Making career choices that are right for you

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You should start planning for getting a job in Year 9 at your Annual Review (or earlier), which is usually held in school.

There are many ways to move forward into employment – and lots of support to help you do that, based on your individual strengths, needs and aspirations.

Access to careers advice starts in school and continues on from there; from Year 9 you will also be able to talk with your Senior Young Person’s Adviser from the Youth Support Service, who will help you make the most of the range of support available, and help you find ways to develop your interests and strengths.

You can get help with many things including:

  • deciding which subjects or courses to choose;
  • sampling work experience placements;
  • creating tailored CVs to look for part-time or full-time work;
  • applying for apprenticeships, traineeships or supported internships, or
  • looking at or  Work and Health programme or Access to Work if over 18. 

There are other similar programmes in Cheshire East run by Remploy, People Plus and the New Leaf partnership. Once a job has been secured, Access to Work can help with transport to and from home to work, aids and adaptations in the work place and some personal support in work.  If you need social care or specialist health input, professionals work together to ensure support is coordinated to help you move forward.

Along the way, your needs, strengths and goals will be the focus of the person-centred support you receive, to help you achieve your aspirations at a pace that’s right for you.

You may find these careers websites useful.

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