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UCAS Progress Search and Apply maintenance: 15 – 17 December

UCAS Progress Search and Apply will be unavailable from 20:00 on Friday 15 December until 23:59 (UK time) on Sunday 17 December, due to planned maintenance.

During this time, you will be unable to access, work on, or submit your application. Teachers and advisers will also be unable to review applications, or add references.

Find career ideas

Find career ideas by exploring different jobs, taking our career quiz, or looking at volunteering, apprenticeships, or starting your own business.
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Knowing what to do can be tough. As a starting point, it’s helpful to know what sort of job or career you’d like to have – don’t worry if you don’t know what you want to do yet though!

Research some job families

Work out what sort of job sector you’d like to work in by researching some job families. There’s a huge variety of job roles, many of which you may not have thought of.


Career quiz

Career quizzes can be fun, but they can’t tell you what you should do or your perfect job – they can give you ideas to start looking into. Our buzz quiz is a fun, short quiz which analyses your personality to see which job areas might suit you.


Starting business or self-employment

Have you considered working for yourself or setting up your own business?

  • LiveWIRE offers support information and advice for 16-30 year olds considering setting up their own business.
  • The Prince's Trust enterprise programme also offers help. They support unemployed people between 18 and 30 to work out if their business ideas are viable and if self-employment is right for them.

Work experience and volunteering

If you have an idea as to the sort of job you’d like to do why not volunteer or take part in a work taster. Work experience will look good on your CV and give you a better idea as to whether you’d enjoy your chosen career.

  • All about careers gives useful guide to work experience and includes information on how you can get it.
  • If you’re interested in volunteering VInspired  is a guide for 14-24 year olds. You can search and apply for local volunteering opportunities through them.
  • Interested in youth social action? There are many volunteering opportunities and programmes available across the UK. Find lots of ideas and further information on the iwill website.
  • You may also want to consider National Citizen Service, it’s a residential and local programme for students in years 11 or 12.
  • International Citizen Service (ICS) – government funded international volunteering placements for 18-25 year olds in the UK.

Apprenticeships and traineeships

If you have a good idea of what you’d like to do, explore whether there are apprenticeship or traineeship opportunities in your chosen field.