I need careers advice

I am looking for careers advice

You’re in the right place if you need guidance, information or a little bit of inspiration on getting started in your chosen career or if you’re facing job uncertainty through unemployment, redundancy or furlough. Having an understanding about different career options and opportunities will help you make better and more informed decisions about your future.

Our careers advisers are knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated to providing you with the best information and support; empowering you to take the next (or first) steps in your career.

Sometimes it can take time to find a job or training option that works for you and you might be dealing with things that are getting in the way of you moving forward.

We’ll help you find your purpose and reach your full potential.

Why you might need careers advice

There are lots of reasons why you might need careers advice;

  • you might be at school and thinking about career options after year 11 or year 13
  • you might currently be on furlough and want some advice in case you lose your job
  • you may have recently been made redundant and feel uncertain about what to do next
  • you may have been unemployed for a long time and want some advice on how to improve your CV or prepare better for interviews
  • you may be wishing to retrain in a chosen career and not know where to access the right courses
  • I’m interested in finding out more about the National Careers Service (NCS)

The variety of careers advice on offer

The range of careers advice on offer through Inspira is really varied and you’ll find many useful tips and tools, videos and case studies on our website.

Get started with some of our most popular pieces of career advice.

We can show you where to find the right vacancies and how to apply

Together we can set some goals and make a personal step-by-step plan of how you can achieve your career goals - whether that’s getting your first job, your next job or making a career change.

Having a CV that stands out from the rest can make all the difference. Read our advice on how to write or improve your CV ensuring it gets you noticed.

  • I want to improve my digital skills

Upskilling yourself in digital skills can really boost your job prospects so we can help advise on how to find a suitable course.

  • I want to upskill

We can help you find courses to help you strengthen your skillsets.

If you’re going for interviews for the first time or perhaps haven’t done one for a few years you will benefit from speaking to us for advice on how to approach them.

Perhaps you’d like to apply for an apprenticeship. Listen to the experiences of some of our previous school leavers who have gone on to apprenticeships and see how you can earn while you learn.

There is no age limit to joining an apprenticeship scheme. If you have the desire to learn new on the job skills, you live in England and are not already in full-time education, then an adult apprenticeship could be a great option for you.

Helpful information about apprenticeships

Speak to us to help you explore your career options if you’re unsure what to do next. You can download the Hello Future careers and opportunities guide here.

Who can I contact to get careers advice?

It’s really easy to get help from our teams of careers advisers, who are based throughout Cumbria and in Lancashire.

If you’re looking for some personal guidance on your current job situation, or simply prefer to speak to someone in person, or even just ask some questions via email, please contact our friendly, knowledgeable, National Careers Service advisers who will be delighted to help.

Talk to us to help you get back into work

You can call us on 0345 658 8647, message us via our Facebook page or fill in our online form. Tell us what aspect of advice you would like to discuss, and we will match your need with one of our specialist career advisers and work with you through the best channel for you.

Is the careers advice free?

Access to our careers advisers is completely free of charge.