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Careers Advice


On this page you will find information, resources and services to help you before, during and after college. We can help you plan your career and develop your employability skills so that you can progress on to employment, apprenticeships or Higher Education and achieve your career goals. Like us on Facebook to keep up to date with the latest career opportunities, you can find the page HERE.


Designated Careers Lead

Sadie Ibbotson
Student Advice Centre Manager

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Following the release of the national strategy for careers advice and guidance, all schools and colleges must now have a designated Careers Leader. Careers Leaders are members of the College’s leadership and management team and are responsible and accountable for the delivery of their college’s programme of careers advice and guidance. The Careers Leader will work with other senior members of staff to develop a vision for the College’s careers provision that includes high aspirations for all learners and make sure that the College meets the Gatsby Benchmarks.


Choosing a Career

There will be lots of careers out there that will suit you, you can start by looking at careers that will suit your interests, personality, skills and abilities. Use some of the links below to help you get started:


Next you can read information or watch videos about different career areas to find out more about what these jobs are really like. What qualifications you need to get in? What salary will you earn and what are employers looking for? This will help you aim for a career you will enjoy, and make sure you are equipped to get there. Use this list of helpful resources to help you, and remember you are not alone on this journey. Use the contacts at the bottom of the page to book in an advice session. We are here to help!

  • Careerpilot - Careerpilot is a free website helping 13—19 year olds in the South West plan their future study and work and has a lot of useful information for young people and parents.

  • - Watch people talk about their career stories. Lots of people working in the media, game design, music and events. Spot the famous celebrities!

  • National Careers Service - The National Careers Service website has information on over 750 jobs. Check the entry requirements, skills and qualities required. You can also find out about what the work would be like, the average salary you could expect and what the career prospects are.

  • - Check out the information on jobs in the same area related to your course called job groups. For example you can find out about all the jobs related to building and construction. You can save or print leaflets.

  • Careerscape - Careerscape is packed with information on careers, employment, education and training options. You’ll also find UCAS HE courses plus career videos and case studies. Contact the careers team for the login code or access from the network in college from the start menu.

  • Glassdoor - Glassdoor gives an inside look at jobs and companies. Anonymous reviews and salary data from employees and interview candidates.

  • Lifepilot - Helping adults progress to higher level study. Find a way to study to suit you at colleges, training providers and universities across the South West.



Finding a Full time or Part Time Job

We have put together some guides for full and part-time jobs. Click the relevant button to access these guides. 



CV's, Job Applications and Interview Prep

Your CV is a sales document and you need to ensure your key selling points stand out and every time you apply for a job you need to make sure that your CV is tailored to what that employer is looking for. On average an employer takes around 30 seconds to read a CV, so you need to create a CV that will have a quick impact. You can do this by targeting your CV to an employer or sector: they will read it looking for the best match. Have a look at our CV Workshop below, and remember you can always book in an advice session to run through it, or email it to our careers team for feedback.


CV Masterclass



Perhaps an Apprenticeship is the right career start for you. Use the button below to head to our Apprenticeship page, to find out more about how Apprenticeships work, and how you can find one.




Where could College take you?

College is an alternative option to staying at school and doing A Levels, although some Colleges may also offer A Level opportunities. We can also help mature learners with careers changes, and higher education. College can open up many doors, you can go on to:

  • Employment
  • University
  • Degree Level courses at Bath College
  • Higher/Degree Level Apprenticeships


Choosing the right course

Under Government guidelines, you must now stay in education or training until the age of 18. This means that you have three options to choose from when you finish Year 11, as you enter a stage known as post-16 education or Key Stage 5:

  • Go to college to study a full-time academic or vocational programme
  • Stay at school (if they have a sixth form)
  • Start a training programme in the form of an apprenticeship or traineeship

Whilst many of our students come straight from year 11 with a range of GCSEs, there are many students who make a real success of their time at the College who haven’t come via this ‘traditional’ route. You may have:

  • come from a school that does not offer GCSEs
  • not done as well as you know you could because you felt that school wasn’t ‘right’ for you
  • been ill or had difficult situations

Don’t worry. If you think you haven’t got the entry requirements for our courses – come and talk to us, we have great progression courses that will help you to a bright future. There are many different qualifications so it can get a bit confusing. At Bath College you get the chance to continue with subjects you studied at school or take up something new. We have courses at all levels. It’s important that you find the level that is the right starting point for you, then work your way up.


Still confused? Come and chat to us!

We have a range of Careers Advisors who can help you work out what options are best for you. Whether you are at school thinking about coming to College; a current College student unsure of your next steps; or a budding learner over the age of 18 looking for advice. Use the button below to email us, you can book in an advice session, or email your queries over to our team!


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