The best general career websites

28th May 2020 by Richard Allnutt

There are lots of career websites we would class as ‘all-rounders’. By this we mean that they are not focused on just one thing like Maths Careers or Health Careers. Instead these ‘all-rounder’ websites cover all things careers. Within the website they might have some of the following;

  • a database of job profiles– each job coming with in-depth information about the role, desired skills and qualities, relevant qualifications and entry pathways
  • career advice– including articles about the labour market, growth sectors and industries, post 16 options, post 18 options, employability advice such as CV building, how to apply for jobs and interview skills
  • career quizzes– usually personality tests, taking a quiz is a great starting point for careers exploration
  • engaging real life stories– designed to bring careers information to life and inspire
  • teaching resources– ideas for careers education lessons
  • Labour Market Information– most career websites now have current labour market statistics taken from ‘LMI for All’

CareerWave’s recommended ‘all-rounder’ careers websites

Does what is says on the tin. The National Careers Service website is the reliable place to go for quick, accurate facts about jobs. There are well over 500 jobs in the database, the information is kept up to date and further links are provided to explore your ideas in more depth. Other benefits include;

  1. a skills assessment tool
  2. a course finder tool
  3. employability skills- CV writing, interview skills
  4. webchat facility
  5. telephone helpline for all ages

 

Engaging ‘free’ resource with personal student profile. Start Profile is free for young people to sign up to and take advantage of the well-presented information and the personal student profile. The student profile allows users to record their careers activities, their skills, qualities, interests, job preferences and likes. Other benefits include;

  1. personal log-in
  2. personal locker in which the student can build and keep their personal profile
  3. action planning tool to support progression
  4. information about jobs
  5. career activities
  6. loads of well-written articles about learning and work

 

Interactive, fun and The Buzz! iCould takes a story-based approach to careers information. We hear from lots of people doing lots of different jobs. It is inspirational and that’s what CareerWave love about it. iCould is also the home of the fantastic Buzz Quiz which is a quick, simple personality test. The test takes minutes and at the end you fall into one of sixteen personality types. Do it and find out who you are and which animal you are most like! Other benefits include;

  1. iCould stories come in video clip form and short informative articles
  2. iCould stories link you into lots of big employers in the U.K. and world
  3. iCould stories link school subjects to the kind of work they would be useful for
  4. There are also loads of articles about skills, qualities, learning options, career paths and well-being

 

Careersbox has a fine collection of short careers films. Like iCould there are loads of video-stories about jobs including some really interesting niche areas and advice on how to get ahead in your career. Sign up to keep informed about new content as its added.

 

An organisation that cares and campaigns for youth employment in the U.K. The YEUK website houses a Skills and Careers Hub which is regularly updated with insightful articles and guides. The hot-off-the-press ‘Look for Work’ careers booklet is a great example of the quality you can find on here. Other work this organisation does includes;

  1. Young Professional skills training for 14-24 year olds
  2. Youth Ambassador volunteer programme for 14-24 year olds
  3. Policy and Research related to a wide range of youth matters e.g. the annual Youth Voice Census Report
  4. A Youth Friendly mark for employers recognising commitment to young people

 

The new and improved BBC Bitesize careers website is fantastic with new content added weekly. The many job profiles within its job database uses real stories and video clips that bring the careers information to life. As a result it is very engaging. Other benefits include;

  1. Advice on applying for jobs
  2. Information and advice on the next steps i.e. option choices
  3. Articles about the world of work
  4. Advice for people who are returning to work
  5. Also……. The 9 to 5 with Stacey Dooley!

 

We love the ‘What Can I Do With My Degree’ section and use it in our career guidance meetings. Prospects is primarily aimed at current Higher Education students and graduates, however it has a broader reach too- it is so informative for those keen on exploring pathways through Higher Education. We find it a really easy website to navigate and it looks great too. Other benefits include;

  1. A database of over 400 job profiles- easy to search
  2. A ‘Career Planner’ quiz explores motivations, skills and desires and matches them to possible jobs
  3. Graduate jobs and apprenticeships are advertised on this website and linked to the job profiles too
  4. Employability support- help with C.Vs, interviews, applications
  5. Advice about choosing a University course and alternatives
  6. Postgraduate study information and advice

 

Target Careers brings their vast experience of publishing quality career guides (for learners, parents and teachers) to this website. Although the website is supported by featured employers and Universities, the career information and advice is impartial and up to date. Access to the excellent articles is through questions linked to where you are in your thinking. Other benefits include;

  1. A focus on 14 work sectors
  2. Job profile database
  3. Articles about options, applications, work, Gap Years, decision-making
  4. Profiles of the Top 200 employers
  5. Support with University decision-making including the Degree Explorer quiz
  6. Real time link to advertised jobs and apprenticeships