Our Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance Service offers a client-centred, confidential, impartial and accessible service, delivered by professionally qualified staff. The Centre serves clients of all ages and meets the needs of our learners. All the advice, guidance and help that we offer is available not only to students who attend but also to students who attended up to twelve months ago. The team is also available to book appointments most days during the holiday periods.
When the time comes to think about your future there's lots of help on hand.
Turn to our team of careers advisers for confidential and impartial careers advice on:
- University research and UCAS applications and personal statements
- Career choices
- Financial help at university and applying for loans
- Job hunting - application forms, CVs and interviews
- Employment and training
- Comparing overseas and UK qualification
Click here to download the Careers Programme Calendar at Merton College.
How we can help
Our Qualified Advisers are here to help you whether you studying level 1 or level 6
Career Planning - advice to help you make those vital decisions about steps to take on the road to where you deserve to be. Whether that is guidance on which courses you might take or alternative for those who want to make a change, we can give you all the help and information you may need.
Jobs/Employability - whether you are looking for a part-time job to help your finances while you are studying, or a full-time job using your qualifications, we can support you into employment, including helping you with building your c.v. and how to present yourself to future employers, both at initial contact and through to interview stage. We keep a current job list which is updated fortnightly so it is always worth dropping in to find out what is going on.
UCAS - when you have made that decision to go on to university, which one? How do you decide? How do the courses compare? There are many questions that need addressing for this crucial stage, and our team is here to point you in the right direction. The advice available covers everything you need to know about Higher education and UCAS and how to write a good Personal Statement, timelines for applications, and information on University Open Days and HE Fairs. Student Finance - help is available in the form of grants and loans. This is a tricky path and the Careers team can help you find your way. Further advice is also available on ucas.com.
Volunteering and Gap Years - We can help you with opportunities for volunteering within the community. Your interests and activities outside College are an important part of your CV - as is work experience. Or maybe you are looking to take a gap year and use the time to volunteer on overseas projects? We can give you essential advice on planning your gap year, and doing it safely.
Gatsby Benchmarks - See how we meet the requirements of the Gatsby Benchmarks Careers provision framework.
Careers Programme Calendar - You will have a range of careers and employability opportunities throughout the year through one to one guidance interviews, group sessions, drop-in sessions, and progression events. Please see an overview listed below.
The Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance team is located in the Student Services Centre in both sites.
Careers Advice is available across all sites by appointment. Appointments times must be pre-booked.
Parents and Carers
Parents/Carers are welcome to contact the Careers service and attend meetings if this is appropriate.
Below are some links to information to help parents and guardians support their young people.
- National Careers Service
- We would also ask you to encourage them to sign up to the following so they don’t miss out on opportunities.
The Careerometer provides access to a selection of data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects.
The data is organised by occupation: simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you.
More detailed information on the different job roles can be found on the National Careers Service website.