From 1 August 2013 I started a new role in the Lifelong Learning Centre (LLC). If you started your course before 2013, you will have known me as the Student Experience Officer. That role has now passed to our new(ish) colleague, Paul Devlin, and I have a new job title: Careers Education and Guidance Officer. I have already had the pleasure of meeting some returning students wearing my ‘new hat’ and have also been making the acquaintance of some of the new student intake in group sessions during freshers’ week. I hope to see more of everyone as the session goes on.
There are two aspects to my new job. On the ‘guidance’ side I will continue to be available to students for information, advice and guidance about student finance. I will also continue to help Mohammed Hussain with the LLC’s pre-entry guidance service. In a new development, I will be offering one-to-one guidance to students already on course: you can make an appointment with me to discuss where your programme might take you and how you can get there, get help with career planning and support with applying for roles (paid or voluntary). I can also discuss (in confidence) your situation should you think that the course you have started is not the right one for you. Please contact LLC reception to make an appointment: 0113 343 3212 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ‘careers education’ side of my work will encompass a variety of activities. I am planning to get more careers and employability support into programmes through my presence in the classroom and in the VLE, including bringing to your attention careers-related events and other personal development opportunities on campus. As part of these I will be also be developing a range of optional careers activities in the LLC which I hope will be of interest. These will complement those already on offer from the University Careers Centre. If there’s anything specific that you think would be helpful in your career development, please get in touch – I’ll see if I can organise it!
As a starting point I have established two resources. There is now a ‘Careers’ noticeboard in the LLC resource area (just to the right of the study skills library in the corner) on which I will advertise events, jobs and opportunities which might particularly appeal to LLC students. There is also now a careers webpage here on our website which provides useful links to a wide range of further information.
I look forward to meeting you during the year.