Careers Advice Service
East Durham Colleges' careers guidance service is here to help you make the right course choice.
East 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
East 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.
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.
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.
Advice on Preparing for Higher Education Interviews
It can be a daunting time preparing for your interview to get to uni - that's why we're on hand to help! Any questions, or any concerns you have can be addressed by our friendly careers advisors. Just pop in to see us whenever we're available.
We've also prepared a handy advice document for you to have a read of too, which you can download below.
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.
The college also subscribes to Careers Explorer, an online tool designed to help you research your education and career options. You can find information on jobs right here in the region, including links to actual job vacancies and potential earnings.
The Careerometer tool can also be used to explore and compare key information about different occupations to help you in the the process of identifying potential careers you may wish to pursue.
Advice on career options after A level/Level 3 Vocational Courses. Tips on school leaver schemes and higher apprenticeships. Help making the right uni choice. Take a look!
Careers Service on Moodle
Current students and staff can find more careers support information and resources on the Careers Section of Moodle.
Contact Us & Feedback
We are always keen to receive feedback from students, parents, employers and staff on our Careers Programme, so please get in touch.