College's careers service guided student through 'best steps to take for future’

City and Islington College A-Level student Lale Hanalp

City and Islington College A-Level student Lale Hanalp - Credit: CANDI

The Careers Service at City and Islington College (CANDI) provides a wealth of information, support and guidance - whether you’re looking to go to university or get into work.

A-Level student Lale Hanalp, 17, explains how the service has helped her gain new skills and boosted her prospects.

Tell us a bit about yourself

I am studying A-Levels in Politics, Psychology and English Literature.

I hope to go on to university and study law and eventually become a corporate lawyer.

How has the Careers Services team’s knowledge and expertise helped you plan for your future?

The careers advisors guided me through all my options and the best steps you need to take to get there.

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They were very helpful and gave their honest opinion for me to make the best decisions to better myself.

They’ve provided amazing opportunities to gain insight and experience with employers and offered support with writing CVs and personal statements.

What activities and events have the Careers Service put on that have helped you?

One of the opportunities presented to me was Career Ready, a national charity that works with employers and colleges to support young people get skills for their careers.

You’re paired with a business mentor according to your career ambitions to develop your skills and experience.

The Careers Service also runs a group called Legal Action, which has included sessions with universities, law firms and other organisations.

I attended careers days with international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills about its five-year Network Scholars Programme, which also included activities to improve our teamwork and leadership skills and build our confidence

Why should potential students take advantage of the Careers Service and what it offers?

Getting involved in the huge range of activities offered by the Careers Service gives you a real sense of achievement and is a great boost to your confidence.

It also shows future employers that you care and are passionate about work and your future job prospects.

What advice would you give to prospective students looking for career advice?

Widen your knowledge on the types of careers you want to do. You might be surprised by the jobs that match your skills and interests.

Don’t be afraid to take a risk and choose opportunities the college offers that may not be directly linked to what you want to do in the future.

You’re still gaining experience and refining key skills.

Apply now to study A Levels and vocational courses at CANDI this September at candi.ac.uk