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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.
Support is available on a one-to-one basis, through group tutorials and workshops covering a wide range of topics.


Our dynamic Careers Team empower Students to make informed choices about their future. They work with 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 work towards a Core Value Award, encompassing all the skills, knowledge and behaviours they need to achieve their long term goals.

How We Can Help

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.

Developing your Skills

Students have access to a wide range of enrichments that help you develop a broad set of skills. Activities include trips and visits, clubs and societies, Learner Voice, regular tutorials and Student Development Days. These opportunities help you gain confidence, broaden your horizons and develop vital skills for your future.

Growing your Experience

Embedded within your studies, you will attend a range of tutorials tailored to growing your skills and confidence for your next steps. You will meet visiting employers, attend visits from Universities and inspirational guest speakers who will provide vital insights into varied careers, entrepreneurship and University-level studies. You will also complete work experience and/or volunteering opportunities and the oppoerunity to enter competitions and contests to put your skills and knowledge to the test with nationally-recognised experts in their field.

Meet Our Sixth Form Careers Team

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. To book an appointment with a careers team member, email [email protected] or call on 01282 733551.

Find the career for you!

Explore salaries, weekly hours and more. Compare your potential career routes with this useful Careerometer and match your skills to your perfect role with the Skillsometer, using real-time data from the national Labour Market Information.

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Burnley College is proud to be Matrix accredited, achieving 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.



Meet our Careers Advisors

Amy is your dedicated Careers Advisor – offering support in identifying the right course for you and helping you identify your existing skills.

She can assist you in employability skills including CV writing, job searching, interview techniques, building a professional network including social media, exploring motivations and creating a plan to reach your long-term goals.

You can contact the team at any time: [email protected]

Career Resources

Our Careers Advisors here to support you with impartial advice on all aspects of study and careers. Here is their pick of additonal resources to help you:

National Careers Service

You will find 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.


An excellent source of information about job pathways once you finish a degree.


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.

This fun quiz will help you discover what animal you are – and will also tell you what jobs fit your personality and skills.


Another excellent resource for labour market information. You can use their skills audit to identify areas for development.