Careers & Work Skills

Start gaining the skills and experience for your career

Preparation for your future career is at the heart of everything we do at ACC. Starting with the skills and knowledge you gain from your course, you will develop both professionally and personally from a full programme of weekly sessions and special activities and events.

Our experience and connections in the creative and digital industries means we can tailor our careers service to meet the needs of aspiring young talent. You will grow your portfolio and explore how to become entrepreneurial. At the same time you will develop your workplace and wider skills for general employment, or perhaps a portfolio career.

You will also be presented with opportunities to develop live work experience and to have personal careers guidance on request.

The full programme of the careers service can be found below.

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  • Careers Course Sessions
  • Careers Enrichment & Workskills Programme
  • Group Tutorials & 1-2-1 Reviews
  • Personal Guidance
Careers Course Sessions

A weekly one-hour professional development session designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge for future success. Topics include:

  • Inspirations, Values & Aspirations
  • Creative Careers including UCAS
  • Careers Toolkit including Digital Skills, Career Action Plan and CVs
  • Work Skills
  • Working in Teams
  • Branding & Marketing
  • Preparing for Employment
  • Networking & Enterprise
  • Next Steps

A full programme of out-of-timetable activities designed to provide you with valuable enrichment and employability skills. These include:

  • Next Step Training Fairs featuring universities and apprenticeship providers.
  • Next Step Careers Fairs featuring regional employers, entrepreneurs and organisations scheduled to coincide with National Careers Week.
  • Free membership and participation in Creative UK’s Creative Coalition members’ event.
  • Industry Takeover #1 dedicated to skills development with industry professionals.
  • Industry Takeover #2 covering career journeys with ACC alumni and industry professionals scheduled to coincide with National Careers Week.
  • End-of-year ACC Experience Creative Project offering work experience via a brief from a leading charity.
  • Off-campus Cultural/Enrichment Activities or work-related visits.
  • Career Action Planning and goal setting.
  • Digital Skills development via creating a professional profile website.
  • Work Experience/Placement opportunities.
  • The opportunity to showcase your work via the ACC Awards & Showcases.
  • Careers Opportunities website which curates live opportunities across the creative and digital industries, offering you the potential to enrich and broaden your experience.
Group Tutorials & 1-2-1 Reviews

Gain support from course leaders on personal development and planning your progress and next steps via:

  • Personal development and wellbeing.
  • UCAS and university progression sessions.
  • Termly 1-2-1 reviews for personal and professional development target setting.
  • Next Steps progression sessions and destination setting.
Personal Guidance

ACC works in partnership with Positive Steps to provide identified students with the opportunity for a 1-2-1 Personal Careers Guidance session with a qualified level 6 careers advisor. This session delivers extra support for learners who maybe struggling with their career plans. It is a bookable online service which explores:

  • Career plans and ambitions.
  • Potential barriers to success.
  • Next step goals.
  • Support services and specialist resources.


All students have access to services provided by the National Careers Service including personalised careers guidance and telephone and web chat support.

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The ACC Careers Service provides CEIAG services for all ACC students.

The ACC Careers Leader is Martin Smith.

Martin can be contacted at