Science Career Pathways

Advice and Information


Where to go for help:


Some schools and colleges have dedicated in-house careers advisers  but others may call in external careers experts and organisations.


The way that careers advice and guidance for 13-18 year olds  is made available differs across the UK. You may get some helpful advice from teachers when it comes to choosing  your subject options, or you may have the chance to talk to a specialist careers adviser. If you are not sure, ask your science or technology teachers.  Your school and local authority has a responsibility to ensure you get good quality advice to help you choose the most suitable qualifications and career routes.




Visit Careers Wales or Gyrfa Cymru, a service run by the Welsh Government.



My world of work is a service provided by Skills Development Scotland, the national skills body.




The National Careers Service has a range of excellent services for 13-18 year olds in education and also for adults. They have produced a number of videos which cover how people can set career targets for themselves and decide how they will achieve them. The videos (hosted on YouTube) are being released daily on the National Careers Service Facebook channel.


The videos are:


  1. Take a health check on your career
  2. How to think positively about yourself
  3. Putting your work-life balance in perspective
  4. Defining career goals 
  5. Your work history
  6. Identifying your skills
  7. How to add value at work
  8. How to stay motivated
  9. Find out how to search for job vacancies 
  10. Learn how to network
  11. Create or update your CV
  12. Get help with application forms
  13. Find out about volunteering and work experience 
  14. Get help with interview skills 


Adult Careers Advice:

Adults can get help with career decisions, including assessing your current skills and helping you access all the career related tools that are available. You can call them on 0800 100 900 and it’s free from mobiles and they will you back! Contact the National Careers Service for more details of how they can help you;


13-18 Advice: 

If you are aged 13-18, the National Careers Service offers webchats and phone support.


Science Careers Information: 

Futuremorph is a very popular and exciting website with information and ideas for pupils aged 11 onwards. It has a  themed approach that allows users to match their interests to possible careers, and resources for parents teachers and careers staff.


FE Colleges: 


Most FE colleges will have their own teams of careers experts. FE Colleges do try to visit schools in the local area to make pupils and teachers aware of non-university routes. Sadly many schools don’t allow colleges to promote their services, because they prefer to push all pupils to HE. Visit our Youtube channel to see why some students opted for apprenticeships rather than university.




For undergraduates and graduates, your individual university will have dedicated careers and employability advisers. The main source of online information is available through Prospects. An interactive video library of graduate roles is available at CareerPlayer.



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