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Careers Advice Service

Free and informed impartial careers information, guidance and advice so you can take your next steps with confidence. 

Careers Advice Service

Our Careers resources

Use our Career Coach tool to figure out which careers match your interests, check out our careers events taking place throughout the year and meet our expert Careers Advice Team.

Careers advice service

The Careers Advice Team at The Sheffield College offer free and informed careers education, information, advice and guidance to all students. The team works across the college and offers support at all sites.

Our experienced Careers IAG Advisers are fully qualified (up to Level 6 and 7) in providing expert and impartial advice and guidance. Students can book confidential one-to-one appointments to look at all of their progression options, including:

  • University
  • Apprenticeships
  • Employment

With the support of an advisor, students will create a personalised careers action plan with SMART targets, intended to motivate and support students in their journey to a dream career. Ongoing support is available throughout the various stages of career planning and decision making. 

Throughout the year the team delivers a comprehensive and engaging careers programme of workshops and talks, utilising current labour market information so that the information you receive is as up to date as possible. Subject specific careers education is also provided through tailored tutorials within students' study programmes.

The Careers Team are Matrix accredited and hold a nationally recognised Quality in Careers Standard award. They are committed to continuously achieving all eight of the Gatsby Benchmarks for good careers guidance

The Careers Leader for the college is Sarah Kettlewell (Head of Student Participation & Careers), who is a Level 7 qualified careers practitioner. The college’s CEIAG policy is reviewed every 2 years and can be accessed here.

Measuring impact

The Sheffield College will assess the impact of its careers programmes on students by completing Student Voice feedback activities and analysing destination data. In addition, the views of students and other key stakeholders will be surveyed after key events including HE Week, National Careers Week and personal guidance interventions.

Partnerships and external events

The Careers Advice Team work in partnership with various external agencies to provide the best student experience possible.

The team are currently working in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University and The University of Sheffield to deliver the UniConnect project (HeppSY+), which provides enhanced information and support to widen participation in higher education.

The team also has excellent links with local employers, training providers, other colleges and universities, and regularly arrange guest speakers and external educational visits. 

If you are an employer looking to offer careers support and want to speak to our students directly, why not start by downloading our Careers Guide for Employers?

The Provider Access Statement and the CEIAG policy outlines access to the college and complies with the requirement for all students to have access to a range of opportunity providers in years 12 and 13 in order to plan their progression route/s.

Careers resources

Our Careers Advice Team can help support students with information, advice and guidance about their next steps, but there are also loads of other resources available to help you decide.

We also have a variety of resources and tools aimed at parents and carers who are supporting young people through their career-based decisions.

Resources for students

There are numerous free online resources that you may find useful, including:

Even if you have completed your studies at The Sheffield College, you can still access advice and guidance through our Alumni Careers service - click here for more information.

Additionally we have a fully fledged careers service for Apprentices enrolled at The Sheffield College - click here for more information.

Resources for parents

Our resource guide for parents is packed with information and guidance for parents/carers who want to help their child in making career decisions. Download it here.

We can also reccomend the following careers resources that you may find helpful as a parent/carer:

Where to find us

There is a dedicated careers room at the following campuses:

  • City - Student Central (Ground floor)
  • Hillsborough - Student Central (Ground floor)
  • Olive Grove - Learning Resource Centre

You can also contact us via telephone or email:

  • T: 0114 260 2600
  • E:

How to book an appointment

Students can book a one-to-one appointment to look at all of their progression options, including university, Apprenticeships and employment.

Please speak to a Careers Advisor or a Personal Tutor for more information.

Keep up to date

Follow us on Twitter for updated on our upcoming events and free careers resources - @SheffColCareers

You can also check out our YouTube channel for additional tips and resources - @SheffColCareers