Career advisers and teachers
You’ll find a range of careers and teaching resources, tools and tips across the website to help you offer advice and guidance.
In this section, you'll find resources and competitions to support careers education and help schools meet the Gatsby Benchmarks for careers provsion.
Resources and competitions
Under teaching resources, you will find a wide range of exciting resources including Step into the NHS in schools which has been designed to help you inspire young people about NHS careers from Key stage 2 (KS2) to Key stage 4 (KS4):
- KS2 - students can enter the national primary schools' competition, with teaching resources available and designed to raise aspirations and challenge gender stereotyping.
- KS3 - students can enter the national secondary schools' competition, which is accompanied by resources that aim to raise the awareness of the range of careers in the NHS and support the Gatsby Benchmarks.
- KS4 - an online suite of resources, activities and supporting materials for key stage 4 learners. They can be delivered as part of work in citizenship, PSHE, English, drama, careers education and health and social care
There are many other resources to help you in delivering careers advice and guidance to your students and clients including:
- our guide to work experience in the NHS
- the Explore roles section which gives a detailed overview of more than 350 health roles
- a Compare roles tool to get bite-sized information on up to three roles in health
- our Course finder which lists undergraduate and postgraduate courses leading to clinical careers in health
We produce a wide range of information booklets about careers in health that can be ordered for free to use in lessons or at careers events.
Information on health careers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales can be found here. You can also take a look at our FAQs for teachers and careers advisers.
Your local NHS
As well as the information we provide here, practical help and resources are often available through your local NHS organisations. Each trust has its own policies and ways of working, but may be able to:
- organise periods of work experience for students, linked to curriculum and school timetables
- identify volunteering opportunities where students can acquire some experience of the work that interests them
- arrange for members of their staff to come into your school and talk about the work they do
- stage open days for students
- run ‘preparation for’ programmes across a range of work areas such as medicine, nursing, healthcare sciences and administration
- provide information on the kinds of local jobs currently available for school leavers
These experiences can be of real value as students decide what kind of career they may want to pursue. To find your local health organisation, visit the NHS.uk.
Support for doctors and medical students
Sometimes doctors and medical students need support in their careers. We have a range of support for careers advisers working with doctors, including tools and exercises
More than 350 health roles
Our Explore roles section gives an overview of the wide range of career opportunities in health.