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Our Careers Programme

At Nottingham College, we have an extensive careers education programme available to schools and our own students.

Careers Programme 2020/21

Bespoke progression workshops

Options following current course tailored for each curriculum area, motivating students to think about their future.

Interview skills with the option of mock interviews

Techniques to succeed in an interview, followed by mock interviews.

CV review and mastering your personal profile workshop

Students will need a CV prepared to bring to the session. We will support them to improve and update.

Making sense of the job description/person specification and writing a good covering letter

Students will apply for a job role, focusing on the job description and person specification.

MMI (Multi Mini Interviews)

Aimed at students progressing to university to healthcare and teaching.


This workshop helps student to think about their personal skills and qualities and includes completing the Buzz quiz.

Virtual careers lessons

Apprenticeships, alternate options to university, skills and the importance of work experience, employability skills

Introduction to UCAS

This workshop provides an overview of the UCAS process including; how to start their research, the application process, university responses, deadlines and UCAS Extra, Clearing and Adjustment.

UCAS step-by-step workshop

In this workshop students set up a UCAS account and each section of the application is fully explained. Students then have the opportunity to start filling in their application.

How to choose a course and a university

The workshop aims to prepare students for their next step by identifying factors to consider when choosing a suitable course and university.

Drop-in Personal Statements

Students are offered 1:1 support to develop their personal statements from November to December in time for the UCAS deadline.

Apprenticeships workshop

This workshop covers what an apprenticeship is, different apprenticeship levels, the benefits of an apprenticeship and where to find an apprenticeship.

Student finance and budgeting

This workshop covers what student finance is available, how to apply for student finance, how repayments work and how to survive on a student loan.

Preparing for HE and pathways

This workshop covers how to prepare for the next step, the benefits of going to university, HE options available, alternatives to university and where students should start their research.

Higher Education at Nottingham College

This workshop discusses the benefits of college based Higher Education. It identifies the different qualifications and pathways available as well as giving an overview of the UCAS and student finance processes.

Preparing for the UCAS exhibition.

The workshop covers how to prepare for the exhibition, what to do during the event and what to do afterwards.

CV and covering letter workshop

This workshop highlights the key components of a CV and provides students with a template to work from. They are also shown what should be included in a cover letter and shown good and bad examples.

Personal statement workshop

This workshop covers what to include in a personal statement and how to structure their statement. They also look at some examples of personal statements and discuss their strengths and weaknesses.

Interview skills workshop

This workshop prepares students for an interview by highlighting how to make a good first impression, the importance of non-verbal communication in an interview and students will also participate in a mock interview exercise.

Building resilience

This workshop focuses on what resilience is and why it’s important and identifies strategies for coping during stressful periods in order to achieve success.

Coping with stress

This workshop identifies what stress is, what is responsible for causing stress and how to adopt simple coping strategies in order to minimise stress and achieve success.

Raising aspirations

The workshop identifies what is meant by aspirations and why they are important. It encourages students to think about their own personal goals and how they can overcome challenges to achieve these goals.

Preparing for work experience

This workshop identifies the benefits of work experience, why it is important, how to find a placement and how to make a good first impression.


The workshop covers what employability is, what skills, attitudes and qualities employers are looking for and how to make yourself more employable.

Student wellbeing

This workshop highlights what is meant by mental health and wellbeing, common mental ill health in young people, how to support someone experiencing mental ill health and useful tools and resources.

Study skills and revision workshop

This workshop identifies a range of revision techniques to be used in preparation for exams.

Assignment writing workshop

This workshop identifies how to prepare for success in assignments by highlighting a range of planning techniques.


This workshop highlights what referencing is and why it is important. Students also learn how to reference a book, journal and website using Harvard Referencing.

Sustainability for the future

This session discusses how climate change is affecting our planet, how governments and businesses are responding and how studying a course that gives you environmental knowledge and skills for the future could help your career prospects.

Personal branding (business start-up)

This session will help you to understand the importance of personal branding. Maybe you are considering setting up in business on your own or you want to work in the creative sector. In this session you will be provided with ideas that you can use to enhance yourself in the market place.

Money skills

Budgeting in your first job or Apprenticeship.

Assessment centre interview skills

This session provides a practical opportunity to try out the sorts of activities you would find in an assessment centre recruitment process. There will be lots of opportunity to ask questions and rehearse things in a safe fun environment, together with helpful feedback on your performance with hints and tips for a successful interview of this type.

Jobs of the future and where are the jobs in my local area (LMI)

This session helps students to research and interpret Labour market information, providing guidance on where to look for information and how to source information about how the jobs market locally, nationally and internationally is changing in the future. It helps students to link jobs to the courses they are studying currently and to see how the skills they are learning on their current course can be used in various job sectors.


How it can affect you and careers with Experian.

How to set up in business

Masterclass from an SME business owner.

Learn to Earn

Provided by Young Enterprise.

How much money does it cost to live in today’s world – explore various career options and see how much money you could earn delivered over two half days.

Employability masterclass

Provided by Young Enterprise.

120 students maximum (4 x 30 students or 8 x 15) A masterclass to help your students develop the 8 employability skills employers want: Communication, Confidence, Problem solving , initiative, Organisation, Financial capability, Resilience and Teamwork – CV writing, Covering letter, Interview preparation and practice and setting your own employability action plan.

£10 - Tenner Plus challenge

Provided by Young Enterprise.

Up to 50 students take part in a 4 week challenge to see how they could generate a profit from an initial £10 and what skills they will develop along the way, such as creativity, organisational skills and teamwork. National competition winners will be presented with an award by the Bank of England in London. initially a half day session outlines the challenge and start to generate ideas.

Civil Service careers day

Find out about careers in the civil service a major employer in the East Midlands. Supportive staff will talk you through the recruitment process they use and tell you about the many different professions, including apprenticeships you can move into after college.

Inspirational speakers – raising aspirations and challenging stereotypes

DANCOP funded speakers will inspire and motivate your students to reach the next level and think about opportunities that they might not have considered.

Speed networking/speed interviewing event

National Careers Week.

Volunteering Fair

Volunteering is a great way to gain work experience and learn employability skills that employers are looking for, you can also give back to your local community, meet new people and gain confidence and it gives you a chance to try a role out in a sector your thinking about going into before you comitt. Our volunteering fair will bring you into contact with many employers and charities who have opportunities available to you, such as Nottingham City Hospital trust, Nottingham Hospice and the Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service.

How we measure the impact of our Careers Service

  • We aim for our advisers to be professionally qualified to provide careers guidance to students - to date 3 of our current 7 careers advisers have achieved their level 6 qualification in career guidance, the remaining 4 will achieve within the next 12 months.
  • We carry out learning walks to check the quality of the interventions provided to students
  • We monitor how many students take part in careers guidance sessions, both 1:1 and group sessions, to ensure that every student is accessing guidance if they need it.
    • In the 2018 – 19 academic year 5134 students accessed a careers advice appointment
    • In the 2019-20 academic year 5112 students accessed a careers appointment
  • We monitor how many students have encounters with employers or who attend work experience placements
    • Our students took part in 110,112 hours of work experience in the 2018/19 academic year with 7,295 students having an encounter with an employer as a guest speaker, a visit to a workplace, taking part in a workshop or employer brief or specialist event or a volunteering opportunity.
  • We conduct distance travelled surveys with our students during their 1:1 guidance sessions
    • In 2019 - 2020 100% of students said that their 1:1 guidance meeting with a college careers adviser had helped them feel more knowledgeable about exploring careers, Job search, Progression opportunities, CV writing, Apprenticeships or applying to UCAS. The appointment also helped them in the decision making process and provided clarity on next steps, it also supported them to access a range of online resources to research career options and support.
  • We ask students if they enjoy the careers group work that they undertake and in 2019 -20 on average students surveyed rated their enjoyment of the session as 4.3/5* and 95% said that they learnt something in the session. Students commented that the sessions provided detailed information and an opportunity to apply this information in practical activities such as interview skills practice and CV writing. They also commented that the advisers were helpful, motivating and enthusiastic, and encouraged them to seek further support should they need it.
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