Unsure where to start, if and when to change direction, or what to do next?

Helping people get ready for amazing careers is what we 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 to your dream career. It's never too early, too late or not the right time to think about career options!

We have students change direction to another course or start an apprenticeship, and adult students who are looking for a fresh start on another career path and need advice on what they can do.

You don't have to make these decisions alone. Come and have an open and honest chat about your options, where we can help with:

  • choosing courses for potential students, parents and professionals
  • confidential career guidance interviews
  • advice on CVs, interview skills and job searching
  • advice on apprenticeships and training
  • support with UCAS applications to university and higher education.

01235 555 585 | careers@abingdon-witney.ac.uk

Read our up-to-date Careers Strategy here.

To ensure best practice with our careers guidance service, the College adheres to the Gatsby Benchmarks framework. The eight benchmarks are:

  1. A Stable Careers Programme
  2. Learning From Career and Labour Market Information
  3. Addressing The Needs Of Each Pupil
  4. Linking Curriculum Learning To Careers
  5. Encounters With Employers and Employees
  6. Experiences of Workplaces
  7. Encounters With Further and Higher Education
  8. Personal Guidance

You can find more information on the Gatsby Benchmarks here.

The Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership's (OxLEP) role is to champion the county's economic potential, establishing partnerships between businesses, academia and the public sector.

To help broaden young people's knowledge and understanding for Oxfordshire's labour market and career sectors, OxLEP provide up-to-date insights via their Labour Market Information reports.

You can find these reports on their website.

Parents often come to us in search of advice for their children, whether it is about progression options after college, a change of direction during their studies, or what support is available for them.

Our team is here to help parents understand the many different routes that are out there and what might work best for their children.

The Parental Guidance website, developed by the Careers Writers Association, also has lots of useful information for parents looking for impartial and clear advice on careers.

The latest news and information, direct from our Careers team!

January 2020

June 2020

As part of our stable careers programme, we as a college realise how important it is for students to link their curriculum subject course into careers and the world of work.

Students at the college need to have access to good quality information about their future study options and labour market opportunities as well as opportunities for them to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are required in the workplace.

This is done through a range of activities, including visiting speakers, visits to employers, enterprise schemes as well as a work experience programme which can differ depending on the course that students are completing, ranging from 1 week to 315 hours if studying the new T Level programme.

We also encourage our students to understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them and this can include academic and vocational routes.

Out stable careers programme is planned for all students from Foundation Learners through to our Higher Education students, therefore the college are addressing the needs of each learner.

If there are any employers or parents who would like to get involved with the college in helping us deliver our programme and link curriculum to careers, we would love to hear from you.

Please contact the Careers team on careers@abingdon-witney.ac.uk.

Meet the team

Megan Ette

Abingdon campus

Colin White

Witney campus and Common Leys Farm

Caroline Hunter

Witney campus and Common Leys Farm

Marea Brown

Events & Schools Liaison Coordinator