Course studied: Career Guidance (Postgraduate Diploma CG)
This course has given me the confidence, knowledge and skills I needed to practice to a very high professional standard.
More about Georgina
"After graduation I have been offered a one year contract at the college in which I was on placement during my course, doing the role I have been training for. Filling in the on-line application and then attending an interview, I felt very well prepared for the process. Using the same expertise to advise others how to tackle this process, worked for me too. My course was very thorough and gave me the knowledge I needed to be able to answer the questions well.
"The course content itself was excellent preparation for applying for a role in this field. We also had a session at the end of the course covering the types of questions we could expect and what constituted good answers and this helped prepare me for the questions asked.
"The biggest challenge for me was getting stuck into my new role. It was straight in at the deep end. Initially we were very busy advising young people who had received their GSCE results and then their A level results. But the most challenging for me was addressing large auditoriums of learners at induction, introducing them to the Careers and Employability Team and our service, having always found it nerve wracking addressing large numbers of people.
"A typical day at work for me will usually involve a mixture of one-one interviews that may be up to an hour long and a few drop-in appointments with learners. I may also be delivering between two and three - hour long tutorials. These are to tutor groups within each School of Learning and could be about 'CV and Covering Letters', 'Applying to HE through UCAS', 'Student Finance for HE', 'Preparing for Interview', 'Career Options', 'Employability and Job Search Skills' etc.
"We provide careers information, advice and guidance across six sites and so my day may involve visiting one of the other sites to undertake a one-one session or perhaps work with a small group on putting together a CV. Our team responds to requests from our external partners and from local schools so my day could involve visits offsite to provide mock interview or one-one guidance at a local secondary school or a trip to one of our partners to deliver a presentation. One of the reasons I love my job is that it is so varied and no two days are the same. New challenges are constantly arising.
"I chose the Career Guidance (Postgraduate Diploma CG) / Qualification in Careers Guidance course after much extensive self-reflection about what career roles would suit me. I had been at home looking after my children for a couple of years and was looking to pull together all my previous work experience into a job role that would give me a career and a profession.
"I absolutely loved my experience at Nottingham Trent. The staff were warm and welcoming, friendly and very knowledgeable. The course was very challenging and demanding and I had to work really hard meet deadlines but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was academically challenging but provided both the practical skills required and an in-depth theoretical knowledge to underpin practice. This course has given me the confidence, knowledge and skills I needed to practice to a very high professional standard.
"I think getting my current role was down to two things. My personal work ethic and the high standards I have always demanded of myself and secondly, and perhaps, to the greater extent, the high standard of professional knowledge and skills that I gained from my course at NTU."