Thinking about what work might suit you

Vocational Profiling

One useful tool is Vocational Profiling. This is a document that belongs to you and no one else. You decide who you want to share it with.

It’s not a test, there is no right or wrong answer. You work through this with someone like a teacher, tutor, or careers advisor. They talk to you and ask questions to find out:

  • your likes and dislikes
  • your interests
  • your skills and talents
  • what is important to you
  • your hopes for your future
  • jobs you might like to do

A Vocational Profile will help you to find out what jobs you might like to do. It also helps those that support you to understand what help and training you might need.

You may change your mind over time. This is okay. Your vocational profile will be updated so that it is right for you.

World of work guide

You may also find it helpful to complete the how to be a part of the world of work guide.

Completing the guide may help you to plan ahead and think about finding work. The guide may also help other people understand why work might be important to you and how they can support you.

Finding out about different jobs and places of work

There are lots of different careers.  It might help you to find out about different jobs and workplaces. You might:

  • look at job profiles online
  • speak to a teacher, tutor or careers advisor
  • talk to someone who already works in that job or workplace
  • volunteer or complete work experience

Find more careers advice and information on the National Careers Service website.

Find information about jobs in an easy read format on the Your Futures website.

To get some ideas, watch a YouTube video about employment experience for people with learning disabilities and autism