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In the Careers and Employability department we have a highly experienced team of advisors who can help you to consider your best option for progression.

We want every student who studies at South Downs College to have the opportunity to progress and achieve their aspirations. Everyone will have a different goal and so we will deliver personalised advice and guidance so that you, as an individual, can succeed.

Where are we?

We are located at the front entrance of the College and the team can help you research all your options. Our working hours are:

  • Monday – Thursday 08:30am – 5.00pm
  • Friday – 08:30am – 4:30pm

We have an appointment system:

  • Monday – Thursday 09.00am – 4.00pm
  • Friday – 09.00am – 3.30pm

We offer impartial guidance and are happy to help you with higher education applications, part-time and full-time jobs, gap year ideas, volunteering and options for further study.

You can drop in to see us, phone us on 023 9279 7929 or email us at careers@southdowns.ac.uk

Work Experience 

Work experience can give you a great insight into a workplace. If you are studying for a vocational qualification, work experience may be an essential element of the course.

We also encourage other students to complete work experience alongside their studies as this could lead to full or part time employment and will definitely enhance applications for higher education and your CV.

Visit the team in the Career Zone for information on the opportunities available to you.

Higher Education 

If you want to continue your studies in higher education we can offer you advice and guidance to help you choose a course and institution to suit you. We will help you to prepare a strong application and suggest areas for you to research to prepare you for interviews.

Deadlines are extremely important for Higher Education applications, particularly if you are applying for competitive courses or to competitive universities including the Russell Group, Oxford and Cambridge. Make sure you don’t leave your application to the last minute and come and visit us if you need any help or advice about an application.

Aim High 

Aim High is not a formal teaching programme – you will not have to attend regular meetings or complete extra work. Aim High can be adapted to suit your individual needs and it is your decision whether or not you decide to take part.

Aim High will introduce you to:

  • new opportunities including our Pre-Professional programme and the Extended Project
  • support for studies and application to higher education or competitive careers

Starting higher education or further studies is not for everyone, any of our students decide to pursue employment. We also provide advice and guidance on entering the world of work and apprenticeship opportunities.

If you don’t have a career in mind, we have a range of resources that can highlight your strengths and help to point you in the right direction for employment.

We are also able to support you with CV writing and completing job applications. If you would like to build up your work experience then we can suggest ways of boosting your CV, for example taking on a voluntary position in a local organisation.

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