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Career Guidance

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Award-Winning Career Advice and Guidance

Expert careers advice and support

Our Careers Academy delivers a range of bespoke programmes and interactive workshops tailored to meet your needs and help you reach your employment potential. Throughout your time at the College we continue to provide you with free and impartial careers advice. We will work with you to outline your career goals and set you on the path to success.

This includes helping you choose the right courses, conducting mock interviews, dedicated UCAS support, CV writing workshops, volunteering opportunities and tips/talks from employers.

Comprising of a team of qualified and experienced Career Advisors, Officers and Progress Coaches, our Careers Academy aims to support all students in their career journey.

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Programmes tailored to you

Our programmes are personalised to ensure progression through activities that are appropriate to students at different stages of career learning, planning and development.

The programme includes careers education sessions, career guidance activities (group work and individual), information and research activities. The service provided is tailored to the needs of each individual student, focusing on Employability, Enterprise and Enrichment.

High quality careers education and guidance is crucial to helping you emerge from college, university or training well-rounded and ready for the world of work. Our Careers team are award-winning, and deliver expert advice and guidance programmes and interactive workshops to ensure your career ambitions can be realised and achieved.

Award-Winning Careers Support

Career Impact Strategy Award 2020
The Education Awards, 2020

Careers Education and Guidance Award
Association of Colleges ‘Beacon’ Awards, 2019

Inspiring Talent Award
Irish News Workplace and Employment Awards, 2019

Matrix Quality Mark
For excellence in Careers Provision, Employability and Advice & Guidance

Career Education & Guidance

We offer all current and prospective students with FREE access to informal and impartial information, advice and guidance. Our team is made up of professionally trained and qualified Careers Education practitioners. We aim to ensure that you receive the information and guidance required to make informed decisions that will best help achieve your goals.

All requests for advice and guidance are treated in a supportive and confidential manner. You can drop into the Careers Academy as part of our ‘Open Door’ policy or make an appointment with an advisor by emailing

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Career Programmes

Programmes are personalised to ensure progression through activities that are appropriate to students at different stages of career learning, planning and development. The careers programme includes:

  • Career Guidance
  • Education Sessions
  • Information and Research Activities

A high-quality careers education and guidance programme is crucial in helping young people emerge from college, university or training well-rounded and ready for the world of work.


  • CV/ECV preparation
  • Interview skills
  • UCAS registration
  • Team-working skills
  • Personal statement writing
  • Foundations of Resilience
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Progression presentations
  • Foundations of confidence
  • A guide to assertiveness
  • Work placement preparation
  • 6 C’s of Nursing / Person Centred Approach
  • Inspire employability programme
  • LinkedIn

BeReady Careers Portal

NWRC has partnered with BeReady, a ground-breaking accredited training provider, to provide students with the skills they need to bridge the gap between academic learning and the workplace. Within the site, you will find free training and resources to help you build your skills and succeed in your future career.

You can find accredited, video-based training modules on key topics such as leadership, communication and resilience. These are written by specialists and feature interactive quizzes and top tips from some of the UK’s biggest companies.

There are also lots of great interviews with employers and universities so you can hear about the latest apprenticeship and higher education opportunities available to you!

For more information visit the BeReady Careers Portal or email

  • To apply for a full-time course, you must be 16 years of age or over on or before 1st July in year of entry. Applying for a course at NWRC is easy. Our Student Services Team are available to guide you through the application process.

    For more details, contact: 028 7127 6000 or email

    You can also book an appointment with our careers team to chat about your options and make sure you are choosing the best course for you, email

    Full-time course applications are now open online.

  • Our dedicated team of careers staff aim to support students in their educational journey and help them meet their employment potential. Get in touch with careers to arrange a 1-1 appointment or a workshop to aid you in developing your CV. We also have a CV writing tip booklet to guide you step by step.

    Job application unsuccessful? We have interview skills workshops and mock interview sessions available to ensure you’re prepared.

  • For help with your UCAS application call down to the careers desk. Staff can provide you with the UCAS application help booklet and our handy hints and tips booklet for writing personal statements. You can also participate in our UCAS workshops which will assist you in registering and completing your application form.

  • If you don’t have traditional A-Level / GCSE qualifications, we can take into account the knowledge and skills you have gained through work as a foundation for your study.

    This includes learning gained through:

    • Life and work experiences (paid and voluntary)
    • Community-based learning
    • Workplace learning and training
    • Continuing professional development
    • Independent learning

    This process is called Accreditation of Prior Learning (APEL). This means entry through which learning achieved outside education or training is assessed and recognised for academic purposes. Please note if the course requires you to have English Language and /or Maths at GCSE level or equivalent these cannot be assessed through the APEL process.

  • You will be assigned an APEL Adviser who will support you through the process by introducing you to the relevant guidelines, building your confidence as a learner by identifying your strengths and skills and advising you on how to prepare your portfolio of evidence of learning.

    To schedule an appointment with an APEL Advisor in your subject area, contact our Quality Enhancement Unit:

    NOTE: Normally APEL applications need to be made well in advance of the course start date in September.

    To apply or for further information view our College APEL documents below:

  • After completion of your GCSEs you can progress to one of our Level 1/2/3 courses. All courses have specific entry requirements so be sure to check these on our website or speak to a careers advisor.

    Entry requirements based on ROI qualifications usually relate to Leaving Cert or Leaving Cert Applied qualifications. Please consult our prospectus or contact a careers advisor if your highest qualification is Junior Cert. There are some courses listed which do not require any formal entry criteria and these may be a useful starting point in which to build your career progression.

    Completion of our Level 1/2/3 courses will enable you to gain the qualifications needed for progression to higher level qualifications within the college.

  • After successful completion of your A Levels or Leaving Cert you can progress to a higher education course within the college. NWRC have a number of Foundation Degree, HNC and HND qualifications. You also have the option of applying for a HLA – Higher Level Apprenticeship in which you can work with an employer whilst gaining your Foundation Degree.

    The careers team within the college provide careers information, advice and guidance before you apply and throughout your time at the college. We also provide you with information and guidance on how best to progress after course completion.

    Visit our NWRC Jargon Buster for further details on the types of qualification available.

  • Here at NWRC we deliver a wide range of bespoke programmes and interactive workshops to help students plan their education around a clear career path.

    You are more than welcome to arrange a meeting with a career’s advisor.

    To arrange a meeting with us contact us via email

    or call 028 7127 6111

    You can also message us on any of our social media platforms:

     Instagram and LinkedIn

Contact the Careers Academy

Phone: Strand Road Campus 02871 276111, Limavady Campus 02871276175, Strabane Campus 02871278836


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