Opportunities and Destinations
Our aim to inspire and provide students with quality and comprehensive information, advice and guidance, to help them make informed career decisions.
Here are John Leggott College, our experienced Careers Team will help and support you as you strive to achieve your ambitions. At each stage of your learner journey, you will be supported and encouraged to consider your career beyond college. Careers is a fundamental part of your college journey and through each subject area, you will have the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of industries.
Our aim is to ensure all of our John Leggott College students leave well-equipped for their next steps so we ensure every student is offered an individualised and impartial careers programme. Our careers programme includes an array of activities and opportunities that advise on higher education, apprenticeships, the world of work, gap years, the armed forces and work with training. Please see below our careers programme.
Over 65% of our students progress to University across the UK, including prestigious Russell Group Universities such as Oxford and Cambridge. We have also celebrated students’ success progressing to top ranking universities in other countries such as Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Stanford in the USA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and The National University of Singapore (NUS).
To view the full Careers Programme click here.
Our careers programme is reviewed annually at the end of the academic year.
The Gatsby Benchmarks provides a framework as to what a good careers provision should look like.
To view the Gatsby Benchmarks, please click here.
Further Information on Careers
Meet The Team
Katie Tune – Careers Lead and Progression Manager
Tel: (01724) 407102
Kimberley Gough – Employability Advisor
Tel: (01724) 407010
What We Offer
The O&D team is an open access service for all students at key transition points throughout the academic year can access:
We will help you find the resources to answer your initial careers questions.
No appointment needed – just call in to the Opportunities desk in the ARC.
Use this drop in for queries like:
· getting started with career ideas
· researching career options
· job/apprenticeship hunting for any type of work after completing your studies
· understanding the HE process
· understanding Student Finance
Careers Advice Appointments
If you know what you want to do, but not how to achieve it, or are considering different options, use this appointment to talk to us.
Use this appointment to help you to:
· understand your research and plan your next steps
· consider career choices and support your decision making
· get advice on preparing for interview or assessment centre
· deal with job/apprenticeship applications and identifying problems
· review a CV, covering letter, personal statement or application form
CV/Application Review Appointment
Use this appointment if you would like help with reviewing your:
· covering letter
· personal statement
· application form
· Online profile (LinkedIn)
The length of appointment allows for a review of only one application, CV, covering letter or personal statement.
Mock Interview (University / Employment / Apprenticeship)
The chance to practice answering interview questions in a safe environment, with expert feedback on your approach.
We will use generic interview questions related to your chosen field, so you do not need to send us your application and job description in advance. The focus will be on how you answer questions and perform during an interview.
Our work experience provision allows you to gain valuable industry experience and make contacts with individuals and companies. Our robust links with both regional and national employers means that every student can expect to undertake work experience placements in their chosen sectors. At John Leggott College, we place a high emphasis on employability skills and their importance within a forever increasingly competitive Labour Market.
Our employability advisor can match your requirements with one or more of 315 employers, covering a wide variety of sectors and job roles. We encourage and support you to take up as many work experience placements as possible. This exposure to industry helps you to decide on your chosen career, develop key employability skills and also looks great on your application, whether this is for University, an apprenticeship or on to a job.
You will be supported with the following;
- Letter writing skills
- CV writing and development
- Interview techniques
Placements are completely bespoke to fit around you and your timetable, ranging from short industry observation days, to one-week placements, longer term placements and shadowing opportunities.
The following resources are designed to help you with make an appropriate and successful application to University.
Don’t forget that all graduates will seek employment in the future and therefore make sure you also visit the pages on employability rates and successes. It’s worth remembering that nearly 70% of all graduate jobs are open to students regardless of subject studied.
Searching for University courses. This section of the UCAS website allows you to find which universities offer which courses. You can search via an A-Z list or by typing in your chosen course. A further link to entry requirements will tell you the grades you will need for your chosen course. A university will display entry using either Tariff points or grades. Tariff guides are available from the Opportunities desk in the ARC or visit the UCAS website.
The following are 5 key websites to help you with your university research and selection. You are strongly advised to use these websites.
1. UCAS are the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.They provide valuable advice and information on all aspects of university and course selection.
2. Unistats. The official website for comparing Higher Education statistics. Includes official date for undergraduate courses on each university and colleges university and colleges satisfaction scores in the National Student Survey, jobs and salaries after study and other key performance information.
3. The Complete University Guide. (Contains University League Tables) A website that contains lots of useful information and advice. It also provides a ranking list of universities. As with all educational league tables please use with a fair degree of cynicism and make sure you know how the tables are compiled.
4. Which university a website designed to help students make more informed decisions about their higher education choices. It’s free, independent and takes no advertising – and it’s brought to you by the people at Which?
5. Comparetheuni.com This website enables you to compare universities and subjects side by side for rankings(including the Times and Guardian league tables) student satisfaction, employment rates etc.
Admissions and Selection tests
UKCAT– The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is used in the selection process by a selection of UK university Medical and Dental Schools.The test helps universities to make more informed choices during the selection process from amongst the many highly-qualified applicants who apply for their medical and dental degree programmes.
Cambridge Assessment Admissions Tests (includes BMAT) Information about Cambridge Assessment’s family of admissions tests. These include BMAT ELAT STEP and TSA Cambridge and TSA Oxford. BMAT is an alternative selection test for some UK university Medical Schools.
LNAT The National Admissions test for Law (LNAT) helps some universities to make fairer choices by helping them to learn more about their applicants and their aptitude for studying law
The Governments main website for providing information, advice and guidance on the Student Finance process. This is also where you will make your Student Finance application. A useful resources on here is the Student Finance calculator which will give you a rough estimate of what you may be entitled to.
Comprehensive information from the respected journalist Martin Lewis’s MoneySavingExpert website.
The Scholarship Hub This new online site has over £80m worth of funding for UK undergraduates, featuring over 1,000 scholarships, grants and bursaries from over 150 Universities and organisations. UK students can now search for scholarships, grants or bursaries, worth in total around £80 million, at www.thescholarshiphub.org.uk, which promotes itself as the first comprehensive database of funding available solely for UK university students and undergraduates wishing to study at universities in the UK.
Remember to research whether your chosen university offers scholarships or bursaries which you may be entitled to.
Throughout the UCAS cycle a range of workshops and information sessions will be available to you, delivered by both internal staff and universities that will visit our campus. Your year 2 tutorial programme will have key focuses during the autumn term to help you with your application. Your Academic Advocate will assist you with reading and providing guidance on your personal statement.
The UCAS Apply Guide 2018 is a step by step resource we have provided for you to complete your application. In this guide there will be a range of key resources to help you complete your form, start writing your personal statement, key dates that you need to be working towards and a final check list for when you are ready to pay and send. Use this guide to help you.
The following resources are also designed to help you throughout the cycle and updated regularly during the academic year.
Other useful websites and resources
Discover what your degree can lead to using the Prospects website
The Student Room is where students share academic and social knowledge: from study help, to choosing a university, careers and student life. The forums are useful for finding out information on university interviews. However please remember posters often claim facts that may not be true but based on their own subjective views.
Applying to a university in the USA? The Fulbright Commission host a wealth of information and advice on the application process.
Apprenticeships & Employment
The following resources and websites will provide the information you need for your career planning. If an apprenticeship or finding a job once you leave John Leggott College is your preference, make sure you take some time to look at these.
The Government website for apprenticeships host a range of vacancies in the local area. Primarily these are intermediate and advanced apprenticeship but it starts to give you an idea of what sectors are important to the local area and what’s available.
Career profile websites such as the National Careers Service and Plotr are important when researching jobs and careers that match your skill set. There are useful CV and skills builders available on these as well.
Keeping up to date with local LMI (Labour Market Information) is also important to us so that you are aware of the vital sectors to our local economy. These fantastic resources from Careers Yorkshire and Humber are an interesting read and also focus on future jobs that will be needed in the Humber and Lincolnshire area.
For aspiring health professions, the NHS Health Careers website is a valuable resource.
Careers Box – video’s of different careers and jobs
Student ladder – a good resource for searching for higher apprenticeships and school leaver programmes
Careers Gateway – Thousands of job and HE links in one place
Pure Potential – free careers advice and resources
Indeed – a website with local full and part time jobs advertised
Government website for local and national jobs
Total jobs – local full and part time jobs
Local Government jobs – North Lincs Council
Employers & Education Providers
Employers and Education Providers
As a Sixth Form College with over 1600 students that are seeking to develop their employability skills as well as gain industry knowledge, we would love if you could share your expertise; this may be through presentations, workshops, mock interviews etc. If this is something you are interested in, please contact email@example.com, please feel free to take a look at our Careers Programme and see where you could fit in.
To view the full Careers Programme click here.
Our careers programme is reviewed annually at the end of the academic year.