After graduating with a degree in Humanities from Manchester Polytechnic (now Manchester Metropolitan University), I worked in a wide variety of different roles. These mainly involved working with young people and adults with learning disabilities. I became interested and committed to enabling others to make more independent choices for themselves.
After gaining my postgraduate diploma in Careers Guidance from Manchester Metropolitan University, I became a school Careers Adviser and studied for a second postgraduate diploma in Careers Education from Nottingham Trent University.
I was then a team manager in the Connexions service in Manchester for 6 years, leading multidisciplinary teams helping young people into education and employment in some of the most deprived wards in the country. This gave me an insight into many of the barriers faced by young people to getting into Higher Education.
After the Careers and Connexions services were disbanded by the Coalition government in 2011, I became a University practitioner and got my first job at Sheffield Hallam in 2011.
In my role as Careers and Employability Consultant, I liaised with academic departments to develop employability curriculum content — offering consultation, advice and also direct delivery to students. I also provided in-depth careers guidance appointments to students and graduates and managed a team of Employability Advisers in the College of Social Sciences and Arts.
I am currently a Senior Employability Adviser for the Sheffield Business School at Sheffield Hallam University. I support students to plan their careers and develop their develop graduates attributes and transferable skills to prepare for the working world.
I see students individually, deliver employability sessions in the curriculum and run extra-curricular events for the department of Management (International Business, Languages, Business Economics). I also provide in-depth careers guidance appointments to students and graduates. I enjoy helping people to plan their future career, and to reach their full potential.
I am the named adviser for LGBT students and a member of the Employability service's Equality and Diversity team.
I am a member and former chair of SIGNAL, the staff LGBT network at Sheffield Hallam.