Careers LibraryThe Careers Department holds the Investor in Careers Quality Award, demonstrating our commitment to providing excellent careers education and guidance to students. We encourage students to actively participate in shaping and developing our service, where students can join our Careers 4 U student focus group by visiting the Careers Library.

Location: The Careers Library, Ground floor of Ashurst

Opening Hours: 8.30am – 4.35pm daily during term time.

Debbie Mahoney, Head of Careers
The College employs a team of Careers Advisers, Careers Assistants and a Work Experience Co-ordinator.


Information, advice and guidance about UCAS, higher education, further education, careers, job-search, apprenticeships, gap year and more. We have a range of publications and keep copies of prospectuses for UK universities. You can drop in to talk to an adviser or make an appointment for a guidance interview.


Appointments for guidance interviews with a Careers Adviser can be made on-line from the Careers intranet home page or by visiting the department.

Work Experience

Placements are arranged on vocational courses, where work experience is an integral part of the course. Students are expected to attend their placement as allocated, conduct themselves appropriately, comply with work experience procedures and ensure that every effort is made to make it a successful placement.

The Careers Intranet

This contains comprehensive information on careers, higher and further education choices, employment and training and gap year opportunities.

Careers Education and Guidance

A programme of careers education is delivered through tutorial sessions, The Symonds Lecture programme, cross college events and optional lunchtime talks.

Oxbridge, Medics and Vets

At Peter Symonds, we are committed to helping our students achieve their potential and apply to the best universities possible. Students considering Oxford or Cambridge University receive support from our specialist mentors. Similarly, students wishing to study Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science also have a designated mentor.

Job Vacancy Service

Vacancies notified to the department are listed on the Careers Intranet and the Job Vacancy Board outside the Careers department. We inform students, via their tutor group and on-line, about any vacancy that matches their requirements.

Post Exam Results Service

Careers Ddvisers are available in the Careers department to help and support students when they receive their results in August, up until term starts in September.

Careers Events 2016-17

  • Careers Week week commencing 13th March 2017
  • Progression Fair Tuesday 28 February 2017
  • Oxbridge Advice Evening for Parents Tuesday 16 May 2017
  • Parents HE Advice Evening Tuesday 23 May 2017
  • HE & Employment events for students 12 June - 23 June 2017
  • Gap Year Fair Tuesday 4 July 2017

Investors in Careers

Investors in Careers Award

The quality of our service has been recognised by achieving the nationally recognised Investor in Careers quality award in 2008 and gaining re-accreditation in 2011 and 2014. Peter Symonds College and the Careers Department are fully committed to maintaining this quality award and continuously improving and developing our service to students. We as a College are working towards re-accreditation, with an assessment planned during the summer term.

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