Eight websites to help you navigate life after A-levels

Apprentices study a cutaway model of a car engine
Apprentices study a cutaway model of a car engine Photo: Hendrik Schmidt/DPA/Press Association Images

Results day can be a time of uncertainty and soul searching, particularly if you do not get the results you expected.

But there are a wide range of websites out there offering advice, information and inspiration for your next step. Here is a selection of them:

National Careers Service

Practical advice on how to make an Action Plan and build a CV, as well as a large Q&A section.

Practical advice on finding a job
Practical advice on finding a job Credit: National Careers Service

You might also want to visit the following websites:

icould

Watch videos of people talking about their careers, explore what kinds of jobs might suit you and your A-levels or take the Buzz Test quiz.

The icould website features dozens of videos of people giving an insider's view into their career
The icould website features dozens of videos of people giving an insider's view into their career Credit: icould.com

GetSmaart

Read about different careers, including salary, hours and which skills or qualifications are required.

Useful advice about a wide range of careers
Useful advice about a wide range of careers Credit: GetSmaart

UCAS

Links about volunteering opportunities, gap years, apprenticeships and a range of other options here.

Bags of ideas that don't include going to university
Bags of ideas that don't include going to university Credit: UCAS

notgoingtouni

A full-time university course is not the be-all and end-all, as this website demonstrates. Search jobs, training opportunities and apprenticeships all aimed at people without degrees.

Extensive search engine for jobs, apprentices and other opportunities
Extensive search engine for jobs, apprentices and other opportunities Credit: notgoingtouni.co.uk

National Apprenticeship Service

Learn what apprenticeships are, read testimonies from apprentices and search for vacancies.

There has been a large increase in the number of apprentices since the NAS launched in 2008
There has been a large increase in the number of apprentices since the NAS launched in 2008 Credit: National Apprenticeship Service

You might also want to visit the following websites:

Year Out Group

Considering taking a gap year? This website outlines the benefits of a structured year out and offers links to volunteering and gap year organisations.

Explore options for taking a year out
Explore options for taking a year out Credit: Year Out Group

Prince's Trust

The Prince's Trust provides money and support for young people who want to start their own business, or undertake training. There are also a range of courses on offer.

The Prince's Trust can offer money and support to help launch your own business
The Prince's Trust can offer money and support to help launch your own business Credit: Prince's Trust