Careers News

The Careers Diary contains many important dates for November, such as upcoming Virtual Open Day Events, Mock Teaching Interviews, and reminders for UCAS Deadlines. Check out the diary below for more information.
  • Careers Diary – November 2020

  • Engineer Your Career is a NEW, free, virtual event

    Taking place on 4th March, the event is aimed at all students through to postgraduates and early career changers. The event will coincide with World Engineering Day to join the celebration of Engineering as a career.

    Hosted by Campus Media, the event is designed to stream live and watch on demand, showcasing the best of UK engineering talent & employers where you will gain valuable insights into different engineering roles and organisations. Offering the perfect chance to discover more about the industry, talk to employers about their opportunities and get advice on how to work within an industry that is shaping our world.

    Here’s what to expect on the day:
    • Advice from inspiring speakers
    • Youth panel talks about apprenticeship and graduate routes into engineering
    • Engineering – myth V reality
    • Engineering in the RAF, live panel & careers insights
    • Soft Skills workshop
    • Further education courses to study
    • Employer insights

    For more information visit:

    Northern Regional College Online Open Day 

    This year we are hosting our open day online on Monday 1 March 2021.  We would like to invite students and parents/guardians to join us online at to find out more about our range of qualifications and subject areas. There will be information on how we support students on the next step in their career journey, student services, the admissions process and virtual campus tours. 

    Applications/Course Guides

    Course Guides outlining our Higher Education (HE) and full-time Further Education (FE)/Work-based learning provision are due to be delivered to all schools in the next few weeks and can be downloaded from our website.  Online applications are also now open for courses starting in September 2021.  

    As an excellent alternative to university, we offer a number of HE courses. These include: Foundation Degrees, Higher Level Apprenticeships (HLA) and Higher National Diplomas. We have introduced a new HLA in Supply Chain and Logistics at our Newtownabbey campus. These courses offer an excellent progression route to university and include some exemptions. Students can apply directly to the College for HE courses without affecting their UCAS application (with the exception of the full-time Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies which may be available in UCAS Clearing).   

    Our post-16 options include GCSE and A Level equivalent courses as well as Traineeships and Apprenticeships. Subject areas include: Engineering, Hair & Beauty, Hospitality, Tourism & Sport, Creative & Digital Media, Health and Social Care, Performing Arts and traditional trades such as Plumbing, Joinery and Motor Vehicle.  Details of all our courses are available on our website 

    The University of Nottingham Summer Schools are open to Year 12 students at state-maintained schools and colleges. Participants will enjoy a week-long Nottingham experience in their choice of subjects and will also receive support with the UCAS application process and HE transition through to Year 13.
    Students who complete the Summer School are eligible for an enhanced contextual offer (up to two grades lower) for most University of Nottingham courses. If a student enrols as a full-time undergraduate (home UK) at the University of Nottingham after attending this programme they automatically qualify for a bursary worth £1,000 for each year of undergraduate study.
    Apply online by midday 2nd March.

    Bookings are now open for the Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences 2021
    The conference is available to students from all UK schools and colleges currently in Year 12 or equivalent, studying for A Levels or comparable qualifications. The conference includes
    • Up-to-date information on applying to Oxford and Cambridge (including Student Experience)
    • Live Q&A sessions with course academics and current undergraduate students
    • Opportunity to hear about sports and societies at both Universities
    • Sessions from our current undergraduate students about applying, settling in to life at both Universities and their course of study
    • Support staff will be available for a live Q&A session, including Careers, Student Funding and the Disability team
    • Information for teachers and HE advisors
    • A full timetable of talks and sessions will be available nearer the time.
      Bookings for the Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences 2021 will be different to previous year’s. This year, we are asking teachers and students to book themselves on to the conference. Full information on how to book tickets can be found here.

    The Royal Air Force Attract/Outreach Team in Northern Ireland would like to draw attention to the process and options available for young people who may have an interest in a Royal Air Force Career RAF Recruitment RAF Apprenticeships

    Have you ever thought about studying a Higher Education course at Northern Ireland’s largest, multi award-winning College? Check out the top 5 reasons to study at Belfast Met.
  • Study at Belfast Met

  • Kingsbridge Training Academy would like to make you aware of their Interview Skills Preparation for Students Applying to Nursing and Midwifery in 2021. For more information check the flyer below:
  • Interview Skills Preparation for Students Applying to Nursing and Midwifery

  • PwC have a number of apprenticeship roles live now for 2021 School & College leavers. The deadline for applications is 11th December 2020 and more information can be found on their UK Student Careers Website As UCAS applications have now opened, just a reminder about the PwC/QUB Tech Degree Apprenticeship in Software Enginering with Digital Technology PwC have also created an Employability Hub.This is a great virtual tool to support students to develop key employability skills and help them through the recruitment process

    Year 13 Students are invited to participate in the Nuffield Research Placements Summer 2021. The program will run in situ, blended or online. It will provide the students with a very important research experience to acquire high level skills and help to inform career decisions. Additionally, the students will achieve a prestigious certificate upon completing the program that will be very distinguished on their UCAS application. Who is available to apply?
    1. Year 13 students that are doing AS level subjects or equivalent BTEC.
    2. The projects are available in a wide range of subjects from STEM to Social sciences and IT.
    3. There is one pathway that is means – tested and pays the student a bursary.
    4. There is another pathway which is not means – tested and is open to all students
    How to apply?
    1. Means – tested pathway application is by online application from Monday 9th November
    2. The non means tested pathway open to all students and will be through an online application in the Sentinus website from Monday 16th November

    Liverpool John Moores University have published their November Outreach Bulletin.
  • LJMU November Outreach Bulletin

  • Trinity College Dublin recently held a zoom call with Ballymena Academy in advance of their Virtual Open Day on November 7th. Much of the useful information from this call has been compiled into a series of slides in this powerpoint presentation.

    The University of Dundee is now using Unibuddy. This platform connects people directly with University of Dundee students where you can ask about student life, the transition to University or anything else you want to know about what it’s really like to study with us. You can chat with our students now using the link below.

    Link: Uni Buddy 

    Queen’s University Belfast in partnership with PwC are pleased to announce another year of recruitment for our higher-level degree apprenticeship in Software Engineering, for those starting in September 2021.

    The Medic Portal are running a one-day Medical School Interview Course, delivered live online. The course features a full-length online mock interview and a 85,000-word workbook. Find out more information here

    The University of Ulster are running a webinar to help prepare candidates for the 2021 HPAT. The HPAT is required for Physiotherapy, Dietetics, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy, Diagnostic Radiotherapy and Imaging, Radiotherapy and Oncology, and Speech & Language Therapy at the University of Ulster.

    The NHS has published a guidance booklet on financial support for new and continuing nursing, midwifery and allied heath professional students

    Swansea University provide useful information here relating to subject choices for those wishing to pursue a career in Medical Science

    Information from the Management School at Queen’s University Belfast on Language and Business Undergraduate Programmes