Your job options

There are many different jobs available for you. You might want to become a:

  • chef
  • mechanic
  • shop worker
  • librarian
  • hairdresser
  • teacher.

Every job will ask for different things for you to be able to apply for the role. Some may be skills based, while others you may need qualifications.

Before you find the right job for you

If you are unsure what you need for a job, you can find advice from:

If you are a parent or a carer looking for advice to help their young person visit the Youth Employment UK website.

Your options

Whether you're ready to start a full time job or you want to gain skills to help you progress, here are some choices and additional support for you.

An apprenticeship is a paid job, where you earn and learn. You will spend about 4 days as an apprentice, and 1 day at a college, training centre or at work.

To be an apprentice, you need to be at least 16 years old. Most apprentices are between the ages of 16 to 24 years old, but you can be older.

An apprenticeship can be in customer service, engineering, hairdressing or mechanics. Qualifications range from Level 2 to 7, and take at least 1 year to complete. This may take longer if you're doing a higher-level apprenticeship.

To complete your apprenticeship, you will pass a qualification or an assessment.

Extra support

To find out more about apprenticeships:

Depending on the type of job you apply for, the hours you will work will change. Usually jobs are either:

  • full time (working 35 to 40 hours a week)
  • part time (working less than 35 hours a week)
  • flexible (working hours to suit you)
  • casual work (you can pick and choose when you work).

To find jobs near you, visit:

For help finding a job contact Kent Supported Employment.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) funds internships and supported internships. An internship or a supported internship is unpaid work experience that lasts up to 1 year. A traineeship lasts up to 6 months.

Once the 6 months or year have passed, you are ready to progress to an apprenticeship or employment.

Placements are available for young people aged 16 to 24 with an education, health and care (EHC) plan. You will learn skills for work with the aim of moving into long term paid employment at the end of the internship.

For more information:

You may want to start your own business and become self employed. Your business could be something that you're interested in, or a business that you haven't seen anywhere else before.

Working for yourself, can be challenging, stressful but very rewarding. There are lots of organisations and free online resources that can help you turn your idea into a business.

For advice and guidance you can:

Supported employment gives you the opportunity to get support from a work coach. They work with you and your employer to get you an apprenticeship or internship. Or they may support you in finding work related learning.

Find out about the Kent Supported Employment service.

Work experience is a temporary role often unpaid.

It's a great way to build your skills and try out a certain job or career that interests you.

Find work experience opportunities with us.

Work related learning gives you the opportunity to start to work, and learn at the same time. You may get a qualification in customer service or as a gym instructor, for example.

Find out more about work related learning.

Volunteering allows you to support your local community. It helps you to improve your skills, make new friends and advance your career. Volunteering is not free and you will give up your own time to help out.

Find volunteering opportunities near you.

Watch this video from National Careers Service to learn top tips for volunteering.

Apply for a job

Once you have found the job you want, you will need to apply and hopefully get ready for an interview.

Read our tips and guidance to help you get the job.