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5 employer websites to kick-start your career research

Choosing a career is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. But you don’t have to do it alone.

There’s no better way to start planning your future than with guidance and advice from the people who’ve been there and done it. That’s why we’ve put together a list of top-five employer career websites, where you can learn from current trainees and apprentices who’ve recently faced the same set of decisions that you do.

On each website, you’ll find the practical knowledge you need to stand out from the crowd, including advice on exam prep, interview techniques, and most importantly, how to build your personal brand.

There’s no secret formula. Your future’s what you make it, and a successful career is achievable for anyone who has the knowledge, the ambition, and the mindset to reach out and grab it.

So even if you aren’t interested in the employers behind these websites, you can still find everything you need to give yourself a competitive edge for the journey ahead.

EY

This careers site from EY is one of the best around. Aside from its slick design and navigation, the site focuses on job guidance and advice, as well as vacancies and training programmes.

Combining industry experts, influencers, gamification, as well as blogs by existing trainees, EY’s approach to careers is a refreshing change from the norm. It’s all about choice, and providing the tools you need to manage the growing number of opportunities in front of you.

Big wins:

  • new recruits discuss their roles and the choices they made to get there
  • great interactive content, including lots of videos
  • additional resources for parents

Visit the EY website

 

Thales Early Careers

One of the most innovative websites we’ve seen. Thales have go above and beyond when it comes to guidance on STEM careers (those in science, technology, engineering, and maths). Don’t miss the groundbreaking interactive games, such as The Trip, which gives unique insight into the day in the life of a trainee, as well as what you need to be successful in the workplace.

But what really makes this the go-to resource for students is the Study Buddy, which features crib sheets, quizzes, and welcome distractions to help you get the most out of revision.

Big wins:

  • modern, innovative and easy-to-use design
  • leading interactive content
  • useful and engaging social media

Visit the Thales website

 

Barclays Life Skills

Not your typical careers site, but still brimming with advice on how best to enter the world of work. Life Skills, which was created with Barclays Bank, is packed full of practical resources, including tips on interviewing, preparing for the workplace, and managing your finances.

And if you register, you can track your progress while working through the careers modules, and then use the results to bring your CV or UCAS application to life.

Big wins:

  • access to a variety of experts and influencers
  • practical activities to enhance your career or UCAS application
  • eclectic mix of content, including videos

Visit the Life Skills website

 

Discover What Matters by Lloyds Banking Group

Created by Lloyds Bank, Discover What Matters is a self-described ‘youth hub’ that claims to help young people through a ‘process of self-discovery and active participation’. That’s quite a big claim, right? But hyperbole aside, there’s plenty here to help you along your career path, presented in a very cool, magazine-style format.

Downloadable resources are available for students of all ages (from school leavers to postgraduates), as well as useful content for parents and teachers. There’s even a handy tool that matches your interests and strengths with professional skills – a fun warm-up before taking on the careers guidance programmes!

Big wins:

  • with a broad range of topics to explore, it’s not just about careers
  • cool and vibrant magazine style
  • filters highly useful careers information from across the web

Visit the Discover What Matters website

 

Go Think Big sponsored by O2

GoThinkBig is a career-development charity that’s partnered with O2. Yes, we know, it’s not the prettiest of sites. But what it lacks in beauty is made up for in brains, with plenty of tips and online tools to provide inspiration and get your foot on the careers ladder.

There’s great stuff to explore from GoThinkBig’s partners too, such as Reed.co.uk, TedX, and even the England Rugby Union team. Plus, there’s exciting work experience opportunities and events listings, and a jobs board specifically for students who are thinking about heading straight to uni. Come to think of it, GoThinkBig is probably the most comprehensive careers resource we’ve seen.

Big wins:

  • latest job vacancies and events
  • the most comprehensive careers resources of any website we’ve seen
  • some very cool, regular competitions

Visit the Go Think Big site

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