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Careers Consultant

Requisition ID:  24974

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  20-Jan-2023


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.


What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues 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.


Salary: £32,348 to £34,308 with progression to £42,155 per annum


Closing Date: 26 February 2023


The Role


This is an exciting opportunity to join a fast paced and forward-thinking Careers Service that plays a crucial role in helping students from across the University to identify and progress into a variety of highly fulfilling career destinations.


The role of Careers Consultant is wide ranging and instrumental in supporting students to explore and create opportunities and to develop as professional, adaptable and engaged graduates capable of positively shaping their own futures and that of the world around them. You will work with undergraduate and postgraduate students from a variety of subject disciplines and key 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 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 would be beneficial whilst graduate recruitment / industry experience would also be useful. Enterprising and self-motivated with personal impact, team and communication skills, you will have good understanding of the graduate labour market along with 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.


Interested applicants are welcome to discuss the role with Chris Traynor, Guidance Team Manager by emailing


Interviews to be held: Thursday 9 March 2023


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 Plan 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
  • May include some occasional evening work for specific core business needs e.g.  Hosting employer presentations, workshops and 1-1 interactions with graduates for whom our normal working hours are not appropriate


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
  • High level career guidance skills and significant experience of 1-1 advice/guidance work in the workplace or voluntary setting
  • Ability to devise and deliver interactive group sessions and workshops and significant experience of facilitating group work in the workplace
  • Self-reliance skills to manage and prioritise a complex workload
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to teamwork and network
  • 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
  • A willingness to embrace change, and to seek out and implement best practice to enhance your work
  • An ability to analyse and interpret data to evaluate the effectiveness of different interventions and develop evidence led action plans


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Uses clear, concise and accurate communication, tailoring the approach accordingly and encouraging a two-way communication process   
  • Works collaboratively with others, plays a positive role in teams and establishes and grows relationships across the organisation where different skills, expertise and opinions are valued 
  • Manages time and resources by prioritising and organising effectively 
  • Works continually towards achieving excellent service delivery through understanding and meeting / exceeding the expectations of the area, the University, students, colleagues and other stakeholders  
  • Recognises the need for change and is forward looking. Promotes the benefits of change to others and regularly comes up with new ideas. Has the willingness to adopt new ways of working and to make improvements 



  • A professional qualification in careers guidance (preferably at Level 7 although we may consider Level 6 for candidates with suitable experience) or a willingness and aptitude to work towards such a qualification
  • Educated to at least degree level (or equivalent)



The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University is also a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 24974