About our Careers and Employabiltiy Team

We have a commitment to provide careers guidance, advice and information to help you achieve your career plans. Whether you are looking to enter a graduate career, applying for further study or aim to become self-employed we will offer a wide range of services, resources and activities for you. 

Services to Academic Faculties

 

Careers and Employability values its relationships with academic schools and departments. Mutual understanding and co-operation are the foundations upon which our work and new developments are built. Links are becoming increasingly important as the HEFCE, the QAA and other external forces drive the employability agenda forward.

The following guidelines may be helpful for all academic colleagues in understanding the role of Careers and Employability but will be particularly beneficial for the liaison officer.

Careers and Employability

Careers and Employability provides information and guidance, supporting students in the transition between Higher Education and employment, postgraduate study or alternative futures. The service offered is confidential and impartial. Our services extend to students unable to continue their studies at Keele and graduates of Keele up to three years after graduation.

We aim to

  • Increase students’ and graduates’ awareness of the range of career options open to them when they graduate.
  • Develop the career planning skills of students and graduates – their ability to reflect on strengths and knowledge, and how these relate to career opportunities.
  • Help students and graduates to recognize the skills and knowledge that they already have and apply these to the career opportunities that exist for graduates.
  • Equip students and graduates with information about jobs or careers that are of interest to them and enable them to research these options further.
  • Ensure students and graduates have the skills to be able to assess the graduate job market and identify appropriate opportunities.
  • Give students and graduates the confidence, knowledge and skills to complete effective job applications.

We will do this by:

  • Offering careers guidance appointments that will help students and graduates to understand what kind of opportunities will suit them best.
  • Holding regular sessions that will give students and graduates the opportunity to see a careers adviser quickly, to have short queries dealt with promptly or referred on appropriately.
  • Offering the opportunity for students to meet graduate employers to enable them to better understand the graduate job market and tailor their applications effectively.
  • Producing and displaying information that is current, accurate and appropriate to Keele students and graduates.
  • Ensuring that all of the team is well trained, all the Careers Consultants have the appropriate professional qualifications and are keeping up to date with the latest developments.
  • Offering an impartial service, we strive to ensure that everyone can access the facilities regardless of their age, race, religion, ability or disability or sexual orientation.
  • Taking care of any information that we collect about students and graduates, we are particularly careful about anything that is shared with us relating to medical conditions or difficult personal circumstances; the 1998 Data Protection Act applies here.
  • Requesting feedback on the services that we offer and, based on these comments, making adjustments to what we do or how we do it.

 

Core activities comprise

  • Individual and group sessions with students (e.g. career choice/transition skills).
  • Information: paper and electronic (writing, maintaining, updating and disseminating).
  • Employer liaison (national and local networks e.g. Association of Graduate Recruiters).
  • Academic liaison (activities with schools/departments).
  • Delivery of careers and employability workshops as part of the development strand of the Distinctive Keele Curriculum
  • Support with the design and delivery of careers or work experience modules within the curriculum.

How can we help you ?

If you would like to discuss how Careers and Employability can support you, please contact:

Lisa McWilliams, Head of Careers and Employability

l.h.m.mcwilliams@keele.ac.uk or 01782 733021

Guidance and advice

Short appointments are your best way to initially see a Careers Adviser. These one to one 20 minute sessions are available on a frequent basis allowing you to start your career planning and move forward. The session will cover whatever you need it to. Sessions commonly explore:

  • What career options are open to me?
  • What career would I be suited to?
  • How do I secure work experience?
  • What skills are employers looking for?
  • Is my CV fit for purpose?
  • How do I apply for postgraduate courses?
  • What do I do to prepare for an interview?
  • How do I equip myself for assessment centres?

See available appointment times. All sessions can be booked online at CareerHub

A limited number of longer guidance interviews are available to students if additional time is needed to follow on from issues arising at the session.

Careers e-guidance is also available for queries and for support such as CV checks and application form advice. Email careers@keele.ac.uk to access this service. 

If you are not sure which is the best way for you to access the service, just ask us! Call in to our Careers and Employability Centre located on the 1st Floor of the Campus Library, email careers@keele.ac.uk or ring us on 01782 733523 and we will point you in the right direction.

Employment

We provide access to both local and national vacancies for both graduate employment and work experience. Our resources include:

  • An online vacancy database.
  • Keele Careers Online has extensive career and development resources
  • National graduate recruitment directories.
  • Work experience information, both online and in the Careers and Employability Centre, 1st Floor, Campus Library.

Find us

You can find us in the library, on the middle floor, on the left side of the building as you walk in.