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Careers Officer Job Description

Updated: Jun 19

Job Purpose-Careers Officer Job Description

Careers Officer Job Description to coordinate and deliver high quality careers advice, through providing professional and well-informed support to students and graduates, providing ongoing support through careers coaching informed by the latest thinking and research to support them throughout their education, and ultimately help them to achieve positive graduate outcomes.

To contribute to the planning and leading on the delivery of large-scale events and the central workshop programme, supporting with the measurement of the impact and scalability of these events, and where required, implementing any necessary changes.

To contribute to providing a transformative student experience, nurturing the qualities of graduates, and driving up outcomes for the institution.

Key Responsibilities-Careers Officer Job Description

• To contribute to the development and coordination of the University’s programme of events to support positive graduate outcomes, including large-scale University-wide and faculty/departmental-specific events, which are responsive to addressing students’ concerns and needs, whilst supporting students in meeting their aspirations upon graduation.

• To design and deliver workshops that are well-researched, effectively delivered and student centered.

• To manage a cohort of clients (students and graduates) and provide ongoing careers advice and support to help them to understand and navigate their future career options. Support will include, but is not limited to:

o Identifying what support is required and supporting clients to access it.

o Information and advice on CV, applications, job hunting, interview techniques and postgraduate study (etc).

o Developing career coaching and employability action plans, helping clients to discover and overcome their personal barriers and set achievable goals.

o Communication with clients, face to face, via phone and Zoom, to understand their goals and ambitions and then support with the development of their motivation and skills.

o Effectively signposting and referring to other colleagues, whilst also having responsibility for any referrals made.

• To offer and deliver other appointments that are open to all clients who may need one-off careers support around applications/CV writing, job hunting, postgraduate study etc.

• Working closely with the Placements and Industry team, devise and support the delivery of employer engagement events to develop employer relationships and promote work experience opportunities for students

Working closely with appropriate colleagues (e.g. Careers Advisers), devise and support the delivery of employer engagement and alumni engagement events to support Career Development Learning (e.g. setting up and running employer panels, mock assessment centres, networking events).

• To work with the Project Officers to plan and organise events to promote and support specific projects and initiatives (e.g. introductory sessions to train and match alumni mentors and student mentees).

• To build and maintain strategic and operational partnerships with faculties, departments and professional services teams, and the Students’ Union to provide professional and proactive events and information for students to support our students to develop throughout their educational experience to enable them to progress successfully into the next stage of their lives and career, which may include further study and world of work.

• To contribute to the plans for careers advice and events, ensuring parity of experience for student and graduates (e.g. across campuses)

• Monitor and evaluate progress of clients against agreed goals, helping them to reflect on progress and understand the steps required to achieve their goals successfully. Ensuring all details are captured on CareerHub.

• Maintain a thorough knowledge and understanding of a wide range of employers, occupations, recruitment procedures, postgraduate study options and labour market trends, to provide a high quality, informed service to students and graduates. This will include, initiating new contacts with employers and training providers.

• Develop your understanding of the theory and practice of career development and related pedagogies, and careers guidance through continuous professional development including self-directed learning and active involvement in professional networks.

• To undertake other duties to support the wider work of the Student Development team as may be reasonably assigned by your line manager from time to time.

• To undertake other reasonable duties, as required by the Academic Registrar (or their nominee)

Knowledge Skills Experience Education-Careers Officer Job Description

Qualifications /Training

▪ An honours degree or equivalent level qualification.

▪ A relevant professional qualification related to careers guidance (e.g.; Dip CG, NVQ in career education information and guidance in HE) or substantial, recent, directly relevant professional experience.


Experience of one-to-one careers information and advice.

▪ Experience of working with graduate employers

▪ Experience of designing and delivering careers education/employability training workshops and careers events.

▪ Good knowledge of current issues in Higher Education and Higher Education Careers work (including graduate employability)

▪ Good knowledge of IT/digital technology, including the internet, Microsoft Office (e.g. Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and social media

Skills Abilities

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.

Ability to establish and maintain strong business relationships and networks.

Ability to work effectively as a member of the team and to develop close and effective working relationships with academic and administrative colleagues from across the University and from a wide range of backgrounds.

Accuracy and attention to detail.

Highly developed influencing and negotiation skills

Ability to work creatively and think analytically.

Forward looking with the ability to recognise the need to innovate and adjust practice to deliver institutional priorities.

Highly developed problem-solving skills.

Excellent time management skills, including the ability to prioritise and meet targets and deadlines.

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