Start with you


This section focuses on you! 

It will help you understand yourself better, before making decisions about what to do next and aims to help you to:

  • Develop a positive mindset.
  • Learn more about yourself.
  • Establish your skills and strengths.
  • Find out how to gain experiences.

Don't forget to say cheese! 

Use the below to learn more about you and what you have to offer. 

This page will help you understand the importance of your health and mindset when planning for your future. It will also help you discover ways to develop your wellbeing. 

These videos focus on not just the possibilities but the limitations too, and the feeling of hope, stress & worries for the future.

BBC Bitesize have created a number of resources to ensure that you have positive health & mindset. These resources can be accessed here...


Below is a YouTube channel aimed to promote positive mental health. A friendly and supportive channel where Jo Morton-Brown offers guidance for young people (aged 10-19) to look after their own emotional wellbeing. Subscribe to Jo Morton-Brown here.

Dr Julie also shares insights from therapy and psychology research so that you can make use of it in your daily life to understand how your mind works and optimise your own mental health. Subscribe to Dr Julie here

The way you think and feel about yourself and the future is key to making the best decision for you and will help you on your careers journey!

Along with establishing your skills, strengths, and interests, knowing all about you can help you on your careers journey.  

Here you can understand how everyone is unique and how to recognise these differences in yourself. Knowing yourself will help you make better decisions. This section will look at your:

  • Personality.
  • Neurodiversity.
  • Values and motivations. 
  • Interests.  

As you work through this section make notes of things that will help you to complete your profile template.



In under five minutes the Buzz Quiz will help you discover:

  • Your strengths and what makes you tick.
  • What you're like as a boyfriend or girlfriend.
  • Which celebrities share your personality type.

There are 16 possible results, each connected to an animal.

 Take the quiz below and discover which animal you are.



This is an approach to learning and disability. Ultimately, the brain functions in a different way. Have you ever thought about how dyslexia or ADHD could benefit a future employer? HSBC employees share their experiences and the distinct skills they bring to the bank.

To start to think about what you want to do in the future, first you need to establish your careers values. Value denotes the degree of importance of something or action, with the aim of determining what actions are best to do or what way is best to live. These can be either personal or for an organisation.

Core values can include:

 * Commitment                       * Passion                  * Dependability                     *Honesty                                            *Loyalty

 * Efficiency                            * Reliability                 * Optimism                           * Positivity                                          * Focus

Have a think about what your values are and write them down!


Do you know how your interests could help support your future career?

Why not take My World of Work Quiz to see how your interests can support you in your future career. You will need to register to find out the answers. Click on the image to access.


Along with establishing your skills, strengths and interests, knowing all about you can help you on your careers journey, make sure you add these to your > log on | move on > Skills Passport.

What are skills and strengths?

These can be defined as the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed by an individual to make them employable.

These are the skills employers are looking for according to Skills Builder:

Listening: The receiving, retaining and processing of information or ideas.

Speaking: The oral transmission of information or ideas.

Problem Solving: The ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

Creativity: The use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.

Staying positive: The ability to use tactics and strategies to overcome setbacks and achieve goals.

Aiming High: The ability to set clear, tangible goals and devise a robust route to achieving them.

Leadership: Supporting, encouraging, and motivating others to achieve a shared goal.

Teamwork: Working cooperatively with other towards achieving a shared goal.

 Use these resources to identify the skills you already have, record them using the >log on | move on> Skills Passport. Where you see you have gaps, use the tips and resources to help you develop them.  

To start thinking about the skills you have, watch Danny, who tells us his top employability skills in 6 minutes.

National Careers Service Skills Check

The skills health check is a set of quizzes and activities designed to help you explore your skills, strengths and interests. Working through the skills health check can help you decide what kind of jobs might be right for you. You can save your results and come back to them at any time or you can download your report once you've completed at least one assessment.

 Take this quiz to get started!


Why use the >log on | move on > Skills Passport? 

This will increase your understanding of the skills employers are looking for and your awareness of the skills you have.

The passport will: 

  • Highlight skills and examples you can include in your CV and job application forms and post 16 applications.
  • Support you to be successful in finding temporary, part-time and voluntary work while you study.
  • Help with your preparation for a job or course interview, and provide a reference point during the interview.
  • Create additional information about you to leave with your prospective employer at the end of the interview.

Now record your skills in the > log on | move on > Skills Passport, you will need to log into your user account!

Gaining experience of work is a good way to find out what skills you have and the type of work you like in a practical setting. This section will provide you with all you need to know about gaining experience, whether its real life work experience, virtual work experience, volunteering or part time work.

Some of the benefits of work experience are to:

  • Use it as research.
  • Develop soft skills such as communication. 
  • Treat it as a challenge.  

Use the Skills Passport and the Common Application Process (CAP) to record your skills and experience gained to support future applications.

Work experience 

Work experience is where you learn about a job, organisation or a career sector physically or virtually. 

If you want ideas on how to find work experience, watch the below video.

This animation gives you a quick guide of what to expect and why it's important when heading out on work experience and the run up to it. 


If you want to do real life work experience, speak to your Careers Lead in your school or college, who will point you in the right direction.

Use the Employer Insight Programme (link) to gain some local virtual work experience. 

If you then want to look at some national virtual  opportunities check out the following document.  (PDF)

Networking and how it can help...

Networking is using the people you know, and the people that they know, to find out about job opportunities, work placements, and work experience. It’s about building relationships through your contacts.

Most of us network, we just don’t realise it. The act of networking is something that becomes a habit and through social media, it’s easy to extend networking beyond friends and family.

Your network can include:

  • Friends and family.
  • Work colleagues and others they work with.
  • People you know on social media.
  • Employers you've contacted directly.
  • Recruitment consultants.

To find out more about the power of networking visit -

Don't forget to watch the videos at the end of the page to give you an insight into work experience!


Volunteering is an activity that involves spending time unpaid doing something that helps an organisation or group. Here is a list of websites that can help you find out more about volunteering and some of the opportunities available. 

Hull Youth Council

Hull Youth Council is a citywide project supporting young people aged 11 - 25 raising their issues, ideas and campaigns.,132227&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL


Volunteen is a project run by ERVAS.  It aims to help young people aged 11 to 25 in the East Riding of Yorkshire to increase life skills, by introducing them to new and enjoyable social activities.


VYPER is a scheme which allows young people to collect certificates of recognition for all the volunteering that they are taking part in.

To be able to be awarded certificates, we ask that volunteering hours are recorded in a VYPER log book. The VYPER project is currently open to young people aged 10 to 25.

Other Youth Volunteering Options:

  • iWill

The #iwill campaign promotes social action among 10-20 year-olds. This includes activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which create a double-benefit – to communities and young people themselves.

  • vinspired

vinspired is the UK's leading volunteering charity for 14 - 25 year olds. vinspired helps young people to make their mark on causes that they care about, whilst learning new skills and talents along the way.

  • Diana Award

The Diana Award is a charity legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales’ belief that young people have the power to change the world.

  • International Citizens Service

International Citizen Service (ICS) provides overseas volunteer placements for 18-25 year olds and Team Leader placements for 23-35 year olds.

  • British Council

Here, you can find your opportunity to study, work, volunteer, or research, while experiencing another culture abroad or in the UK.

  • The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Youth and Family Support (YFS), hold the licence to deliver the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (D of E) in YFS Units and most schools/academies in East Yorkshire. The Award is a flexible and adventurous programme of activities for all young people aged between 13 1/2 to 25 years.

  • Volunteering with the Council

Within the council, numerous services offer volunteering opportunities. For more information on each service click on the link above.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council -

Hull City Council -


An internship can give you the opportunity to work at a company, learn new skills and gain experience. Internships can be offered to school leavers, as well as graduates and the length of an internship can vary. 

There are three different types of internships:

• Work Shadowing - interns follow one or more members of a team throughout their day-to-day routine, allowing them to learn from top industry professionals.

• Training Programmes - they act as a way for companies to assess candidates for future roles. These programmes also give candidates the opportunity to see if the company is right for them.

• Work Placements - are often part of a degree programme and are designed to give students a taste for working life in their chosen profession. 

Are you interested in a virtual internship, why not check out to find out more. 

If you are looking for a supported internship please click here.

Use the Skills Passport and the Common Application Process (CAP) to record your skills and experience gained to support future applications.

Theses videos will provide you an insight into work experience placements and the benefits that students have encountered from going on a placement with Hull City Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council.