To mark National Careers Week 2021 and to offer their services to the wider community, the team at Abingdon & Witney College will be running a FREE drop-in service during lunchtime (12 – 2pm) and later in the afternoon (4 – 5pm) everyday between 1st – 5th March.

Current students and members of the public will be able to speak to our experts and get help with CVs, interview skills, job searching, applying for apprenticeships and college courses, support with UCAS applications, and lots more advice.

There will also be links to webinars and wider activities that are being provided by organisations across the UK, including UCAS, Army Careers, and The STEM Hub.

Helping people get ready for amazing careers is what the Careers team at the College do. Whatever your age, situation or course – using the right advice to launch you in the right direction can be life-changing.

Our Careers Advisers listen to what you want to achieve and guide you on the best way to get on the career ladder. It's never too early, too late or not the right time to think about career options.

You don't have to make these decisions alone. Come and have an open and honest chat about your options.

National Careers Week 2021 Empowering Positive Change

Monday 1st March

Virtual Careers Fair - The fair will be open from 8am on Monday 1 March until 6pm on Friday 5 March. Attendees will be able to watch videos, explore challenges and try out activities from 25 national employers, all ready to showcase the best of their industry. Employers at the event include: Public Health England, BBC, RAF, JustEat, IBM, Google, AECOM and more.

Students will be free to wander, as you would at any other careers fair. To help them get around, the fair is split into five zones:

• Building the Future

• Digital

• Energy and the Environment

• Lifestyle and Health

• Travel and Security

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My Skills. My Future - The world of work is fast-changing. There are many new employment opportunities open to you. How do you market yourself to future employers? My Skills. My Future is an interactive workshop, facilitated by Munya from The Education People and Nicola from Holiday Extras, working with you in developing your essential skills as you explore job opportunities open to you in the future

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Student stories: Uni or apprenticeship? - Hear from students and apprentices on what it’s actually like, either studying at uni or in the workplace. Find out how they decided on their path, how it’s different to school or college, and most importantly… ask questions! - Free registration needed.

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Virtual Explore Series, Explore Law -This Explore Series event is designed to introduce students to career paths associated with the subject of Law, through a combination of talks, practical tasks and other activities such as a Q&A panel session.

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Tuesday 2nd March

Virtual Careers Fair - The fair will be open from 8am on Monday 1 March until 6pm on Friday 5 March. Attendees will be able to watch videos, explore challenges and try out activities from 25 national employers, all ready to showcase the best of their industry. Employers at the event include: Public Health England, BBC, RAF, JustEat, IBM, Google, AECOM and more.

Students will be free to wander, as you would at any other careers fair. To help them get around, the fair is split into five zones:

• Building the Future

• Digital

• Energy and the Environment

• Lifestyle and Health

• Travel and Security

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Going it Alone, and Launching Your Own Business - Going it alone and launching your own business, becoming self-employed. David will be sharing his journey after leaving school and starting his first business at 17 years old.

David is a highly accomplished, multi award-winning company director, entrepreneur, executive business advisor, technology expert & keynote speaker. He is passionate about helping others succeed and driving businesses forward to achieve their full potential. Starting his entrepreneurial journey back in 1995 at the tender age of seventeen, David Co-founded APC Solutions – now recognised as a leading provider of wireless communications solutions.

Twenty-years on it’s now a multimillion-pound company delivering projects in the UK, Europe, South Africa, North America and the Middle East.You’ll have lots of fun and laughter working with David. He’s warm-hearted and gets a real buzz out of seeing others succeed.

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CV writing workshop with Reed - Knowing what to include, the language to use, and how to structure your CV is something you’ll use for your entire working life. In this workshop, recruitment experts from Reed take you through all this and more. Ask questions, make notes and get involved.

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Wednesday 3rd March

Virtual Careers Fair - The fair will be open from 8am on Monday 1 March until 6pm on Friday 5 March. Attendees will be able to watch videos, explore challenges and try out activities from 25 national employers, all ready to showcase the best of their industry. Employers at the event include: Public Health England, BBC, RAF, JustEat, IBM, Google, AECOM and more.

Students will be free to wander, as you would at any other careers fair. To help them get around, the fair is split into five zones:

• Building the Future

• Digital

• Energy and the Environment

• Lifestyle and Health

• Travel and Security

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A Career in the Royal Engineers - In the Army, your engineering career could take you anywhere, from chartered engineering and logistics to bricklaying and bomb disposal, The Royal Engineers has 19 different apprenticeship and careers paths to choose from. Find out more about the day-to-day life of a Royal Engineer and the career prospects available to you.

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Jack Parsons: Becoming an award-winning CEO in his early 20s - Jack became CEO of The Youth Group in 2018. His career kicked off by taking a photo of two coffee cups. He’s now known as the UK’s Chief Youth Officer and has been named as the Most Connected Young Entrepreneur.

In this session Jack takes us through his journey as a self-starter, sharing the challenges he’s had to overcome, and offering you advice as you research your options. He’ll also be taking some of your questions, live!

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Thursday 4th March

Virtual Careers Fair - The fair will be open from 8am on Monday 1 March until 6pm on Friday 5 March. Attendees will be able to watch videos, explore challenges and try out activities from 25 national employers, all ready to showcase the best of their industry. Employers at the event include: Public Health England, BBC, RAF, JustEat, IBM, Google, AECOM and more.

Students will be free to wander, as you would at any other careers fair. To help them get around, the fair is split into five zones:

• Building the Future

• Digital

• Energy and the Environment

• Lifestyle and Health

• Travel and Security

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Live careers webinar with women from leading wind power companies talking about the industry they work in and giving details of their career journeys. There will be the opportunity for students to ask questions via the chat system.

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Applying to University? Behind the scenes: admissions & personal statements

We are delighted to be able to provide this session all about university, with speakers Emma and Maxine, who work at universities.

Emma will talk for the first 20 minutes, with 10 minutes after for questions. Her talk will include: Behind the scenes – what happens to your UCAS application once you submit it?

Maxine will speak for the last 20 minutes, with 10 minutes at the end to answer questions. Her talk will include: Applying to University? What do you need to know about personal statements?

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Being the best version of you - A guide to putting your best foot forward

Meet Joe, who will talk about how to stand out and get the career that you desire!

Topics:

  1. My career path in Tech and Education
  2. How to make yourself stand out (e.g. Upskilling yourself, volunteering etc)

“Visualise it, See it” mentality - How to choose your A levels for your career and how to research this - there will also be the opportunity to create a vision board!

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How to secure a school-leaver opportunity - Discover some of the very best school-leaver opportunities available to apply for right now at some of the biggest companies in the UK and beyond. We’ll hear from young people working in the companies, how they successfully got the job, what they do now and what their future holds. Join us for this highly informative and practical session where you’ll get hints and tips on how to apply for their opportunities and how to ace their recruitment processes.

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Virtual Classroom for students in years 10-13. First live session on Thursday 4 March at 4.30pm will cover roles and opportunities within PwC, the application process and the online behaviour based assessment.

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Friday 5th March

Virtual Careers Fair - The fair will be open from 8am on Monday 1 March until 6pm on Friday 5 March. Attendees will be able to watch videos, explore challenges and try out activities from 25 national employers, all ready to showcase the best of their industry. Employers at the event include: Public Health England, BBC, RAF, JustEat, IBM, Google, AECOM and more.

Students will be free to wander, as you would at any other careers fair. To help them get around, the fair is split into five zones:

• Building the Future

• Digital

• Energy and the Environment

• Lifestyle and Health

• Travel and Security

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National Careers Week: Insight into Army Careers virtual event - Join us for a whistle stop tour of Army Careers to celebrate National Careers Week. This virtual event is for students and teachers interested in finding out more about Army opportunities; no previous knowledge required.

We’ll also be looking at the qualifications on offer including apprenticeships and degrees, as well as the Army Foundation College, Harrogate.

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How to ace interviews - Interviews are as much of a science as they are an art. In this workshop, recruitment expert, Hayley shares the secrets to acing your interview. From how to prepare, tips for questions you’ve not prepared for and more… It’s a session not to miss!

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Get in touch


During the hours of 12 – 2pm and 4 – 5pm, between 1st – 5th March, you can drop-in and talk the team directly. Simply fill out the form below, submit your question, and someone will get back to you.

None of your details will be stored permanently or shared externally by submitting a question. Details are only kept in order to respond to your query, and will be deleted once your query is resolved.