Where Can We Find Career Information? and, I Want to Help Underprivileged Youths ; THE CAREERS ADVISER
Haydon, Caroline, The Independent (London, England)
My daughter is in her first year of sixth form. My wife and I want to help guide her into a career, but we don't know where to start looking for information.
Start by generating some ideas that you can all start thinking about, using one of the web tools designed for just this purpose. Once you have devised a list of thoughts, your daughter can take them to a local adviser for further discussion. You'll get the best results by using a combination of web based information, discussion, and reading matter, because it is usually helpful to have someone on hand to interpret what the site throws up, and suggest follow up ideas. Have a look at the site Fast Tomato (www.fastomato.com), offering "interactive careers guidance and education for teenagers". You can get a free trial run, but ask your daughter's school if they are signed up and can get her a password, then she can use the site at school and at home. If she lists hobbies and interests and fills out a questionnaire Fast Tomato promises a list of the 20 best matched careers. If the school is not signed up, ask if they have other IT based help available at school - Adult Directions or Kudos for example. Then ask if they can provide a careers adviser. Check out also www.prospects.ac.uk, which is a site for graduates, but contains lots of useful information for this age group too; the university applications site UCAS (www. ucas.com) which now offers a free Stamford aptitude test; and www.connexions-direct.com, which has links to the series "Working In...". describing 40 job areas with case studies.
I am a physiotherapist with seven years' experience. I am interested in working with underprivileged youths, as I would like to develop potential I think is going unnoticed. …