Careers advice

‘Changes in technology and in the labour market mean that increasing numbers of jobs require specific technical education and training.  This will produce new vocational options which, at present, are not well understood by many young people or their teachers. Good career guidance has never been more important.’
Source: Good Careers Guidance; The Gatsby Charitable Foundation 2014

Skill South West Show 2018

Are you aged 14 – 19 and thinking about your career? Or a parent, carer or teacher of someone in that age group? Why not come to Skills South West 2018, the region’s largest careers, jobs, skills and apprenticeship event returning to Plymouth in March.

Skills South West is run by Prospects Events and sponsored by Plymouth City Council, the National Careers Service and UTC Plymouth.

Taking place at the Plymouth Pavilions on Wednesday 14 March from 9.30am to 3pm and 4pm to 6.30pm and on Thursday 15 March from 9.30am to 1pm this interactive and inspiring event is one not to miss.

The event will connect young people with new opportunities across the region, including:

  • A wide range of employers offering apprenticeships and career opportunities in key industry sectors
  • Universities and colleges on hand to discuss higher education
  • Training providers and career guidance organisations
  • Demonstrations and hands-on activities to give visitors a sample of the opportunities on offer

There are also a few spaces left for exhibitors so if you’d like to be involved please contact the organisers using the details below for further information.

For further information on Skills South West please visit or contact Sarah Burne on 01823 362800 or email

In December 2017, the government launched a new Careers strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents. A new national careers website is expected in 2018 but please use the links below for Plymouth, while we are waiting for this new resource.

Careers advice

Get started

The Local Authority fund CSW Group to deliver impartial careers advice for eligible young people from Year 9 onwards in the following groups;

  • Young people with SEND
  • Young Parents
  • Young Carers
  • Children in Care and those at risk of coming into Care
  • Care Leavers
  • Young People who are working with the Youth Offender Team or at risk of offending

To arrange an interview with a Careers Advisor, speak to your Careers Coordinator in your school or contact CSW Group on 01752 207700 or email

National Careers Service

Information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work is available on the National Careers Service website

Job profiles

Find out what a job involves and if it's right for you.

What are my skills?

Use national assessments to find out what kind of jobs could suit you and save your results.

Help to get that job

Get advice on the different stages of a job hunt, including how to improve your interview technique and write an effective CV. You can get help to search for your first job, get back into work or change career direction.

Other support and advice

There are a number of tools available that can help you look at jobs and careers as well as do more research into the type of work you are thinking about doing.

We have put them at the right-hand side of this page for you to explore further. Some of these, such as Careers Explorer will give you a better idea of what is available locally across a number of sectors and occupations, and others are sector specific.

Who to contact

Contact a trained advisor. You can webchat, phone, email or meet.

Careers Explorer