Making the transition into HE career development work (Expert Training Online)

Friday 25th September - 09:30 till 11:30 
Thursday 3rd December - 13:30 till 15:30



This expert training online session is aimed at career practitioners who are interested in working in a careers and employability setting in Higher Education.  During the session we will explore the current environment in which HE careers services operate, including some of the political, social, economic and technological challenges. We will also identify the key skillsets that HE services are looking for in new recruits, and the wide range of roles that may be available.

The course will then help delegates to identify next steps and resources to use to maximise their chances of making the transition to HE career development work. The course will be led by Sarah Warburton and Paul Gaunt, Lecturers in Career Development and Management, who between them have worked in eight university careers services, in a variety of management, student-facing, and employer-facing roles.


Learning Outcomes 

  • Explore the current environment in HE careers services (political, economic, social and technological)
  • Consider the practitioner skillsets needed to work in the HE sector
  • Consider next steps and resources to aid transitioning into HE career development work


Target Audience 

Career advisers, employability advisers, coaches or anyone else working within the career development sector, who is interested in transitioning and developing their practice in the UK higher education sector.



0930 Welcome and introdctions
0935 Objectives, expectiations and motivations for attending the workshop
0945 An overview of the HE careers sector and current developments (political, economic, social and technological)
1015 A short break
1025 What skills and knowledge do HE practitioners need ? 
1055 Tips and advice for next steps into HE 
1115 Discussion and questions 


About the Presenters 

Sarah Warburton holds a level 7 PGDip in Careers Education Information and Guidance in Higher Education and over the last 10 years has had experience working as a careers professional across the Universities of Worcester and Birmingham, Birmingham City University and Aston University. Her experience includes: working with academic departments to agree and deliver annual employability strategies; delivering one-to-one career guidance; employer engagement initiatives and writing and delivering career development modules for undergraduates, postgraduates, PhD students and university graduates. She has also had experience supporting the recruitment of careers professionals into HE. Sarah has also worked as a freelance careers adviser with the schools and universities sector. She has also worked as a careers advise and a graduate recruiter in the consulting sector, including a Times Top 100 Graduate Employer. She is currently a lecturer for the MA/PGDip QCD Career Development and Management course at Coventry University.

Paul Gaunt - After working as a Careers Adviser with school leavers and adult clients, Paul worked for over 25 years in University Careers Services, as a Careers Adviser and Project Leader at Liverpool Hope University, and in Head of Service roles at Chester, Liverpool and Kingston Universities. Paul played an active role in the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) including two spells on the Board of Directors, and many contributions to conferences, publications, training courses, and working groups. He has substantial experience of recruiting careers practitioners to roles in HE careers services. He has an MBA from the University of Liverpool and a DipCG from Nottingham Trent University. Paul now lectures on the MA/QCD course at Coventry University, and also works as an independent Careers Adviser and Outplacement Consultant.


Booking your place 

Member Price £50 + VAT
Non-Member Price £80 + VAT

Upcoming Dates for this event

  • Thu 03 Dec 2020 (Deadline for booking tickets is Thu 03 Dec 2020)
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