Information on finding a Careers Adviser
Your local Jobcentre will be able to help you look for work in your area. They advertise job opportunities online and also in the Jobcentre itself. If you need extra employment support because of your sight loss, the Jobcentre can put you in touch with one of their Disability Employment Advisers, sometimes called DEA's. They can help you find work or gain new skills even if you have been out of work for a long time, or if you have little or no work experience. It's well worth getting in touch with a DEA in your area to get some additional help with your job search.
You will probably have already met with a Careers Adviser as part of your transition review at school. However, you may wish to contact them again while you are at college or in university. They can help you:
For further information and to locate your nearest Careers Adviser, visit your country's career service. This information is listed below:
The National Careers Service offers specific advice and guidance for young people aged between 13 to 19 as well as services for adults aged 20 and over. Their services include information and advice on choosing a career, CV writing, funding advice and more. You can contact them by email or telephone and if you wish arrange to meet an adviser face-to-face.
You can contact a Careers Adviser through the National Careers Service for free by telephone, email or through webchat by following the links below:
RNIB and Action for Blind People has a network of Employment Specialists who can support you in starting your career and finding work. Our Employment section contains further advice and you can speak to an employment advisor by contacting your local Action team.
Action for blind people, have recently launched 'The Action Employment Line' which offers phone based employment advice across England. The line is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and the team can assist you with writing CVs and completing job applications online, as well as conducting mock interviews over the phone. People requiring face-to-face support are referred to a local team.
For more information contact the employment line on 0800 4402255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you live in Northern Ireland, the following are useful contacts for more information and support:
RNIB NI Employment and Technology Service
40 Linenhall St.,
Belfast BT2 8BA
Tel: 028 9032 9373
3 Strand Road
Tel: 028 7136 6060
You can find out more about choosing a career, options after year 12, and how to get a job through the Careers Service Northern Ireland website.
SDS staff can assist individuals with additional support needs to:
For more information and help, you can call in to your local Skills Development Scotland Careers Centre or visit the Skills Development Scotland website.
You may also wish to visit the "My World of Work" section on the website which offers lots of valuable information and tools to help you find a job or develop your career.
If you are living in Wales and need support finding a career that is right for you contact:
Careers Wales provide free, bilingual, impartial careers information, advice and guidance for all ages and will help you at school, college and even when you apply to university. Their advisors can offer advice and guidance but are also really important in securing funding if you want to go to specialist or mainstream college. Careers Wales have teams of specialist advisors called LLDD advisors who are experts in supporting people with disabilities or additional learning needs. To find out more visit the Careers Wales website.
In addition, RNIB Cymru can put you in touch with specialist advice, telephone 02920 449 571.
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