Careers Cafe

Career routes are getting more complicated in this fast-changing world. Ensuring you or your child find the ‘right fit’ from the post-16 options can be a complex task.

The Careers Cafe invites 16-18 year olds into a fresh and welcoming environment as an additional or alternative place to explore possible career options after school and college.

Working alongside partners in the careers guidance industry, volunteers provide meaningful time to young people, with an emphasis on listening, and helping them reflect on and explore their skills, interests and passions and how these might fit with possible career paths. 

16-18 Twilight

Grab a coffee and tell us where you’re at…Sessions offer 16-18 year olds the opportunity to take part in informal careers interviews with trained and qualified careers guidance professionals.


Destinations is a programme of activities which bring to life and ‘flesh out’ careers information in an accessible form. ‘Destinations’ features include:

  • Destinations: Backstories – a series of podcasts which follow locally raised and educated professionals  as they take us through their careers route experience so far.
  • Destinations: Live – two evenings (one in spring, one in autumn) of inspiring and informative presentations in ‘Ted Talk’ style, followed by panel discussions, following a launch event at the beginning of 2019 and a summer ‘Fusion’ event for students about to embark on University life.
  • Destinations: Round-Table – Recorded focus groups with Careers professionals, other industry professionals, students on careers options, challenges and experiences to discuss elements of Gatsby Report including schools careers programmes: obstacles and keys; career and labour market trends; bringing out the best in each student; what employers want; winning in the workplace; further and higher education routes; and personal statements.

 All events will be documented as video or audio features to improve access for young people. 

Planted in the friendly Spirit in Sport centre, the Careers Cafe is one of a range of facilities, services, and activities taking place across the week and for people of all backgrounds and needs.