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Careers information and advice

The Enfield Careers Service work with other departments to support and promote partnership with local employers, universities, work-based education and training providers. We have named careers advisers for each school or institution, to give support to pupils. This includes those with learning difficulties and disabilities, and vulnerable students who are at risk of not continuing in education.

We deliver high quality careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) to pupils, educational establishments and providers.

Our service provides value for money through great flexibility, as we work closely with schools to develop a service model that reflects the needs of pupils. We also:

  • have knowledge of the local market to meet local needs
  • support young people to achieve economic success and improve their life chances
  • provide customised statistical reports and intelligence on student and school profiles, using Client Caseload Information System (CCIS) data

We aim to inspire young people to succeed by offering a range of guidance interventions such as careers guidance interviews, careers events, Apprenticeship Workshops at key transition points.  

Each year we work with young people across secondary schools in Enfield to help them understand all the career options and make informed career decisions. In addition, we provide practical support with application forms for education, employment and apprenticeship opportunities. As a result, over 90% of school leavers are participating in education, employment, or training.

We have an excellent track record providing a responsive service, which meets the needs of schools and pupils, and offers value for money. Our achievements include:

  • a successful partnership working with schools and educational institutions, inspiring students and supporting higher education achievement
  • Level 6 qualified careers advisers (recommended by the Careers Development Institute and the National Careers Council), whose face-to-face guidance benefits students in making successful transitions
  • the Matrix Accreditation award in May 2014, for continuous quality improvement
  • a performance management model which includes regular monitoring and observation

View our Enfield Careers Service (PDF).

For more information, email careerservice@enfield.gov.uk.

In response to coronavirus (COVID-19), we are offering our services via phone, Skype and email between 10am and 2pm on the following dates:

  • Monday 1 June
  • Monday 15 June
  • Monday 29 June

To request an appointment, email us at careerservice@enfield.gov.uk. Or phone 020 8078 9091 - this is an automated service.

Next Step sessions give you a chance to:

  • discuss career interests and set realistic goals
  • search for job and apprenticeship opportunities
  • get support with CVs, applications forms and personal statements

Staying at home? This is a good time to start doing your careers research, and you can use the details below as a starting point.


Thinking about an apprenticeship? You can register to receive details of vacancies in your area. Visit National Careers Service and Rate My Apprenticeship to find out more.

Career inspiration

Do you know what jobs match your skills and interests? If not, start by doing the free careers test, Spartan Test, at SACU. The result will generate a list of jobs that might suit you, and you can explore these jobs further using the different options on the site.

You can also take the buzz quiz on icloud to find out about your strengths as well as the areas you might need to develop.

Also visit BBC Bitesize for further careers information.

Higher education

It’s not too late to apply for a higher education course. Visit UCAS to find out about the different courses you can study. You can also find out about a range of topics regarding higher education, such as UK university league tables and rankings from The Complete University Guide

Note: The websites listed above are given for information only. We do not accept directly or indirectly any responsibility for loss directly or indirectly from reliance on these sites. Given that the internet uses an open system, we cannot warrant that these sites and downloads are virus free.

This can involve four stages of:

  • self-awareness
  • opportunity awareness
  • decision making
  • taking action


This involves identifying your skills, values, interests and personality and assessing your strengths and weaknesses. This is important both in choosing the right career and also for success in applications and interview for a job. 

Opportunity awareness

The next stage is to find out about the opportunities available. This can be done by internet research, speaking to family and friends about their job, attending careers events and doing work experience. 

The National Careers Services provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work and is a useful starting point. 

There are different levels and types of qualifications and it is important that you choose one that matches your ability and career aspirations.

Qualification grid and list of useful websites (PDF)

Decision making

This involves identifying all the factors you would like in your ideal job and checking them against possible opportunities. The factors you might want to consider are working hours, pay, travel time and cost, training opportunities, promotion prospects. Your careers adviser can help you explore your options and make an informed career decision. 

Action planning

This is the final process of career planning and it involves:

  • finding out about potential employers
  • job search - this can be done using job portals and sending out speculative letters using the Job Centre Plus website
  • completing your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Personal Statement and application forms
  • doing mock interviews – Your careers adviser can help you with this

It is important that you set yourself a time limit for each of the activities and review your progress on a regular basis. 

This is an opportunity for you to talk about your career choices with a careers adviser and make an informed decision. This can be up to an hour and your careers adviser can help you to:

  • identify your personal qualities and skills, and areas for development
  • explore your interests, skills, qualities, family influences and barriers
  • explore your career ideas and options
  • consider other relevant career opportunities
  • research about current and future job trends and opportunities
  • think about the different activities that can help you achieve your career goal

Your careers adviser can also provide you with accurate and up-to-date information and introduce you to relevant careers guidance tools and websites.

When preparing for your careers guidance interview, you should think about your:

  • current situation – are you on track with your school work?
  • dream job – what sort of job would you like? What do you know about this job?
  • motivation – how committed are you to pursing your dream job? 
  • barriers – what can get in the way? How would you deal with the barriers?

Success story one

A student attended our Future Opportunities event after he received his AS exam results because he was looking for a new direction. He seemed interested in horticulture and spoke to a local provider about their opportunities. However, due to family influences, he was not able to pursue this route and he decided to continue with his A levels course in the sixth form.

He later realised that he was not enjoying the course and he requested an appointment to discuss his career choices.

At our first meeting, we talked about his interest and career choices; he confirmed that he would like to do an apprenticeship in the Health Care Sector as he feels this option would match his skills and learning style. We explored his reasons for this and he was able to provide sound reasons for his career choices. We also talked about the things that are important to him in the work place as well as about the potential challenges. We agreed some actions that he could take to move forward with this career plan, for example, redrafting his CV and completing an application form for an apprenticeship.

By helping him to clarify the pros and cons of an apprenticeship as well as his interests and values, he was able to confidently start his search for an apprenticeship in the Health Care sector. He completed all his action points and sent me his newly crafted application form.

Through follow up meetings with him, we were able to support him with his search for an apprenticeship which involved doing mock interviews, providing him with constructive feedback and practising telephone techniques as he needed to contact potential employers. He engaged very well with all the interventions and asked relevant questions.

Finally, his effort paid off as he was offered a position as an apprentice in a Heath Care environment after three months of intensive search.

Without our support, this student might have dropped out of the vocational course he was doing in the sixth form and might have become unemployed.

Success story two

A Student, aged 16, recently arrived from Somalia, hoping to start year 11 and do her GCSEs. Instead, she was put into year 10 because the year 11 curriculum was challenging for her. This impacted her motivation and attendance. Due to the school’s concern about her progress, she was referred for careers guidance.

At the first careers guidance interview, we helped the student to explore her choices and interests. Furthermore, we reinforced the benefits of learning and importance of qualifications in today’s job market. She was able to discuss her fears and anxieties about school and she agreed for us to discuss them with the school.

After discussion with the school, it was agreed that an alternative provision would best suit her needs and we were able to arrange this for her. The student is now settled and coping well with the curriculum.

By supporting her to reflect on her situation as well as clarifying her career choices, she was able to confidently access the alternative provision programme. Without an intervention from the careers service and effective partnership working with the school, this student might have disengaged from learning which might have impacted her future career progression and economic mobility.

We welcome feedback from our clients and use it to shape the services we offer to young people at different transition points. We encourage you to give us your feedback after your careers interviews using this feedback form.

As a result of feedback from young people we have:

  • updated our webpage
  • developed a user friendly grid of qualifications pathways
  • introduced a careers ambassador programme

View feedback from Enfield secondary schools:

We have a statutory duty to follow up young people to ensure they are in education, apprenticeship or employment. So we are asking school leavers to complete this survey.

Your responses will be sent to the Department of Education and linked to your last school or college, but will not include your name.