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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.

OUR SIXTH FORM CAREERS PROGRAMME

Our dynamic careers programme empowers students to make informed choices about their future. It helps them to understand, create and maximise opportunities. Preparing them for the skills they may need for work, learning and life. The programme below is a framework of activity throughout the academic year. Students will complete a skills audit which informs us of the skills students have and the wider themed activity we need to complete to prepare students for their longer term goals.

The Service

All students can 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. Advisers will guide students through these appointments 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 explore many different topics such as; skills development, employability skills (CV, application and personal statement writing, job searching, interview techniques, building a professional network including social media etc.). They will ensure students make contextualised informed choices and understand the Labour Market. Exploring motivations and longer-term goals, including how to create, understand and maximise opportunities.

Guidance for Parents, Guardians and Carers

Integrated within our careers programme (see the career programme), are key opportunities for parents and guardians to ask questions and discover key information to help support their son or daughter in making choices about their future. 

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

If you have any question or need any further information please contact us at yourfutures@burnley.ac.uk.

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; Learner voice, tutorials, Student development days, inspiring talks, enterprise activity, sports clubs, gaming club, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, international trips (including Florida, Thailand, Los Angeles, ski-ing), debating club and much more. These opportunities help students to gain confidence, develop skills for the future, create long lasting friendships and supports their well being.

Careers 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 who will inspire students and provide insights into the world of work, entrepreneurship  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.

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.

Contact us on

Email your.future@burnley.ac.uk to book an appointment or call us on 01282 733551 and ask for a careers advisers.

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 Quizhttps://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.

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.

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Matrix Accredited

Burnley College is proud to be Matrix accredited and has reached 100% of the Gatsby benchmarks – your guarantee that the careers advice and guidance we offer is expertly-led and delivered and tailored to your individual needs.

Discover More About Potential Careers

Explore salaries; weekly hours; the national labour market and alternative industries in which your skills would be useful. You can compare up to three potential careers here.

Click here to check your skills

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.