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Careers Consultant

Requisition ID:  450

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date:  24-Oct-2019



We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £30,942.00 - £32,817.00 

Closing Date: 24 November 2019


The role


This is an exciting opportunity to join an award winning Careers Service in a varied post working with an engineering, maths and physics caseload. As a Careers Consultant your responsibilities will include:

• working in collaboration with academic and professional services staff in the development, delivery and monitoring of School Employability and Enterprise Plans
• 1:1 careers guidance with students/graduates in your caseload and centrally to support their progression into the job market
• developing and delivering innovative and interactive workshops centrally and as part of degree programmes
• establishing and maintaining strong relationships with colleagues across the Careers Service, Faculty, Organisational Development and wider university
• building occupational knowledge and developing relationships with employers
• leading on team, School or service wide initiatives.

You must have a degree (or equivalent) and a professional qualification in careers guidance (or commitment to work towards one). Enterprising and self-motivated with personal impact, team and communication skills, you will have significant experience of 1-1 advice/guidance/coaching and of teaching, training or facilitating group work. You must be able to deal sensitively and productively with students, colleagues, and employers.


This is a full time, fixed term post available until the end of December 2020.

Interested applicants are welcome to discuss the role with Chris Traynor, Guidance Team Manager on 0191 208 8050.


Key Accountabilities


  • Conduct 1-1 careers advice sessions with students and graduates of any degree discipline and offer in-depth careers guidance interviews to students and graduates from a designated caseload.
  • Liaise and collaborate with academic staff and other stakeholders to both gather and provide information on student attitudes/needs, graduate employment issues and developments in relevant career areas and generally support them in their work as it affects the employability of graduates.
  • Negotiate and monitor an annual Employability & Enterprise Action Plans with relevant staff in allocated Schools, Faculties, Graduate Schools and central services. This involves analysing student engagement data and developing appropriate intervention plans informed by this.
  • Devise, prepare and deliver a range of interactive group presentations and workshops both centrally and in designated Schools, Faculties and Graduate Schools, based on a number of core themes, to develop the career management skills of the University’s students and graduates.
  • Maintain a thorough knowledge and understanding of a wide range of employers, occupations, recruitment procedures, labour market trends etc. in order to provide a high quality, informed service to our customers. This includes visiting and hosting graduate employers on campus.
  • Contribute to the planning and delivery of some of the major careers projects or events on campus: this includes determining the format, recruiting speakers where appropriate, ensuring the delivery and organising publicity.
  • Contribute to the implementation of University policy and practice in relation to careers education, information and guidance by representing the Careers Service at appropriate committees.
  • Contribute to a range of working parties and within these take responsibility for specific activities e.g. devise core sessions, develop course materials, review workbooks.
  • Take the lead for developing the services we offer to specific customer groups: e.g. graduates, international students, disabled students, widening participation.
  • Any other duties commensurate with the role and grade of the post.


The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • An up-to-date understanding of the graduate labour market
  • A good understanding of the HE sector: its business, latest developments and issues
  • Thorough awareness of current national developments and issues in Careers Education, Information and Guidance
  • Self-reliance skills to manage and prioritise a complex work-load
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to teamwork and network
  • High level career guidance skills
  • Ability to devise and deliver interactive group sessions and workshops



Attributes and Behaviour


  • Proactive and outward looking approach to making positive new connections
  • Genuine interest in people and their development
  • Flexible and adaptable attitude in the work place
  • Very close attention to detail
  • Evidence of completing agreed tasks in a timely fashion
  • Proven record of drive, motivation and achievement
  • A willingness to embrace change, and to seek out and implement best practice to enhance your work




  • A professional qualification in careers guidance (at Level 6 or above) or willingness and aptitude to work towards this qualification
  • Educated to at least degree level (or equivalent)




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Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

Requisition ID: 450