Advice and Guidance

Advice and Guidance at The Isle of Wight College

Advice and Guidance

The Isle of Wight College has its own Career Adviser, Catherine Jackson to ensure all students and potential students have access to independent, impartial information, advice and guidance. Catherine is registered with the Careers Development Institute and the Careers Professional Alliance as an Advanced Practitioner.

Catherine can advise students on all their options including further education courses, higher education, employment and apprenticeships. Advice regarding UCAS applications, CVs and applications is also available. Catherine is also happy to support College students with higher education funding applications. You can book an appointment with Catherine through your personal tutor, Admissions, Student Services and reception or contact her direct on (01983) 535211.


The Education Participation Team at Choices (formerly Connexions) has a continuing role to support and review students with a Moving On Plan or S.139A. If you have a S.139a and need support please contact your Personal Tutor or Choices directly on (01983) 525927.

National Careers Service

National Careers Services  provides free and impartial information, advice and guidance for people aged 19 and over. Appointments to see a Careers Adviser can be arranged at College. Advice regarding CVs and UCAS applications is available from National Careers Services . If you would like to arrange an appointment to see a National Careers Services careers advisor please telephone 0800 100 900.

Support for careers and job-seeking in the LRC


In the middle of the Library floor you will find all our career-related resources.  There are over 450 items – including books, DVDs, interactive resources, and leaflets – all available to help you find the right career for you.

You can read up on a range of work-related topics:

  • Different jobs and how to get into them
  • All the information you’ll need to get that university place
  • Volunteering in the community and worldwide
  • Gap year opportunities

We also have lots of resources which will help you when applying for jobs: from developing a killer CV, to writing outstanding covering letters, to nailing that job or university interview.

And don’t forget: there are lots of resources in the LRC to help you develop work-related skills; like how to be a team-player, or understanding work place communications.

Online resources

Once enrolled at College, you have access to the LRC portal pages.  One page is dedicated page to careers: as well as websites to help you choose your path, there are CV templates, practice application forms, volunteering opportunities and lots more.


Our professional Library team offer career-planning workshops to support you in your job-seeking:

  • Using Kudos – online careers guidance for 16-18 yr olds
  • Writing a brilliant CV
  • Excellent job applications
  • Interview techniques

Workshops are booked via your tutor, but we can offer one-to-one support if you are unable to get an appointment with the College’s Careers Adviser Catherine Jackson.

The Matrix Standard

The matrix Standard is the unique quality framework for the effective delivery of information, advice and/or guidance on learning and work. The matrix Standard is useful for organisations that deliver information, advice and/or guidance to external clients as part of their business and also for employers who are committed to developing their people.

The Isle of Wight College achieved college-wide accreditation to the matrix Standard in January 2014 is part of its’ commitment to ‘Putting Students First’. We provide an impartial information, advice and guidance service on learning and work within the College to benefit the Island community.

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