There is such a thing as a free lunch

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Whilst there are many benefits in subscribing to one of the range of paid for careers platforms there are many free to access internet based resources available to you and your students. You may want to consider including some of these within your careers programme or linking to them from the careers section of your website. Before doing so you need to review the content to make sure that is right for your students.

Below are a range of websites I have recently come across and some that have been around for some time.

“Bragfolder is your place to build a long lasting history of you and your career complete with customer, colleague and employer testimonials; photos and letters detailing your achievements; a blogging function for you to add regular updates; and a CV facility that is interactive and brings your career to life. Whether you’re already employed, working part-time during your degree or just starting your apprenticeship, your Bragfolder is your place to showcase all the good stuff.”

“Launchpad is a pioneering online platform bringing refreshing and unprecedented innovation to education.

It is the gateway to a revolutionary new digital experience for young people, parents and careers’ advisors offering a direct yet personalised means of exploring future job options.

The Launchpad platform intelligently centralises careers content, LMI data, colleges, universities, training providers and employers all in the same place, allowing the user to navigate directly to the career they’re interested in and how to start their career journey”

“This interactive tool enables users to explore demand for particular occupations and the potential salary benefits and likely levels of competition for these positions. The findings can be shown at UK-wide, national and regional levels, along with local enterprise partnership areas and certain city areas”

“ is a website which is open to everyone which uses the power of personal stories to inform and inspire young people’s career choices.

…we help draw links between school subjects and jobs. We encourage young people to discover opportunities they may not have known about before. And we show what is possible in the world of work.

Free and simple to use, the site features over 1000 videos of real people talking about their careers – explaining their job role, career path and how different factors have shaped their choices”

“Start is a free and comprehensive digital platform, offering schools and colleges a single starting point to help simplify and improve careers guidance in schools.

By following Start’s structured and progressive activities, the platform caters for all students helping them to make more informed decisions about future study and career options at the right time and in good time”

“Careersbox is the national careers film library, a free careers resource showing hundreds of real people doing real jobs”