Step One: Narrowing Your Options

The first step is about asking the right questions and giving an honest answer to help narrow your options.

Your thoughts are likely to change as you move through school and beyond. You may have a definite idea of what you want to do or you may not have any idea!

Start by asking yourself some simple but important questions:

  • What school subjects do I like?
  • What am I good at and what do I find more difficult at school?
  • What are my hobbies outside of school and could these lead towards a job and future career?
  • What jobs do I know about or have I seen other people do that inspire or interest me?
  • Who are my role models and what do they do?

Other resources

The National Careers Service has a self-assessment tool that should take ten minutes to complete. It may help to further focus your thinking about work experience and a future career, take the assessment here.

Youth Employment UK has a video and downloadable workbook designed to help you find out about the wider world of work and careers, click here to check them out.

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Step Two: Exploring What Jobs You Could Do

Explore what jobs you could do as part of your work experience and find out what careers other blind and partially sighted people are doing.

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Step Three: Choosing the Right Work Experience

Learn about the different types of work experience and which is the right one for you.

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Step Four: Identifying an Employer

Find out about the different approaches you can take to finding your work experience opportunity.

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Step Five: Approaching an Employer

Discover how to make the approach to the employer you wish to set up your work experience with and don’t forget to download our handy approach letter template!

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Step Six: Getting the Right Support in Place

Find out what you need to do to make sure you have all the right support in place to make the most of your work experience.

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Step Seven: After Your Work Experience

Learn how to use what you have gained from your work experience to benefit you moving forward onto the next step of your education/career journey, don’t forget to grab the handy checklist!

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