Looking for work

Just like learning, most people are happier and healthier when they are working. Working can give you a structure to your days and a sense of purpose. It allows you to use your skills and to develop new skills. Most people have more money when they are working than when they are on benefits. Paid and voluntary work can:

  • give you a sense of purpose
  • help you feel good about yourself
  • add structure to your days
  • let you use your skills and be productive
  • help you develop new skills
  • help you get out and about and meet new people

This section gives you lots of hints and tips on the different stages of getting into work. Click the buttons below to find out more.

Squire Patton Boggs Law Firm has placed eight care leavers into work placements across their reception, maintenance, administration and legal departments. Two of these young people were offered jobs with the firm, and one care leaver is now working full-time in their Business Development department.

Careers advice

Deciding what career or job you want to do can be difficult, but there are lots of organisations and people who can help you with your decisions.

Looking for work

This section gives lots of hints and tips about how to find and apply for jobs. It also tells you where you can get help with job search and applications.

Work experience

Work experience can help you decide what sort of job you may like, develop your skills and confidence, and give you something to put on your CV.


You don’t have to have a job and work for an employer - you could set up your own business and work for yourself.

Financial help

There is lots of financial support available to help you look for work, once you find a job and if you want to do some training.

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