Careers

The designated careers lead at Oldham 6th Form College is Kevin Reece kre@osfc.ac.uk

Parents and Employers can contact careers at: careers@osfc.ac.uk or through the college reception on 0161 287 8000

Students can book a careers meeting at any reception around college.

The college has two qualified Careers Advisers, Kevin Reece and Janet Murphy who have over 30 years of experience between them, both hold the Post Graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance and the Diploma in Careers Education. Kevin and Janet are based in college and are on hand every day to give advice and guidance about Higher Education, Apprenticeships and Career Opportunities. Parents are always welcome to attend careers appointments with their son/daughter.

Another member of the team is Anne McCulloch, the Employability Skills Coordinator who has over 30 years’ experience of working commercially in a variety of HR roles. The team work closely with The Personal and Progress Tutors to help students with their future plans.

A range of careers and Employability activities take place throughout the year, including:

  • My Life Action Plan – This helps students to identify future career plans and how to achieve them.
  • Award winning Careers, Information, Guidance & Employability. (Gold Award Inspiring IAG)
  • University Open Day visits
  • Oxbridge Workshops
  • Year 12 Careers Day – 30 universities plus employers, apprenticeships & voluntary organisations.
  • Progression and Higher Education, Parents Evening
  • Apprenticeship Events
  • Access to Volunteering and Work Experience opportunities
  • Employer Engagement – through World of Work networking events
  • Employability Skills Workshops.
  • Enrichment Programmes in Law, Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing/Midwifery & other health professions.

Students also have access to the innovative Unifrog Career Management Software. This allows students to:

  • Create their MyLife Careers Action Plan. This helps students to plan for life after OSFC by developing career ideas and then developing a clear plan of how to achieve this.
  • Search for every single University Degree Course that is offered in the UK.
  • Search for all live Apprenticeship Vacancies and School/College Leaver Programmes.
  • Search for MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), these are short online courses that students can do in their spare time via distance learning. These include courses from some of the most prestigious universities and employers around the world such as Harvard, MIT and Microsoft. These look brilliant on any university or job application.

Unifrog also enables tutors to see exactly where each student is up to in their career planning and to support them during this process.

OSFC helps students in their career planning through

  • A series of careers lessons delivered in tutorial sessions throughout years 12 and 13. These outline all the options available after college, sources of information, research skills, application skills and include specific lessons to support students in career related activities at key times eg researching ideas and writing personal statements in Year 12, submitting applications and attending interviews in Year 13.
  • Access to 1:1 careers interviews with qualified Careers Advisers in college. Students can make an appointment by asking at any college reception.
  • Easy access to paper resources and online information in careers on Myday, through the Careers Blog and Twitter.
  • Students can also access additional careers related activities through their individual subjects, depending on the curriculum and attend extra events as publicised in the Careers Blog.

What should students be doing?

  • Taking time to read up on their areas of interest to help them to get ideas, make decisions and gain the knowledge they need to make the right choices for them and make a strong application to the route of their choice. Careers on Myday signposts students to useful websites.
  • Completing a draft personal statement by the end of year 12.
  • Seeking further support from their Personal Tutor and Careers Advisers as they require it.
  • In year 13, meet deadlines set by college if applying to university. Students are advised to do as much research as they can in year 12 and visit universities over summer so that they are ready to make decisions and submit their UCAS application by October Half Term in year 13 at the latest.  The college deadline for Oxford, Cambridge, medicine, dentistry and veterinary science students is Friday 16th September 2016.

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