Jana Dankovicova

Careers Consultant at UCL & SOAS

Jana Dankovicova
Careers Consultant at UCL & SOAS

Jana has worked as a Career Consultant in The Careers Group for two and half years. She works three days a week at UCL Careers and two days a week in SOAS. In both places she provides a specialist career support to PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, and increasingly also to Masters students interested in doing a PhD. Previously Jana worked as an academic.

What would you say makes you feel most satisfied at work?

I love the variety in my work – it ranges from one-to-one consultations, when I use guidance and coaching techniques, to workshops, project work in teams / individually, research and building relationships between the Careers and academics. Also working with professional and supportive colleagues is important and seeing impact of my work on clients (at least some of the time!) is very rewarding.

What do you like most about working in Higher Education?

University is a very familiar environment for me as prior to my current position I was a university teacher and researcher. I especially like the vibrancy of the environment and also the fact that I work with people who are not only very bright but also work on fascinating topics, so I always learn something new.

How much contact is there with academic community and how influential are they on the way you carry out your work?

I think it partly depends on the university. We are very keen to have strong links with the academic community and work on building successful relationships with academics. There have been many changes in universities in the past few years, one of them being an increasing importance for students of gaining some work experience and employability skills during their studies. It is very helpful for students and us in university careers services when academics support this agenda and are willing to work closely with us. We have many good examples of this.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get to where you are?

If you are not a qualified Career Consultant, don’t despair! You could still apply for a position of a Career Consultant in The Careers Group (you would need to obtain an appropriate qualification once you are employed). However, you would need to have substantiative work experience in a particular sector. In my case it was important to have a PhD and experience working in academia. Interest in making a difference in other people’s lives is important, as well as having a number of other skills, in particular, teamwork, project management skills, communication, interpersonal and presentation skills, organisation and time-management skills, but also commercial awareness.

 

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