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Careers service can offer sound support to A-level students

Students across Northern Ireland are receiving the results of their A-levels and, depending upon what's received, asking themselves the questions 'what now?' and 'where do I go from here?'

The careers service has a team of experienced professionally qualified careers advisers who are available to provide free and impartial careers information, advice and guidance.

While this help is available throughout the year, it is even more important at exam results time that young people get access to good support and sound advice to enable them to make the right next step.

Careers advisers can provide advice and guidance on a range of topics including, choosing a career, going to college, training opportunities, going to university, finding a job and how to write a CV.

For students receiving their A-level results who do not achieve the required results for their chosen university there are a number of possibilities available and these will depend on your own individual circumstances so speak to your careers adviser regarding other options that might be best for you.

This could include an alternative degree course, a different university or college, alternative qualifications, an apprenticeship, employment or self employment, a gap year or maybe re-sits.

You can also discuss with your school the possibility of re-marks.

The job situation for graduates is difficult this year but indications are that the current economic situation is temporary.

It is important, therefore, that you base your career decisions on future potential rather than the current circumstances.

Industry factsheets are available to assist with occupational choice and career decision making.

The factsheets provide information on job prospects, relevant skills and entry requirements for a variety of occupations and are available on the careers service website and from careers advisers.

Careers advisers are located in careers offices, jobs and benefit offices and job centres throughout Northern Ireland. There are also careers resources centres in Belfast, Dungannon and Londonderry.

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