Careers adviser

What do you do for a living?

University careers adviser (now) previously a research scientist..


How did you get interested in what you do?

Science - was interested in nature. Careers adviser - wanted a permanent job.


What was your journey to reach the role you are in today?

(education/choices/university, college, training or apprenticeships/ CPD or professional exams/job progression): Bsc,PhD, postdoc, research group leader, careers adviser (in house training). 

Talk us through a day in your life.

Careers adviser - advising undergrad and pg science students about careers, group work sessions about (eg) applications, further study, open days, writing careers material.


Was this your planned career when you were 18?



What did your parents want you to do?

Work in the co-op at the end of the street!


What advice would you give to someone interested in your career?

Have another career first!


What other career directions could you go in?

University administration, recruitment agency, self employment.