Careers Programme

Careers Guidance

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.

Careers Education Information and Guidance Entitlement for Students at Derby College (PDF)

Derby College Careers Programme (PDF)

Careers Education and Guidance Policy (PDF)

Delivering Excellence

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).

Meet the Team

Guy Hodgkinson

Guy Hodgkinson

Team Manager Student Welfare and Guidance

Guy is a professionally qualified careers adviser (Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance and Diploma in Careers Education) and manages the careers team.

Jane Boswell

Jane Boswell

Careers Adviser

(Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance, NVQ Level 4 Advice and Guidance) provides careers guidance services at The Joseph Wright College, Broomfield Hall College and Ilkeston College

Jayne Nelson

Jayne Nelson

Careers Adviser

(Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance and Diploma in Careers Education) provides careers guidance services at The Joseph Wright College

Rachel Hobson

Careers Adviser

(Level 7 Masters Degree in Careers Guidance) provides careers guidance services at the Roundhouse College

Jill Harrison

Jill Harrison

Progression Coordinator

(Level 4 Advice and Guidance, currently working towards, Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance and Development) provides information, advice and guidance at The Roundhouse College

Carole Mosley

Carole Mosley

Careers Assistant

(Level 4 Advice and Guidance) provides information and advice ant Broomfield Hall College and Ilkeston College.

Helen Jefferson

Helen Jefferson

Director of Services for Students

Helen is a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Derby College with responsibility for the strategic direction and operational delivery of all services for students and the Careers Advice Strategy. She is the designated Careers Leader for Derby College. Helen is a qualified careers guidance professional and holds the Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance and the Diploma in Careers Education

Careers Leadership Group

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:

  • Director of Services for Students (Careers Leader/Chair)
  • Team Manager Student Welfare and Guidance (Deputy Chair)
  • Heads of College/Faculty Head representative
  • Head of Inclusion and Support
  • Team Manager Student Journey
  • Assistant Director - International Student and Employer Partnerships.
  • Work Experience Manager
  • Roundhouse Recruitment Manager
  • Apprentice Manager
  • Careers Adviser

Derby College Student Eco System

Derby College has a range of support services to enable all students to progress into a positive destination. More about the services available

Support for Parents and Carers

For a range of information and advice to support your child see Parents section of the website

Working in partnership with Employers

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.

For more information see Employers section

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