Career Advice and Guidance

Career Advice and Guidance

If you are thinking of doing a course at Bournville and would like careers advice to help you decide on the best option for you, the careers team can help. You can either call 0121 477 1316 or email [email protected] and an adviser will be able to help you. The careers team are also available at college open days, choice and admissions events and enrolment to help you decide on the course and career that is best for you.

Quality Assurance The Careers service has gained the MATRIX Award for the quality of information, advice and guidance provided. Feedback and suggestions for developing the service further are always welcomed.

Equal Opportunities The careers team are committed to equal opportunities and aim to treat all people with respect and as individuals regardless of their background and circumstances.

The National Careers Service offers the following services:

13-18 year olds: you can contact a National Careers Service Adviser on 0800 100 900, and you can access webchat, a moderated chatroom, or e-mail an adviser at the National Careers Service

19 years and older: services as with 13-18 year olds, but you can also get face-to-face advice by calling 0800 100 900 to make an appointment with an adviser at your nearest NCS office.

Birmingham Connexions provides careers information, advice and guidance to young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), have a disability, or are vulnerable in some way .For further details, visit: http://www.connexions-bs.co.uk/

Connexions advisers will be available to defined groups of students within the college.

The Careers Resources Room holds a wide range of careers resources to assist students research careers and make choices. These include:

• University and higher education prospectuses
• Information on training and further education
• Career and employment information
• Job search information, for example on CV preparation; completing job applications, and interview techniques
• Computer programmes to help you identify your interests and choose a career or degree course. These include Adult Directions, KUDOS, Keynotes, and Careerscape
• International Qualifications – a database of overseas qualifications and their UK equivalence

Students at Bournville are supported with making career decisions during their course. Advisers run sessions and workshops during appropriate lessons and tutorial times. These include:

• Choosing a University course
• Applying to University
• Completing a UCAS application
• Opportunities at the end of the course
• Job Search techniques
• CV Preparation (also check this website www.cvplaza.com)
• Completing application forms
• Successful speculative applications
• Interview Techniques

Job Vacancies
The College regularly receives part and full time job vacancies. These are displayed on the college intranet and distributed to relevant staff. Students can also register to receive information about jobs via email.

Help with job search
If you are doing a vocational course the careers team will work with your tutor to plan sessions to support you in applying for a job. These can include:

• Opportunities at the end of the course
• Job Search techniques
• CV Preparation ~
• Completing application forms
• Successful speculative applications
• Interview Techniques

If you are planning on going to university, the careers team can support you in completing your university application.

The careers service plans and organises events to raise students’ awareness of opportunities available to them when they complete their course. These include:

• An annual Higher Education Fair. Universities attend for the day enabling students to find out further information about entrance requirements, course content, and student life
• Visits to local Recruitment and Employment events
• Employers, voluntary organisations and universities giving talks to groups of students and having information stands
• Visits to Higher Education Open Days
• Visits to specific conferences and events, e.g. ”Careers in Construction”, “NHS Jobs Fairs” and “HE Conventions”

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