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Dacorum Education Support Centre

Dacorum Education Support Centre

Information for Learners, Staff, Parents & Carers

Whatever route you want to take in the future, we are here to help you choose the right path. DESC has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help guide you through your career and future options.

If you have any queries or wish to speak to someone about careers, please see one of our Careers Leaders
Jo Olliffe (Email: jolliffe@desc.herts.sch.uk) or Jackie Jones (Email: jjones@desc.herts.sch.uk)
Telephone 01442 247476 (option 2).

You can also contact Marie Nissen, Personal Advisor, Services for Young People Dacorum Team at the XC Centre, Jarman Park, Hemel Hempstead HP2 4JS Tel 01442 454060.

 

Some websites you might find useful are listed below.

National Careers Service
Students in Y11-Y13 who are looking for jobs and apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities, should have a look at the flyer from the National Careers Service. It is a free and impartial service. They will be able to give you information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and employment. Please also visit their website for further information - www.nationalcareers.service.gov.uk

Start
This is a free online tool which lets you look at job profiles, helps you find which jobs are linked to your interests, which subjects will best prepare you for the future world of work, develop employability skills and lots more - www.startprofile.com

CareerPilot 
Plan your study and work. Career tools to help you decide which choices to make at 14, 16 and 18, consider routes to different qualifications and find out about job sectors - www.careerpilot.org.uk

BBC Bitesize Careers
Videos explaining the world of work, with advice from people who've found the right path for them - www.bbc.com/bitesize/careers

Careersbox
Careers videos showing real people doing real jobs, giving viewers an insight into entry routes and skill requirements for careers in all sectors - www.careersbox.co.uk

icould
Listen to people from accountants to zookeepers tell their own story about their real life career journeys - www.icould.com

Success at School 
Career advice for schools and students aged 13-19 - www.successatschool.org

Prospects 
Match your skills and personality to 400+ job profiles - www.prospects.ac.uk

 

Apprenticeships

www.apprenticeships.org.uk 
Help and guidance on apprenticeships

www.gov.uk/apprenticeships-guide
Official information from the Government

 

Employment and Careers

www.fasttomato.com
Career guidance for students

www.successatschool.org
Career advice for schools and students aged 13-19

www.monster.co.uk/career-advice
Career advice, CV guidance and job search

www.notgoingtouni.co.uk
Ideas for alternatives to university

www.interview-skills.co.uk
Help with CVs and interview skills

www.icould.com
Videos of people discussing their career paths

www.careersbox.co.uk
Videos of people discussing their career paths

 

 

Entrepreneurs & Self Employment

www.EntrepreneurHandbook.co.uk
Advice and guidance for budding entrepreneurs

www.princes-trust.org.uk/need_help/enterprise_proqramme
For 18-30 year olds wanting to start their own business