Meet Steve Carter, one of our Careers Consultants. Steve explains what his job involves and how he got where he is today!
What is your job at the Careers Centre and what does it involve?
I’m a Careers Consultant here at the Careers Centre. My job involves giving students advice on a one-to-one basis, some teaching and also coordinating a couple of projects that involve liaising with local employers.
What’s the best thing about your job?
The variety! As you can see from the above, I get to meet all kinds of people from across the University; from students to academics and employers, ranging from local to national and even international organisations. I think the most impressive employer visit I went on was to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The fanciest building I’ve ever been in!
What skills are important for your job?
Without doubt the ability to communicate, both verbally and in writing and to be able to do so to a variety of audiences. These can range from parents at open days, employers whom we have contact with and of course students, both in groups and in one-to-one situations.
What training or previous experience do you have that has helped you in your current role?
The training to work in the field of careers advice came via the Post-graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance I did at Manchester Metropolitan University after my BA in Politics and History at Lancaster University. Before working as a Careers Consultant here at Leeds I worked as a Careers Adviser in schools and colleges in Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham. I also did my PhD in Politics at the University of Sheffield where I taught political theory and international relations theory to undergraduates there. The combination of doing group work with young people in Years 10 and 11 and the intellectual challenges of teaching undergraduates I feel, has been a good grounding for the work I do here at Leeds.
What top tips would you have for students and graduates?
My top tips for students in general is to be aware of what it is that they want from a career and also be aware of their existing skills and potential for development. From there they can start to research careers and organisations that might be of interest to them and plan the work experience/voluntary work that will hone the skills needed to make successful applications.
Remember, you can use our services at any time, even after you have graduated! You can drop in Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm, and be seen by one of our great staff as soon as possible. You can also find lots of information and advice on career planning on our website.