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Amy Carpenter

Head of Careers, Employability and Enterprise

Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship

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Amy Carpenter

Business Engagement, Careers and Employability

T: +44 (0)1473 338 406


Amy joined the University of Suffolk in August 2021 as Head of Careers, Employability and Enterprise, and is responsible for the leadership and strategic oversight of the team, whilst also being heavily involved in wider University work and activity in this area. Her ambition is for Suffolk students to become graduates that are ready for their futures in an uncertain and ever-changing world. Amy is a Registered Career Development Professional (RCDP) and member of the Career Development Institute, having achieved a Distinction in her PGDip Career Coaching.

She has previously worked across all strands of University Careers Services, including employer engagement, advice and guidance, event organisation, launching targeted initiatives, data analysis and embedding employability into degree programmes. During her Higher Education career, Amy has also undertaken a secondment as Assistant Manager to an Alumni and Development Team, providing her with fantastic insights that continue to support her work in Careers to the current day. Most recently, Amy was the Careers Adviser for Social Sciences at the University of Essex, taking a lead on employability activity within the large Faculty. In addition to setting strategic plans for the year ahead, offering 1:1 careers guidance, and organising additional opportunities, she was responsible for designing, developing and teaching a large number of compulsory modules to assist students with their Career Development Learning. One standout moment for Amy during this role was the creation and presentation of a workshop for the Class of 2021, where she co-delivered alongside a colleague and the University Chancellor, and ex Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow!

Prior to working in HE, Amy worked for an international Insurance Broker, recruiting interns and apprentices, as well as organising a variety of work experience placements and insight events. She also gained experience within retail management whilst working for an international retailer. Amy is a proud UCS (as it was formerly known!) and University of Suffolk graduate, having gained a 1st class BA (Hons) Business Management degree, which included an award for Best Dissertation, from the Suffolk Business School.