I hope your son/daughter has enjoyed his/her first few days of college and is now settling in. I am the careers adviser at College and just wanted to let you know about some of the careers related activities on offer here at Franklin College.
Students are able to book careers appointments with me at College through their Student FIS by clicking on the careers tab. They will then have the opportunity to discuss their career plans (or lack of them!) and explore their options with me in a one to one setting. If you would like to accompany your son/daughter to one of these appointments please email me to arrange a mutually convenient time.
Franklin Professionals’ Working Lunch offers an opportunity for students to come and talk to people from a variety of job roles about the nature of their work and routes into that career. These are informal sessions which are held over Common Time (12.30 – 1.10) in the Destinations Centre. Places are limited so students do need to book in advance at the Student Services Desk. Some of the sessions planned for this year include careers with GCHQ, engineering, social work, law, mental health nursing, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, nutrition, accountancy, engineering apprenticeships and setting up your own business. These sessions have proved to be a really good way for young people to explore different career ideas and how they can get where they want to go.
For High Flyers who may be interested to apply to Oxford or Cambridge we have Claire White from Lincoln College Oxford in college next Monday 18 September to talk to new students over Common Time about applying to Oxbridge. 12.30 – 1.10pm in Room 20.
The Destinations Centre which is located on the right when you enter college has a wide range of career related books, so students can look at different types of occupations. The noticeboard includes a ‘jobs section’ where current apprenticeships and employment opportunities may be found. University prospectuses are kept in the Learning Centre.
A careers newsletter is emailed regularly to all students to ensure they are kept up to date with all things career related; summer schools, sponsored degrees, school leaver schemes, apprenticeship open events, uni open days, volunteering opportunities and more. If you want to keep up with this information you can do by checking out our Franklin Careers Facebook page or following us on Twitter. https://www.facebook.com/franklincareers
There are also lots of links to information that your son/daughter can access through the college website under the careers guidance section. http://www.franklin.ac.uk/student-life/career-guidance/ There is information on choosing a course at university, student finance, apprenticeships, setting up a business and more. Please encourage them to take a look at these resources if they are thinking about their next steps.
Finally look out for a letter in the new year about Progression Evening which is a careers event held in March each year. Next year this will be on 8 March. Last year we had over forty universities and over thirty employers and training providers with stands in the careers fair. In addition we had twenty specialist talks going on throughout the evening including careers in law, getting into teaching, Oxbridge applications, apprenticeships, careers in accountancy and more.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
I hope this has given you some idea of how we try to support students at Franklin to explore their next steps.