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Support and advice for personal tutors

Our aims in brief:

  • To support personal tutors in helping students make the most of their whole student experience
  • To work with students to enable them to create and achieve their vision of career success
  • To enable students to develop their personal, academic and career management skills
  • To encourage students to become autonomous learners, independently accessing resources.

What we provide:

A professionally trained senior careers consultant who is responsible for supporting students and recent graduates from your department. Arrangements for work undertaken in the department are agreed at the annual departmental strategic review meeting with the Head of Deptartment. Your careers consultant will provide clinic appointments' within the department, longer careers guidance appointments centrally and departmentally where appropriate and tailored careers workshops. They may work with students to arrange departmental alumni events and contribute to tailored job sector events. They regularly attend SSLCs and liaise with the departmental student careers rep.

  • The Student Careers and Skills Information by department pages
  • Job search advice: short diagnostic 20 minute meeting to provide advice, help getting started on career planning, specific career enquiries or referral to longer appointment where needed
  • Careers guidance: 30 minute in-depth appointment to explore career planning issues in more depth. May cover a range of topics around planning, decision making, research. Discussion may also explore broader issues where relevant
  • Sector events: a series of events that focus on specific sectors, the range of career options and choices open to students within that field
  • Employer presentations: employers visit campus to present their company and talk about career opportunities
  • Career workshops: tailored sessions delivered in the department designed to meet needs of students within a specific discipline. May include effective networking, what can I do with a (specific) degree?
  • Student careers and skills reps: volunteers who have applied for unpaid roles as departmental links, who liaise with careers consultant to support in marketing relevant activities and events to fellow students.


Personal tutors may refer students they are concerned about directly to the departmental careers consultant. Issues we can provide support for include:

  • students who are not happy on their course who may wish to change/withdraw or be helped to make the most of their experience if unable to leave
  • those who are underperforming and unlikely to achieve a 2:1, making them less likely to secure a graduate job offer
  • students who have little or no idea of how to get started on their career planning
  • those with no work experience
  • those who lack confidence or are anxious
  • those who may need to be encouraged to engage in career planning
  • those who have left their career planning until after their finals we continue to offer support and workshops during the summer term
  • support for graduates requiring further support–this is free for 3 years after graduation
  • tutors may also want to encourage students to participate in relevant skills sessions.

Skills programmes to support academic success and personal development

Free and voluntary skills programmes to help students to effectively manage their transition; into, during and exit of their higher education journey and enhance their academic success, employability and quality of life choices. Through engaging with opportunities to develop academic, personal and career management skills, students are able to enhance their ability to study more effectively, develop their self-confidence and self-awareness.

The main aims of the programmes are to provide opportunities for students to access skills support and development as and when they require it and a time and place that suits. All sessions have an experiential focus and encourage students to develop self-awareness by actively reflecting on their learning and subsequently developing their action plans for application to their study and personally and to consider on-going future development.

What is offered:

Both programmes offer sessions throughout the academic year and include; 3 hour workshops, 30 minute 1:1 sessions to support academic performance, events, activities and on-line resources.

We will work with students around; making the most of lectures, participating in seminars, making presentations, writing essays and assignments, developing effective study strategies, revising for exams, thinking reading and note making and referencing and avoiding plagiarism, managing their workload and reflecting on their progress.

Getting started: both programmes offer introductory workshops to help get students started on their skills development in a systematic way, where students consider their current skills and preferred learning styles and identify areas for future development. Students will also discuss the concept of reflection and action planning as useful tools for personal development.

Warwick Skills Portfolio Award: attendance at 4 workshops for the programmes will give students the opportunity to compile a personal skills portfolio through Moodle leading to a University of Warwick Certificate: the Warwick Skills Portfolio Award.

Dedicated departmental support: where appropriate we will provide tailored workshops to support academic success which can be scheduled at a time and place to support your student needs.

If there are further topic areas you would like included within the programmes we would like to hear about these. Email: 

Access to all employer-related activities, vacancies, work experience and workshops

Students can access information about events & careers fairs including job sector events, employer workshops and presentations. Central workshops on CVs and applications, interview skills, assessment centres, academic writing, note taking, speed reading, managing their time and exam revision.

Students use myAdvantage to book onto events and workshops, arrange to see a job search adviser for a 1 to 1 CV or applications check or for job search support or meet with a study skills consultant for 1 to 1 support around academic performance.

The help desk in the Learning Grid University House is for students to be able to access advice, support and referral face to face, on the phone or via email.

What do Warwick graduates do?

Did you know? Warwick was ranked 2nd by top graduate recruiters in the 2011 High Flyers survey and best Russell Group for university careers advice in the 2011 ISB student survey.

Did you know? 75% of graduate recruiters are happy to recruit graduates of any discipline.