Five Easy Ways to Improve Your Career Prospects

16 April 2018 | College News, Help & Advice

Whether you’re hoping to gain a qualification and work experience to start your career, or are trying to get a new job, promotion or place at university, these five easy tips will help improve your odds.

  • Discover a world outside the classroom

You’re not just choosing a course, you’re choosing a career. Courses at City College are designed in partnership with local employers so you gain relevant skills that businesses want. Learning in industry-standard facilities from day one, you’ll be well equipped for any opportunity whether you’re building your knowledge in the construction trades, brushing up on hair and beauty, or mixing it up with digital and media.

  • Whatever your age, look at your English and maths skills

Literacy and numeracy matters – and it’s not just young people that need to pay attention to their English and maths grades! It’s estimated that over five million adults in England lack the required literacy and numeracy skills to improve their employment prospects, access better career options or help their children with their homework.

College Careers Advisor, Sarah Sinclair, says: “If you don’t achieve the necessary Cs/4s, don’t panic, you can still pursue your dream career and study these subjects alongside a course at the College. Additionally, for any adults looking to brush-up on these core skills, we have a part-time programme designed to fit around work and home life that you can usually access for free.”

  • Speak to employers about what they are looking for

The best way to find out what an employer is looking for in a potential candidate is to ask them. Nine times out of ten, businesses will be more than happy to offer advice on how to break into their industry, so do your research. The College’s Open Day on Saturday 28 April is a great opportunity to speak to over 20 local employers from a variety of industries about their current Apprenticeship and job vacancies

  • Think about accessing university-level study or an Apprenticeship

Think A Levels are the only way to a university-level qualification? Think again. The level 3 BTECs you can study at College are equivalent to three A Levels and will earn you those crucial UCAS points. Alternatively, you can access university-level study via an Advanced Apprenticeship – or better still, your employer may fund your Higher or Degree Apprenticeship.

Maybe you’re an adult thinking about starting university later in life? Why not find out about Access to Higher Education courses that are specifically designed to support your return to education? There’s funding available to help you progress towards university-level study and find a new career.

  • Find out about adult education courses

Returning to work or fancy a career change? Adult education is designed to improve your options and enable you to pick up a new skill or polish old ones. Flexible part-time options can range from beauty and engineering to catering and management.

The College’s Open Day on Saturday 28 April is a great chance to spring into action and improve your career prospects. The event will be held from 10.00am to 1.00pm at Kings Road. For information, visit, e-mail or call 01752 305300.

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