Job Title: Postgraduate Careers Adviser
Salary: £35,469 - £43,622 per annum, depending on qualifications and
experience (salary can progress to £50,569 per annum, subject to
Location: Nottingham University Business School
Responsible to: Director of Administration
Location: Nottingham University Business School, Jubilee Campus
To engage with employers to facilitate opportunities for Business School postgraduates and to
provide a comprehensive careers service to postgraduate students and alumni.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
To proactively cultivate relationships with employers at local, regional, national and
international level in order to facilitate postgraduate student engagement with businesses
through work placements, projects, internships, information and networking events in
order to maximise employment opportunities and experience.
To work closely with academic internship co-ordinators in order to ensure that
opportunities for dissertation linked projects are maximised.
To promote Nottingham University Business School and its postgraduate students/alumni
To develop and maintain an active programme of employers’ presentations, skills
workshops and other recruitment activities for postgraduates within the Business School, in
liaison with the Undergraduate Business School where appropriate.
To encourage employers to advertise vacancies to postgraduates, advising on
content/relevance where necessary, in order to facilitate the acquisition of appropriate jobs
for Business School postgraduate students and graduates.
To research, write, deliver and annually update the Career Management Skills Programmes
for Business School postgraduate students comprising structured lectures/workshops on
strategies and skills for career management, career development and job search.
To assess, negotiate and organise professional development talks and workshops, involving
external expert speakers where necessary.
To facilitate Business School postgraduate students’ understanding of their employability
and the processes involved in career decision making and career management to achieve
optimum performance in employers’ selection processes.
To provide careers advice and in-depth, individual guidance to enable Business School
postgraduates to make timely and effective career decisions based on assessment of their
To deliver careers services through appointments, quick query drop-in sessions and by
email and telephone.
To offer advice and guidance to a diverse international student cohort on job search
strategies and self-promotion.
To offer guidance in the use and interpretation of interactive career guidance packages
such as Prospects Planner, Career Leader and Career Leader College.
To respond to careers related queries from prospective students, via e-mail, telephone, or
‘face to face’ at open days and recruitment events.
To enable Business School postgraduate students to make effective career and
occupational decisions based on current and accurate employer, occupational and careers
To develop and maintain, in conjunction with other members of the Postgraduate Careers
Service, specialist information resource areas, tailored to the needs of postgraduates in the
Business School, taking into account the international dimension of the student audience.
To research, develop and update discrete and bespoke careers guides and materials for the
use of postgraduate students and alumni.
To contribute to the development of the Service’s online resources including podcasts and
DATA ANALYSIS AND MARKETING
To analyse, interpret and present first destination data for use in the Business School.
To monitor recruitment trends and demands of labour markets and use labour market
information to inform careers service activities with current and prospective students and
To evaluate service delivery by gathering and analysing feedback to inform future
developments within the Postgraduate Careers Service.
To contribute to the School’s involvement in external surveys and rankings where careers
service provision and career progression feature. To contribute to accreditation
assessments such as AMBA, EQUIS and others identified by the School.
To represent and promote Business School postgraduate programmes to prospective
students at events such as MBA and Postgraduate Study Recruitment Fairs and School
Open days, in order to assist in the recruitment aims of the Business School.
INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL LIAISON
To develop effective working relations at a strategic and operational level with colleagues in
the School and University. This includes:
Working with members of the Postgraduate Careers Service, External Relations Manager,
Corporate Development Manager, Alumni Manager and Undergraduate Learning Officer to
ensure that all corporate relationships/links/contacts are developed and managed in an
To work with the School’s Database Programmer and Process, Quality and Systems
Manager to further the strategic development of the careers databases and online
Liaison with postgraduate office staff and academic colleagues within the Business School
to ensure internal awareness of Postgraduate Careers Service activities.
To liaise with colleagues, where relevant, in several areas of the University including the
Centre for Career Development, Graduate School and the International Office.
To network with fellow professionals in other Business Schools in order to facilitate market
research, competitor analysis and sharing of best practices.
To improve professional capability and expertise through continuous professional
development and to attend relevant conferences, training courses and to keep abreast of
research relating to: the guidance process; job search techniques and labour market
information, in order to update and improve the necessary professional skills underpinning
Any other duties appropriate to the role and level.
Qualifications/ An Honours Degree and a recognized
Education professional qualification in career
guidance/coaching and/or a proven
track record of relevant work
Knowledge/ Excellent networking skills. British Psychological Society
Skills/Training Excellent presentational and teaching (BPS) Level A.
skills. Trained in the use of Myers Briggs
Effective guidance skills and group Type Indicator and/or Level B
work facilitation. Qualified (BPS).
Articulate and persuasive.
Excellent negotiating and influencing
Sound planning and organisational
Good statistical and analytical skills
IT literate and good understanding of
Experience Experience of networking and building Experience of developing
relationships with employers and relationships with international
professional bodies to deliver organisations.
effective collaborations. Understanding of the business
Experience/understanding of the school environment.
Higher Education employability Experience of working as a
agenda. careers guidance practitioner in
Experience of providing career Higher Education.
guidance to individuals. Experience of working with
Experience of working with a postgraduate students.
culturally diverse student community Understanding and experience of
and an appreciation of employment international student issues.
differences between the UK and
Creative with a high level of
Enthusiastic and highly motivated.
Ability to work independently and to
Collegiate and effective team player.
Ability to meet and deliver results
against tight deadlines.
Sensitive, discreet and diplomatic.
Other Awareness of the implications of
legislation on equal opportunities and
data protection for career guidance.
Informal enquiries may be addressed to Miss J Blant, Postgraduate Careers Service Manager,
tel: 0115 846 6478, Email: Julie.Blant@Nottingham.ac.uk Please note that applications sent
directly to this Email address will not be accepted.
Please quote ref. SM/32555L.