The Careers Team are available all day, every day to provide a personalised and impartial information, advice and guidance service to students during the relatively short sixth form stage of their education. Our qualified staff deliver a planned programme, which is designed to offer the most appropriate support for students at different stages of their college life.
Careers is co-located with the E6 (Employability) Team on the mezzanine floor above the Student Centre (the ‘Mezz’). This is a large, open access space offering a friendly welcome and facilities for one-to-one advice, small group sessions and online and hard copy research activities. Careers staff also work with students in Year 13 groups to provide support for UCAS, Apprenticeship and other employment applications.
Portsmouth College is committed to working towards meeting the Quality in Careers Standard incorporating the Gatsby Benchmarks.
Careers staff are available to assist prospective students with important study programme decisions through the application, enrolment and induction stages. We recognise the crucial importance of making the right course decisions in advance, but also that it is sometimes important for young people to change their plans as new career ideas develop or if study challenges need to be addressed.
For Year 12 students, we work closely with the E6 Team to raise students’ awareness of the choices open to them post-college and to prepare them as fully as possible for these opportunities. This involves a combination of group sessions, presentations, careers events and trips to employer and higher education venues. And of course students can always drop-in for advice or book a one-to-one careers interview. This provision is fully available to students on one year, level 2 courses, including support for applications to return to college or for apprenticeship/employment options and study opportunities elsewhere.
For final year students, the Careers Team is involved in direct applications support, including the UCAS process in term one and for apprenticeship/employment applications later in the academic year. Assistance is available through a mixture of group work and individual interviews, with each member of Careers staff responsible for working with a specified group of students.
Highly experienced staff work with students on the particular challenges involved in making applications for Oxford and Cambridge universities, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine and other highly competitive higher education and employment opportunities.
- UCAS - Comprehensive information on university courses and admissions
- UCAS - Course Search
- UCAS - Information for Parents
- Apprenticeship Search
- Prospects - A valuable source of information on the links between qualifications and careers
- University Open Days - Check out all the universities' open days and events for applicants
- Unistats - An official source of data on universities' performance, satisfaction rates etc
- The Student Room - A blog by students, for students
Apprenticeships and other employment
- Apply Apprenticeships - The official website for all apprenticeship vacancies
- All About School Leavers - Information on all sorts of options for 18+ students
- Not Going to Uni - Information on all sorts of non-university options
- Student Ladder - Excellent on higher level non-university opportunities
- Indeed - A well know job vacancies website
- Get My First Job - Job vacancies for young people
We hold a number of set-piece careers events during the year, which are excellent opportunities for students to conduct research, develop contacts and perhaps even get their foot in the door for a new opportunity.
- ‘Options at 18’ information evening for parents (September)
- Higher Education and Higher/Degree Apprenticeships Fair (September)
- Careers Fair: Employment/Apprenticeships (March)
- Regular visits to HE and employer venues (organised with curriculum staff)
- Support for students and parents at post-16 transition events e.g. Open Evenings, Introduction Days etc.
Working with others...
The Careers Team is fully engaged with other college programmes to support students’ skills development and progression potential. These include:
- The E6 Programme
- Portsmouth Scholars
- National Collaborative Outreach Programme (in partnership with the Southern Universities Network)
- Employer - student mentoring
Staffing and Communication
The Careers Team is made up of two full-time and four part-time staff. Students and parents can contact us on the following email address:
Information on in-college and external careers activities and events is provided via Twitter. Please do follow us at: @PortCollCareers
Telephone contact with all members of the Careers Team is available via the College’s reception on: 023 9266 7521
Most initial enquiries will receive a response from either:
Phil Harris, Head of Admissions and Progression (Careers Lead)
Tiffany Hudsmith, Careers and Progression Adviser