CAREERS & GUIDANCE

Progression Fair

The Careers Department has this year been re-accredited with the Investor in Careers Quality Award, demonstrating our commitment to providing excellent careers education and guidance to students. We encourage students to actively participate in shaping and developing our service, recruiting careers reps and holding focus group meetings.


The Careers Department can be found on the ground floor of Ashurst from 8.30am – 4.35pm daily during term time. It is well stocked with up to date careers resources and prospectuses for students to research and borrow, along with careers guidance packages.

The College employs a large team of experienced and qualified Careers Advisers, Careers Assistants and a Work Experience Co-ordinator to provide students with impartial advice and guidance to ensure all students progress onto positive destinations once they complete their studies.

Students are able to book 1-1 careers appointments with a careers adviser at any time during the academic year, for quick queries or full guidance interviews.

The careers department organise a large number if events and talks for students, including Careers Week Progression Fair, Gap Fair and over 40 lunch time talks delivered by outside visiting speakers. Careers education and guidance is also embedded in the tutorial programme and Symonds Lectures which all students attend.

The department run their own job vacancy system for students, advertising local and national opportunities ranging from work experience, volunteering to degree apprenticeships.

Careers GuidanceOxbridge, Medics and Vets

At Peter Symonds, we are committed to helping our students achieve their potential and apply to the best universities possible. Students considering Oxford or Cambridge University receive support from our dedicated Oxbridge Tutor and Coordinator. Similarly, students wishing to study Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science also have a designated teacher. Both provide 1-1 support, organise talks by visiting speakers and provide help with additional admission tests and preparing for interviews.

Careers Events 2017-18

  • Parents HE Funding Advice Evening Monday 15th January 2018
  • Careers Week week commencing 12th March 2018
  • Progression Fair Tuesday 27 February 2018
  • Oxbridge Advice Evening for Parents Tuesday 15 May 2018
  • Parents HE Advice Evening Tuesday 22 May 2018
  • Gap Fair Tuesday 3 July 2018

Work Experience

Placements are arranged by the work experience coordinator on vocational courses, where work experience is an integral part of the course. Every year, over 100 students go out on work experience as part of their course, ranging from placements in schools to working with charities.

Investors in Careers

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The quality of our service has been recognised by achieving the nationally recognised Investor in Careers quality award in 2008 and gaining re-accreditation in 2011, 2014 and 2017.Peter Symonds College and the Careers Department are fully committed to maintaining this quality award and continuously improving and developing our service to students.

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