Folkestone College - Careers Advice and Guidance
Search form

Careers Advice and Guidance

Folkestone College provides a range of free, confidential, and impartial information, advice, and guidance services to past, present, and potential students to help make the right choices for you.

Our qualified Careers and Employer Engagement Officer is available all year round and can provide the following services to help you choose your next step and find a career that suits your skills and abilities:

 

For current Folkestone College students our Careers and Employer Engagement Officer offers the following:

  • University options and UCAS apply support
  • Career planning
  • CV writing
  • Interview techniques
  • Job search and apply support
  • One to one guidance appointments
  • Advice by email and telephone
  • Access to Unifrog and Xello, online careers platforms.

In addition, there is a planned careers programme which runs throughout the academic year that is reviewed annually.

 

Gatsby Benchmarks

Throughout our subject pathways, we embed career guidance and education to ensure all students are prepared to take their next steps. We do this by following the eight Gatsby Benchmarks, which ensures our career guidance is world-class and accessible to all students.

Gatsby Benchmark 1

An embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood.

Gatsby Benchmark 2

Access to high-quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities.

Gatsby Benchmark 3

Addressing the needs of each pupil at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support tailored to each of these stages.

Gatsby Benchmark 4

Pathways built around preparing students for their chosen career. Teaching staff link curriculum learning with careers throughout the students study.

Gatsby Benchmark 5

Opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace.

Gatsby Benchmark 6

First-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience.

Gatsby Benchmark 7

Encounters with further and higher education providers to understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available.

Gatsby Benchmark 8

Personal guidance with a Careers Adviser for all pupils and timed to meet their individual needs.

Annual Careers Programme 21-22

Summary of the sessions offered and timetable for the careers programme plan.

As the parent of a current student, we want you to be able to have discussions with your child about their future career and have provisions in place to help you do so.

These include:

  • Access to details of your child’s careers appointments on our Parent Portal - you will receive details about the parent portal when your child starts with the college.
  • Speaking to your child’s tutor at parents evening - these are arranged throughout the year - and tutors can be contacted via their email at other times.

For parents who have children applying to university after they finish college, UCAS has a wealth of resources available on their website. You can find out more by clicking here UCAS – Advice for Parents and Guardians.

If your child is interested in progressing onto an apprenticeship after college and you want to know more, the Amazing Apprenticeships website has a pack with information for parents, click here for more information.

Not Going to Uni is also a great website for both parents and their children to use together. This is a link to the Parents Page where you can find links to some really interesting resources. 

Don't forget, current students can access the Careers page on the college Moodle site where they will find further information and advice and resources such as CV templates and interview tips. Details on how they can book a guidance session and where to find the careers office is also on there.

Please email our Careers and Employer Engagement Officer if you have any further questions on the above via: Molly.Smith@ekcgroup.ac.uk

At Folkestone College we are always keen to work with local employers and organisations. Our dedicated Industry Liaison Officers work with local employers to find suitable students to undertake work experience with them. We are also keen to hear from any employers who: 

  • Would like to join in with our annual Career Fairs 
  • Would be willing to be a guest speaker 
  • Would be happy to join in as an interviewer for our mock interviews 
  • Are looking to share details of full or part-time vacancies with our students

 

If you are interested in working with us, please email Molly.Smith@ekcgroup.ac.uk

All services are part of the EKC Group’s Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Strategy. This can be viewed by clicking here.