I joined the Careers Service in 2007, but have actually worked at the university since 2002, when I started work as a Research Associate in Architecture Planning and Landscape, following the completion of my geography PhD. My research focused on the discourses government employs in social and urban policy; and on the theory and practice of regeneration policies in urban and rural areas. The main focus of my work was the Labour Government’s New Deal for Communities programme, and I did most of my fieldwork in exactly the sort of exotic locations you’d expect of a geographer: Hartlepool, Redcar and Newcastle’s West End (though I did once work on an FP7 project that took me off to the Isle of Skye, which was wonderful).
My first job in the Careers Service built on my love of teaching and training that I’d developed as an RA, and I worked with their Curriculum Team on their employability modules for around a year, before I became a Careers Adviser. I’m now the link Careers Adviser for the university’s contract research staff; and PhD students in the faculties of Medical Sciences (FMS), and Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAgE). I also work with the undergraduate and Masters students in the School of Biomedical Sciences, and the undergraduate medics on our MBBS programmes.
My work involves delivering training and workshops to both students, graduates and research staff on careers-related issues; advising academic staff on careers provision; and delivering 1-1 careers guidance. I have recently been appointed as AGCAS Liaison Officer for the NHS, which involves communicating with the NHS on behalf of graduate careers services. I can support you with advice, guidance and coaching any aspect of your career development or career management needs, from working out what you want to do, to application and interview.