The River Thames outside DLD College London

Update from our Head of Careers

23rd March 23

The Careers department at DLD College London, has been particularly busy over the last month, with National Careers Week (NCW) taking centre stage in March.

NCW is a one-week celebration of careers guidance and resources in education across the UK. The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support students develop awareness and excitement about their future pathways.

Our careers department put on a range of events for students, including a live webinar with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) to showcase the opportunities presented by degree apprenticeships. Sulie Siddique from JLR discussed how he is balancing working in Vehicle Cyber Security while studying for his apprenticeship degree at Warwick University (Russell Group). This gave our students valuable insights into the options for blending work and study.

We were also pleased to host the global asset management firm, Schroders. They manage £735 billion of wealth and investments and presented a number of their recruitment programmes to our students, including traineeships, apprenticeships as well as graduate programmes. Over 30 DLD students attended this highly informative event.

Our e-HUB was also transformed into a Careers HUB (c-HUB) during National Careers Week. Students had access to a wide range of resources, both in print as well as digital. Video footage showing degree apprenticeship programmes at companies such as Amazon or information and interviews about careers in art, film and the creative services. Students were also provided with a wide range of information about different careers, including across science, business and economics. University material, including information about the latest degree apprenticeships was also made available, highlighting the option to both work and study concurrently.

Webinars have also been presented about Careers in Finance as well as advice for Years 10-13 around career planning, ensuring that students are positioning themselves early on, including making programme and subject choices which are compatible with intended career paths. Students have also benefitted from 1:1 advice with the Head of Careers this term, discussing a range of career options across areas as diverse as law and criminology, education, economics, fashion and design and entrepreneurship. We look forward to supporting DLD students as they prepare for the summer term and get ever closer to critical decisions about their future, whether through programme and subject choices or having early thoughts about the suitability of specific career paths.

Paul Schoonenberg, Head of Careers