WE HAVE EXCELLENT FACILITIES IN PLACE TO SUPPORT YOU IN THE PLANNING OF YOUR FUTURE CAREER, WHETHER THIS INVOLVES HIGHER EDUCATION, AN APPRENTICESHIP OR EMPLOYMENT.
Our focus is always on your destination and ambitions, and this means guiding you towards your long term goal, rather than just what suits you right now.
There are a number of ways in which we will help you with planning for your future:
- 1:1 career advice appointments
- Higher education events
- Careers and apprenticeship events
- Industry guest speaker events
- Work placements
- Training opportunities
- Volunteering opportunities
- Help sourcing apprenticeships
- Trips to universities
- Skills development workshops
- Links to industry and business and much more.
Work experience is an important part of your college experience, and all students should look to undertake some during their time at college. Placements will give you a great insight into the type of career you might be interested in and help you develop the skills needed for employment. Work experience is also imperative for some Higher Education courses. If you are looking to study medicine, health and social care related courses or veterinary science, admissions tutors will look closely to see whether you have undertaken any work experience alongside your course. Doing so shows your commitment and dedication to the subject you are interested in, but also develops those soft skills that you might not get to use during your lessons. All students studying a pre level 3 programme and those on double/triple vocational courses are required to complete work experience as part of their course.
There are many aspects linked to employability and we will offer you a menu of activities to ultimately make you more employable, whether this is to help you secure part time work, a work experience placement or getting that dream apprenticeship.
We will run a variety of workshops and events on the following topics;
- CV writing
- Application writing
- Cover letter writing
- Job seeking guidance
- Interview techniques
- Mock interviews.
We work closely with local universities (including Southampton, Surrey, Solent, Winchester, Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Chichester), as well as ‘Into University’ and the Southern Universities Network project, to help our students from all walks of life achieve their goals.
HELP WITH UCAS APPLICATIONS
Help with university applications is available throughout the year and we have an excellent record for supporting student progression to highly selective universities.
HIGHER EDUCATION SUMMER SCHOOLS
We actively promote and encourage students to take advantage of the many summer school opportunities offered by businesses and universities. Former students have taken part in the Access to Southampton (A2S) scheme, through the University of Southampton.
We can help students who choose not to go to university to secure apprenticeships, by assisting with applications, any tests that applicants have to undertake, as well as practise interviews and help with presentation skills. We have helped students secure places at prestigious companies such as IBM, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, Arqiva and Fiander Tovell.
SOUTHERN UNIVERSITIES NETWORK
We are delighted to announce that Richard Taunton Sixth Form College works with SUN (Southern Universities Network).
SUN offers a range of events and activities that aim to help young people decide on the best educational path for them. These activities are for RTSFC students who live in certain postcode areas and is an additional externally funded resource to benefit all students directly or indirectly. As part of the programme, students could have the chance to get involved in activities such as:
- Visits to universities
- Mentoring (individual support and guidance about education and career options, perhaps from people who are currently at university, in employment or doing an apprenticeship)
- Courses held at a university where students take part in activities and stay in university accommodation
- Career discussions
- Workshops, assemblies and academic taster sessions held at the college.
If you are a parent/guardian and would like to know a little more about how SUN works, take a look at their website.