The need for specialist careers advice and guidance has never been so important. It is vital that people of all ages have access to good quality, realistic and impartial information, advice and guidance about the full range of career pathways available to them. Working is important, not just to earn money but also because it can help to boost self-esteem, foster independence and make life more interesting as you learn and meet people. Take a look at our fact sheet: Why work? for more information.
Our careers service consists of a team of qualified career guidance professionals, with years of experience, who are dedicated to helping people to progress successfully into education, employment or training. Our careers service is open to students and members of the public alike – and it’s completely free – and is available at all of our main campuses.
Our vision is to provide an all-age careers service that is empowering, meaningful and inspiring. We aim to encourage our clients to fully develop their potential in order to achieve satisfying and rewarding futures.
Our mission is to make the careers service fully accessible to all of our students, as well as the wider community by providing impartial information, advice and guidance that is fully integrated, accessible and highly regarded. We aim to encourage successful transition into further study, training or employment.
If you have additional needs or a disability there may be support available to help you get into work. Our fact sheet: Work schemes and programmes for employers and jobseekers gives more details.
What’s on offer
A whole range of advice, guidance and support is available including:
- steps to a successful career
- develop your employability skills
- ways to gain valuable work experience
- university application support
- volunteering opportunities
- CV, job search and application support
- using social media in job hunting
- comparability of overseas qualifications
- mock interviews
- career matching tests, careers information and job profiles
- course options
- self-employment options
- work or study abroad options
Get careers advice
You don’t have to be a student to speak to our careers advisors and the service is offered to people of all ages, from those still at school to adults who are looking to change career or get back into education. You can contact a careers advisor or make an appointment to see an adviser at Leicester College by telephone (0116 224 2240), email or by dropping into Student Services. If you have a general query you can email us and we will respond to you directly.
Appointments are available on weekdays between 9am and 3pm, and last between 30 minutes and 1 hour.
As well as offering the above bookable service to people of all ages, if you are 19 or over you can also drop into the Careers Hub at our Abbey Park Campus – run by the National Careers Service – at any of the times below.
- Monday to Thursday, 9am-1.30pm, and 2-4pm.
- Friday, 9am-1.30pm
Our Student Services and Information Centre is a Matrix-accredited service. The standard is the unique quality framework for the effective delivery of information, advice and guidance.
Following the OFSTED inspection of Leicester College in December 2017, the careers service was highlighted for providing an effective service:
- Students and apprenticeships receive good impartial careers advice both before and throughout their time at college. As they near the end of their courses, students and apprentices benefit from good careers advice provided by well-qualified guidance staff about how to progress into appropriate employment or to the next level of learning (December 2017).
- Students benefit from receiving a wide range of careers information, advice and guidance which helps them make informed decisions about their future career choices (December 2017).
The Gatsby Benchmarks
Benchmarks of best practice for careers are now more commonly known as ‘The Gatsby Benchmarks.’ We plan, develop and deliver within the benchmarks to ensure quality throughout the college. They are:
- A stable careers programme
- Learning from career and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each student
- Linking curriculum learning to careers
- Encounters with employers and employees
- Experiences of workplaces
- Encounters with further and higher education
- Personal guidance
The College Careers Leadership Team consists of;
Tina Thorpe Vice Principal Curriculum
Claire Willis Director of Quality Improvement
Gretta Tharratt Head of Learner Engagement
Danielle Gillett Lead member of the corporation