What is Guidance?

Guidance helps you understand your options for training, education and work so that you can make decisions about your future.

Why Guidance?

You might be thinking about changing jobs or career and need some help in working out what to do.

You might be thinking about further study so that you can get promotion or get into a particular field.

You might be redundant or unemployed and wondering what the future holds.

You might be thinking about returning to work after spending time caring for dependants.

Whatever your circumstances, you'll benefit from speaking to someone in more depth about the options available. This can be on the phone; face to face or even via the Internet. Here's what some people have said about how guidance has helped them:

"I now know what it is possible for me to do"

"I have a clearer understanding of what I need to consider"

You can speak to a guidance adviser through local councils, colleges, voluntary organisations, careers companies, universities and commercial organisations. Services vary throughout the UK and between local areas. A good place for you to start is to contact learndirect on 0800 100 900. This is a national helpline which will link you into what's available in your area.