I think students would describe me as an agony aunt, someone who is sympathetic to their woes. I advise them to study hard and stay focused, but also to enjoy life whilst at University
This part of my job requires me to establish networks with key staff in companies likely to employ our students. I am the first port of call for students looking for an industrial placement, which they can do as part of their degree.
The first semester is generally the most hectic as many companies close for applications at the end of December. Therefore I hold a Careers Management Event in conjunction with the Careers Service in September and a Careers Fair, at which more than 20 companies attend in October giving students the opportunity to meet with potential employers.
Industrial placements are a good way of securing a graduate role. However, there are countless opportunities open to Electrical Engineers so several other events and presentations are held throughout the year for students in their penultimate and final years.
After graduation many of our students keep in touch via LinkedIn , many also visit, keen to pass on their tips on how to secure a good position to the current cohort. My role necessitates me to maintain contact as their careers progress.