The 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 Library 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 software programs and 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 Library.
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.
This contains comprehensive information on careers, higher and further education choices, employment and training and gap year opportunities.
A programme of careers education is delivered through tutorial sessions, The Symonds Lecture programme, cross college events and optional lunchtime talks.
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.
Vacancies notified to the department are listed on the Careers Intranet and the Job Vacancy Board outside the Careers Library. We inform students, via their tutor group and on-line, about any vacancy that matches their requirements.
Careers advisers are available in the Careers Library to help and support students when they receive their results in August, up until terms starts in September.
Careers Events 2015-16
Careers Events 2016-17
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.