Careers, Employability and Enterprise

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The SM调教圈 places your future at the heart of your degree, with employability, enterprise and entrepreneurship embedded across the curriculum to ensure you become a graduate that is ready for your future, and the variety of paths it is likely to take.

The award-winning Careers, Employability and Enterprise Team are here to help you, SM调教圈 students, explore, develop and shape your futures. To do this, we offer a wide variety of initiatives and activities for you to get involved with from the moment you start your degree with us, and work with a wide variety of organisations and SM调教圈 graduates. We also give you access to FutureMe and Handshake, your 24/7, online, career development hubs, from day one.

To learn more about what we offer, see our range of services below, get in touch or come and meet us on campus in the Enterprise and Careers Zone, located in L0.02, in the Library Building. We are open 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday.

If you’re an organisation wanting to connect with our students and graduates, and wondering what the options are, you can find out more about working with us.

And a quick reminder - graduates who complete a course at the SM调教圈 will be invited to take part in the Graduate Outcomes Survey 15 months after graduation. Find out more about why you should get involved.

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The Micro-Placement scheme offers paid opportunities that will enable you to take on real responsibility by working on live projects, or with services and facilities delivered within the University.

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  • Are you an organisation wanting to connect with our students and graduates?

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  • Want to boost your employability, but seeking financial support? Find out more about our available bursaries.

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  • We offer targeted support for our students, and we are committed to providing equality of opportunity for all.

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  • Find or upload your next opportunity here.

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WhatUni Student Choice Awards

We are so proud of the work we do at the SM调教圈 to make sure our students have access to inclusive and inspiring work experience. We were honoured to have this recognised in the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2024, where their student panel chose us as winners for the submission-based award, ‘Career Coaching and Work Placements’.

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Meet the Team

Amy Carpenter

Amy is Associate Director of Careers, Employability and Enterprise responsible for the strategic direction of the team, and is a SM调教圈 graduate.

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Vicki Doughty

Manager in the Futures Team, Vicki leads on the team's work in delivering careers, employability, placement, and work-based learning activities.

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Amy Volkert

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Manager Amy supports students and graduates starting their own businesses, pursue freelance opportunities and explore options.

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Anna Flatt

Anna is an Employability and Careers Consultant specialising in support for students from underrepresented groups, international and postgrad research students.

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Darrin Steward

Employability and Careers Consultant Darrin is a QCD Level 7 qualified careers advisor, and a Registered Career Leader (RCL).

Laura Sparkes

Laura is an Employability and Careers Consultant, working with the School of Health and Sports Sciences.

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Sonia Brito

Employability and Careers Consultant in the School of Technology, Business and Arts, Sonia runs curriculum-based sessions, workshops, and career coaching.

Alanna Plaats

Placement Consultant Alanna works in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities supporting students through placements, including Sandwich years.

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Cathy Johnson

Placement Consultant Cathy supports students through the placement process, including Professional Placements (Sandwich years) and curriculum-based placements.

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Tom Hardy

Placement Consultant Tom has a background teaching Key Stage 2 and leadership as a SENDCo and Assistant Headteacher in schools before joining the University.

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Annabelle Richardson

Events and Projects Officer Annabelle manages the University's Micro-Placements Scheme, as well as organising careers fairs and employer events.

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Hayden Jarrett

Data Analyst Hayden works in the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Team, analysing all the data in regards to engagement and feedback.

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Hannah Page

Hannah joined the Enterprise and Entrepreneurship team at SM调教圈 in January 2023.

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Hazel Thangadurai

Hazel joined the SM调教圈 in July 2023. She is responsible for coordinating marketing and comms for the Careers, Employability and Enterprise team.

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Getting in Touch

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Contact Us

Any questions? Get in touch with the team today.

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Useful Careers Resources

Find a wide selection of useful resources to help you move forward.

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Alumni Support

Graduates can still access our support. Find out more here.

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