Careers Advice

Deciding on a career path or finding a job isn’t always easy – you may not yet know exactly where you want to be.  There are a number of things that you can do to help you make the best decision for you.  What are your strengths?  What interests you and what do you find exciting?  It also helps to know what you definitely don’t want to do!  What would you be happy doing for the next few years, or even the rest of your working life?

The pop-outs below will help you whatever stage you are at – whether you are ready to apply for a job or need help with your CV, or if you are at school or college and just starting to think about your working life.

Adult Community Learning

Adult Community Learning

Did you know that Adult Community Learning Essex delivers a free Careers Information and Advice service?

We work with the National Careers Service to give Careers Information, Advice and Guidance to enable you to make decisions around your careers choices, applying for jobs, writing your CV or even starting a new learning programme.   If you are aged 19+ or you are 18 and a Job Centre plus customer, whatever your situation, we’re here to enable you to reach your goals.

If you’re in work and need help planning your next step, contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900


Camp America

Camp America

Over the years, the phrase ‘Camp America’ has become synonymous with young people spending the summer working in the USA. Even when people do things and go places that we don’t, they tell their friends “I did Camp America” – and that tells you just how popular our programme has become.


Employability and Skills Team

Employability and Skills Team

Looking for a new career?

If you’re between 16 – 19 and not currently in Education, Employment or Training and seeking help to find a new career, you can talk to Essex County Council’s Employability and Skills Team about the options that are available to you.

The team of highly qualified Careers Guidance Advisers are experienced, friendly and can help you with:

  • Career Guidance and your future plans;
  • Building your confidence in job search techniques including interview skills;
  • Writing your CV;
  • Applying for jobs, training and college courses;
  • Access to regular feeds of jobs, short courses, apprenticeship and traineeship information.

Clacton and Harwich

Tel: 01255 253428

Email: [email protected]

HeadsUp – Helping you back to work

HeadsUp – Helping you back to work

HeadsUp – Helping you take the first step on your journey back to work

There are many reasons why someone may not be working and  it’s quite common to feel anxious or unconfident when thinking about looking for work, so extra support during this time could be a real help. If this sounds familiar then an Essex based project already working with 161 people, could be just what you need.

HeadsUp is a free programme funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund. It’s designed to help people who have experienced a common mental health problem such as anxiety or depression find and maintain work.   1 in 4 people experience such feelings at any one time, it’s not uncommon and is doesn’t have to prevent you from returning to work when you feel ready.

A peer support worker can help you consider any emotional barriers standing in your way of returning to work, and help improve practical skills such as writing a great CV or practicing interview techniques. Our workshops help participants find ways to boost self-confidence, take charge of their well-being and learn tricks to increase personal resilience.

People can refer themselves to our programme or may be referred by an organisation, and we have received some great feedback

‘Brilliant, the service is brilliant, my peer support worker is amazing – kind, supportive, proactive’

‘Not being made to feel stupid or judged is a breath of fresh air.  The workshops are a brilliant idea’

If you, or someone you know might benefit from HeadsUp please visit or email: [email protected]. You can also follow the programme on social media @HeadsUpEssex.


Heads Up an enable east programmeNational Lottery funded



Jobcentre Plus provides a tailored support network  in helping you find the employment you are looking for, moving from benefits into work.


Find out more about employment opportunities in Clacton.

Lady Magazine

Lady Magazine

Find interesting opportunities in Lady Magazine.


National Careers Service

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice. This is supported by qualified careers advisers.


How we can help you

We know that everyone has the ability and potential to develop and grow in their lives and careers. We also understand that sometimes things get in the way and can hold you back.

The National Careers Service website aims to:

  • help you with careers decisions and planning
  • support you in reviewing your skills and abilities and develop new goals
  • motivate you to implement your plan of action
  • enable you to make the best use of high quality career related tools.
Universal Jobmatch

Universal Jobmatch

Find a job using the Universal Jobmatch service, jobseekers can match their CV and skills to jobs posted by companies.



Need Help? Got Any Questions? [email protected]

Freephone 0800 8815115

Childline is a free, private and confidential, 24 hour counselling service for young people aged 5-25 years.
Call 0800 1111 or visit

NHS advice
If you are feeling unwell and need a telephone health assessment, please call the NHS service free of charge from any phone.
Call 111 or visit

A multi-award winning cyberbullying non-profit support organisation for young people experienced cyberbullying.
Call 0845 6887277 or visit

To offer a listening service for those going through a personal crisis and want to talk about their despair or suicidal feelings.
Call 0845 790 9090 (24 hours) or visit

Crisis Helpline
Emergency support team covering Colchester & Tendring.
Mental health and Wellbeing.
Call 0845 038 0800 (24 hours)