Finding a Careers Advisor – RNIB

Information and advice for blind and partially sighted people for finding a careers advisor.
In England, schools have a duty to provide independent and impartial careers advice for 13-18 year olds. Face-to-face guidance is generally quite limited, with schools only providing online, email and phone support. However the Statutory Guidance for Schools makes clear that they should provide face-to-face careers guidance for all young people with a learning difficulty and/or disability and you should already have had a careers interview as part of your preparing for adulthood transition review. 
Colleges and universities have their own dedicated careers advisors. Your local authority may continue to support you up to the age of 25 if you have an EHCP or Section 139A Learning Difficulty Assessment. Alternatively you can use the National Careers Service. If you’re aged 13 to 19 you can call for advice or email through their website. Adults aged 20 and over can also get face-to-face guidance. Call 0800 100 900 to make an appointment with an advisor at your nearest National Careers Service Centre. Blind and partially sighted people should be able to get at least three sessions in person with an advisor. 
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 Advisors, 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 Advisor 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:
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 advisor face-to-face.
You can contact a Careers Advisor through the National Careers Service for free by telephone, email or through webchat by following the links below:
The Employment Line offers phone based employment advice across the United Kingdom. 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 [email protected]
If you live in Northern Ireland, you can contact the RNIB NI Employment and Technology Service on 028 9032 0373 (Belfast) or 028 7136 6060 (Derry/Londonderry) or email at [email protected] 
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.
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 0303 123 9999.
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