Careers at Westminster Kingsway College

Careers

Careers

We offer an impartial careers advice and guidance service via drop-ins, booked appointments, telephone and email. In addition we offer comprehensive and up-to-date careers information both electronically and in hard copy.

Our annual programme of careers and employability activities follow a year plan. The services and activities are planned to meet the Gatsby Benchmarks of good Careers Guidance and we also take student feedback on services to continuously improve and be responsive to varying needs.

We can help with:

Guidance for students unsure or confused about career or course choices including students:

  • At risk of leaving their course early
  • Worried that they will not succeed on their course
  • Unsure whether they are on the right course
  • Confused about future choices and opportunities

Education

  • Further and higher education options
  • Advice on the equivalency of international qualifications
  • Study options abroad including access to the Exodus database
  • Making successful applications including UCAS, CUKAS, GTTR and PASS 

Employability and Enterprise 

  • Advice on job searches
  • Advice on making successful applications – CVs, forms and interviews
  • Advice on sources of vacancies and apprenticeships
  • Networking for enterprise and self-employment support
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Gap Year ideas

Careers Information

  • A dedicated and regulary maintained careers website
  • Access to online careers databases – Kudos, Adult Directions and Exodus
  • Books and hard copy careers information handouts
  • Kings Cross & Victoria LRCs also maintain a careers library

Events

  • Run an annual Higher Education Fair at King’s Cross and Victoria Centres
  • Other advertised events including drops in offered by employers, Training Organisations, volunteering agencies and universities

Working with your teaching staff and other college staff

  • We advise teaching staff on developing careers education and planning activities in their courses to help enhance employability and confidence with career planning
  • We deliver careers workshops and activities in tutorials and provide copies of our presentations and handouts on Moodle and the careers website
  • Take referrals from teaching staff of students who wish to use the service and contact them within 36 hours of receiving such a referral

Building links with employers, universities and other external partners

  • Help you make links with courses to support your employability and enterprise initiatives in College
  • Actively source and advertise high quality mentoring schemes to support those disadvantaged when seeking progression into employment, training or education
  • Actively engage with higher education providers to support our students’ transition

What you can expect from us

  • Dedicated, friendly and helpful professionally qualified staff who are members of the professional association – Institute of Career Guidance – and are equipped to provide up to date, impartial careers education, information and guidance
  • A team of advisers who work to the following standards and codes:  
  • Matrix Standard
  • ICG Code of Ethics
  • We ensure we fully advertise our services, opening hours and accessibility arrangements
  • That we work with you in a setting which respects your privacy and that  we handle all your information in a sensitive and appropriate manner following the confidentiality and data protection policies of the college
  • That, with your permission, we may refer you to other agencies if we consider that they may be able to provide you more expert advice
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