Careers Advice

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The Careers Guidance team provides information, careers advice and guidance to students across all campuses. They offer confidential and impartial guidance interviews as well as a daily drop in service.They can provide help and support with a wide range of areas including:

  • Career choice
  • Progression Routes
  • Apprenticeships
  • Higher Education
  • Employability Skills

There is well a equipped Careers Centre containing information on careers and courses as well computer guidance software to help students choose and research suitable careers.

A dedicated careers adviser is available to undergraduate and postgraduate students .The adviser offers information, advice and guidance which includes employability related workshops and presentations,

The College subscribes to the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU), which supports the career services of universities and colleges in the UK. It is a major source of research and information on graduate careers and opportunities.

The careers guidance service has achieved the national quality award for the provision of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance known as the Quality in Careers Standard. The service is also accredited by the matrix Quality Standard for information, Advice and Guidance.

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Careers Advice

The National Careers Service is available free to every adult in England and has already helped millions of people improve their working lives. It provides information, careers and skills advice that’s tailored to you.The National Careers Service Website aims to:

  • Help you to change of choose your career
  • Support you in finding learning and training that is right for you
  • Give individual and peronalised advice to help you make the right choices
Want to do something different, try something new? The Learning Shops can help you find the course you’re looking for.A flexible programme is available to learners aged 18 or over. Courses are broken down into bite-sized chunks, so you can learn at your own pace.

Our Learning Shops offers courses in IT, English, Maths and Employability. The Programmes offer a range of learning opportunities; this includes learning how to use a computer, improving literacy and numeracy skills. All our courses lead to nationally recognised qualifications. Courses are tailored so you can learn at your own pace, build confidence, aid career development or to help you get back into work.

The following services are available:

  • IT User courses for complete beginners to Intermediate level
  • English and Mathematic courses ranging from Entry Level to Level 2 qualifications
  • Employability Courses to help you gain employment
  • Information to take away on learning opportunities offered at Colchester Institute
  • Advice on available courses at the Learning Shops

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