help, advice and support on employment, work experience, volunteering and mentoring.
UCAS is the website to look for higher education course information and careers advice and information about finance and support. UCAS are also the company who manage university applications.
Which? University helps students to research different universities and courses. This link is also useful for students thinking about GCSE options and future education and career pathways.
Success at School has published an ebook to help parents and carers steer their children through the confusing world of careers choices, from university and apprenticeships to work experience and gap years. Go to:
A range of recorded broadcasts available here: https://learnliveuk.com/videos-index/
The website aims to showcase the very best that the industry has to offer in order to attract and retain the best talent now and in the future. The website is truly independent and impartial, providing a complete view of aerospace and aviation pathways and related areas, such as defence and space.
The most liked law student job site in the UK, Allabout Law offers both law firms and law schools an unrivalled method to achieve their attraction and recruitment goals, providing advice and guidance at all stages of the process and across all topics of interest.
A career in medicine.
|Book Careers||An independent careers consultancy specialising in the book industry – all areas and all formats – including e-books and digital media.|
|British Marine||Diverse marine career opportunities are available in the leisure, small commercial and super yacht industry. Over 4600 companies with a combined worth of over £3 billion have a variety of career opportunities that could suit you. The industry is also at the forefront of innovation, pioneering new technology, world renowned craftsmanship and a world leader in design.|
|British Psychological Society||Careers, advice and jobs.|
|Careers Box||Careersbox is a free online library of careers related film, news and information.|
|Childcare Company||Offer recognised CACHE vocational qualifications and apprenticeships in Childcare, Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (STLS).|
|Chiltern Training||A leading private training provider offering opportunities in childcare, business and administration.|
|CILEx||Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and a provider of legal education.|
|Creative Skill Set||
If you're starting to think seriously about studying or training for a creative career, let us help guide your route. And if you're ready to look for your first job in the creative industries, let us help you take that first step.
|Directions||Find your future in finance and law.|
|Drama UK||Information about the theatre, media and broadcast industries and drama training.|
|EDT||Science, technology, engineering and mathematics experiences for young people age 9 -21. Work related learning schemes provide opportunities for young people to enhance their technical, personal and employability skills through industry-led projects, industrial placements and specialised taster courses.|
|Engineering Construction Industry Training Board||Careers in engineering and construction.|
|Equine Osteopath||Equine Osteopath is the adaptation of the human osteopathic techniques to treat horses.|
|Future in Chemistry||
Like chemistry but don’t know what jobs you can do if you study it further? Explore our future careers pages.
Future Morph has been created to show that studying science, technology, engineering or maths beyond the age of 16 isn’t just a one track road to becoming a scientist or engineer – the skills and knowledge you gain are valuable in almost any career and will make you very employable.
|Geographical Association||Careers in Geography.|
|Ground Work||Training and jobs to help the environment.|
|Historical Association||Careers in History.|
|Hospitality Industry Training||Specialist training and apprenticeship provider for the UK’s hospitality, hotel and catering industry.|
|HR and L&D||
CIPD provide practical career support, guidance and advice to help improve capability and practice in HR and L&D and to help our members succeed in their careers. We also play a crucial role in promoting HR as a career and attracting new talent into the profession.
|I Could||From accountants to zookeepers, get a first-hand view of jobs and ideas for your future.|
|Junior Lawyers||A career in law as a solicitor.|
|Languages Work||Careers using languages.|
|Lawyer Portal||TLP aims to be the definitive resource for everyone considering a career in law, whatever their stage or background. The content is written by professional lawyers and education experts, with input from top law firms. TLP offers free, step-by-step guides, innovative online learning, courses, conferences and bespoke tutoring packages.|
|Maths Careers||Career profiles.|
A leading resource and training provider for everyone who wants a career in Medicine — and those that advise them. The website has become a go-to resource for all aspiring medics – offering free information and advice, supplemented by online and offline training tools.
The three main sectors in publishing are consumer, academic and professional, and educational. Consumer publishers create fiction, non-fiction, children's and many more. Academic and professional publishers produce textbooks, online resources, research tools and reference journals. Educational publishers make school books, online platforms and learning tools.
|Sport Careers||Jobs, information and advice.|
|Step into the NHS||Careers in the National Health Service.|
|Tech Partnership||The network of employers collaborating to create the skills for the UK digital economy.|
|Tomorrow's Engineers||What is engineering?|
At Compare The Uni our sole aim is to provide a FREE service to all students contemplating university in the UK. We provide students with the tools they need to make an informed choice about where to spend their all-important university years!
Graduate career resource with hundreds of internships, placements, graduate jobs and schemes.
|National Union of Students||A voluntary membership organisation which makes a real difference to the lives of students and its member students' unions.|
|Parent Adviser||Advise for parents about their children studying at University.|
|Prospects||Graduate Careers Website.|
An online hub of resources and information for students thinking about applying to top universities. It’s full of tips and ideas so that students can stretch themselves beyond the school syllabus.
|The Complete University Guide||
The Complete University Guide has been publishing university and related league tables online since 2007. The website offers also advice on all things university, as well as graduate career guidance.
|UCAS Progress||Post 16 and Further Education Courses.|
|UniStats||Compare official course data from universities and colleges.|
|UK Course Finder||University Course Choice.|
What Uni helps students find universities and courses using our comprehensive data and handy University Comparison Tool.
|Which? Universities||What to study, where to go and how to get there.|
Heap: University Degree Course Offers
|Personal Statements. How To Write a UCAS Personal Statement||P. Telfer|
|So You Want To Go To Oxbridge? Tell Me About a Banana…||I. Stourton|
|The Times Good University Guide|
What do you want to do on your gap year? Gap 360 offers an amazing range of exciting activities all around the world.
|Independent Gap Advice||
We provide young people with free and impartial information and advice on taking a gap year or shorter break from formal education. We also encourage and enable young people with disabilities to undertake challenging gap year projects.
|Year Out Group||Whether you are on a gap year or looking for a sabbatical or gap experience during the holidays, our members provide a huge choice of opportunities to suit travellers of different ages, budgets and ambitions.|
If you're looking for an apprenticeship in the UK, you're in the right place. We've got tons of school-leaver jobs and employers for you to find and apply for.
Brilliant, free resources.
|Apprenticeships||Where can I find an apprenticeship?|
|Apprenticeship Guide||What you can study, how to apply, who offers the Apprenticeships schemes.|
|Careermap||Engineering apprenticeship vacancies.|
|Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship||An overview of the Fast Track Apprenticeship and the Civil Service.|
|Get In Go Far||The government’s website about apprenticeships.|
|Get on Course||INTEC - deliver Apprenticeship Programmes, National Vocational Qualifications and Computer Software Training.|
|Not Going To Uni||From apprenticeships to debt-free education, there are literally thousands of other opportunities out there. The Not Going to Uni team are here to help you find apprenticeships, college courses or work experience to start building your future.|
|Open Doors Media||Regional training prospectus – apprenticeships, courses etc.|
|UCAS Career Finder||Search for apprenticeships, graduate jobs and internships.|
|WhiteHat||We match non-graduate talent with apprenticeship opportunities at some of the UK's most exciting companies. By delivering training in partnership with world-class content providers, through a combination of 1:1 coaching and cutting-edge tech, we offer apprenticeships that genuinely rival the learning experience at elite universities.|
Applying for jobs
Latest jobs, the best advice and information on every career path you could possibly pursue.
Offers a whole new way to start your life in work. It's more than a search tool. It's the first step to getting what you want out of life.
|Life Skills||Use interactive tools and resources to write your CV, prepare for interviews and understand your finances.|
Careers advice from UK’s leading job site.
One of the biggest job sites in the UK. With thousands of vacancies and expert career advice, this is the perfect place to start a job search.
General careers information
The latest school leaver programmes, sponsored degrees and apprenticeship schemes right here. Use the search box to look for positions specifically tailored to you – sorted by industry, location, or the type of programme – or simply browse through all the opportunities on our school leaver jobs board.
A charity that helps young people access the education and career pathways they might not have believed were available to them.
An online guide for school leavers produced in collaboration with Rate My Apprenticeship. It offers an overview of all available career paths and a list of top 100 employers.
|Career Test||Career suggestions based on personality type.|
|iCould||Inspiration for Your Career.|
|National Careers Service||Information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice. This is supported by qualified careers advisers.|
|Plotr||Career suggestions based on preferred activities.|
|SACU||SACU offers a great independent & impartial source of careers information to students, parents and teachers, with unique, image-based Career Quiz.|
|Social Mobility Foundation||Helping high achieving students from low income backgrounds.|
The leading website for graduate recruitment in the UK.
|UNFM||Information, inspiration and advice for young ambitious people exploring the alternatives to university.|
|Urban Jungle||Here at Urban Jungle has been working with our partners UNiDAYS, and carried out research to find out more about the concerns and aspirations of students. We’ve also been engaging with business experts to provide some much-needed advice and inspiration for those needing a boost.|