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Careers Advice

Helping you to progress and make the right decisions with tailored information, advice and guidance from our expert advisors

No matter what age you are, our careers advisors are here for you!

Here at Lakes College, we understand that making decisions about your future and your career path can be difficult.

We class your college education very much as one part of your career journey and therefore we offer a wider variety of careers and work placement opportunities for students to support them in skills development, work place insights and to develop a work ready approach upon successfully completing studies with us.

Our dedicated team of career advisors are here to support you both before and during your careers journey at Lakes College – and we are on hand to talk through your options.

You can also get in touch with the Careers Lead, Gillian Walker, by calling 01946 552683 or emailing:

Planning your next steps

The College offers a comprehensive information, advice and guidance service to help students plan their next steps.

This includes:

  • Advice and guidance available by phone or in-person about our courses
  • Pre-entry interviews for any course you may apply for to ensure you are on the correct course type, at the correct level of study for your career path.
  • Events such as open days where by students can visit the college to gain a feel for our courses and education environment.
  • Lakes College visit local schools, both primary and secondary, to allow students to meet our staff and find out more about college. Our service to schools includes assemblies on post-16 options, supporting careers fairs, involvement in work or work days and mock interviews.

Once you join us you can expect

  • Our Careers Calendar spanning the full academic year with sessions covering topics such as Skills building, CVs and Cover letters, Interview skills, Money Management, University, apprenticeships and so much more.
  • The opportunity to have one to one sessions with our trained careers advisors to support your journey. Here we can cover your careers journey, CV reviews, mock interviews, university support, and so on in a personalised and tailored format.
  • Guest speakers from a range of industries, universities and those who support the delivery of Careers in College.
  • Trips out of college to experience industries and universities.
  • Support to secure appropriate work placement

Advice for Parents and Carers

Navigating the world of careers with your child can be a new and sometimes challenging experience. Lakes college are here to help. As well as all the guidance your child will receive at college, plus the ability to access 1:1 support from a careers advisor, we are happy to speak to parents and carer over the phone or in person at any time about your child’s career ambitions. You can contact us on 01946 839 300 or email

To support you further below we have provided a range of resources you can use with your child to explore careers choices and help them make informed decisions.

Labour Market Information (LMI)

When someone receives good labour market information it can lead to a good career decision, it benefits the individual, the employer and the economy. Young people and adults need to know where the jobs are: the sectors, occupations and localities in addition to which job opportunities are on the increase, and what skills are needed for them.

For more in-depth guidance about LMI in an easy to read format visit Success for schools. LMI for all is a website dedicated to breaking down labour market information and for local LMI based on Cumbria visit the Cumbria LEP website. You can find more information about the LMI for Cumbria here.

Use the Careerometer to compare jobs. Simply click on the dotted square. Type in the first career that you think you might be interested in and select from the drop-down list, then add your second choice to see the comparison.


Useful websites and resources to support your career journey

Start Profile

Start Profile covers all stages of career planning and via Start you can explore your skills & interests to then find relevant careers and courses to suit based on your location.

Career Pilot

Career pilot offers expert careers information and tools for 11-19 year olds, all in one place to help your career really take off!


Prospect also you to take quizzes and answer questions to find out about interesting and diverse careers that cross match to yours answers. There are more than you 400 job profiles to explore.

National Careers Website

The national careers service is a website dedicated to showcasing a range of job profiles. It includes tools and techniques to support your future employability and gives solid careers advice.

T Levels

The government website on T Levels provides information about this up and coming qualification which is an alternative to A levels. T Level focuses on vocational skills and can help students into skilled employment, higher study or apprenticeships and include a 45 day industry placement to gain valuable experience.

Amazing Apprenticeships

Amazing apprenticeship are a leading organisation founded to tackle misconceptions about apprenticeships and promote their benefits. They also offer advice on T-level programmes and traineeships.

The national database for apprentices vacancies is You can also check with your local college about apprenticeship vaccines

Speakers For Schools

Speakers for Schools host live broadcasts & talks with inspiring people working in a range of careers. To view previous recordings of Speakers for Schools Broadcasts, click here.

Barclays Life Skills

LifeSkills, created with Barclays, helps young people get the skills and experiences they need to enter the world of work.

Cumbria Future Leaders

Cumbria Future Leaders ran by the Centre for Leadership is devised to engage Cumbria’s young adults and support them as they transition into employment or higher education. The on-line resource incorporates a brokerage and signposting platform for

opportunities, and a ‘plug-in’ place where every Cumbrian aged 16-25 can easily access information, build support networks, access activities, events and training.

Hello Future

Hello Future, Cumbrias local branch or the national UniConnect programme, offers support to Cumbrians age 14 – 19 about their next steps with a focus on higher education. They provide a signposting services to aid young people accessing a wide variety of opportunities as well as putting on events of their own.


Inspira, Cumbrias local careers service, offer a range of services to young people and adults to support their next Steps. You can also book a free and impartial careers advice appointment. You can book a chat with them here.