I am a professionally qualified Careers Adviser with 25 years of experience of helping people to plan their future career, and to reach their full potential.
My career story: After graduating with a degree in Humanities from Manchester Polytechnic (now Manchester Metropolitan University), I worked 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.
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.
I then became a Senior Employability Adviser for the Sheffield Business School where I supported students to plan their careers and develop their graduate attributes and transferable skills to prepare for the working world.
I now work as a Placement Tutor with students out on placement from the Department of Computing. I assess progress, personal and professional development, and work with students to help them to use this experience to work towards achieving their full employment potential.