Careers and Work Experience

 

Careers Library - The Loft

Staff

Booking a Careers Interview

All students can access one to one guidance with trained professionals. Appointments for careers interviews and careers clinics are available throughout the year. You can also drop in to speak to one of our advisers or work experience coordinators. Please ask at the Careers Reception Desk in The Loft.

Contacting the Careers Department

email: careers@varndean.ac.uk

Opening Hours

9.00am to 5.00pm - Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
9.00am to 4.00pm - Wednesday and Friday

The Careers Library has up to date resources

  • University Courses and Prospectuses
  • Careers information
  • Software / Websites
  • Gap Year information/Volunteering
  • Work Experience
  • Job Vacancies
  • Apprenticeships

Careers Moodle

You can use Careers Moodle to access a wide range of careers resources and licensed software. Careers on the VLE Moodle (you will need your username and password)

Careers Planning

Students are made aware of possible progression pathways pre enrolment at College and this forms part of the admissions process:-

Open Saturday/Open Evenings When considering options at college and beyond you can speak to subject staff and careers advisors at these events.

Year 10 Taster Days You will receive subject related information about progression within each subject

Interviews & Enrolment Interviews Your interviewer can provide information advice and guidance about your subject choices.

New Students Day You will receive subject related information about progression within each subject.

Careers Programme

Once at College students are supported and encouraged to consider their career options. There is extensive support from an experienced, professional Careers team. In accordance with the DfE Guidance for Further Education and Sixth Form Colleges (February 2018) we are committed to using the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks to develop and improve our careers provision by 2020.An overview of the Careers Programme can be found HERE

Tutorial Programme

The Careers team also deliver support materials through the Tutorial Programme, which helps students explore their post 18 options: university, apprenticeships, school leaver programmes, employment or a GAP Year. Students also receive support in making applications, writing personal statements and C.V.s, preparing for interviews and developing employability skills. Students have one to one meetings with their tutor to include discussion of plans for progression and careers. Here is an overview of the programmes for Pre-advanced, Year 1 and Year 2 students .

More information can be found on our Tutorial And Student Support page

Both the Careers Programme and the Tutorial programme are reviewed annually.

Careers Leader

Donna-Marie Jansen, Vice-Principal is the designated Careers Leader at Varndean College and she can be contacted by email at dmj@varndean.ac.uk

Work Experience

The College has developed excellent links with local businesses and organisations and students have experienced placements in a wide range of settings including education, media, engineering, finance and many more.

The college is hugely grateful to employers for their help in supporting young people to build skills and gain insight of the workplace. Last year the following organisations offered our students placements:

Big Lemon Bus Company, Brighton & Hove City Council, Fairlight Primary School, The Grand Hotel, Hacker Young Accountants, Henfield Leisure Centre, Kineo, Network Rail, Oxfam, Sussex Police, Travelbag, University of Brighton, University of Sussex.

Are you an employer who could offer one of our students a work experience placement? Any student placed would have expressed an interest in your organisation’s sector and would be able to meet with you prior to a placement being agreed. If you believe you could help please look at our Guide for Employers and contact us lea@varndean.ac.uk or teh@varndean.ac.uk or tel 01273 508011 ext 200 for more information.

Quotes from students/employers

Useful resources

UCAS

Exploring careers/options

Apprenticeships and Degree Apprenticeships

Higher Education

Alternatives to University

Volunteering

“Varndean had a range of subjects that I couldn’t find in any other college nearby.”

Emilia Frederiksen, ex Hove Park School

“The college provided me with the resources and teaching quality necessary to support me in achieving the best results I am capable of.”

Rosemary Little, Overseas

“I chose to come to Varndean because of the friendly staff on Open Evening and the variety of creative courses it offers.”

Indi-Ann Smith, ex Shoreham College

“I chose Varndean because it was very welcoming and it felt like the tutors actually cared for the courses I wanted to take, rather than what made the College look good.”

Sadie Avard, ex Dorothy Stringer School