Careers Service

From the moment you begin your studies our Careers & Employability Team will encourage you to look ahead at launching the career you want. Your career aspirations are very much at the heart of what we do and we’re on-hand to support you from your early days of transition to College, through your time at HSDC and beyond – we will give you the information you need, when you need it.

You will receive personalised support including one to one guidance and a range of events, trips and initiatives to help you on your way.  We pride ourselves that whichever campus you are studying at, you will receive a consistent, first class service from the Careers & Employability Team.  Over the years we’ve helped thousands of students in your position achieve their goals, whether it be a place at a prestigious university, a competitive school leaver programme, apprenticeship or employment.

Our highly experienced team work according to the advice and frameworks put forward by the Careers Development Institute (CDI), which means you can be sure you’re receiving impartial advice and guidance throughout your time at college.  The Careers & Employability Team hold the Matrix quality standard, which reflects our professional and knowledgeable ethos.

How our careers service can help you:

  • Drop-in careers advice clinic at our Open Evenings
  • Information, advice and guidance at many of our feeder school events
  • Careers education programme embedded through tutorials, including employability skills
  • One-to-one careers guidance interviews
  • Drop-in clinics
  • Careers events, workshops and talks, including speakers from industry
  • Guidance on work experience and volunteering
  • Programme of support for applying to university, including studying abroad
  • Gap year advice
  • Support for CV writing and job applications
  • Apprenticeship and job search support
  • Publications and handouts to support you, available on paper and electronically
  • Interest area-specific blogs to keep students informed
  • Results day advice and guidance

You can download a copy of the recent Higher Education Information Evening presentation that took place at Alton Campus on 30 January 2020, here.

  • Careers support for university applications
  • Careers support for CVs and job applications
  • E-guidance and phone guidance
  • Evening talks on Higher Education and Student Finance
  • Information for parents

“The Careers Team is great…They’re so incredibly supportive.”

“The Careers Team is beyond amazing and always goes above-and-beyond to help me with frequent contact and updates.”

‘’A very supportive and knowledgeable team who offer the guidance to start you off on the path you wish to take. Last summer I undertook two weeks work experience, a placement that was publicised by the Careers Team, who then helped throughout the process to liaise with the employer ensuring I got the best experience possible. I believe my time at the placement will give me a greater advantage against other candidates. It is also good to know that they are there after my time at college, to support with any issues or problems I may have – including university places.’’

Past students at the College have gone on to realise their career aspirations.  Examples include a BA pilot, an Antarctic survey research scientist, a TV producer and an England Hockey player.  So whatever you want to do in the future, this College is a proven springboard to success.

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