Use information on these websites to help you choose your career:
Use the Careerometer below to find out more about pay rates in different jobs. As well as providing hourly, weekly and annual pay figures, for each occupation, Careerometer gives details of present numbers employed in the UK and projected future growth or reduction in numbers employed. It also provides prediction of replacement demand – an important measure showing how many new employees are likely to be needed based on those leaving an occupation or retiring. It provides examples of different industries where those in that occupation are likely to be employed as well as a brief description of the occupation itself.
Depending on the skills you need, it might be that you can learn these by yourself! Did you know that you can gain lots of knowledge for free? There are a number of websites which provide free courses which are often referred to as ‘Massive Online Open Courses’, or MOOCS. These MOOCS provide training on a range of subjects from computer coding, to finance and engineering.
Take a look at some of the following examples to find out more.
Open Learn aims to break the barriers of education by reaching millions of learners around the world, providing free educational resources and inviting all to sample courses that our registered students take – for free! These are free online courses from the Open University: www.open.edu/openlearn/
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. They tackle maths, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more: www.khanacademy.org
Futurelearn offers a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life. They cover subjects such as business management, health and psychology, languages, law, computer science and more: www.futurelearn.com
Google Digital Garage
You can kickstart your career in digital with an impressive certification from Google. Google’s free online courses will guide you through everything from search engines, to social media and beyond. A certification is a great way to make your CV shine. It shows you’ve got genuine digital skills, and that you are motivated to learn: two essential qualities in today’s business world: learndigital.withgoogle.com
Other ways to learn
Other ways to self-learn include visiting your local library. You can access books on all kinds of subjects as well as utilise free online courses with your library card. Essex libraries offer their own online learning courses which can be accessed here: www.essexlibraries.universalclass.com
Another great way to learn is by accessing free videos on sites such as www.youtube.com Available content is extremely diverse and covers virtually any topic you can think of.