Our team of experienced advisers working within Northampton College’s Futures service provide the specialist support and guidance you need with every stage of your learning journey.
We offer good quality, realistic and impartial information, advice and guidance on the full range of career pathways available.
Our vision is to provide a fully accessible careers service to all of our students and the wider community that is impartial, empowering, and raises aspirations. We aim to encourage you to develop your potential and maximise your employability to enable a successful transition into further study, training or employment.
What we offer
Drop-in service for students
Futures advisers are available to help you during term time at all three of our campuses:
- Booth Lane – visit the Futures Centre (E1.08) from 10am – 4pm Monday to Thursday, or from 10am – 3pm on Friday (times are subject to change)
- Lower Mounts – book an appointment at Student Services
- Daventry – book an appointment at Student Services
If you have an overseas qualification, an adviser can help to compare these and help you with your next steps.
You can also book a one-to-one careers appointment with a Futures adviser if you would like more in-depth advice and guidance tailored to your needs.
Events and workshops
Our team organises many events, including:
- Careers fairs
- Taster sessions
- Tours of College campuses
- Employer visits
- Workshops on CVs, interviews, UCAS applications and more.
We have excellent links with local and national employers, and work closely with the Business Centre and work experience teams. We also regularly support curriculum areas to link learning to careers.
Mock interviews and Job searching
Our advisers are happy to help you practice and prepare for an upcoming job or university interview, as well as support you with your job search, improving your CV and completing applications.
Advice and guidance for the wider community
Our Futures advisers are available to provide advice and guidance within the local community. Guidance sessions are available to book at all three college campuses by calling the Enrolment Centre on 0300 123 2344. We are also able to offer support to parents and guardians of students, often arranging information evenings covering topics such as Higher Education and student finance.
Northampton College students can access an extensive range of careers guidance information and advice in the libraries across all three campuses.
We have a range of Futures materials to help you that can be accessed below:
- How to apply to University
- Interview skills
- How to search for a job
- CV information pack
- Student Finance
- How to write a UCAS personal statement
- Volunteering Fact Sheet
There is also information and advice available to all students via the Futures section of Moodle.
How to apply to join the College
You can apply online here, complete the application form in the back of our full-time prospectus or visit the Enrolment Centre at any of our campuses.
For more information, contact us here.
Northampton College has again been awarded Matrix accreditation in 2018. 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 April 2017 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.