Careers advice sign in our Learner Resource Centre at the Peterlee Campus

Careers Advice Service

East Durham Colleges' careers guidance service is here to help you make the right course choice.

Matrix-QM-White-on-Blue.jpgEast Durham College is accredited to the Matrix Standard Award for information, advice and guidance; so you can be sure that the advice you receive in college is of a high standard.

The college careers service can help you:

  • Look at your options 
  • Choose a course or career that is right for you
  • Search for jobs
  • Prepare for employment with help creating a winning CV and mock interview training
  • Choose and apply to university

Careers Advisor - Gillian Hales

CDI.jpgEast Durham College’s Careers Advisor, Gillian Hales, is a Registered Career Development Professional with the Career Development Institute. Gillian is available to talk to about any concerns or questions you might have about your career and can provide impartial advice and guidance on potential career routes, degrees at university, finding part-time work while at college, financial support and other issues relating to your career. As part of her membership she follows a code of ethics and completes in excess of 25 hours continuous professional development each year.

Careers Programme Calendar

We offer an extensive programme of careers guidance and support throughout the year. To view our latest calendar, please see the document below.

Careers Programme Calendar Leaflet

Careers Advice Sessions Calendar

Drop-In Sessions

The College offers 'drop- in' sessions and appointments with our specialist careers advisor. Appointments can be booked via telephone, email or through Student Services.

What Ofsted Has To Say About Our Careers Service

Following an inspection in January 2018, Ofsted had the following to say about East Durham College's careers service:

Learners benefit from effective careers education, information, advice and guidance which are provided by well-qualified college staff. Leaders have a clear strategy and focus to provide a wide and comprehensive range of activities and events which raise the aspirations of learners. A very high proportion of learners go on to further study or gain employment on completion of their programmes.

Applying to Higher Education - Quick Checklist

If you are in the process of applying to study on a higher education programme, here's our quick checklist guide to help you work through the process. Please click on the PDF document below.

Applying to Higher Education - An EDC Checklist

Our Going to Uni Guide - Applying for Higher Education (HE)

For a more detailed guide on the process and timings on apply to study on an HE programme, we have created this useful booklet. Please click on the PDF document below.

EDC Going to uni guide - Applying to HE - What you need to know


Unistats is the official website for comparing UK higher education course data. It Includes official data for undergraduate courses on each university and college's satisfaction scores in the National Student Survey, jobs and salaries after study and other key information for prospective students.


The college also subscribe to unifrog which is a great website tool to help our students to choose the best universities and apprenticeships for them. Please speak to your Progression Coach or our Careers Advisor for your login.

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service website provides careers advice and information on a wide range of jobs, training course resources and funding.

Call 0800 100 900 to speak to an adviser. Lines are open from 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week. Calls are free from landlines and most mobile numbers. Or chat with an adviser using webchat. This service is open from 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week. 

Labour Market Information (LMI)

LMI can help young people and their parents/carers to understand the salaries and promotion opportunities for different jobs, the volume and location of vacancies across different sectors. Government funds high a quality LMI service called LMI for All to help with your careers research.

Contact Us

Please call the Careers Advisor on 0191 518 8282 or email or find us on Facebook.