Careers Consultants (2 positions) - SOAS
London Senate House

Job reference: 002090

Location: London Senate House

Closing date: 11/09/2022

Salary: Starting at £36,999 per annum

Employment type: Open ended

Department: The Careers Group

Sub-Department: SOAS

Hours per week: 35 hours per week

SOAS is a remarkable institution. With our vast repository of knowledge and expertise on our specialist regions, we are uniquely placed to inform and shape current thinking about the economic, political, cultural, security and religious challenges of our world. Our programmes are taught by respected academics engaged in fieldwork and research which influences government policy and the lives of individuals across the globe.

Careers Consultants at SOAS are part of the wider Careers team. The team also includes colleagues working on Employer Engagement, Content and Operations, and Advice & Guidance. Together the team supports students to acquire the skills necessary to choose their future path, find employment and to manage their career successfully.

Each Careers Consultant works with a selection of academic departments: their role is to design, coordinate, deliver and evaluate – in close partnership with Careers and academic colleagues – a careers education programme for students. This includes leading on our annual Partnership Agreements with each Department, designing interventions to support students whatever their stage of career thinking is, one-to-one careers guidance, bringing in alumni to talk to students and developing online written and video resources. Delivery of careers education is online as well as in person, for all elements of one-to-one guidance, group delivery and alumni events. Careers Consultants help employer engagement staff to connect students with employers and alumni through events, mentoring and internships. Careers Consultants will also usually have lateral responsibilities and do some careers work with the wider cohort of SOAS students and recent graduates.

We are recruiting for a two full time Careers Consultants. Candidates should expect to work both on campus and remotely for this role[1]. The postholder will join a growing team of around 10 Careers professionals, and be line-managed by the Careers Consultant Team Leader.

If you’d like the challenge of a fast-paced year with fantastic colleagues, at a really interesting University with a strong culture of widening participation, diversity and inclusion, we’d love you to join our team.

[1] The exception to this would be during periods of time during the pandemic when the University moves student services to remote delivery, for Health and Safety reasons. Note also that Careers has been exempted from the standard SOAS hybrid working arrangements, so staff could be asked to be on campus full time if required.

An overview of The Careers Group

​​​​​​​The Careers Group of the University of London is an expertise-led, collaborative membership organisation, set up to serve predominantly, but not exclusively, the member institutions of the University of London. The Group comprises the careers services of:

  • City, University London

  • Goldsmiths, University of London

  • King’s College London

  • St Mary’s University

  • SOAS

  • University College London

  • The University of London Careers Service

The University of London Careers Service supports both distance and flexible learning students, and those at small specialist colleges in the University’s federation including the Courtauld, Royal Veterinary College, St George’s Medical School, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the School of Advanced Study. It also provides careers provision to the Institute of Cancer Research, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and the London Arts & Humanities Partnership.

All The Careers Group institutional services are closely aligned to the strategies for education, employability, enterprise and  student experience of the institutions that they serve. This means that staff will partner with academics, professional services colleagues and students on creation and delivery of key initiatives that support the future outcomes of students. The group has over 250 staff and serves a population well in excess of 150,000 students, researchers and graduates.

The Group HQ is at Stewart House and contains the Director's office and a small central team, which supports the institutional services by coordinating recruitment and resourcing, providing professional development, supporting research and evidence-based practice, overseeing the creation and curation of shared resources, and undertaking special projects on behalf of member services and the Group as a whole. Stewart House is also the base for the University of London Careers Service.

In October 2020, The Careers Group began implementation of a new action plan for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, shaped by external expertise in inclusion, social justice and anti-racism, and led by the Director of The Careers Group, Dr Kate Daubney. This plan takes both a collective and individual approach to reviewing learning and practice in equality and diversity, striving to improve our understanding of the differences in and the impacts of lived experience both across our staff community and among our students and other partners. We are seeking to address structural inequality and obstacles to progression in our organisation through a range of actions including: establishing an internal Advisory Panel of staff of diverse heritage to inform the Group’s strategic priorities; reviewing our manager progression processes, experiences and data; and embedding approaches to building and maintaining safe spaces for all.

From October 2022, The Careers Group will offer a unique new postgraduate online learning module: Strategic Approaches to Careers and Employability in Higher Education. This module will be offered as part of The University of London’s Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. The module has been designed for global higher education colleagues with responsibility for or an interest in careers and employability strategy. ​​​​​​​


Further information

For more information on the role, please read the Job Description and Job Pack attached.

If you would like to have an informal chat about this Careers Consultant position please contact Kathy Williams, Careers Consultant Team Leader

To be considered for this opportunity, please submit your application by clicking ‘Apply for job’ at the bottom of this page before the closing date at midnight on Sunday 11 September 2022.

First round of interviews will take place on 5-6 October 2022second round of interviews will take place on 18-19-20 October 2022 online.​​​​​​​

We look forward to receiving your application.

The University of London is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive working environment where we can all be ourselves and succeed. We particularly encourage applications from members of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities as this group is currently under-represented in senior levels within the University. All appointments will be made on merit, based on the criteria identified in the job description.