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Exploring Careers

Job families are groupings of jobs related by common professions and they have many similarities. Jobs in a job family are similar in that they require similar abilities and knowledge and have similar career paths from the lowest to the highest level job.

National Careers Service - Explore Careers

Find out what a job involves and if it's right for you at the National Careers Service website.

Start - The World of Work

Start is a free, online careers platform designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential and is used by our students in Life Skills lessons. You can explore the world of work on their website.

The National Health Service

The NHS is the largest employer in UK with over 1.4 million employees in various roles from Nurses and Call Centre Operatives to Ambulance Teams and Pharmacists. There are usually a number of NHS vacancies in our area due to the close proximity of the NHS Call Centre at Manvers and a number of large GP Practices in the area. You can find out more at

Art, Craft & Design

You'll be using creativity in this job family, whether you’re designing ships as a naval architect or creating cutting edge art. Explore these jobs if you’re an 'ideas person' and like creating things that are useful and visually appealing.

Click on the link to see some job profiles in more detail

Animator - Make Up Artist - Fashion Designer - Web Designer - Conservator


The construction sector offers a wide variety of roles, from engineering to stonemasonry. Jobs in construction could be right for you if you’re a practical person and are interested in how things work and are put together.

Bricklayer - Architect - Civil Engineer - Planning and Development Surveyor

Water Network Operative

Education & Training

Here is just a small You’ll be using your communication skills and knowledge to help people develop and learn in many of these jobs. Whether you like working with children or training people in sports, this is a sector where you can use your knowledge and skills to help others.

Teacher - Education Welfare Officer - Teaching Assistant - Youth Worker - Librarian

Legal Services

You'll need an investigative mind and the ability to understand large amounts of complex information in many jobs in legal services. If you have these skills, law might be your field.

Solicitor - Forensic Psychologist - Victim Care Officer

Security & Uniformed Services

Jobs in this sector include roles in law and order, the armed forces or security. Explore a range of careers from active jobs where you need to be physically fit to administration roles where you’ll work behind the scenes more.

Dog Handler - Police Officer - Scenes of Crime Officer

Armed Forces

The UK armed forces employ tens of thousands people in hundreds of roles, so it's worth considering them as a career path and doing some research online.

British Army

Apply to be in the British Army at or research British Army roles here. To join, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • Pass a full army medical examination, BARB test and have a good pass at GCSE English (or pass the Army Literacy Test).

Royal Air Force

The Royal Air Force's recruitment pages can be found at To join, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • Pass a full RAF medical exam and academic ability tests.

Royal Navy

If you are considering the Royal Navy then your first port of call should be To join you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • Pass a Royal Navy medical exam, fitness test and academic ability test.

Cadets & Forces Careers Offices

If you are not old enough to join the armed forces just yet, you could try joining one of the cadet services Army CadetsAir Cadets and Sea Cadets.

You can visit the Sheffield Armed Forces Careers Office (all armed forces) for advice too, they are located near Leopold Square.

Sheffield Armed Forces Careers Office (AFCO)
Townhead House
10-14 Townhead Street
S1 2EE

0114 270 6194

Alternatively there is an Army Careers Centre in Doncaster.

Army Careers Centre
43 Hall Gate

01302 344128