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Career Development Consultant

Career Development Consultant

Job Title: Career Development Consultant
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Galway
REF: 10247
Contact Name: Aileen Fitzgerald

Job Description

Maternity Leave Contract:-

To work with students and recent graduates in order to deliver professional and effective careers education, information, advice and guidance. In addition to acting as line manager for a number of staff, including careers advisers and the Information Officer, the post holder will also manage the cross functional Student Delivery Team. This entails the development of an innovative range of career events, workshops, seminars and careers education each semester. This will require the development of excellent  relationships with University staff,  employers and student representatives.  The Career Development Consultant will also manage a case load aligned to a specific college providing career support and a range of career events for the relevant student cohort. The post holder will  play a key role in the achievement of the Career Development Centre operational plan, specifically in relation to the Employability Strategy and WBL goals. 



Career Guidance:

  • Provide professional careers advice, information and guidance to students and recent graduates via short sessions, in-depth guidance interviews, in person, by telephone, email etc.

  • Administration and interpreting and feedback  psychometric tests

  • Coordinate the overall provision of one to one appointments by the CDC maximising resources both internal and external to meet demand.

Career Development Learning:       

  • Develop a strategy for career development learning for the unit and manage the  delivery of career development learning and ensure this is  underpinned by a credible pedagogic rationale

  • Manage the Student Delivery team to develop, coordinate and promote a programme of events each semester

  • Develop and deliver career seminars, workshops and events for a designated student/graduate caseload .

  • Work in partnership with academic staff to develop and deliver, both classroom based and online innovative career development learning programmes, including bespoke modules

  Information and Research:

  • Build and maintain expert knowledge base of career and labour market opportunities relevant to designated student/graduate caseload.

  • Research and develop careers information materials.

  • Respond to requests for articles, reports or information on aspects of graduate employability.

Employer Liaison        

  • Promote the University as a source of graduate employees, placement students etc.

  • Visit and receive visits from employers and other opportunity providers.

  • Build relationships with employers and ensure employer involvement in a variety of career events, seminars and workshops working in partnership with the Employment Officer and Employer team


  • Act as direct line manager for  a number of staff

  • Develop staff through training and development opportunites

  • Manage staff performance by agreeing objectives in line with unit goals and through the PMDS process.


An undergraduate degree in any discipline and a postgraduate qualification in career guidance recognised by the Institute of Guidance Counsellors or a UK equivalent with successful completion of a formally recognised  career counselling or advanced guidance module.

Proven ability to thrive in a target-driven environment and to work under pressure.

Three years recent and relevant experience in second level/further or higher education.

Experience in managing the performance and development of staff

Evidence of innovative teaching, facilitation and group-work skills and experience

Excellent communication skills, particularly persuasion, motivation of others, listening and the ability to develop rapport with students.

Flexibility, determination and ‘can do’ attitude.

Networking skills.

Teamwork and collaborative skills – with colleagues in the Career Development Centre and with other stakeholders.

Organisation, project management and time management skills.

ICT skills with expertise in the use of social media.

Must be willing to work unsocial hours e.g. evenings and weekends on occasion. Time-in-lieu will be given in line with University policy.