Careers FAQs

Can I speak to someone about my options?

Yes. The Hub has a team of professionally qualified Careers Advisers who can help you research your options and make decisions about your future. To have a quick chat call down to one of our drop-in sessions which run Monday-Friday 11am-1pm and Thursdays 4-6pm. Or contact us on 01254 292929 to book a one-to-one appointment.

I am confused about what course to do. What should I do?

First of all, don’t panic! There are so many options available to you, it’s no wonder you’re confused. The Hub has a team of professionally qualified Careers Advisers who can help you research your options and make decisions about your future. To have a quick chat call down to one of our drop-in sessions which run Monday-Friday 11am-1pm and Thursdays 4-6pm. Or contact us on 01254 292929 to book a one-to-one appointment.

I don’t know what to do after my course has finished. What should I do?

It’s never too early or late to start making plans for your next steps, but it is important that you fully consider all the options you have available. To help you with this, the Hub has a team of professionally qualified Careers Advisers who can help you research your options and make decisions about your future. To have a quick chat call down to one of our drop-in sessions which run Monday-Friday 11am-1pm and Thursdays 4-6pm. Or contact us on 01254 292929 to book a one-to-one appointment.

Who can help me to find a job?

Take a look at our employability section for a whole range of resources to help you with applying for work. Get information on everything from writing a CV to where to look for jobs. If you’re still struggling and need some support, contact us on 01254 292929 to arrange an appointment.

What happens if I don’t get the grades I need for my course?

First of all, we’re sorry that you didn’t get the grades you wanted. But please don’t despair. We’re sure that this is just a minor set back and that there will be other options to get you where you want to go. Come and speak to one of our professionally qualified Careers Advisers who can help you research your options and make decisions about your future. To have a quick chat call down to one of our drop-in sessions which run Monday-Friday 11am-1pm and Thursdays 4-6pm. Or contact us on 01254 292929 to book a one-to-one appointment.

What should I do if I don’t like the course I have chosen?

Sometimes, even with all the planning in the world, things just don’t work out the way you imagined. If this happens to you, make sure that you talk to your personal tutor first. There might be something simple they can do to help you. If that doesn’t help, try coming down to The Hub in The Beacon centre and speaking to one of our Careers Advisers, who will talk to you about your options. To have a quick chat call down to one of our drop-in sessions which run Monday-Friday 11am-1pm and Thursdays 4-6pm. Or contact us on 01254 292929 to book a one-to-one appointment.

What should I do if I have problems on the course I have chosen?

If you are finding the work too easy or too hard, or if there are other things getting in the way of your studies, it is important that you don’t try to cope with this alone. After all, a problem shared, really is a problem halved! Speak to your personal tutor or a member of the Student Engagement Team about the support they can give you.

I want to change career or improve my chances of promotion at work, so what can I do?

This will depend upon what job you do at the moment and what job you would like to do in the future. You might not even know what opportunities exist for you but might be feeling unchallenged in your role. The solution could be as simple as studying towards a specific qualification or it could be as complex as changing career direction completely. To get information and advice specific to your situation come and see a Careers Adviser.

Can I come to college if I don’t have any other qualifications?

Yes! We have something for everybody, whatever level you are ready to study. Come and see a Careers Adviser to explore options that are right for you.

Will I need to study Maths and English?

Whatever you study, Maths and English skills are important and employers list these amongst the top employability skills they are looking for. Some courses will require you to have qualifications in Maths and English before you can go onto study them, but this is always made clear in the entry requirements and it is possible to do these before the course if you don’t already have them.

I think college is for young people and think I’m too old to go back to learning. Am I?

No! You are never too old to learn new skills, especially since many people will now have on average 10 different careers in their lifetime. At Blackburn College many of our classes have a wide-range of people at different ages, learning together. This includes students who want to learn a new hobby right up to completing their Master's Degree. We pride ourselves on providing the support needed to make sure that individuals achieve their potential.

I just want to get out of the house, meet new people and study for fun, what can I do?

We know that learning for fun can be just as valuable as learning to support opportunities in work, so we have a wide range of courses available.

Will I need to pay for my course?

This depends on your personal circumstances and the type of course you want to study.