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Useful tools to help you think about what to do after your GCSEs, including info about post-16 qualifications, and advice on different careers.
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Helpful research tools

We have a number of research tools to help you decide what you'd like to do: 


What else can help you decide?

  1. Take a look in your school careers library where you can research your career or course ideas further. Your school may also have computer programmes that help you identify careers that match your interests.
  2. Your school may have specialist careers staff that can advise you on your options. Alternatively, you can contact the National Careers Service and speak to one of their advisers for details.
  3. Talk about your ideas with your family and friends. It can be helpful to get another view when considering your choices. 
  4. Visit open days or open evenings. You can visit schools and colleges to find out about the courses on offer, as well as speaking to staff and students. Events and open days give you the perfect opportunity to find out more about studying your preferred course(s). It's a good idea to visit a few so you can compare them to see which feels right for you.
  5. Attend careers and skills fairs. They’re a great opportunity to meet colleges, training providers, apprenticeship providers, employers, and careers advisers.