As well as personal guidance and advice, you may find these sites useful to help you make those vital decisions about your next steps or longer-term futures. Find out about different job roles and salary information, as well as information about the local labour market.
Careers Education Information, Advice & Guidance (CEIAG)
All current learners have access to qualified and impartial Careers Advisers, who can support with your career planning whilst you are at college.
Careers learning and employability is embedded throughout the curriculum and many opportunities for such learning and support will be through class & tutorial work. Additional activities will be made available through extra-curricular events such as Careers Fairs and trips to UCAS fairs.
Look out for the Careers Programme posters which outlines all learner’s entitlement and what you can expect whilst you are learning with us. (link?)
Meet the Careers Team
Trudy McKenzie – Careers & UCAS Advisor
As well as offering impartial Careers Advice, Trudy leads on the Careers provision throughout the college, ensuring that learners get a great experience of careers and employability throughout their time at college. Trudy is qualified to Level 7 and is a member and registered professional of the Careers Development Institute (CDI). Trudy has also recently achieved the Level 6 Certificate in Careers Leadership, awarded through the CDI.
Trudy has been the Careers Adviser at Eastleigh College since 2014 and was awarded the Hampshire Education Futures Award in 2020, for her dedication and service to impacting young people’s future progression. Trudy also acts as the administrator for UCAS applications, providing support to those learners who choose to progress to Higher Education.
Fiona Thomson – SUN Progression Mentor (Southern Universities Network)
Fiona joined us in September 2021 to work with learners through the SUN/Uni Connect Project. Fiona works with learners to support them through their studies and helps them to engage in activities to promote further learning and progression to level 4 study and beyond. More information on this project available here.
Further Support through National Careers Service & Other Partner Agencies
We work with a number of agencies who also come into college to work with some of our learners and provide Careers Advice and Guidance. All are suitably qualified to Level 6 and offer impartial information, advice and guidance:
National Careers Service: Luke, Sarah and Gillian work closely with our Careers Team and are the link advisers available for our Adult Learners. They offer a range of services including 1:1 support and workshops, available both through the college and in the wider community.
Hampshire Futures: Candice and Sarah support our Learners under the SUN programme, both on a 1:1 and group basis.
Education Development Trust: Support us at our busiest times to support those learners coming to the end of their studies and help them make informed choices for their futures and next steps.
Our careers team and request for further support from our partners can be contacted here: Careers@eastleigh.ac.uk
The Southern Universities Network (SUN) is a collaborative partnership comprising HE providers in Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight. The SUN provides outreach activities for schools and colleges as part of Uni-Connect – an Office for Students (OfS) funded project.
Uni Connect programme was launched in 2020 and works with schools and colleges with learners who live in areas of England where they are less likely to progress to higher education.
We have a dedicated SUN Progression Mentor at the College who will work with these learners to provide a range of activities to support and encourage their progression choices.
The careers team can help you make informed decisions about your future and next steps.
The Careers Team will support those learners who choose to progress onto HE. Working in partnership with our local universities we can support learners with the UCAS process, writing personal statements, information on student finance, and more.
As an apprentice, you are employed by a company whilst studying for a formal qualification – usually at a college or with a training provider. The qualification will be delivered either through day release or block release. With the support of local providers, the college can support learners with searching and applying for apprenticeship opportunities.
Learners will be supported throughout their time with us, to get work ready and develop vital employability skills. Learners are encouraged to engage in part time jobs, volunteering and work experience opportunities alongside their studies to boost their confidence, skills and future employability.
We have excellent employer links and all learners will have the opportunity to network with a range of local employers through both their course and during wider events at the college, such as career fairs.
We can help you with building a CV and how to present yourself to future employers, both at initial contact and through to interview stage.
Towards the end of the academic year, many employers choose to advertise their vacancies with us, to share with our learners. Link to such vacancies can be found here (available to current learners only): Learner Employment Opportunities · Eastleigh College