Case study - Supporting students to explore their options and be successful

Student readingC&K Careers works with all students in sixth forms to find the career path for them


Having attended a local school J came to college not really knowing where she was heading in terms of a career. She had discussed ideas with her school careers adviser. They talked about choosing subjects at A level J would enjoy and which would keep a range of career options open to her.


As soon as J arrived at college she booked a careers interview and subsequently went to lunch time drop-ins and had further interviews at college. Each time she discussed a range of different ideas with her careers adviser, including university courses and where these could lead, as well as apprenticeships, the grades she could achieve and what she wanted from a future career. At the end of her first year she had a major anxiety attack as she thought she may not pass her AS grades. 

J's careers adviser provided encouragement. Her adviser also got her to apply to a number of other colleges just in case. As it turned out she did get the grades needed to carry on with her second year of A levels, albeit lower grades than she had been predicted. 

The fact she got through boosted her confidence. 

Around this time she also did a week of work experience in a school working with older children with disabilities, which she really enjoyed, so with the adviser's help J explored possible careers linked to this experience. 


J's second year of A levels got off to a good start and she decided she would definitely like to carry on in education and apply to university. Teaching was something she had always considered but she also liked the idea of helping disadvantaged young people in the community. J and her careers adviser explored courses that would suit her ideas and her grades and she applied for a number of courses.


In the spring term J was offered places including one on the Youth and Community Work degree at Sheffield Hallam University, which she had been her first choice. She visited the university and liked what she saw. The prospects from the course looked promising too, leading her to a career either in education or welfare work. Her grades improved in the second year and J was then on track to achieve the grades required for the course. J's careers adviser helped sort out her finance for the course. J got a place in the halls of residence and is now looking forward to a new chapter in her life. 

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