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Where do you go for really good careers advice?

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LaTrucha Tue 02-Oct-12 10:11:04

I need some as I am driving myself mad trying to work out the best thing to do. I have lots of different issues to consider and need someone inventive and informed.

I don;t mind if it is online or on the phone or a comapny. I would be prepared to pay but as a SAHM I don't have a lot to spend.


GobblersKnob Tue 02-Oct-12 10:16:48

Is it just careers? Or might it possibly involve education or some kind of access course?

I only ask as I went for a careers interview offered by my local college, where they are happy to point you in the right direction for most things not just the courses they offer.

The man who I saw was like a tiny dynamo on speed grin He was amazing the interview was only four weeks ago and I am now doing a degree! shock I am taking him a thank you card in today actually.

Might be worth thinking about. I was amazed by the amount of short free courses on offer that might make you more employable.

Rooble Tue 02-Oct-12 10:20:12

Don't know but am watching with interest as I'm in a similar boat.... (Sorry)

RillaBlythe Tue 02-Oct-12 10:21:44

Interested in responses.

LaTrucha Tue 02-Oct-12 10:32:18

It might involve retraining. I am currently a SAHM, will possibly be single mum before too long. I can't go back to the career I once had. I am partially deaf and I need something very flexible and possibly portable in case things work out with DH and I need to move abroad. It's a conundrum indeed!

LaTrucha Tue 02-Oct-12 11:46:04


LaTrucha Tue 02-Oct-12 12:08:59

Gobblersknob - thanks. I'll look into that idea.

nixcross Tue 02-Oct-12 13:22:18

Feeling so unconfident. Keep putting off going to agencies etc. am a SAHM and have not worked properly for five years. I feel I need to work for my self esteem (not to mention the money!!!) but don't feel able to make it in the work world when head is stuffed with remembering, ballet kit, violin, pack lunches, loo roll for construction project and that is just some of the things I had to do this morning!! I used to be a very efficient administrator but have not kept up with computer skills among other things

LaTrucha Tue 02-Oct-12 19:48:29

I know that we have a lot of free courses in computer skills etc around here in Flying Start areas or Communities First buildings, but we're in Wales so it could all be different with you.

I wonder if there are free online resources for computer skills?

LaTrucha Wed 03-Oct-12 07:19:50

So there isn't anything?

Maybe we should start one for people like us!

LaTrucha Wed 03-Oct-12 12:42:49

bumping again

goldmum Wed 03-Oct-12 19:31:31

If you're in London, I would recommend Women Like Us. They do different courses as well as one on one advice. I did an interview skills session with them and got a lot from it.

LaTrucha Wed 03-Oct-12 21:31:37

i have heard of them. Unfortunately, I'm in rural West Wales!

LaTrucha Fri 05-Oct-12 22:19:35


notcitrus Sat 06-Oct-12 10:44:36

LaTrucha - noticed you said partially deaf. I think Access to Work may do consulations in your situation to help you go through various situations where you might or might not have problems and whether equipment might help in them. However some assessors are much better than others - a firm called Access Made Easy do some of them and are excellent.
Action on Hearing Loss (was RNID) do similar and let you borrow kit to test.

asianmum Sat 06-Oct-12 10:51:49

Hi goldmum, do you have a number or website for Women like Us? I also need some advice. Dont no what to do next with my life whether to go for a degree? Where can I find free short courses if Im in Essex?

WhoWhatWhereWhen Sat 06-Oct-12 10:57:03

Anyone tried the National Careers Service? they also have offices all over the country

chrissieagogo Sat 06-Oct-12 15:30:08

You might consider looking at any charities or professional organisations that work in your specific sector and/or career path. For example, the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries offers advice, or MentorSet (Women in Science, Engineering and Technology), and so on. Rather than general advice, I'd start looking at places which can offer you something more specific (and if that fails, widen the net to more general careers advice).

ekidna Sat 06-Oct-12 17:32:38

Yes try national careers service as above they also contract out to providers who offer free careers advice sessions in libraries.

If you are partially deaf you could ask a disability employment advisor at your nearest jobcentre plus to refer you to a place like remploy or the shaw trust who could advise you on employment options and help u determine any reasonable adjustments you might need and to access Accessto Work funding for equipment. free online it courses

Thewidewideworld Sat 06-Oct-12 17:38:36

My DH wrote a book on changing careers last year that might be useful. Your local library may well have a copy. He wrote it for The Guardian, who do online careers advice seminars from time to time. Have a look at their careers section - it's very good.

LaTrucha Sun 07-Oct-12 12:10:20

Sorry. I've just seen all these replies. Thanks very much I'll go through them when the children are in bed.

LaTrucha Sun 07-Oct-12 12:11:10

Your DH's book gets excellent reviews on Amazon!

goldmum Sun 07-Oct-12 15:13:52

Asianmum - their website is Good luck!

Whyriskit Sun 07-Oct-12 15:24:34

Have you tried Careers Wales? I'm in Scotland but we have a national service for both young people and adults.

LaTrucha Sun 07-Oct-12 19:56:56

I haven't yet but I plan to. Thanks.

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