What is your role at the University and what do you most enjoy?
I work as a Senior Careers Consultant in Student Opportunity and I am also the link Careers Consultant for the Department of Economics. The aspect of my work that I most enjoy is working in collaboration with students to help them make decisions about their career thinking.
On several days each week students from Economics can book 1:1 appointments. For those of you reading this who haven’t experienced a careers guidance appointment before, this is an opportunity to explore ideas with a qualified careers professional who can help you to clarify your thoughts, ideas, knowledge, experiences and options.
My work with Economics students also includes:
- Suggesting approaches to secure internships/work experience
- Fine tuning improvements to job search strategies
- Providing specialist guidance on specific economics and finance related career areas.
- Bespoke mock interviews and provision of feedback in a safe environment to develop interview skills and confidence
- Providing strengths profile debrief meetings, particularly for students who are applying for employers using strengths based recruitment
- Updating the Student Opportunity & Economics Facebook Group with relevant posts.
What is your best bit of advice to give students who ask about how to choose a job area or sector which would suit them?
I’m a strong advocate of playing to your strengths, so my advice would be to ask yourself whether a job will enable you to play to your individual strengths. You are more likely to be successful doing a job which energises and interests you. You can do an individual strengths profile on the www.jobmi.com website.