Jane Maddison 

Careers Consultant at King’s College London

Jane Maddison 
Careers Consultant at King’s College London

Jane joined The Careers Group in May 2014, and works full-time at King’s College London Careers & Employability. At King’s Jane works with a variety of departments in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, and with the Department of Management delivering tailored professional skills programmes.

Jane also provides 1to1 career guidance, practice interviews, project manages the King’s Leadership & Professional Skills Award. Prior to working as a careers consultant, Jane worked as a Program Manager for Google.

What attracted you to the role?

Many things appealed to me about the role, but if I were to pick one I would say it was the diversity of the role that appealed most. This includes working with clients on a 1to1 basis using guidance and coaching techniques, designing and facilitating careers education workshops, and working on multiple projects. I wanted a role in which I was challenged in many ways, and required to use different strengths. I was also drawn towards working in a higher education setting, and the possibility to get further training in the profession.

Describe a typical day in the life of a careers consultant.

A typical day could consist of undertaking a multitude of different tasks; this is especially true during term time. In the same day I could be holding career guidance sessions with students or practice interviews, developing a careers event or workshop, facilitating a session, liaising with my departmental stakeholders or employers, or doing careers research. I also may be working on federal tasks, and could be giving CV advice at one of the careers fairs that

The Careers Group runs during the year or working with my ‘cross-college’ team. Being able to juggle many things at once and organise your time is a key skill needed for this role. During term time the time you spend at your desk is very limited as you will be out and about so the ability to prioritise tasks is a must.

What is the most exciting project that you have worked on in the last six months?

I’ve been lucky enough to work on the King’s Leadership & Professional Skills Award this past academic year. It is a student award consisting of 10 unique skills modules co-delivered by King’s Careers & Employability and employers. The award aims to equip participants with valuable employability skills. In my capacity I am responsible for helping to project manage the entire award process, which I’ve really enjoy as I’ve been able to put my project management skills to good use, and worked with a number of stakeholders from around the university, and employers from a variety of sectors.

Can you describe the environment of a careers service, and the colleagues that you work with?

Whilst I work full-time at King’s Careers & Employability, I’ve had the opportunity to visit other careers services within The Careers Group, which has enabled me to make good connections with other consultants across the services. These are invaluable when it comes to sharing ideas and knowledge. All the services are different; they vary in size, distribution of teams, and are responsive to the needs of the institution they service. I think that the thing they have in common is the great people that work for them. The environment at King’s, which I know best, is supportive and collaborative and full of wonderfully talented people.

 

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