Careers Consultant

Student and Academic Services (SAS)

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 09th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £31,406.00 - £33,309.00, with progression to £40,927per annum
  • REF: 13921
  • Closes: 07th December 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

Salary: £31,406.00 – £33,309.00, with progression to £40,927per annum

Closing Date: 7th December 2021

The Role

We are looking for a Careers Consultant to provide careers advice and guidance to our students and graduates, to develop their career management skills and enhance their employability.

This is an exciting opportunity to join an award winning Careers Service in a wide ranging position working with undergraduate and postgraduate students from a variety of subject disciplines. We have two full time posts available supporting caseloads that span multiple faculties and subject areas. As a Careers Consultant your responsibilities will include:

  • Working in collaboration with academic and professional services staff in the development, delivery and monitoring of School Employability and Enterprise Plans
  • 1:1 careers guidance with students/graduates in your caseload and centrally to support their progression into the job market
  • developing and delivering innovative and interactive workshops centrally and as part of degree programmes
  • establishing and maintaining strong relationships with colleagues across the Careers Service, Faculty and wider university
  • building occupational knowledge and developing relationships with employers
  • leading on team, School or service wide initiatives.

You must have a degree (or equivalent) and a professional qualification in careers guidance would be beneficial whilst graduate recruitment / industry experience would also be useful. Enterprising and self-motivated with personal impact, team and communication skills, you will have good understanding of the graduate labour market along with significant experience of 1-1 advice/guidance/coaching and of teaching, training or facilitating group work. You must be able to deal sensitively and productively with students, colleagues, and employers.

Interested applicants are welcome to discuss the role with Chris Traynor, Guidance Team Manager by emailing

Key Accountabilities

  • Conduct 1-1 careers advice sessions with students and graduates of any degree discipline and offer in-depth careers guidance interviews to students and graduates from a designated caseload.
  • Liaise and collaborate with academic staff and other stakeholders to both gather and provide information on student attitudes/needs, graduate employment issues and developments in relevant career areas and generally support them in their work as it affects the employability of graduates.
  • Negotiate and monitor an annual Employability & Enterprise Action Plan with relevant staff in allocated Schools, Faculties, Graduate Schools and central services. This involves analysing student engagement data and developing appropriate intervention plans informed by this.
  • Devise, prepare and deliver a range of interactive group presentations and workshops both centrally and in designated Schools, Faculties and Graduate Schools, based on a number of core themes, to develop the career management skills of the University’s students and graduates.
  • Maintain a thorough knowledge and understanding of a wide range of employers, occupations, recruitment procedures, labour market trends etc. in order to provide a high quality, informed service to our customers. This includes visiting and hosting graduate employers on campus. Contribute to the planning and delivery of some of the major careers projects or events on campus: this includes determining the format, recruiting speakers where appropriate, ensuring the delivery and organising publicity.
  • Contribute to the implementation of University policy and practice in relation to careers education, information and guidance by representing the Careers Service at appropriate committees.
  • Contribute to a range of working parties and within these take responsibility for specific activities e.g. devise core sessions, develop course materials, review workbooks.
  • Take the lead for developing the services we offer to specific customer groups: e.g. graduates, international students, disabled students, widening participation.
  • Any other duties commensurate with the role and grade of the post.
  • May include some occasional evening work for specific core business needs e.g. Hosting employer presentations, workshops and 1-1 interactions with graduates for whom our normal working hours are not appropriate.

Person Specification

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • An up-to-date understanding of the graduate labour market
  • A good understanding of the HE sector: its business, latest developments and issues
  • Thorough awareness of current national developments and issues in Careers Education, Information and Guidance
  • Self-reliance skills to manage and prioritise a complex work-load
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to teamwork and network
  • High level career guidance skills
  • Ability to devise and deliver interactive group sessions and workshops
  • Proactive and outward looking approach to making positive new connections
  • Genuine interest in people and their development
  • Flexible and adaptable attitude in the work place
  • Very close attention to detail
  • Evidence of completing agreed tasks in a timely fashion
  • Proven record of drive, motivation and achievement
  • A willingness to embrace change, and to seek out and implement best practice to enhance your work


  • Experience of working in a graduate recruitment, HR and/or employer liaison role
  • Significant experience of 1-1 advice/guidance work in the workplace or voluntary setting
  • Significant experience of facilitating group work in the workplace or voluntary setting

Attributes and Behaviour


Uses clear, concise and accurate communication, tailoring the approach accordingly and encouraging a two way communication process.


Works collaboratively with others, plays a positive role in teams and establishes and grows relationships across the organisation where different skills, expertise and opinions are valued.

Planning and organising

Manages time and resources by prioritising and organising effectively.

Delivering services

Works continually towards achieving excellent service delivery through understanding and meeting / exceeding the expectations of the area, the University, students, colleagues and other stakeholders.

Embracing change

Recognises the need for change and is forward looking. Promotes the benefits of change to others and regularly comes up with new ideas. Has the willingness to adopt new ways of working and to make improvements.



  • A professional qualification in careers guidance (at Level 6 or above) or willingness and aptitude to work towards this qualification
  • Educated to at least degree level (or equivalent)

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all. You can learn more about what is available here on ourBenefitsWebsite page.

Requisition ID: 13921

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