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 per cent 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

Our leaflet has more details about our service Enfield Careers Service leaflet (PDF)

For more information, email the team.

We offer Next Step sessions for residents aged 16 to 17 who are not in education, training or employment. Sessions are held once a month at:

Room 2
Enfield Civic Centre
Silver Street

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
  • learn interview techniques
  • find out about career resources

Places are limited so you should email the team to book your place in advance.

Dates of sessions Times
Monday 22 January 2018 2pm to 4pm
Monday 12 February 2018 10:30am to 1pm
Monday 12 March 2018 10:30am to 12:30pm

This can involve four stages:

  • 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 leaflet (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 identify 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.

Preparing for your careers guidance interview

Think about:

  • Your current situation – are you on track with your school work?
  • Your dream job – what sort of job would you like? What do you know about this job?
  • Your 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 1

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.

December 2016

Success story 2

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.

June 2016

We welcome feedback from our clients and we use it to shape the services we offer to young people at different transition points. We would 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 done the following:

  • Updated our webpage
  • Developed a user friendly grid of qualifications pathways
  • Introduced a careers ambassador programme

Below is a snapshot of feedback from Enfield schools.

Feedback from Broomfield School (PDF)

Feedback from Enfield County School (PDF)

Feedback from Enfield Grammar (PDF)

Feedback from Highlands School (PDF)

Feedback from Kingsmead School (PDF)

Feedback from Nightingale School (PDF)

Feedback from Oasis Hadley School (PDF)

Feedback from schools, Autumn term 2017 (PDF)