Free Career Information and Advice on Higher Education in the UK (...and Europe...) for Foreign and UK Students

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National Careers services

England: nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

Scotland: www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk

Wales: www.careerswales.com

 

Key higher education websites

www.prospects.ac.uk: career profiles, course outcomes, postgraduate courses, career information and a lot more…

www.direct.gov.uk:  UK government website full of information on all aspects of society including education, finance and other aspects of officialdom.

www.disabilityrightsuk.org: lots of information for students with disabilities.

 

General Career Planning and Career Management

Times Education Supplement Growing Ambitions: career routes, careers by topic and careers A – Z.

www.careersbox.co.uk: a website where you can watch clips introducing different careers

icould.com/watch-career-videos/by-job-type: another good website where you can watch online clips about a range of careers.

www.push.co.uk: general gateway linked to university choice and student life.

www.open.edu: Openlearn gives you a free opportunity to try out different course options.

www.futuremorph.org: 'career opportunities from science and maths'.

www.uniserveuk.com: online student advice guide for university students and those looking to enter higher education

www.careersportal.co.uk: website for Trotman, books on career planning, educational choice and a lot more…

www.gapyear.com: for if you fancy a gapyear…

www.life-pilot.co.uk: website to help adults with a non-traditional educational or professional background explore higher education in the Southwest of England.

www.accesstohe.ac.uk: in case you don't have the required entry qualifications for university, here you will find information on Access to HE courses.

www.distancelearningcentre.com: similar to the link above, but this time by distance learning.

www.apprise.ox.ac.uk: thinking of an academic career? Have a look on this website.

www.goinglobal.com: for international careers, placements and internships

 

National student finance websites

England: studentfinance  and http://studentfinance-yourfuture.direct.gov.uk/

Scotland:  www.saas.gov.uk

Wales: www.studentfinancewales.co.uk

 

Student finance (information and other funding options)

www.moneysavingexpert.com/students/: excellent additional information on student finance and finance in the UK in general. Here you'll find lots of common sense advice and they have a fantastic student loan calculator as well. You can try out different scenarios to see how it's all going to work out.

www.scholarship-search.org.uk: website to help you look for scholarships and bursaries.

www.nuffieldfoundation.org: undergraduate research bursaries science.

 

Applying to university

www.ucas.com: undergraduate courses and applications

www.cukas.ac.uk: applications for conservatoire (music) courses

www.open.ac.uk: applications for Open University courses

www.ukpass.ac.uk: applications for a range of postgraduate courses

Gateway for applying for postgraduate courses through Prospects

www.independent.co.uk: provides UCAS’s official clearing information

 

And the other way round… how to search for and apply for degree studies in Europe

Not strictly part of the remit of this website, but useful nonetheless…

www.eunicas.ie: and Irish website for study in different countries in Europe; will work just as well for UK students

 

Course searching for Postgraduate applicants

www.prospects.ac.uk/postgraduate_study.htm  

www.universitycoursesuk.co.uk: excellent for finding a wide range of under/post graduate courses and PhDs

www.findamasters.com

www.postgraduatesearch.com

www.mastersportal.eu: portal for finding postgraduate studies anywhere in Europe

www.eurograduate.com: postgraduate course search in Europe, including the UK

 

University guides and league tables

http://education.guardian.co.uk/universityguide: university league tables with a range of extra information on course outcomes and universities.

www.unistats.com: official website for university league tables; UK only.

www.universityoptions.co.uk: University listings for the UK and US with lots more…

www.scit.wlv.ac.uk/ukinfo: map with all UK universities and key links to their web pages.

www.russellgroup.ac.uk: website for the Russell group of universities. You can download a handy guide to decision making and applying.

www.purepotential.org: essential reading if you are considering Oxford or Cambridge, or Oxbridge for short.

www.opendays.com : search this website for university open days.

 

If you decide not to go to university:

www.notgoingtouni.co.uk

www.distance-learning-centre.co.uk: Provision of a wide range of courses and modules in a similar manner to the Open University

 

For studentships:

Jobs.ac.uk: THE jobsite for both jobs and studentships with UK universities nationwide. 

The Open University: also publicses studentships on its own website, just like all other universities.

Postgraduate Studentships: where studentships and funding meet according to the website… they may be right.

Findaphd: another part of the same website on Masters courses above.

 

For internships, work experience and placement opportunities

www.studentjob.co.uk: internships in the UK, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Germany, Belgium and Austria.

CareerJet: huge selection of opportunities in one place, sourced from different websites

www.activate.co.uk: from pre-university gap year jobs to part time jobs, summer jobs, work placements and graduate jobs

www.eurograduate.com: jobs for graduates, working abroad and good general advice about working in different countries

www.milkround.com: internships, jobs and much more…

www.etrust.org.uk: a year in industry opportunities and vacancies; post 18

www.goinglobal.com: for international careers, placements and internships

www.bbc.co.uk: work experience opportunities with the world famous BBC

 

International

English language tests:

www.ielts.org/

www.cambridgeesol.org/test-your-english/index.php

www.ets.org/toefl

Other:

www.naric.org.uk: website for providing official comparison of international courses with UK equivalents. Important if you need to prove what your course studied abroad is worth.

 

Career Gateways (career search, course search etc…)

www.prospects.ac.uk: Excellent website linked to everything careers and higher education. Postgraduate as well as undergraduate.

www.careersa-z.co.uk: exactly what it says. An A-Z of careers including courses and other links

www.careers-gateway.co.uk: general careers gateway with information on a large range of career options.

www.ucas.com: the website for searching for undergraduate courses and for applying for undergraduate degrees.

www.ukcoursefinder.com: course search and course matching website from Morrisby.

www.universityoptions.co.uk: general gateway with lots of links, especially engineering.

www.biosciencecareers.org: career information for biosciences.

 

Career Profiling sites

www.fasttomato.com: You have to register but it’s free for a short while. Very useful for providing a starting point if you are not sure what career you would like to aim for.

www.careerscape.co.uk: Excellent career profiling site with free trial. Normally a paid product.

 

Labour market information

www.prospects.ac.uk: then go to 'Jobs and work experience' –> ' Industry insights' and you will find 'Future trends' in the menu on the right. You can also find a series of tools and information here.

www.hecsu.ac.uk: containing papers on the labour market and other publications.

most university websites and university career services will have a section on labour market information. These may offer more local labour market information for the area the university is located in, as well as national and international labour market information.

www.statistics.gov.uk: a government website with a range of statistics, including those for the labour market.

www.nomisweb.co.uk: labour market informatioin from a range of official sources.

www.vitae.ac.uk: labour market and career information for researchers.

 

Jobsearching 

www.studentjob.co.uk: opportunities in the UK, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Germany, Belgium and Austria.

http://neuvoo.co.uk/en: search engine indexing over 800000 jobs in United Kingdom and other countries

http://ec.europa.eu: for work in Europe, including labour market information

www.milkround.com: internships, jobs and much more…

www.cv-library.co.uk: vacancy search and a prime site if you would like to make your CV available to employers

jobs.thirdsector.co.uk/: vacancy search for charity jobs

www.careerjet.co.uk: vacancy search per industry sector

www.monster.co.uk: vacancy search

www.totaljobs.com:  vacancy search

www.nhscareers.com:  NHS careers

www.jobseekers.direct.gov.uk: government jobsearching site, now runs the Jobcentre Plus website as well.

www.activate.co.uk: search for jobs depending on your personal situation.

www.hotrecruit.co.uk www.fish4.co.uk: vacancy search

www.jobsite.co.uk: vacancy search

Times Educational Supplement: Jobs in education

Reed: vacancy search

Jobs.ac.uk: Jobs in higher education and at universities, including studentships

Indeed: vacancy search

BHJobs: jobsearch

The Guardian: jobsearch

 

Search for employers

www.yell.com: employers nationally and locally with handy interactive map

www.192.com:  find employer nationally and locally 

 

Travelling within the UK

www.thetrainline.com

http://traveline.info/

www.nationalexpress.com 

 

Living in the UK

www.lifecoach-directory.org.uk: need help with the personal aspects of planning life abroad?

www.mysupermarket.co.uk: supermarket comparison 

www.tvlicensing.co.uk: TV licence

www.accommodationforstudents.com

www.rightmove.co.uk: excellent property website; sales as well as to let

www.nhs.uk: website for the National Health Service

 


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