Careers & Progression

Teaching and learning at BCoT is about more than just a course; we encourage you to improve your enterprise and employability skills to give you the best possible opportunities for your career.

Careers & Progression provide a wide range of advice, combined with practical help, to support you. Whatever your next step may be - further study at college or university, an Apprenticeship, or a job - come and see us to find out how we can help you. We are located on the South Site, just inside the main reception.

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Developing your Skills

Whether your next step is employment or further study, gaining varied experiences and developing a broad range of skills whilst you are a learner will give you a head start preparing for your future career.

Careers & Progression provide a programme of employability-related workshops to all students, in areas such as CV Writing and Interview Skills, to ensure that you are ready for work when you leave college.

CV Writing and Job Applications

Your CV or application form is your chance to show an employer that you've got the skills and experience that they need. We have a wide range of information that will help you find out how to sell your strengths, make the most of your experience and impress future employers.

We hold regular workshops on CV writing, with a focus on understanding what the employer wants and selling your skills. You can also book a one-to-one consultation with one of our advisors.

Interview Preparation

Once you've been invited to an interview, don't leave the outcome to chance.

It's normal to feel nervous when you have an interview because you want to do your best. With preparation and practice you can get the better of your nerves and give yourself the best chance of getting the job.

We have lots of information on how you can prepare for your interview, you can also arrange a 'mock' or practice interview with an advisor.

Higher Level Courses and University

When you finish your course, you may wish to apply for further study, either at college or university. BCoT offers a wide range of courses at different levels, including Higher Education qualifications such as HNCs, HNDs, Foundation Degrees. In addition to the help provided by your course tutors, Careers & Progression are here to answer your questions, help you through the application process and support you.Come in and see us for more information.

Completing your UCAS Form and Personal Statement

Thinking about going to university and not sure how to apply or what to include in that all-important personal statement?

In addition to the help provided by your course tutor, the Careers & Progressin run regular workshops on the UCAS application process and how to write a great personal statement. We can also arrange one-to-one interviews and support for individual learners.Come and see us to find out more.

Work Experience

At BCoT, we believe that work experience is critical in enhancing your employability skills and ensuring that you are fully prepared to find and sustain meaningful employment when you finish studying.

That's why, in addition to offering vocational courses designed to prepare you for your chosen career, we ensure that all students undertake a minimum of 5 days, subject-related work experience whilst at College. This will give you the opportunity to experience work first-hand, develop new skills and gain relevant experience that employers will recognise when you start applying for jobs.

The earlier you start gaining experience, the better prepared you will be for employment. So, if you would like to undertake further work experience in addition to the mandatory placement, we are keen to support you with that too!

Getting a Part-Time Job 

At BCoT, we know that doing part-time work while you study may be an economic necessity. Getting a part-time job will also help you to develop skills and experience that will stand you in good stead when you leave us for further study or employment.

For more information on the support we can provide you, both in terms of finding a part-time job and balancing the demands of work and study, please come in and see us - or visit the Careers & Progression page on Boodle.

Starting or Changing your Career

Whether you're looking for your first paid job or wanting to change career, there are lots of things you can do to help you make the best decision. Getting to know yourself - your skills and ambitions - is a great place to start. Next, you'll need to do some research to find out about employment areas that fit in with your skills and interests. Once you have an idea of your chosen job, make sure you know as much as you can about what it's really like, to ensure that it's right for you. It's also a good idea to do some work experience or shadowing to get first-hand experience.

Getting yourself on course for the career you want requires planning. Come in and see us early to get ahead. We have a range of resources designed to help you assess your own skills and interests, as well as researching job roles. Remember, you can also arrange to meet with one of our advisors for impartial information, advice and practical support.

Work and Money

Learning to manage your money is important. The Money Advice Service has lots of useful information on how to manage your finances, from working out how much you should be paid to planning a budget.

If you have a job when you're a student, you may need to pay Income Tax and National Insurance. The Directgov website offers useful information about paying tax when working while you study.

 

For more information contact:

David Richards (Careers & Progression Team Leader)

Tel 01256 306639  david.richards@bcot.ac.uk

Alison Williams (Careers & Progression Advisor)

Tel 01256 306640  alison.williams@bcot.ac.uk

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Basingstoke College of Technology
Worting Road
Basingstoke
Hampshire
RG21 8TN

Tel: 01256 354141
information@bcot.ac.uk

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