Careers Guidance Services

What we support with

The Careers and Guidance Service is available to help you with any decisions related to your future career path. Our experienced team will help you make a well informed and realistic decision about your next step.

The team offers support to all students who are studying with the Derby College Group, including;

We help to clarify option choices and progression pathways. Such as:

We work with you to:

Explore your skills and options

Develop your knowledge, skills and abilities

Apply and be successful:

The team is here for all students, from those who are looking to start their careers or take career development opportunities to those wanting to change career direction

What we deliver:

Careers support pre entry

  • The team are present at all information evenings for advice and guidance on your options and course selection
  • We host online career chats and webinars, advertised on the website
  • Referrals to our support can be made via the website or the student service helpline
  • Pre course guidance appointments can be arranged to help you assess what study options would most suit your career plans
  • Careers information and resources are on the website for immediate access and are aimed at supporting your career decisions.
  • Career Coach is a programme available to you to help you generate career ideas which link to our courses
  • Careers support whilst studying at College

    Careers support for Parent/Carers:

    We are keen to ensure you are kept up to date with careers information advice and guidance in relation to careers information, pathways and the world of work and work

    The resources on our website are open for you to view and we are keen to answer any questions you have about careers.

    We have a dedicated parents section for parents and carers and will send career alerts to you via our agreed parent communication channels.

    Careers Guidance Services

    Who we are and how to contact us:

    We can be contacted via phone on: 0800 028 0289

    Or via email:

    When you are studying with us you can book appointments at the Student Services Help desks, directly with us via our email system or our new online booking system and by a referral from your tutor, progression coach or work experience coordinator.
    Services can be delivered by email, telephone, skype, TEAMS and in person.

    If you have additional support needs that would be useful for us to be aware of please make us aware.

    The Careers Guidance Service Team

    All of our team are experienced careers advisers and deliver services across the different sites. Support is available daily from the team.

    Meet the Team
    Katie Seymour-Smith

    Katie Seymour-Smith

    Team Manager for Careers and Guidance Services

    Level 6 Qualification in Careers Guidance (QCG), NVQ level 4 Advice and Guidance, Careers Education Diploma, MBTI and is HFEA qualified. Katie manages the careers team and provides support to our Higher Education students, adult and community learners and those on apprenticeships

    Jane Boswell

    Jane Boswell

    Careers Adviser

    Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance, NVQ Level 4 Advice and Guidance, provides careers guidance services at Broomfield Hall College and Ilkeston Community 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

    Rachel Hobson

    Careers Adviser

    Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance, provides careers guidance services at the Roundhouse and the Joseph Wright Centre

    Paul Hibbitt

    Paul Hibbitt

    Careers Assistant

    Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance, provides careers guidance services at Roundhouse College and the Joseph Wright Centre

    Helen Jefferson

    Helen Jefferson

    Director of Services for Students

    Helen is a member of the Senior Leadership Team 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 the Derby College Group. Helen is a qualified careers guidance professional and holds the Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance and the Diploma in Careers Education

    The Careers Programme:

    Our full Information, Advice and Guidance offer is available for you to view here. This reflects all of those services who support our students with information Advice and Guidance (IAG) including the Work Experience Team, DANCOP , Progression Coaches, The Apprenticeship Team, Roundhouse Recruitment and our pre 16 programme. It shows what we do and when with key events and dates identified.

    Derby College Careers Programme (PDF)

    The student entitlement:

    This details our promise to students at the Derby College Group
    Careers Education Information and Guidance Entitlement for Students at Derby College (PDF)

    The student journey: shows the different stages of career planning mapped against the support we refer to internally and externally

    The Careers Education Policy: The college is committed to IAG, please view our policy.
    Careers Education and Guidance Policy (PDF)

    Delivering Excellence:

    The Derby College Group 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).

    Leadership Group

    The Derby College Group 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 DCG 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, Careers Guidance Services (Deputy Chair)
    • Heads of College/Faculty Head representative
    • Head of Inclusion and Support
    • Head of Behaviour for Learning
    • Assistant Director – Work experience and Employer Partnerships.
    • Roundhouse Recruitment and Customer Care Manager
    • Apprentice Manager
    • Careers Adviser

    Derby College Group Student Eco System

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

    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