Careers Information, Advice & Guidance
Careers Information, Advice and Guidance is available to students both before and during their College studies. When you come to one of our centres for an Open Evening or at Enrolment there will be a Careers Adviser available to help you make your decisions.
Individual Careers Guidance
If you are a full time student you can arrange an individual appointment to start exploring your ideas and options or discuss a career issue in depth. College career advisers are professionally qualified and accredited by the Matrix Quality Standard for advice and support services. They can help you in every stage of your decision making, career choice and development. Discussions are confidential and are arranged through Student Services.
We are committed to providing advice and guidance all the way through your journey to your chosen university course. Your Careers Adviser can help you individually and in group sessions to complete your UCAS application. Students who are eligible can also apply to be part of widening participation university schemes, click here to find out more.
Careers Library and Resources
Each centre has an up to date careers library located in the e-Learning Hub. You will find university prospectuses and resources to help with your research. The College also has a number of Careers IT Packages such as ‘Higher Ideas’ and ‘Adult Directions’ and students can also follow us on Twitter.
A range of careers education activities are delivered by personal tutors through the weekly tutorial programme. These include: career planning, preparation for higher education, personal statement writing, student finance and money management, job seeking, apprenticeships and social media.
The Careers team organise a number of visits and events each year to help you research and prepare for your next step, including:
- Annual Higher Education Evening, with over 30 universities attending
- Student Finance Evenings for students and parents.
- Futures Days Conventions: progression and planning for 1st year students
- Personal Statement advice from local universities
- Annual UCAS Convention at Manchester Central (GMEX)
Careers Entitlement Statement
We are committed to ensuring that high quality, timely, accurate and impartial Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is provided to support students to make informed decisions. This involves making realistic choices about future plans and developing skills to prepare for progression into further study or employment.
A copy of our Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance policy is available upon request.
Links with Employers
The Careers team have many links with employers, they can help you gain part-time employment or an Apprenticeship. The Careers teams are constantly researching and updating employer areas available so then can ensure your career choices are well informed.
When you are nearing completion of your course the team will assist you in the transition to employment or university.
Advice to Parents and Guardians
We recognise that parents and guardians often have questions and concerns about the options available to their sons/daughters before, during and after their time at College. If you have a query you can telephone the careers adviser at your son/daughter’s college centre or email: firstname.lastname@example.org’ stating which centre they currently attend.
Advice to Ex-students
The Careers team can support recent ex-students with an academic reference for UCAS applications. (Please note that the College requires five working days to guarantee that your reference will be inputted onto your UCAS form). To ensure we can complete and add your reference to your UCAS form before the deadline date you must contact us prior to the Christmas break. Please contact the careers adviser at the centre you attend to arrange this or email email@example.com stating which centre you attended.
Advice to Employers
Please email the Careers team in college if you have a ‘summer leaver’ vacancy or part-time job that you would like to advertise with us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may find the follow links useful:
- UCAS: students can apply for university through the UCAS website. You can also search for courses, find out about finance, personal statements and offers. Useful videos for students and parents are also available to watch at: ucas.ac.uk
- Student Finance: find out about loans, tuition fees, maintenance about loans, tuition fees, maintenance grants and scholarships. This website also has a student calculator to help you work out what you might be entitled to, based on your household income: gov.uk/student-finance/overview
- opendays.com: search here to find out all that you need to know about open days at the university or the college of your choice
- Students who have now left college, young people who are currently in the labour market, adults and part time students can access careers advice from the National Careers Service or local Connexions Services.
- National Apprenticeship Service: nearly all apprenticeship vacancies will be advertised on the National Apprenticeship Service website. You can visit the site to register and check regularly on gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
Focus for this term
Second year students applying for university in September 2016 should make sure they apply for Student Finance, University Bursaries, Scholarships and University Accommodation. You may find the following links useful:
- gov.uk/studentfinance – Student finance information, online applications and calculator.
- nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Students.aspx – Healthcare and social work students.
- thestudentroom.co.uk/studentfinance – Student finance page on the student room.
- youtube.com/watch?v=1xTVoNI56xo – Student finance videos on You tube
- savethestudent.org/ – Hints and tips for students to save money.
- studentbeans.com/ – Student bargains and discounts.
- university.which.co.uk/advice/how-do-i-find-out-which-bursaries-and-scholarships-are-available – Scholarship and bursaries – information and useful links.
- moneyfacts.co.uk/guides/banking/student-money-and-bank-account-guide/ – Compare student bank accounts
- brightknowledge.org/knowledge-bank/money/budgeting-money-management -Budgeting and money management articles
You can also follow Student Finance England on: