Case study

Careers office coordinator — Inis

After studying for a degree in theology and religious studies, Inis decided to work within higher education (HE) using skills from her course

How did you get your job?

I wanted to stay in the area after I had graduated and gain a little more admin and HE experience. I started to look on job websites and my university website for something that would suit.

I applied for the careers office coordinator role, put time and effort into researching what was being asked of me and used the information that was available on my university careers website.

How relevant is your degree to your job?

Studying any degree will give you skills that you can apply to lots of jobs.

I needed to be organised, efficient, patient, adaptable, a team member, able to prioritise, trustworthy and have many other soft skills that you receive during a university degree.

What are your main work activities?

I come into work, open up, check my emails and voicemails and also the appointments diary.

I update the careers consultants students they will see and maintain all of this throughout the day. I speak to, and book students in for appointments to see careers consultants as well.

I manage our social media platforms and create posters and flyers, which we put up around the university and hand out.

In addition, I attend meetings, take minutes, organise events for students, contact employers and bring them on campus for forums and presentations.

How has your role developed and what are your career ambitions?

There has never been a recent student in my role until I came into the post. I have developed the role with a fresh pair of eyes and updated aspects of the role since I began.

My career ambitions are focused in the HE area and once I have completed my Masters, I would like to gain more experience in lecturing and working with students.

This job has strengthened my confidence and has enabled me to work professionally with others in the HE sector.

What do you enjoy about your job?

I enjoy the variety and working with students. I get job satisfaction everyday, which is really encouraging.

I get to meet and greet employers and build relationships that will last forever with my institution.

What are the most challenging parts of your job?

You have to be really organised. I write a lot of notes and to-do lists, but this helps me get things done.

Organising large university fairs is difficult and you need to be on top of things as you go along.

Any words of advice for someone who wants to get into this job?

You need to be organised and really efficient and also able to cope under pressure.

Make strong contacts within your organisation, you'll need their help at some point.

Find out more