Case study

Employability and skills manager — Rebecca Louise

Rebecca recommends completing work experience to increase your chances of entering this challenging yet rewarding sector

How did you get your job?

I was already working at Canterbury Christ Church University in another role when an internal vacancy went live. I applied for it and was successful in the interview process.

What's a typical working day like?

My day is always a combination of supporting students directly, either in one-to-one or group settings, and working with academics to embed employability into the curriculum. I also regularly have conversations with employers to discuss their needs and recruitment processes and spend time on any additional projects I am running.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I find it particularly satisfying working with students on their self-limiting beliefs and helping them overcome confidence issues. Being able to share in their joy when they come and tell me they got the graduate job that they were working towards is great.

What are the challenges?

I have to be extremely efficient when it comes to managing my time, as I often find myself with a high work load.

How relevant is your degree?

While my undergraduate degree in music isn't relevant to my job, it did enable me to go on to study at postgraduate level.

My postgraduate degree in career management is a relevant qualification for this career, however I was aware that it would not be enough alone. I made sure to secure a placement within a university careers department during my studies, and focused my dissertation around issues within careers education in higher education.

What are your ambitions?

My role varies in the amount of one-to-one responsibility I have, as my calendar is often too full with other duties the job requires. My aim is to continue to find creative ways to support students, helping them realise their full potential and achieve their aims. One day I hope to manage a careers service myself.

What advice can you give others looking to get into this type of work?

Get as much paid or unpaid experience as you can in this sector, as it can be difficult to get into.