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Over 50s jobseekers thinking about a career change should start here.

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance across England to help you make decisions on learning, training and work. The service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers.

Its website

Its website has career tools to help you make decisions about careers, learning and work. You can save your results from these tools in an account. Registration is free and only takes a few minutes. You'll need to be aged 13 or over to open an account.

Career tools

Job profiles

Over 800 job profiles describing what each job entails, including:

  • what the entry requirements are

  • what you'll do

  • what the working hours are

  • how much you'll usually get paid

  • You can use the A-Z job profile list or use the search bar if you've got a job profile in mind. You can also browse the jobs in different industry areas or ‘job families' to get some career ideas.

Skills health check

Try the Skills health check to assess your strengths and personality type and get ideas about what kind of jobs could suit you. You'll work through a set of assessments to help you to work out what you're good at, what you like doing and how you like working. You can take one assessment at a time or spend a few hours completing it in full. You'll get a report summarising your results which includes suggestions on job families that might suit you.

Find a course

Use Find a course for information on a range of courses offered by learning providers contracted with the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). These include colleges, training providers and local education authorities.

For more information go to: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/

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