Meet the Careers Service team

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Director of Employability

Kirsty Palmer - Director of Employability

​​​Kirsty Palmer profile photoMy role covers the whole university, looking at all the ways we can make sure that our graduates are equipped to get the job they want when they graduate, and to build a career which works for them over the course of a lifetime. Whether that’s ensuring access to excellent careers advice, looking at the way the curriculum supports professional and personal development or considering the wider student experience, I am keen to make sure that Cardiff Met’s students feel confident about making good career choices.

My own career has spanned private, voluntary and educational sectors, always with an emphasis on supporting people to make good decisions and acquire the skills and experience they need to make the most of their lives.  I’ve also been an active volunteer and trustee, which has helped me to keep perspective on life.

​​​Outside work I am a keen, albeit slow, runner and an enthusiastic cook and baker.​​

Head of Careers

James Hirst - Head of Careers

Careers Consultant Team

Jon Forbes - Careers Consultant Manager

Jon Forbes profile photoEmail: ​​​jforbes@cardiffmet.ac.uk

My role involves managing a team of inspiring and exceptionally knowledgeable Careers Consultants, enhancing careers education across all of our Schools and supporting our brilliant international students.

Since graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Business Management I have worked for a variety of organisations ranging from a small start-up to large blue chip corporations. Over the past ten years, I’ve gained experience working in sales, finance, sports coaching and management, but I have predominantly worked as a consultant within the recruitment and procurement industries.

I am deeply passionate about contributing to a Careers Service that encourages and empowers our students to improve their career prospects, maximise their potential and embark on long and rewarding career journeys.

Catherine Harrison - Careers Consultant for the School of Sport

Catherine Harrison profile photo Email: ​​​catharrison@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Firstly, I am very pleased to be working alongside students and colleagues in School of Sport. I have been with the Careers Service for several years working as Careers Information Adviser with a broad remit of managing information, offering careers advice, facilitating careers education workshops and planning events.

I now have a remit to dedicate my time to the School of Sport, offering one to one guidance and advice to students, providing drop-ins, based in the School of Sport and to support academics by working through the employability team, offering appropriate careers workshops alongside the curriculum.

Esyllt George - Careers Consultant for the School of Art and Design​​

Esyllt George profile photoEmail: ​​​esgeorge@cardiffmet.ac.uk

I work as a Careers Consultant specialising in the field of Art and Design and the Creative Industries. I have a breadth of experience in Career Guidance which equips me well in assisting students within the broad range of needs and queries which we receive. My specialisation within the arts and the creative sector reflects my particular interests, and I enjoy motivating students and graduates to get the job that they want. This can include giving advice and guidance on combining several job roles, considering self employment and freelance work, and developing their arts practice successfully. I have a wealth of contacts and information sources to assist students in finding work, creating networks for exhibiting and selling, and getting work placements and voluntary experience.

I am a fluent Welsh speaker and am able to undertake guidance work through the medium of both Welsh and English. Dwi yn hoffi siarad Cymraeg!

Helena Cannon - Careers Consultant for the School of Health Sciences

Helena Cannon profile photo Email: ​​​hcannon@cardiffmet.ac.uk

In my role as Careers Consultant for the School of Health Sciences, I work with students and academics to deliver a programme of support for the School. I provide one to one advice to students on a variety of matters from making that all important career choice to the practical side of applying for a job. I work closely with academics to support the delivery of Employability skills in the curriculum and arrange a variety of workshops and presentations offered outside the curriculum, to meet the needs of the students. I liaise regularly with our Employer Services team in the Careers Service to ensure that we maintain contact with relevant and interesting employers for the School, who offer opportunities for work experience & graduate employment and provide advice about careers in their field.

I have worked at Cardiff Metropolitan as a Careers Consultant since 2003, supporting the School of Management for 9 years, before moving across to Health Sciences. Previous to that I worked for Careers Wales as a Careers Adviser working with adults in Gwent, where I supported individuals in the Careers Wales offices and delivered redundancy counselling at employers sites throughout the county. Alongside these responsibilities I worked as part of the Workforce Development Team, delivering training needs analysis of staff on site with employers.

Corrinne McCallion - Careers Consultant for the School of Management

Email: ​​​cmccallion@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Kate Cox - Careers Consultant for the School of Education​

Email: ​​​kcox2@cardiffmet.ac.uk

I provide careers support for students studying within the Cardiff School of Education at Cardiff Metropolitan University. A large part of my role is to provide careers information, advice and guidance to students and graduates with a focus on developing individual skillset, work experience opportunities and networks to improve employability.

I work with your school in a range of ways from undertaking employability workshops in the curriculum, providing careers advice and guidance on a one-to-one as well as organising a variety of career events, working with industry sector employers to provide opportunities for you to network and find out more about the world of work.

I am an energetic, lively, a glass half full type of person who is committed at supporting and engaging in every stage of your academic journey so that you are developing your potential, confidence and success. I pride myself on being a friendly and approachable professional who is passionate about what I do and strives to deliver a quality service to my clients whether they are students, graduates, employers or academics.

Employer Services Team

Becky James - Employer Services Manager

Phone:​ 07584 885 526​
Email: rjames2@cardiffmet.ac.uk

My role involves engaging with employers and developing relationships, helping them to promote their opportunities to our students. I source relevant placement, internship and graduate opportunities which are all then advertised via CareerHub. I also support with the organisation of general and School specific employer events, including careers fairs and employer talks.

I have previously worked in the private sector on employability contracts which were all aimed at supporting clients into sustainable employment. My roles have revolved around employer engagement, with an emphasis on building strong and consistent employer accounts and sourcing exclusive and achievable job opportunities. I am looking forward to working in a Higher Education environment and supporting students to achieve their career goals.

Valerie Gould - Opportunities Assistant

Helena Cannon profile photo Phone:​ 029 2041 6333​
Email: ​​​vgould@cardiffmet.ac.uk

I am looking forward to helping students with challenges they may face in the current workplace. The role will enable me, together with the Careers team, to develop further links with students, employers and Cardiff Met staff. As an Opportunities Assistants I will be involved with assisting with CVs, job applications, directing students to the best resources and of course helping students to secure graduate level employment.

I will be building strong relationships with employers to get graduate jobs, part-time jobs, placements, internships and volunteering opportunities. These opportunities will be shared across the university and advertised on CareerHub, Cardiff Met’s on-line system.

Since 2006 I have worked as an Employability Assistant at Cardiff Met. This involved co-ordinating the Careers Education programme for students, updating the Careers website and working closely with employers to obtain graduate jobs, internships and work experience opportunities.

These are challenging times for students and I am looking forward to contributing to the Careers Team, ensuring Cardiff Met students are equipped with the specific skills required to secure their ideal job to build their future career.

Melanie Shanahan - Opportunities Assistant

Phone:​ 029 2041 6333​
Email: ​​​mshanahan@cardiffmet.ac.uk

My role as an Opportunities Assistant involves providing advice to students and graduates on CV's, application forms, covering letters and job searching. During my discussion with students I am able to identify upcoming workshops they could benefit from based on their individual needs, skills and circumstances. Another aspect of my role is to engage with employers to source suitable job vacancies for Cardiff Met students from voluntary and part-time jobs through to Graduate Schemes and Internships. These opportunities are then advertised on CareerHub for students and graduates to view. I find engaging with students and outside agencies extremely rewarding.

Previously I have worked as a Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Officer (DLHE). This survey encapsulates student employment data 6 months after they graduate. My time as a DLHE Officer has made me aware of how important it is to source good quality graduate opportunities for students to reach their career potential.

You are likely to see me marketing the Careers Service around campus, so please stop by to say hello.

Deborah Nicholas - Opportunities Assistant

Phone:​ 029 2041 6333​
Email: ​​​danicholas@cardiffmet.ac.uk

As an Opportunities Assistant I support students with all initial careers enquiries at our drop in service at Llandaff and Cyncoed campus. Advising on CV and cover letter writing and supporting students to use Career Hub to find graduate and part time job opportunities. I work closely with the Careers Consultants to ensure the students receive specific advice and support relevant to their course. I liaise with employers to source graduate schemes, placements, employment and internships signposting students to the relevant opportunities.

I have previously worked with students in a FE college and look forward to supporting students in the Careers Service at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Sarah Jones - Opportunities Assistant

Phone:​ 029 2041 6333​
Email: ​​​sljones@cardiffmet.ac.uk

My role as Opportunities Assistant within the Career Services includes providing help and advice to students regarding all aspects of CV writing. I also assist students in applying for work experience programmes, part time work to fund their studies and graduate vacancies.

Part of my role involves sourcing opportunities for students and developing a relationship with Organisations to promote work experience, work placements, internships or graduate schemes relevant to the degree they are studying.

I previously worked as a Human Resources Generalist for 9 years and have a variety of experience ranging from Manufacturing, Financial Services and the Educational Sector. I have always been enthusiastic about supporting and providing practical advice to individuals in order for them to reach their full potential and achieve career aspirations.

Ross Collins - Marketing & Events Assistant

Email: ​​​rcollins@cardiffmet.ac.uk

As Marketing and Events Assistant I am responsible for coordinating promotional materials for the Careers Service. I use everything at my disposal to ensure students are aware of the Service and what events are coming up that may be relevant for their future careers. Some ways I do this is via our social media channels, email, website, posters and flyers. I am also responsible for arranging the logistics for events so that everything runs smoothly on the day.

My degree is in Marketing and have held several positions in marketing, PR and social media for the private sector. As a recent graduate myself, I understand the pressures of graduates in the current labour market and hope to help Cardiff Met students find careers that make them happy.

Information and Destinations Team

Matt Bedwell - Information Officer

Phone:​ 029 2041 7269​
Email: ​​​mbedwell@cardiffmet.ac.uk

I am responsible for the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, which is sent to all recent Cardiff Met graduates every year. This involves contacting each graduate through email and telephone to find out what they are doing after their degree. I am also responsible for the Careers Service website and parts of CareerHub, particularly resources and any engagement data.

I have previously worked in a similar role at another university careers service, with a background in information management. While my role doesn't involve direct student contact, I am always keen to help improve the experience of students who access our support via the web and through CareerHub.

Post vacant - Careers Service and DLHE Administrator

To be recruited

GO Wales Project Team​​

Nigel Davies - GO Wales Project Coordinator

Nigel Davies profile photoPhone:​ 029 2041 6134​
Email: gowales@cardiffmet.ac.uk

I am the GO Wales Project Coordinator for the new GO Wales - Achieve through Work Experience project. I work with local employers to create tailored opportunities for Cardiff Met undergraduate students facing barriers to securing work experience and increase their chances of graduate employment. I find it incredibly rewarding to see students achieve their potential and I'm committed to supporting those who need extra help.

After a career encompassing 10 years in HR including 3 years working overseas, self-employment as an entertainer and managing a pub I settled at Cardiff Met (previously UWIC) in 1998 where I set up and managed the Student Jobshop helping students to find part-time work. I progressed to Career Adviser, Careers Information Officer and ultimately to GO Wales Project Coordinator.

My interests include Music, Photography and a fascination with gadgets

Louise Passchier - GO Wales Project Adviser

Phone:​ 029 2041 6134​
Email: gowales@cardiffmet.ac.uk

My role is to coach and mentor students to develop personal action plans on the GO Wales programme. I support students and employers to develop bespoke work experience opportunities and ensure their success.

My background in human resources has taken me to diverse business sectors, working in graduate recruitment and learning and development. I have volunteered along the way, gaining insight, skills and the evidence to develop my own career. My role as a Prince’s Trust Business Mentor reinforced my passion for helping others to reach their personal and business objectives.

Having worked in London for over a decade, I returned to live in Wales and I am a keen Welsh language learner.

Sarah Jones - GO Wales Opportunities Assistant​

Phone:​ 029 2041 6134​
Email:gowales@cardiffmet.ac.uk