Careers Consultant (part time) - St Mary's University
St Mary's University Careers Service

Job reference: 002102

Location: St Mary's University Careers Service

Closing date: 21/08/2022

Salary: Starting at £38,109 (pro rata) per annum

Employment type: Open ended

Department: The Careers Group

Sub-Department: St Mary's University

Hours per week: 21 hours (3 days) per week

The Careers Group is now recruiting for a permanent Careers Consultant to join their renowned service. The role be based at St Mary’s University, Twickenham.

  • Do you want a role where you can help other people to fulfil their potential and where you are provided with constant opportunities to develop yourself professionally?

  • Do you want to work in a forward-focused organisation surrounded by enthusiastic, innovative, diverse, and supportive colleagues?

As a Careers Consultant, you will help students and graduates to acquire the skills necessary to choose their future path, find employment and to manage their career successfully. You will achieve this through a combination of in- and extra-curricular teaching and one-to-one guidance, both delivered remotely and in-person. You will also support a range of exciting employability initiatives and be required to develop online resources and learning materials. A key part of this role will be for you to build strategic relationships with academic staff, alumni and other professionals inside and outside of the university careers team in order to design and deliver the best possible employability support.

Please note whilst the role is offered at 3 days a week (0.6 FTE) there is a possibility that it might increase in the future.

We would welcome and encourage applicants with additional:

  • Demonstrable knowledge and/or experience of Sports, Allied Health and Psychology subject areas/sectors

  • Experience of providing recruitment or careers advice/support/coaching to clients/students e.g. within Education settings (Schools, Further or Higher), Welfare to Work, DWP or recruitment settings

However, these are desirable NOT essential criteria for the role.

St Mary’s has a strong reputation for teaching excellence and a student-centered approach. As a public University with a faith identity, St Mary’s welcomes students and staff of all faiths and none, comprising a diverse population of almost 6,000 students. The powerful sense of community that characterises St Mary's is a product of our ethos and the core values that underpin it: inclusiveness, generosity of spirit, respect and excellence.

The St Mary’s Careers Services is part of Employability Services, alongside the Centre for Workplace Learning and the Placements Teams. Together we work with colleagues across the university to deliver the institutional Employability Strategy, which includes embedding employability within all our degree programmes and extra-curricular activities.

St Mary’s is currently operating a hybrid working model, whereby staff are expected to be on campus for three days per week pro rata, for this role the expectation would be 2 days a week on campus. This is subject to regular review so may change in the longer term.  ​​​​​​​

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 ​​​​​​​

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. For an informal conversation about the role please contact Obi Oputa, Team Leader at St Mary’s Careers Service

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 21 August 2022.

Interviews will take place online via Zoom and are scheduled for Thursday 1 September 2022

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.

We look forward to receiving your application.