Our team of experienced advisers are passionate about developing potential and maximising employability, enabling a successful transition into further study, training or employment.
‘Futures’, our careers service, is on hand to provide you with specialist support and guidance at every stage of your college journey.
An accredited service
Northampton College has again been awarded Matrix accreditation in 2021. Matrix is the unique quality standard for organisations to assess and measure their advice and support services and is a benchmark for effectiveness and high standards.
The OFSTED inspection of Northampton College conducted in October 2018 highlighted the effective advice and guidance provided to students:
Students and apprentices receive good careers advice and guidance. They benefit from specialist careers staff helping them with job searches and writing CVs. They also gain from the expertise of teachers who are vocationally qualified and up to date with industry practices.
A dedicated specialist adviser provides excellent careers guidance to students with high needs, in a format appropriate to their needs. As a result, almost all students move on to higher level qualifications.
What we offer
We offer a wide range of services to provide impartial information, advice and guidance on the full range of career pathways available. This guidance is useful, empowering and raises aspirations amongst our students, pupils at local secondary schools, and across the wider community.
Advice and guidance for students
You can speak to a Futures adviser if you would like in-depth advice and guidance tailored to your needs. This could be about course or career options, your university application, CV advice, or anything else related to your progression.
At Booth Lane students can drop into the Futures room (E1.01) by the Lookout. At Lower Mounts and Daventry telephone appointments can be made by visiting Student Services.
Advice and guidance for the community
Our Futures advisers are also available to provide advice and guidance within the local community. Guidance sessions are available to book by calling the Enrolment Centre on 0300 123 2344 or using the live chat on the homepage. We are also able to offer support to parents and guardians of students, often arranging information sessions covering topics such as Higher Education and student finance.
Events and workshops
We organise many events, including:
- Careers fairs
- Employer talks
- Mock interviews
- Virtual workshops/webinars on CVs, interviews, UCAS applications and more.
We have excellent links with local and national employers, and work closely with our Business Centre and work experience teams. We also regularly support curriculum areas to link learning to careers.
The Futures team provide a virtual jobs board for students on the Futures SharePoint site which can be found via the student intranet. We have excellent links with employers and training providers and we can support you if you’re looking for employment or volunteering opportunities.
We encourage our students to access to up to date local labour market information to help with planning their next steps. This can be found by visiting the SEMLEP website.
Our advisers are happy to help you practice and prepare for an upcoming job or university interview, as well as improving your CV and completing applications.
Documents and resources
Northampton College students can access an extensive range of careers guidance information and advice in the libraries across all three campuses and via the Futures section on Moodle.
We also have a range of Futures materials to help you that can be accessed via our Document Hub.
We welcome student feedback on our Careers provision, to enable us to make improvements tailored to the needs of our students. Please contact us to share your thoughts: