Future career prospects

career planning

Looking to take control of your future career prospects? Bedford College and Shuttleworth College can help!

Award-winning advice

Our expert careers advisers from the Student Services team will provide impartial guidance to help you make the right study programme and career choices. They will give you a range of support including help with job applications and information on your options in work, training and higher education.

Improving your employability

As part of your study programme, you’ll also gain skills that will help to improve your employability – in other words, skills that increase your chances of gaining and keeping work. These include written and verbal communication so you are able to express yourself clearly and confidently at interview, as well as other technical skills including numeracy, computing and more. You’ll also gain personal work skills – enhancing your ability to work as part of a team and behave professionally.

Work experience

As part of your full-time study programme you will undertake relevant work experience. We have strong links with hundreds of employers in every industry area to ensure we find the best placement for you. For instance, Business students have undertaken work experience with local banks and Sport students with local school clubs and activity groups.

Careers service

From support with application to information on your work and study options, our expert career advisers are available from before you join us, right up until the end of your journey here, providing the impartial guidance you need to make informed choices.

What we can offer you

  • 1-2-1 appointments with a fully qualified careers adviser
  • Drop in service at all campuses
  • Careers information on www.yourspaceonline.net
  • Impartial guidance to help you choose a study programme that’s right for you
  • Job search which is tailored to your career goals
  • Access to job and apprenticeship vacancies as well as volunteering opportunities through our Jobs &
  • Opportunities Bulletin
  • Help with creating and updating your CV
  • Help with choosing what to do after your study programme finishes
  • Help with writing your university application and personal statement
  • Assistance with applying for jobs and apprenticeships as well as support with preparing for interview
  • Lunch time UCAS drop-in
  • Online careers advice via Live Chat on the Bedford
  • College website on a Wednesday afternoon

Alternatively you can email us at careers@bedford.ac.uk or call us on 01234 291770.
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