Sonia is the Careers and Employability Adviser working closely with the Suffolk Business School and the School of Engineering, Arts, Science, and Technology offering curriculum-based sessions, workshops, and 1-2-1 career coaching appointments.
Her primary role is to work with students, researchers, and graduates to support them with planning their careers, developing their employability, making informed career choices, and achieving their objectives.
She is also the project lead for the Work Experience Bursary designed to support students looking for financial support to undertake work experience or to boost their employability through a personal or professional development opportunity.
Additionally, Sonia manages the partnership with Sanctuary Graduates which brings fantastic graduate job opportunities directly to University of Suffolk’ Students and provides support and funding for our disadvantaged students.
Studied Psychology in Portugal and she has experienced a variety of roles such as HR Consultant in a multinational recruitment agency Randstad and Careers and People Development Consultant at Porto Business School – University of Porto. In 2020/21 completed the Postgraduate Certificate Academic Practice (PGCAP) and received a professional postgraduate qualification attaining international professional recognition as a Fellow of Higher Education (FHEA) awarded by Advance HE.
Sonia’s big piece of advice to students: Make use of Careers, Employability, and Enterprise services early on in your studies and find the right support.