Careers Information, Advice and Guidance
Information, Advice and Guidance
Our Information, Advice and Guidance Service is available to everyone, whatever their age or ability.
We can give you information about courses and qualifications and where they are delivered. If we are not able to help you, or it is more appropriate we will refer you to local or national agencies and other organisations. We can also signpost you to useful websites which may provide you with additional information.
You may need help to interpret the information we give you or want to find out more about your options. We explain things in more detail and help you to make a choice. We may suggest that you speak to a careers adviser for a full guidance interview or refer you to other specialist agencies if appropriate.
This involves an in depth interview or other activity which will help you to explore a range of options, to relate information to your own needs, past experience and circumstances and to make a decision about your career. Depending on your situation you may need more than one guidance interview, as there may be many issues for you to consider and explore with your adviser. He/she will not make a decision for you but will try to ensure that you have the skills and knowledge to make a well informed choice which will help you to progress in learning or work.
- During the guidance process you will hopefully learn CAREER PLANNING SKILLS which will help you throughout your lifetime to manage your career.
All our advisers are experienced and qualified. The service is confidential and impartial and adheres to the Code of Principles for Information, Advice and Guidance. It also promotes equality of opportunity.
What’s on offer:
Drop-in information and Advice
We have a drop-in facility which is open during office hours, where you can get information and advice on the education and training opportunities available locally. You may be able to speak to an adviser immediately if someone is available, or if you need more in depth advice and guidance make an appointment for a guidance interview
One-to-one guidance interview
This is an in-depth discussion with a careers adviser. You will have the opportunity to discuss your career in a confidential setting with an experienced and qualified adviser. This will involve you being asked probing questions about your past experience and how you have made decisions in the past so that a picture can be built up of your skills and abilities. The adviser won’t tell you what to do or find you a job, but can help you to understand suitable options which are available to you, tell you where and how to look for jobs and help with job applications and CVs. We can also type your CV up for you.
Examples of issues clients may present with:
I’m in a dead end job and fancy a change, but don’t know what I want to do.
I’m going to be made redundant.
I’m applying for a job and need help writing a CV.
I missed out on education when I was young is it too late for me to study?
I want to be a physiotherapist but don’t know what qualifications I need?
I want to go to university and need help to apply?
My English and Maths are weak how can I improve them?
This service is offered primarily in Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire, but if you are outside of these counties and require assistance please contact us and we will try and help or refer you to other providers in your local area.
If it is inconvenient for you to come and see an adviser or you prefer to communicate by email then please contact us. Although this medium does not have all the advantages of a face-to-face meeting, (such as the opportunity for discussion, receiving an immediate response or building a professional relationship with the adviser), it suits some people with busy lifestyles or where transport is a problem
Examples of issues clients may present with:
- Please look at my CV and give me some advice on it
- Can you give me some advice on how to start my own business?
- Can you give me some interview tips?
- Where can I get some voluntary work experience?
- How can I get into the Police Force?
We offer workshops in various venues around the county for CV writing, interview techniques and confidence building which are open to anyone. These sessions are normally 2-3 hours long. At the end of the CV workshop we will type your CV up for you. Check the website for availability of workshops or contact us for more details. We can also offer bespoke workshops for employers (see Employers)
A psychometric test is a way of assessing a person’s ability or personality in a measured and structured way. Some tests are used by employers to help them in their recruitment process and some people feel the tests are useful to help them make careers decisions. Many graduate employers use this as part of the selection process.
The tests have to be administered and interpreted by a professionally trained person and we are able to offer that facility. To find out more about psychometric testing and try out examples of tests go to www.shl.com or www.pyschometricadvantage.co.uk