Coronavirus has meant job losses and young adults having to change their career plans.

You may not know what you would like to do or how you begin to look for new opportunities.

You may be anxious about applying for jobs and how to deal with virtual interviews.

Our youth employment team

Our youth employment team (works4youth) can help if you are unemployed and between 16 and 25 years old.

The team has employability and skills mentors that work with you to plan your career and training.

They can give you information, advice and resources to help you think about what’s next.

What’s right for you

You may not know what you want to do, and that’s okay.

Our youth employment team can talk to you about different types of job and what experience and training you need.

GOV.UK has information to help you find out what a job involves and if it is right for you.

Youth Employment UK can help you explore ideas about career routes.

You may have an idea or something that you really enjoy that you would like to turn into your own business.

Where to look

You may have had careers advice in school or college that has helped you know where to start looking for jobs.

GOV.UK have information from Job Centre Plus on their job help website. They also have their find a job website.

You can also use the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) jobs board.

Skills, training and experience

You may have a job in mind but feel that you do not have the right skills, training and experience.

Our youth employment team can talk to you about this and help you find work experience and training opportunities.

We also have information on how to get skills and training.

How to impress an employer

Writing a CV

An employer may ask you for a CV (curriculum vitae) instead of an application form.

Your CV is your first chance to impress. A good CV can help you get an interview.

GOV.UK has information on their National Careers website about how to write a CV.

Application forms

Filling out an application form is the most common way of applying for a job.

It is a good idea to practice what you are going to write before starting the form.

GOV.UK has information on their National Careers Website about how to fill in an application form.


A lot of interviews are being held virtually because of coronavirus.

But it is still a good idea to prepare for your interview as if it were in person. For example, researching the company or organisation you have the interview with and dressing more formally.

GOV.UK has information on their National Careers Website about interviews.

When you might need extra help

Not in employment, education, or training

You may lack confidence if you have not been in employment, education, or training (NEET) for a while.

Our youth employment team can help you find ways to build your confidence and find a job or training.

You can read our information on education, employment, and training.

Single parents

It can be difficult to find a job if you have a child to look after.

Many employers have family friendly policies that help you to work in a way that fits around your family.

The Gingerbread website has information on working flexibly.

Young carers

If you are under 18 and caring for someone (giving practical or emotional support) then you are a young carer.

Working and being a young carer can be difficult.

The Carers Support Centre website has information on employment and how they can help.

Young adults in care and care leavers

We give ongoing support to young adults who are leaving care.

You can find information on education, employment, and training in our guide.

Become (the charity for children in care and young care leavers) has information on
life coaching.

Special educational needs or disabilities (SEND)

It is against the law for an employer to discriminate against you because you have a special educational need or disability. You are protected by the Equality Act 2010.

Our local offer website has information about help for young people with SEND to find work.

Young adults with a criminal record

If you are looking for work and have a criminal record you may need specific job advice.

Nacro are a national social justice charity. Their website can tell you more about jobs and criminal record checks.

Mental health conditions

Looking after your mental health when looking for a job can help you be more positive.

We have information about how to look after yourself.

Youth friendly employers

There are businesses in South Gloucestershire who are youth friendly employers. Our youth employment team can tell you more about these.

Employers who care about young adults may use the youth friendly badge when advertising jobs or apprenticeships.

Youth Employment UK has more information on the youth friendly badge.

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