Your bespoke careers advice service.

Whether you’ve got a career plan in mind, or need some help figuring out what to do, our Career Coaches have you sorted. We can offer bespoke advice to fit your needs and qualifications, and help you figure out your next steps… And that’s just the beginning.

It's not just careers...

Career advice isn’t just guidance on jobs. It’s about how you get there too.

As well as advice on career paths, our Career Coaches can also help you with:

  • UCAS/University applications
  • Progression support
  • Course options
  • Transferable skills


I'd like some advice - What's next?

Need some advice but not sure where to go? Here’s the info on where to book any of our services listed on this page.

Looking for face-to-face advice? Awesome – Here’s our availability.

City Centre (Dumballs Road): 

Room 126

Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

Weekends: Closed

Barry (Colcot Road):

Careers & Ideas room (next to reception)

Weekends: Closed

The Careers & Ideas team cover our Barry campus for 3 days every week. Pop on down to the careers room and we’ll be able to see you on the spot, or schedule an appointment with you if a Career Coach isn’t available that day.

Alternatively, you can email us at to schedule an appointment on a specific time and day.

All other sites:

Pop us an email at We’ll check our availability for a Career Coach to see you at your campus.

Looking for advice by phone? No problem.

Send us an email at and include the following information:

  • What you need advice on
  • The best time to call you
  • The best number to contact you on
  • Your student number, if you have one

We’ll aim to get back to you within 2 working days. Please be aware that during busy times (August/September) it may take us a little longer, but we aim to provide support as quickly as we can.

Want some advice via email? We’ve got you covered.

Send us an email at and let us know what you’d like some support with.

Remember to tell us what you’d like help with, as well as any other information that might be relevant to your query. The more information we have, the quicker we can help you.

We’ll aim to get back to you within 2 working days. Please be aware that during busy times (August/September) it may take us a little longer, but we aim to provide support as quickly as we can.

Your Career Coaches

Melissa Wilson:

With a background in university admissions and a keen interest in the education sector, it’s Melissa’s priority to ensure that all learners get the chance they deserve to achieve their goals.

  • Construction
  • Business, Finance and IT
  • ESOL

Kevin Doherty:

Kevin has worked at numerous student unions, universities and colleges in a pastoral care role. He’s a friendly face who is excited help our learners with careers guidance.

  • Building Services
  • Creative Arts
  • Healthcare

Liz Lewis:

Previously working as a Rowing Coach for Welsh Rowing, Liz is dedicated to supporting the next generation of learners in achieving their goals.

  • General Education
  • Aerospace
  • Sports and Public Services
  • Travel and Tourism

Lucas Eldridge:

Lucas comes from a creative arts and music background, and has also had experience in service, retail and corporate industries. Lucas is keen to foster growth and passion in learners to ensure they are pursuing their pathways.

  • Automotive & Engineering
  • Hair & Beauty
  • Hospitality

The coaches above will also handle enquiries from on a case-by-case basis:

  • ESOL
  • General Education
  • Higher Education
  • Access


For all career support enquiries, please email us at

Please note that we do not handle enquiries about working at the college; Please visit CAVC’s core site here for information on roles within the college here.

Blogs and Resources

Here are some of our favourite careers resources, blogs, and organisations. Check them out for some additional careers advice and guidance!

The National Careers Service is the UK Government’s careers advice service. You can find information about hundreds of career pathways, training opportunities, and progression choices here.

Prospects offers advice and guidance on a huge number of career pathways. Not sure how to get to your dream career? Prospects is the place to go.

Careers Wales can help you to plan your career, prepare to get a job, and find and apply for the right apprenticeships, courses and training.

ACT  have hundreds of opportunities and vacancies specifically for young people who are looking to get started in the world of work or improve on their career prospects.

If you’re applying to University, you’ll need to get familiar with UCAS. They’ve got a range of guides and resources to help you with anything from setting up your account, to writing a great personal statement. Check the guides out here.

If you’re interested in apprenticeships but not sure where to go, check out the Government’s apprenticeships site. It’s full of useful advice and guidance to help you on your way.