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Careers, Advice and Guidance

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Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5.00pm, Friday 8.30am to 3.00pm

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Our Careers and Connections team made up of Careers Advisors, Careers Coaches and Work Placement Officers are working alongside your course curriculum teams to ensure you receive the very best advice, guidance and connections for business and industry as possible.

Working together, the team will help you to achieve the following goals:

  • Attend 1-1 Careers Guidance session to help you plan your future
  • Understand your chosen industry landscape and the offering available locally, nationally and internationally
  • Identify and address your specific needs to ensure success
  • Share your career vision with your course teams and make the links you require
  • Embrace a range of employer connection opportunities to build knowledge and understanding of your chosen industry and consolidate your choice
  • Make the industry connections you need to ensure the best possible move into employment
  • Gain outstanding employability skills with an opportunity to practice these in the workplace
  • Understand and develop your character strengths and what they mean for your future
  • Gain an understanding of the Higher Education opportunities here at WSC and beyond

Careers Leader - Angela Wright

  • Careers Advice

    It can be difficult to plan the next stage of your life and there are some tough decisions to make.  The Careers and Connections Advisors are available to help talk through the options here at West Suffolk College before you start with us, and once you are on programme we are able to advise you on a whole range of other things including further College courses, University, Apprenticeships, Gap Years and getting into work.  The Careers and Connections Advisors also run the Job Shop where you can browse local voluntary and paid opportunities.

    You might not believe it now, but there will come a time when you want to leave everyone at West Suffolk College for a new career, another course, or who knows what next? But it won’t be easy. There are so many opportunities that finding the right path can be confusing. If you haven’t mastered the mysteries of the UCAS points system, you don’t know your advanced from your extended diplomas, or you simply need someone to show how to make your next move, we’re here to help.

    Online help

    Check the advice and guidance pages on the student hub first. You’ll find answers to a lot of commonly asked questions there, and plenty of links to more information about further or higher education, apprenticeships and careers.

    If you’re thinking work rather than further study, go straight to the employability and job hunting pages.

    Friendly people on site

    Our quick enquiry desk is next to reception at the main site (ground floor of the Gateway).

    Need an answer now? If you’ve got a simple question about careers, apprenticeships, or Uni, you can always ask one of the team at the desk.

    Been giving it some thought? You can also book a dedicated appointment if you think you might need more than a few minutes to talk over a bigger question—how much bigger do questions get than what should I do with the rest of my life?

  • Connections Sessions

    What's it all about?

    At West Suffolk College, we don’t only want you to leave with a great qualification, we also want to give you the tools to be successful in the workplace.

    What will I do?

    Connections Sessions are an opportunity to gain and develop skills that are going to help you progress in the working world.  We have identified five core units which are essential for all students which include topics such as interview skills and CV writing, whilst the rest of the programme is tailored to your vocational area with lots of input from relevant employers.

  • Work Experience

    Work experience is an essential part of our full-time courses. It gives you the opportunity to develop your career choices, get a taste of work, and develop those critical employability skills needed for real working conditions. All students will undertake work experience as part of their course. Work experience can take many forms, from work tasters, participation in social interaction, working within West Suffolk College to an external work placement. The amount of time you’ll spend on work experience will depend on the course, but your commitment to College and Work Experience combined will be a total of five days a week.

  • Industry Placements

    Some courses require you to undertake an industry placement. These industry placements are a new part of Level 3 Technical Education courses and give you a valuable opportunity to put your learning into practice. These are much longer than work experience opportunities.  You will be working for an employer in a role directly relevant to your course between 45 and 60 days. This could be in the form of a block placement, or one to two days per week throughout the year.

  • 2018-19 Careers Programme Calendar
    Admissions Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul
    Open Event support - Choosing the right course -                 
    Course interview support         
    Pre-Enrolment week- Course choices                      
    Enrolment Confirmation week - Course options                      
    A Level results day - Options support                      
    GCSE Level results day - Options support                      
    Induction week - Course changes and options                      
    Careers Guidance Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul
    Careers Advice drop-in
    Careers Advice booked one-to-one appointments
    UCAS application support              
    Options after studies        
    Career planning tools
    Job Shop - Part-time and volunteering vacancies
    Job Shop - Full-time vacancies              
    Job Shop - Apprenticeship vacancies
    Connections and Employability Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul
    Library sessions                
    Setting objectives                  
    Core Unit: CV                
    Core Unit: Interview Skills                
    Core Unit: Applications                
    Core Unit: Employer Connections    
    Core Unit: Career Plan              
    Group UCAS application sessions for L3 Yr2                  
    Group UCAS research sessions for L3 Yr1              
    Guest speakers    
    Careers month                      
    Application month                    
    Work Experience Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul
    Work-Related Experience      
    Work Experience      
    Industry Placements    
    Connections and Employability focus months Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul
    Character Strength: Respect                      
    Character Strength: Curiosity                      
    Character Strength: Ownership                      
    Character Strength: Ambition                      
    Character Strength: Optimism                    
    Character Strength: Resilience                    
    Character Strength: Self Control                    
    Character Strength: Confidence                    

West Suffolk College is actively following the Gatsby Good Career Guidance benchmarks and is Matrix accredited.