I joined the University as Director of Employability and Careers in May 2016 having worked at Nestlé heading up the team that delivers the entry level recruitment and development programmes for the organisation.
Previous to Nestlé, I had the opportunity to work across multiple sectors in a variety of HR roles, enabling me to develop a broad commercial understanding, which will be crucial in order to add real value to my role at the University. My career has stretched across Consulting, Banking, Legal and FMCG, with my recent roles focused on leading Early Careers Recruitment and Development programmes for Irwin Mitchell LLP.
I am an honorary Vice-President on the Board of the Association of Graduate Recruiters. This role is crucial for me to maintain employer links and for me to understand the changing landscape within our industry. I have held this position for 2 years and I am currently sponsoring a membership project, which encompasses a full review of our provision to ensure that the organisation is delivering against the needs of our diverse membership group.
Inspiring and supporting a new generation of talent is a personal passion for me and I am relishing the opportunity to drive this agenda forward at the University of York. My broad experience and previous success of delivering a long-term early careers strategy will enable me to shape the future direction of the employability agenda at the University of York.
I am a Psychology graduate from Durham, which provides me with a good understanding of how colleges can enhance the student experience and student employability.
Careers offers a wide range of opportunities, activities and advisory services, all aimed at enhancing the employability of York students and graduates. Support for students includes:
Employability tutorial: the online tutorial has been developed to guide students through the process of developing their employability skills and producing their own personal employability plan
Careers events: a programme of careers fairs, sector briefings, skills sessions and workshops on a range of topics, enabling students to develop employability skills, explore different sectors of employment and network with potential employers
Information, advice and guidance:
Skills and reflection: the York Award: a programme of skills and personal development for undergraduate students, designed to complement curriculum provision and encourage self- reflection
Volunteering: funding and consultancy for students who wish to build their employability skills through pursuing community projects; facilitated projects, signposting to local volunteering opportunities etc.
Enterprise centre: advice and guidance for student entrepreneurs, business competitions and projects, allowing students to explore the concepts underlying entrepreneurship or supporting them to take the first steps towards developing a business.
Work with academic departments includes: