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Advice for life

There's lots of information and advice for the things affecting your life: Including where you can get help from local and some national organisations. If you have a decision to make or a problem to solve, just click on the links below or search the…

Application Forms

What you need to think about when filling in an application form Employers often ask for completed application forms rather than CVs.This means everyone sends in the same kind of information and the applicants can be compared easily and fairly. You will be asked to complete…

Benefits for young people

Benefit rules and regulations are complicated Young people under 18 (and sometimes under 20) may not be able to claim many of the benefits available but if you are living independently or have an illness or disability or you are a parent, then do check out if you…

Can I work anywhere?

If you are under 18, you are not allowed to work where: there is gambling there is alcohol, unless the work is part of an appropriate training scheme such as an apprenticeship you have to carry heavy loads, clean machinery or work with dangerous substances…

Career choices 13-14

Choosing subjects and courses in Year 8 or Year 9 This is the first decision that may affect your future, so think about: subjects you enjoy new subjects courses you do well in subjects to help you achieve your future career plans courses that let…

Career choices 18+

At 18, after sixth form or college, your choices include: further study at college or university. a job or apprenticeship, combining work and training a gap year, to earn money for university or get relevant work experience - see the Downloads section on this page. Think…

Career choices at 16

You need to stay in learning until at least your 18th birthday You can choose to do a course, apprenticeship or job with training. Start planning now, think about: yourself – how you learn best, your interests and skills, your expected exam results your career…

Career information

There's so much out there that deciding on what career to do can be hard. Think about careers that interest you and find out as much as you can before making any decisions. See Planning Your Future. You can also contact the Progress Team - see…

Check out what's happening in the job market - trends

Using job information when planning your career and job search can help you make the right choice Below are some tools and graphs to help, it includes information about pay and qualifications and what's happening with jobs. Careerometer Careerometer lets you search and compare jobs…

Choices at the end of Year 11

As well as taking exams, you will have important decisions to make about your future Students completing year 11 must stay in learning until at least their 18th birthday - see Raising the participation age Your main choices are: an apprenticeship or job with recognised training…

Choosing subjects and courses at 13-14

The subjects you choose will lead to qualifications such as GCSE, Cambridge Nationals or BTECs You will choose your GCSE subjects in Year 8 or Year 9. Your school will give you a booklet listing all your choices or options. Find out as much as you can…

Consumer rights

Are you a confident shopper? Do you look around before you buy? There are laws to protect you when shopping. Knowing these may save you money and help you get good service. Do you know your rights? Consumer rights explains who can help you if things go wrong.…

Contact us

If you want more information about the Youth Council, please feel free to get in touch: Email youthcouncil@islington.gov.uk Phone 020 7527 2552  Twitter Instagram

A contract of employment

This is important. You should get a contract within eight weeks of starting a job even if you don’t, ask The terms and conditions of your contract begin as soon as you start work.  When you receive it, check it carefully as it sets out…

CV or Curriculum Vitae

A good cv can get you an interview It should outline your career aims, education and work experience to date. The information on your CV will also help you to complete application forms. It will help to have it in front of you when ringing employers about…

Debt advice

Although you can’t get a bank loan or credit card until you are 18 years old ... ... many young people do get into debt by borrowing money from friends. If you find you are constantly short of money or having to borrow you need…

Difficult relationship? Need advice?

Need more information or help with difficult relationships with family and friends? Or are you finding it hard to cope and need to talk to someone? If you want to talk to someone outside the family about something that is worrying you, you can ring…

Disability, know your rights

There are laws that protect you from being treated less fairly than people without a disability. Understanding your rights and the adjustments you can expect from school, college, university and employers is important. It will give you, and those helping you, the confidence to plan ahead…

Drinking too much? Need advice?

Islington Drug and Alcohol Service for Young People offers free, confidential advice and support at T: 020 7527 5099 or at Pulse T: 020 7527 1300 Islington Drug and Alcohol Helpline T: 0808 800 0019 is open 24 hours, seven days a week and can help you or…

Drugs, alcohol and addictions

If drugs, alcohol or addictions are causing you, your family or friends a problem - there are people who can help you Islington's Young People's Drug and Alcohol Service, (IYPDAS) offers specialist support for a range of drug, alcohol and addiction problems, such as gambling, for…