Careers

Careers

You may be choosing your post 16 course choices based on your interest and enjoyment of particular subjects, have a clear idea about your future career plan or have a few ideas but are not completely sure yet. It is never too early to start thinking about your longer term goals so here are some things to think about before you make an application to Cirencester College.

  • Use the information on our website to find out more about our courses. The course information will tell you what you will study, but also where the course could lead in terms of career options.
  • Attend one of our open days and speak to subject specific staff and current students about the courses you are interested in.
  • Discuss your ideas with parents, teachers or the careers adviser at school
  • Do some research online

External Careers Information Websites

The following websites are useful resources for finding out more information about careers.

NationalCareersService

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/

National careers website including job profiles, labour market information, skills health check and lots of help and advice about work, education and training.

https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/

Aimed at 14-18 year olds, this site looks at options at 14, 16 and 18, and helps you explore different job sectors. Links to regional (South west) University courses as well as Labour Market Information (LMI) for our region.

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/careers

BBC Bitesize now offers a wealth of careers inspiration and advice for students!
A growing collection of job case studies across a wide range of sectors, supported with labour market information
Links between curriculum subjects and the world of work, showing how vocational, apprenticeship and academic pathways can lead to success
Information and guidance on skills for work, choosing options, work experience and more.

https://www.careersbox.co.uk/

Careers Inspiration in the form of video clips.

https://www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills/apprenticeships

The national government website for apprenticeships has all of the up to date vacancy information. You don’t have to be actively looking for an apprenticeship to register. You can sign up and keep an eye on vacancies in the area to get an idea of the possibilities locally to help plan for the future.

https://www.ucas.com/

UCAS- is the University and Colleges Admissions Service. They hold all the information about university courses on their website and if you apply to university you will make an application through this service. The website has lots of careers information including a quick careers quiz which is an easy way to being to generate some ideas.

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/

This is an excellent site designed for people already at university, with information on opportunities for graduates. For example, you might think ‘What job could I do if I studied a particular subject?’ This site will give you good ideas on careers you could do if you had a particular degree subject, following A levels. It can be a good starting point if you have subjects you are interested in at A level but don’t know where they might lead.

https://www.informedchoices.ac.uk/

What you study at sixth form or college can affect your options at university and your future career. Use Informed Choices to help you understand which subjects open up different degree courses, particularly at Russell Group* universities.

*The Russell Group is a catch-all term for a group of 24 universities with a shared focus on research and a reputation for academic achievement. The member universities are usually spotted near the top of the university league tables. There aren’t any specifically different entry requirements for a Russell Group university. Universities and courses all have their own entry requirements. But given their strong reputation, it makes sense that the entry requirements are likely to be high.

https://www.whatuni.com/

What uni allows students to register and research university courses and provides a comparison tool for comparing universities as well as some useful guidance articles.

Applicant Portal – Access to Careers Matching Tools

Applicants to Cirencester College will be able to access our Careers and HE Microsite which has links to even more careers resources. Applicants can also gain exclusive access to a Careers Tool called Kudos. Kudos is an interactive career matching tool, designed to give you suitable career ideas and provides comprehensive information about jobs, qualifications, skills and useful contacts. In addition to careers matching and information, the Kudos tool enables you to: identify suitable careers; explore your transferable skills; consider progression routes; identify gaps in your skills and subject choices; create a UCAS personal statement; produce education/career plans and build your own CV. It may be useful to complete this before an admissions interview with us- so that we can work together to get you on the right programme.

If you have already applied to Cirencester College you can access the the KUDOS careers system through the applicant portal here

Cirencester College is committed to improving the life chances of all of their learners by continuing to offer, and continuously improving, a high quality careers programmers to meet their requirements. Full details of this can be found here; Careers and Personal Development Strategy Document

The Careers Leader is Karen Fraser (Vice Principal Student Expereinces and Student Relations Karen.Fraser@cirencester.ac.uk) The Careers Strategy is reviewed  annually through internal quality systems. The Current Strategy was published in April 2019.

Labour Market Information

Having access to labour market information is critical when exploring career options and making career decisions. Labour market information can tell us; skills currently sought by employers, areas of work that are growing and those that are in decline, education or training required for particular jobs, industries that are prominent in particular areas of the UK, where there may be demand for workers.

When making career decisions it is important to take all these factors into account. The Start programme is a comprehensive digital platform to help simplify career choices and provide labour market information. Details of employment trends by region, future employment prospects and the current level of demand for workers can be found for the jobs and industries featured.

Find out more about The Start Programme

Careers Explorer

Find out about different careers, opportunities in the Swindon and Wiltshire local job market and information on courses and apprenticeships. Find out more about Careers Explorer

Working With Us Information for Employers

Work Experience

We are interested in opportunities for work experience placements which will help our students to develop their employability skills. If you can offer a student a place either for a block of time such as a week, or for a regular one day per week for a longer period of time, we’d love to hear from you.

Job Shop

The careers team run the College’s job shop and would welcome any vacancies, including part-time, which you would like to promote to our students.

Interview Practice

We would like to hear from you if you could help our students to practise and develop their interview skills. We are looking for employers who could run mock interviews for some students and give them feedback on how they can improve.

Rate a CV

It helps our students to understand what an employer in their chosen sector will rate an application or CV. If you can offer some time to look at CVs of students who want to become part of your industry sector or, if you are a recruitment consultant who understands the needs of many sectors, the careers team would love to hear from you.

A Day in Your Life

We are looking for employers and/or professionals to talk to our students about working in your industry. They need to know how you got into the sector, how you can progress, the highs and the lows of your working life. They would also like to know about the different roles they could have in the sector and in your organisation.

Company Visit

Students get huge benefits from visiting your workplace and seeing how things work in practice. Inviting a group of students who are studying a course relevant to your sector, to come and visit your company, would be an invaluable experience for them.

Mentor a Student

Could you offer some time to coach a student who would like to work in a role similar to yours? Perhaps help a student to have the confidence to apply for jobs, talk to them about what the employer may be looking for and help them to prepare for an interview.

Student Projects

It is good experience for students to work to a live brief with pressures and deadlines which they would encounter in working life. Our students have worked on promotional campaigns, organised events and conferences, built websites and apps, to name but a few. If you have a project which you think would be good experience for our students, please get in touch.

If you can help with any of the above please contact our careers team at careers@cirencester.ac.uk