The Careers Coaching Centre

At Liverpool College the principal aim of careers guidance education is to ensure that by the time the pupils actually have to make decisions, they are doing so from an informed position. Therefore, we see ourselves as information providers, supporters and mentors who help the students to understand the significance of career development, supporting them through every phase ensuring they make the right career choice for them.

The aim of the Centre is to assis pupils with the smooth transition from year 9, through to choosing GCSE options, in to year 10, supporting them from GCSE's to sixth form study and university applications, vocational study or the world of work.

Having an allocated Careers Coach and HE Advisor to guide students in making choices and exploring career options is a positive benefit for not only the students, but also the parents and staff. Building upon the existing 'Choices' curriculum and excellent tutorial support within the college, Mrs Julia Harvey will be your point of contact and available to discuss your needs whether you're a student or a parent. Please do get in touch via

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Choosing the right course, subject and career pathway is more important than ever and Ms Dolowicz will work with parents and students to consider all options. Careers coaching is goal orientated, gathering information, assessing, research and future planning all being part of the mix. It can also be viewed as mentoring therefore, any problem a pupil may be experiencing regarding choices, careers and courses, are dealt with before they become an issue. Having an allocated careers coach and advisor will help the teaching staff, giving more dedicated time and focus to individual students.

The career space has been set up within the library where Mrs Harvey has established her presence. There is also a Vritual Careers Library located on the Upper School Intranet with resources, links and relevant information for all ages to explore the variety of careers through the written word and film.

Mrs Harvey is based on campus every Thursday from 8.30am-4.30pm during term time, where there's a need. Students can drop by, however they tend to email and make individual appointments. If there is any urgent matter outside of this time, please telephone/ email her or contact your personal tutor.

We pride ourselves on the work that we do for all year groups. Working very closely with ISCO, the Independent Schools Careers Organisation, we are pleased to be supported by our Regional Manager Rod Morley. We fully support our pupils through the Choices Programme which forms part of the curriculum and this introduces them to a whole range of choices and decisions based on a very thorough scheme of work. With regards to Careers and Guidance, we work closely with ISCO to support pupils to consider their options, prepare for work experience, interviews and presentations. In addition we nurture and support vocation, 'calling' and passion for particular careers.

Please click here to read our Timeline of Careers Guidance from years 9-13.

Aims of the Careers and Coaching Centre

  • One to one and small group coaching, support and careers guidance for pupils in years 9-13
  • Regular communication via email to students, staff and parents where relevant, highlighting a range of topics: university open days, taster sessions for year 11, sixth form conferences, experience/work led courses
  • Support the existing role of the personal tutors and choices coordinator with careers advice, guidance, training, coaching and interviewing.
  • Invite alumni in to deliver talks, where possible, with the aim to inspire and motivate students.
  • Continue to develop the newly formed virtual careers library on the Intranet.
  • Deliver workshops and presentations to Year 12 and Year 13 relating to UCAS

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The Virtual Careers Library

A snapshot of recommended links available in the VCL

ISCO - Independent Schools Careers Organisation

Independent professional careers and higher education guidance tailored to the needs of the school. Membership includes Futurewise, personalised careers guidance for students up to the age of 25 years.

UCAS - University and Colleges Admissions Service

The central organisation who process all individual applications for entry into Higher Education


The official website to help you make an informed choice when deciding which UK university or college to apply to. It includes the results of the latest National Student Survey.

Not going to Uni

This is dedicated to helping young people make informed decisions about their future by showing the opportunities that exist outside of university. University is great for many people and UCAS has long existed to show students the courses available. Notgoingtouni shows the other side and can be described as the 'non-graduate UCAS'.

UK University league Tables 2011

Subject League Tables 2011

Ms Dolowicz

About Mrs Harvey (formerly Dolowicz)

I am a counsellor and careers coach with 15 years experience working in educational and therapeutic settings. Coaching individuals to explore their career options and express those ideas onto paper has been something I have done both formally and informally whether for UCAS personal statements or job applications.

Having qualified as a counsellor in 1994, I went on to work as a Lecturer in Health within further and higher education settings, therefore working with not only 16-19 year age group but also adult returners. Over these last 13 years I have worked for Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool Health Promotion Service and more recently at the University of Liverpool in the Student Recruitment and Admissions and Graduate into Employment Unit.

I have just written a book entitled "Writing a UCAS personal statement in seven easy steps", I'm delighted to say it has was published on 29 April 2011. Her second book 'Creating your first ever CV in seven easy steps" will be published on 27 July 2012.

Having always worked with individuals on a private basis from a wide variety of diverse backgrounds, I feel very blessed to be working in this way. An NLP practitioner, I am also a Licensed Buzan iMindMap Instructor and coach individuals who are preparing job applications, interviews and delivering presentations. For more information about my Personal Statement Academy please visit here. I also work as a counsellor please visit here for more information


Contact Details

Mrs Julia Harvey BA Hons Health Dip Couns C&G 7307 NLP Prac Licensed Buzan iMindMap Instructor


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