All students are entitled to access careers guidance enabling them to assess their capabilities and aptitudes, research and plan their career paths and maximise their potential to achieve their career goals.
The College has Investors in Careers Status
All full-time students are assigned a Personal Tutor or Learning Coach who are responsible for looking after the general welfare and progress of students during their time at college and providing their higher education or job reference.
Part-time students are able to access support through their subject tutor or through Student Services.
The Weekly College Tutorial Programme keeps students informed on a regular basis about College procedures, activities and news. The Tutorial Programme will include:
Ø Higher Education Applications
Ø Job Search Skills
Ø Regular Reviews of Progress
Ø One to One discussions
Personal Tutors and Learning Coaches are able to deal with most queries and will refer you to another member of staff, the Careers and Progression Adviser or the College Connexions Adviser when necessary.
Job Search Skills
Students requiring assistance with Job Search Skills can contact the Careers and Progression Adviser or the College Connexions Adviser. Topics covered include:
Careers Research Writing CVs
Identifying Skills & Strengths Application Forms
Job Searching Interview Techniques
Alternatively students can research websites via links from Moodle.
To Arrange a Careers Guidance interview
Contact one of the following:
Careers and Progression Adviser
Advice and Guidance in applying to Higher Education is part of an ongoing programme.
Students can expect involvement from Personal Tutors, Learning Coaches, Course Tutors, Programme Area Leaders, Heads of Schools, the Careers and Progression Adviser and Connexions throughout their time at college.
All full-time students have the opportunity to take part in educational visits, listen to outside speakers, make a university visit and attend a UCAS fair together with activities included in the tutorial programme.
Parents are invited in to college to find out more about Higher Education and all students have the opportunity to have an individual interview with the Careers and Progression Adviser or the Connexions Personal Advisers for advice or guidance on such topics as:
Course Choice Change of Course
Progression Routes End of Course Advice
Higher Education Student Finance for HE
Students can make appointments via Student Services, their Personal Tutor or Learning Coach, via telephone or e-mail, details above. Sometimes staff may feel it necessary to refer a student to one of these advisers.
The following staff are also are available to provide advice or guidance:
Personal Tutors Learning Coaches Heads of Schools Student Services
HE & Career Libraries
Each campus has a selection of prospectuses, books, DVDs, brochures and leaflets designated to Higher Education and Careers Advice. There is also a detailed virtual library via the Moodle site. Topics include:
Ø Guides to Higher Education
Ø How to Write a CV
Ø Summer Jobs in the UK and Abroad
Ø Returning to Work
Ø Choosing a Career
Ø Sector Related Skills & Careers
At Walford Campus these books are accessed through the library.
At Oswestry Campus they are currently situated in Student Services.
In addition to these services students can also access information, advice and guidance at Connexions which is based in Upper Brook Street, Oswestry.
Computers, The Internet & Moodle
A recent College survey found that students find accessing information via the internet is much quicker and easier.
Students have access to computers in classrooms and in the Learning Resource Centres. There are a number of websites offering advice on careers, job search and higher education some of which also offer specific programmes to help students find out more about themselves, their skills and abilities together with information on related careers.
Kudos Inspire is an on-line careers programme used by the college. Students answer questions about themselves, as a result of which it will then show them what they can achieve and help them to explore career and course ideas. The programme helps them to manage their career development plans and if required prepare for application to university.
There is now a dedicated area for Careers and HE on the College intranet system called Moodle. Students can access information and advice as well as E-magazines. There are also hyperlinks to HE & career websites.
More general support aswell as careers
Not just a careers site
Information for students and parents about applying to higher education. Course search facility with links to university websites.