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Career Development Consultant Job Description

Updated: Jun 20

Job Purpose-Career Development Consultant Job Description

To deliver career development programmes of support and interventions to students and graduates by providing services to individuals and groups via various mediums including face-to-face, telephone/Skype/online, and email guidance and workshops.

To work across the team to engage external stakeholders in development opportunities for students in securing employer input to both in-curricular and extra-curricular activities.

To work collaboratively with colleagues across campus to support students’ professional development both during their time with us and as part of our lifelong careers support provision.

Key Responsibilities-Career Development Consultant Job Description

Design and deliver programmes to support student skills and career development for Subject area students and target student groups in order to:

i. Increase their understanding of the labour market context and help them research


ii. Enable them to evaluate their skills and strengths, and how to articulate these;

iii. Raise students’ awareness of wide-ranging opportunities including Enterprise and Further Study, as well as graduate jobs;

iv. Provide practical support and coaching to help students apply successfully for positions in employment within the UK, EU and internationally;

v. Provide practice with employer assessments, staying abreast of new assessments as they emerge in the market;

vi. Liaise with employers, external sector associations and subject areas to continuously innovate skills training in line with the needs of graduate employers.

Act as the lead point of contact for designated Subject areas ensuring the development and delivery of an impactful programme of support aimed at improving levels of Graduate Employability.

Monitor, evaluate and collate statistics that can inform and provide regular feedback and reports on progress at team meetings and other fora, as appropriate.

Design, lead and manage projects for targeted student groups in alignment with broader university strategy.

Lead and contribute to specialist portfolios (e.g. disclosed disability etc.)

Provide career development appointments to designated student groups and individuals.

Lead on employer engagement in designated subject areas, working in partnership with both academic colleagues and the Employer Engagement Team to align business development with Subject areas and central university strategy.

Work in partnership with academic colleagues to enhance employability content in the curriculum, especially external input such as employer projects.

Signpost and support students’ access to relevant industry networks.

Ensure that Career Development services are effectively communicated to all students in the designated subject areas using appropriate methods and channels.

Generic Duties and Responsibilities

Provide a quality information, advice and guidance, and career development service to ALL students; appropriate to their needs and to improve their chances of entering Graduate roles once they graduate.

Build relationships with students, academics and other internal stakeholders to coordinate support for students and guide them to overcome barriers to Graduate employment.

Collaborate across the team to coordinate service provision that is bespoke and impactful in supporting students’ graduate employability and providing a no wrong door approach to employability support.

Network with employers, external agencies, and support providers to maximise the opportunities for students to enter Graduate employment.

Provision of employability support; developing essential skills and an understanding of how they can apply learning in an ever-changing labour market.

Maintain specialist knowledge relating to national and international labour markets, focusing particularly on the designated subject areas and associated career opportunities.

Maintain and develop online resources, signposting the most effective and up to date sources.

Research and recommend the acquisition of new career development resources to meet the current needs of students.

Design, oversee and manage the collection and evaluation of feedback from students and graduates.

Contribute in a leading role to the use and development of IT platforms to support career development activity and data analysis for continuous improvements.

The post holder may be required to participate in Open Days, Welcome Weekend and other key University events that may be outside the working week.

The post holder will be responsible and accountable for ensuring all employment legislative requirements are adhered to including equality and diversity and health and safety issues.

The job description may be altered at any time in the future in line with the level of the post to meet changing institutional requirements, but only in full consultation with the post holder.

Key Responsibilities-Career Development Consultant Job Description


1 Degree/HND or equivalent

2 Qualification in educational and/or careers guidance

(e.g. DipCG, NVQ4 in Advice and Guidance, AGCAS diploma, etc)

3 A qualification/experience in an appropriate, associated,

occupational sector/industry

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

4 -Significant and recent experience delivering careers coaching information, advice and guidance work in industry or HE institution or Graduate Recruitment experience

5-Experience in the provision of Graduate employment careers information, advice and guidance utilising technology based platforms and social media

6 Experience of managing successful client/stakeholder relationships

7 Experience in successfully supporting students into graduate roles

8-Demonstrable track record in engaging employers to create Graduate employment opportunities, engagement in employability service delivery, and input into curriculum with the aim of improving levels of graduate employability

9-Knowledge of the graduate labour market and its implications for graduate recruitment

10- An understanding and knowledge of employer needs, and the implications for a successful graduate employability service

11-Excellent written, verbal, presentation and communication skills particularly in relation to working with students, external stakeholders and university colleagues

12- Ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines

13-Demonstrable track record in developing and delivering multiple projects aimed at improving graduate employability

14-A track record of working empathetically with students from diverse backgrounds to enable them to maximise their potential

Personal Qualities

15 Ability to adapt to organisational change

16 Ability to adapt to technological advances in the workplace and to improving accessibility to employability service provision

17 Flexible approach to working location and hours based on business needs and demands

18 Innovative with the ability to develop new approaches that work in addressing differential post study progression outcomes

19 Outcome driven but person centred in delivering results

20 Committed to Continuous Professional Development

21 Committed to delivering a high standard of customer service based on

relationship building and maintenance

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