As a careers adviser I explore with students the opportunities that are available and work with them to increase their career management, employability and job searching skills through a range of activities. This includes increasing their effectiveness through their stages of career decision making and job search, ranging from a better understanding of who they are and what employers look for. I support students suggesting efficient job seeking methods such as targeting their CV/applications, volunteering, networking and speculative applications.
My role involves researching job sectors and keeping up to date with trends and changes in policies, career issues and developments in the in the HE sector, ensuring my knowledge is current.
I manage and mentor the students on our Supported Student Placement Scheme; these paid roles are for students who may have barriers to employment. I support them in reflecting and developing the skills they need to compete in the job market and help them with strategies to increase their confidence and job seeking skills.
I organise four annual careers fairs at University of Suffolk, resulting in our students being aware of the opportunities in their area and able to network with employers and to obtain information on different career fields, work experience opportunities, entry requirements and specific company culture.
Working with employers I manage the University of Suffolk Job Board advertising vacancies and opportunities to University of Suffolk students and alumni.
A member of the Association of Graduate Career Advisory Services (AGCAS), has a BA (Hons) Individual Studies, an NVQ 3 in Advice and Guidance and the CACDP British Sign Language qualification.