SUPPORT

Many learners start their studies or training with a specific career goal in mind. Others develop a love of a specific subject – or subject area – during their course and decide to turn their passion into their career.

Whatever position you are in – we are here to support and help you to make informed choices and understand how your studies can give you the first step on the career ladder; change career or gain promotion to a senior, highly-skilled role.
Support is available on a one-to-one basis, through group tutorials and workshops covering a wide range of topics.

As a result of a careers guidance session, students may not end up where they requested but they may very well end up where they want to be

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OUR SIXTH FORM CAREERS PROGRAMME

The Service

Students are encouraged to drop-in to Student Services to receive impartial, high quality advice and guidance with the option to book a confidential, one-to-one appointment if required. Our advisers will work with the student to develop their own individual action plan that can be accessed throughout the year, creating and completing challenging actions that will help move their lives and careers forward. In these sessions we can explore many different topics such as; skills development, employability skills (CV writing, job searching, interview techniques, building a professional network including social media etc.), exploring motivations and longer-term goals.

For Parents, Guardians and Carers

Over the course of the academic year, there will be events designed to offer support and guidance in helping your son/daughter through their time at College and into their chosen careers.

  • Parents’ Induction
  • Parents’ Advice Event
  • Apprenticeship Open Event
  • Parents’ Evenings

Skills Development

Students will have access to a wide range of extra-curricular activities across the year that will help develop a broad set of skills. Activities include; climbing, gaming club, archery, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, international trips (including Florida, Thailand, Los Angeles, ski-ing), debating club and much more.

Careers Advice in Action

Embedded within their studies, students will have access to a range of tutorials tailored to their needs, based on an initial audit of their individual skills. We have open days, visits from employers, visits from Universities and guest speakers to provide insights into the world of work and University-level study. We also actively arrange work experience placements and volunteering opportunities to give a taste of the workplace and arrange competitions and contests to allow students to put their skills and knowledge to the test with nationally-recognised experts in their field.

We are committed to ensuring that students gain the skills for work, learning and life during their time at College, giving them an additional edge when applying for University or employment in a competitive marketplace. All our planned activities focus on developing those skills and behaviours valued by Universities and employers, including:

  • Communication
  • Problem-solving
  • Innovation
  • Self-confidence
  • Self-management
  • Teamwork.

Maximising Opportunities

There are also several independent careers services students can access outside of the impartial advice offered by our College careers advisers.

National Careers Service – https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/

This site includes lots of resources about job roles; CV writing, interview techniques and a skills health check to explore your strengths and suggest suitable careers based on the findings. The national helpline and webchat function on the website are open to anybody from the age of 13 upwards.

Our students are encouraged to take ownership of their own career goals. We will recommend resources that provide accurate, relevant and up-to-date information that students can use to start their own research. Some useful places to start include:

  • Prospects – https://www.prospects.ac.uk/  An excellent source of information about job pathways once you finish a degree.
  • 16Personalities – https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test  This personality test (based on the Myers-Briggs personality profiles) explores your personality and explains what your main strengths are and what areas you may need to develop.
  • Buzz Quiz – https://icould.com/buzz-quiz/   This fun quiz will help you discover what animal you are – and will also tell you what jobs fit your personality and skills.
  • Careersmart – https://careersmart.org.uk/   Another excellent resource for labour market information. You can also use the skills audit to identify areas for development.

OUR UNIVERSITY AND ADULT LEARNING CAREERS PROGRAMME

The Service

Learners are encouraged to drop-in to Student Services to receive impartial, high quality career advice and guidance with the option to book a confidential, one-to-one appointment if required to assist with skills development, employability skills (CV writing, job searching, interview techniques, building a professional network including social media etc.), exploring motivations and longer-term goals.

We have National Careers Service advisers who will work with you to develop your own individual action plan that can be accessed throughout the year, creating and completing challenging actions to help you make progress towards your career goals.

Careers Advice in Action

Throughout your studies, we will support you in auditing and developing transferable skills, including:

  • Communication
  • Problem-solving
  • Innovation
  • Self-confidence
  • Self-management
  • Teamwork.

 

 

These skills will help you stand out from the crowd when applying for employment or embarking on further study.

You will have the opportunity to attend College-wide open days, visits from employers, visits from universities and guest speakers to provide insights into the world of work and university-level study. Where possible – and where relevant to your study programme – we can support you in searching for work experience placements and volunteering opportunities.

Maximising Opportunities

There are also several independent careers services you can access outside of the impartial advice offered by our College careers advisers.

  • National Careers Service – https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/  This site includes lots of resources about job roles; CV writing, interview techniques and a skills health check to explore your strengths and suggest suitable careers based on the findings. There is also a national helpline and webchat function on the website.
  • Prospects – https://www.prospects.ac.uk/  An excellent source of information about job pathways once you finish a degree.
  • 16Personalities – https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test  This personality test (based on the Myers-Briggs personality profiles) explores your personality and explains what your main strengths are and what areas you may need to develop.
  • Buzz Quiz – https://icould.com/buzz-quiz/   This fun quiz will help you discover what animal you are – and will also tell you what jobs fit your personality and skills.
  • Careersmart – https://careersmart.org.uk/   Another excellent resource for labour market information. You can also use the skills audit to identify areas for development.
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Discover More About Potential Careers

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Get In Touch

Student Services is open daily from 8am – 8pm (Monday to Thursday) and 8am – 4.30pm (Friday) during term time for students to drop in for advice or to book in an appointment.

Contact us on your.future@burnley.ac.uk to book an appointment or ask a question or you can call on
01282 733551 and ask for one of the careers team.