Careers Programme

Blackburn College is committed to offering students a stable and structured careers programme in-line with the Gatsby Benchmarks. The eight Gatsby Benchmarks define all the elements of an excellent careers programme and help to ensure students have access to high quality careers guidance which helps them to make informed decisions about their future. Please click on the banner below for information about Blackburn College’s Careers Programme.

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Careers Programme

Resources for you

In the sections below you will find lots of helpful information and resources on careers and employability.

Planning Your Future
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Planning Your Future

Making decisions about your future doesn’t need to be confusing or frightening. There is lots of information and support that you can access to help you consider all your options and make the best choices for you. The two things that will help you make a well-informed decision are -

  • Self-awareness - Understanding yourself is really important. You need to have a good idea about what skills you have and what you might need to work on. This will help you to decide if future jobs you might be interested in are suitable for you.
  • High Quality Careers Information - This will help you research what jobs are available, where those jobs are locally and nationally and what qualifications you need.

The resources in this section will enable you to think about possible careers and jobs in more depth. It includes a variety of skills matching exercises that can be used independently by yourself.

Take the Buzz Quiz

Please click on the image to the left to complete a short questionnaire and find out what jobs suit you.

Kudos

Kudos is a Career Matching Package. It will help you find out your likes and dislikes and then match you to careers you maybe suitable for.

To register click on the logo to the left. Once you have got to the main screen, you need to sign up - this is in the bottom right hand side. You need to enter the Licence Code - contact thehub@blackburn.ac.uk or 01254 292929 for details

Start

You may use Start as part of your tutorial. Start is a comprehensive series of careers activities, which help all students in making more informed decisions about future study and career options at the right time and in good time. Click on the logo above to go to the log-in page.

National Careers Service

Students simply complete a series of questions and activities after which they can download a Skills Health Check report which will help them decide what kind of job would suit them. It can also show which skills they might want to brush up on. Click on the logo to the left to access.

Going to University
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Going to University

There are many benefits of going to University. Higher lifetime earnings and access to some professions (e.g. Medicine and Teaching) depend on it, are just some of the common reasons why people choose to study at University. There are hundreds of options available and making your choices requires careful research of the institutions and courses available. Information in the booklets below will give you all the information you need on researching your options and completing your UCAS application form.

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Employability
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Employability

Having strong employability skills will help you be successful in the job market. Being able to sell yourself to an employer is a skill in itself and all of the information on this page will help you to do this well! The keys to success are -

  • Self-Awareness - Understanding your strengths and weaknesses will help you to show employers what an asset you would be to their business.
  • Preparation - Being well prepared will ensure that you don’t miss out on any opportunities available to you.

  • Persistence and Resilience - Life is tough and we don’t always get what we want first time round, but learning from our experiences and persisting in the pursuit of our goals, gives you a far greater chance of success.

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Gap Year
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Gap Year

Here you will find additional information should you be considering taking a gap year in your studies.

A gap year involves taking time out either before going to university or after. You can travel, work or volunteer in another country or in the UK.

It is important to make productive use of your time out, with a focus on developing your skills and gaining valuable experience to further your career.

Taking a gap year can help you to:

  • Gain relevant work experience
  • Improve your employability
  • Improve existing skills
  • Learn new skills
  • Stretch yourself by trying a new challenge or experience

Some tips to think about before hand:

  • Do your research
  • Take time to plan and prepare
  • Don't think of your gap year as a break from your career
  • Use the time to make contacts
  • Think about your existing skills and how you could use them
Labour Market Information
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Labour Market Information

Labour Market Information tells you about the workplace or labour market. It tells you about what opportunities exist, what you need to study, how to find a job and how to progress or change your career. Knowing what is happening in the Labour Market, both nationally and locally, will help you identify where future job opportunities may be and help you with your decision making and career planning. It is important that you only use credible and accurate resources when looking at LMI so that you have the best quality of information available to you. We recommend using the following resources which are credited for reliability and accuracy.

For other useful information

Check out the Careerometer and Employability section on this page.

Parents / Carers
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Parents / Carers

Supporting young people with career planning and decisions relating to learning and training, is both rewarding and difficult. We understand that helping find the right information and supporting young people in making honest and realistic judgements can be challenging due to the sometimes overwhelming amount of information available. The information contained on this page has been designed to help you, help your child through this process.

Top Tips for helping your child with career planning

  • Thinking far into the future can be daunting so it is useful to break plans down into smaller chunks that are often more achievable. Start by thinking of the end goal e.g. Going to University and then work backwards listing everything that needs to happen to get there. This is the basis of a sound career plan and can be added to or changed over time, as they develop.
  • Start researching options well in advance of a decision being made. Initial research can often be done online in the comfort of your own home. Take a look at the other sections of this site for a whole host of useful information.
  • Encourage your child to complete a Careers Matching profile if they are unsure what they would like to do. This will help to generate ideas and is available on the Planning Your Future section of our website.
  • Try asking them to write a list of Pros and Cons when weighing multiple options up against each other. You can then discuss these more fully and help guide them by challenging thinking and assumptions.
  • Ensure they have considered all elements of a potential course/job, for example, what it involves, the hours, the salary, the terms and conditions.
  • Attend Open Days/Events to gain an insight into provision and opportunities.
  • Encourage your child to get a part-time job or complete work experience. This will enable them to gain valuable work skills to support future employment.
  • Consider coming along to their Careers Appointment with a professional adviser, who will support you both in accessing information and making decisions.
  • Speak to a wide range of people when gathering information such as teachers, professionals in the job and employers.
Graduates
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Graduates

In addition to the information on our main pages, there are some specific resources available which are of particular use to graduates.

Career Planning Resources

Prospects is a great all round resource to help you with options after your studies. Create a careers matching profile to generate future career ideas or research specific sectors and jobs. Find links to graduate employers, graduate vacancies, Labour Market Information and postgraduate study.

Gradcracker is a specialist STEM resource with information on careers, jobs and placements/internships.

Graduate Specific Resources for Jobs – The sites below specialise in advertising Graduate Vacancies. Just remember, these aren’t the only type of jobs you can apply for, so take a look at our Employability section and always check the person specification!

Tutor Resources
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Tutor Resources

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Basic Job Information - The Careerometer

Hub Services

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Welcome

The Hub at Blackburn College is where you can get Information, Advice and Guidance on everything related to careers, work and employability. We provide a range of information and resources as well as specialist advisers for you to speak with in person.

One-to-one Appointments

Book in for an hour long appointment to see an Adviser. Your adviser will talk to you in depth about your requirements and help you choose the best option to get you where you want to be.

Appointments are available Monday-Friday between 9am-5pm. Contact us for the latest availability. If you struggle to get into college we can arrange to do a session via Skype. Please let us know at the time of booking if you require this option.

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Advice Sessions

We run drop-in sessions during term time, so if you have a quick query (10 mins max) then you don't need to book in advance, just attend one of the drop-in sessions below:

Beacon Centre Main Reception

  • Monday to Friday 11am - 1pm
  • Twilight Session - Thursdays 4pm - 6pm

Please note - We will only ever cancel a session where we are unable to provide staffing due to reasons beyond our control. In such circumstances either an alternative session will be scheduled OR you will be offered the option to book an appointment.

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E-Advice

If it's more convenient we are happy to provide information and advice via email.

Contact us on -
careers@blackburn.ac.uk

If you would like to book an appointment please contact us on 01254 292929

Meet the Team

Victoria Wilding

Victoria Wilding
Assistant Student Services Manager

As Assistant Student Services Manager looking after Careers, Student Finance, Counselling, Call centre and Reception staff, I'm responsible for making sure that students and prospective students get the right Information, Advice, Guidance and Support, to help them be successful during their time at college and beyond.

This involves working closely with students, cross college staff and external partners, to promote and develop what we do, as well as getting involved in the daily activity and delivery of our services.

So, if there's something you'd like me to know or anything you'd like to say about what we do, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Contact me on v.wilding@blackburn.ac.uk or dial x2838


Alison Webb

Alison Webb
CEIAG Adviser

I have a post graduate level 7 qualification in careers guidance and over 30 years’ experience of working as a Careers Adviser. I also have a teaching qualification and am a qualified Career Coach. I am responsible for delivering careers information, advice and guidance on a range of education, training and employment options to existing and prospective students. I work closely with the other advisers to provide a range of services covering careers, employability information, advice and guidance, to young people and adults. Please see the information in Hub services for more details.

Email: alison.webb@blackburn.ac.uk

Phone: 01254 292838


Chloe Williams

Chloe Williams
CEIAG Adviser

With over four years’ experience of working in education, I have specialised in working with school-aged young people on exploring their options post-16. I am a Geography graduate and am currently working towards my Level 4 in Information, Advice and Guidance.

I also work closely with the other advisers to provide a range of services covering careers, employability information, advice and guidance, to young people and adults. Please see the information in Hub services for more details.

Email: chloe.williams@blackburn.ac.uk

Phone: 01254 292531


Jonny Daniels

Jonny Daniels
CEIAG Adviser

As a graduate in Youth and Community Work, I have over 18 years’ experience working with young people in the community. For the past three years I have specialised in working with school aged young people, supporting them in making post-16 decisions. I also work closely with the other advisers to provide a range of services covering careers, employability information, advice and guidance, to young people and adults. Please see the information in Hub services for more details.

Email: jonny.daniels@blackburn.ac.uk

Phone: 01254 292511


Kate Johnson

Kate Johnson
CEIAG Adviser

My job role involves delivering effective careers guidance on education, training and employment opportunities cross college and to the wider community.

Email: kate.johnson@blackburn.ac.uk

Phone: 01254 292534


Kim Stanley

Kim Stanley
CEIAG Adviser

Having gained 12 years’ experience of working in the Beauty Industry, including five years working as a Beauty Lecturer, I developed a passion for inspiring young people and helping them to develop career plans for their future. For the past three years, I have worked with school aged young people to help them explore their post-16 options. I am currently working towards my Level 4 in Information, Advice and Guidance. Please see the information in Hub services for details of how to access our services.

Email: kim.stanley@blackburn.ac.uk

Phone: 01254 292542


Sarah Peat

Sarah Peat
CEIAG Adviser

Following an initial career as a Modern Foreign Languages teacher in Secondary schools, I have now worked in careers education for the last 20 years and have qualifications in careers guidance and a postgraduate teaching qualification. I am passionate about careers education and aim to support people in developing effective career management skills. I understand how difficult it can be to make those all-important course or career decisions, particularly when there are so many options available. Please see the information in Hub services for more details about our services.

Email: sarah.peat@blackburn.ac.uk

Phone: 01254 292328