Our experienced careers team will help you make the most of yourself, your learning and your opportunities as you strive to achieve your ambitions. We will provide impartial advice and guidance throughout your time at College, ensuring you can make realistic and informed decisions about your future career.
No matter what stage of the learning process you are at, our dedicated team is there to help. If you need assistance choosing the right College course, we can arrange a pre-course guidance appointment where you can assess what study options most suit your career plans.
Once you've started your studies, careers advisers will be available throughout your time at College to help you decide on your next steps. They offer one-to-one interviews, a drop-in service and group work sessions.
If you're planning to move on to higher education, the team can provide guidance on UCAS applications and can point you in the right direction for taster days and workshops held at the College's partner universities. Each year a Higher Education Guide is available to help you select the right course and institution and to steer you through the application process. Parents and Students can access careers information via Derby College Career Coach, UNIFROG online career planning tool, resources at the College libraries or by accessing the Career Planning site in Moodle.
Derby College is committed to actively maintaining a Quality in Careers Standard Award as recommended in statutory guidance for impartial Careers Guidance. Consequently Career Mark Gold Award was achieved for the fourth consecutive time in June 2018. Career Mark is one of the 12 national awards recognised as a Quality in Careers Standard. In addition The Careers Programme at Derby College adheres to the Matrix National Quality Standards for Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG).
Derby College has established a Careers Leadership Group who meet on a monthly basis. The purpose of the Careers Leadership Group is to oversee the strategic direction and implementation of the Derby College Careers Advice Strategy. The group ensures the effective implementation of the Department For Education Careers Strategy (Dec 2017) and good practice Gatsby Benchmarks
The core members of the Careers Leadership Group will include:
Derby College has a range of support services to enable all students to progress into a positive destination. More about the services available
For a range of information and advice to support your child see Parents section of the website
The College enjoys a close working relationship with its partners in order to ensure we provide them with the talent they require for the future.
The College demonstrates high levels of flexibility and creativity in responding to our employers' needs. Our partnerships span our educational offer and include multi-faceted collaborations. Our creation of Employment and Skills Academies supports Students with enriched work experience and internships, access to workplace visits, mentors and guru lectures. Local Advisory Boards, made up of sector-specific employers and stakeholders, enhance the Student experience and ensure effective and successful transition to employment or higher education. The College further supports employers by providing a full apprenticeship recruitment service to meet their individual business needs.