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Find out who the Careers & Employability team is, including your Careers Advisers.

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David Wakeford - Head of Careers & Employability

David Wakeford - Careers Team

David is responsible for the delivery of the BU central careers and employability services for students, graduates and external stakeholders by a team of qualified professionals. This includes large scale careers events and fairs, delivery of co-curricular and embedded work within the curriculum, one-to-one career coaching with students and the BU extra-curricular award, the Global Talent Programme.

A highly experienced careers professional with over 20 years’ experience working in schools, colleges and universities where he has developed successful employability projects and worked collaboratively with a range of stakeholders including industry partners. David has managed multi-disciplinary teams for over 15 years, which included leading on developing institutional employability strategies, engagement projects for NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) young people, large scale events and projects. 

Email: wakefordd@bournemouth.ac.uk
Call: 01202 961663

 

Rashida Ahmad - Senior Careers Adviser

Rashida Ahmad

Having worked within three HE careers services in London (Brunel, City & SOAS UoL) for over a decade, Rashida decided to relocate to Bournemouth. Her previous experience spans working widely across careers from placements, managing the careers online information provision, to providing careers advice and guidance through one to one appointments and careers workshops.

Recently appointed to lead the Careers Advisers Team Rashida will also work with the Faculty of Management in delivering careers education in the curriculum. She is genuinely passionate about helping individuals reach their full potential. 

Email: rahmad@bournemouth.ac.uk
Call: 01202 961663

Adrian Cuthbert - Careers Adviser

Adrian Cuthbert - Careers Team

Adrian holds a BA (Hons) Business and Management degree from the University of Exeter Business School. Following his degree he entered the JPMorgan Banking Operations Graduate Programme.

His early career was centred in the medical sector working in a hospital laboratory and attending a London Medical School. More recently he worked with the Connexions careers service and has experience in the charity and social enterprise sector. Adrian enjoys travelling and has taught English language in Europe. He joined Bournemouth University in 2013 in the AskBU Team before transitioning to the Careers & Employability Team in 2015. 

Email: careers@bournemouth.ac.uk
Call: 01202 961663

Sarah Hopkins - Careers Adviser

Sarah Hopkins - Careers Team

Sarah joined BU in 2014 starting with the AskBU Team before moving to Global Engagement where she was responsible for supporting the students on study exchange and administered the Erasmus + funding.

Having worked as a Welfare Officer for eight years for a national charity Sarah gained a wealth of experience supporting a range of clients in challenging situations and gained Level 4 Diploma in Life Coaching through the CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Awarding Body). Sarah started as the Employability Assistant within the Careers Team in 2017 and has recently been appointed to the role of Careers Adviser to cover Penny Ballyntyne who is on maternity leave. 

Email: shopkins@bournemouth.ac.uk
Call: 01202 961663

Lynne Jones - Careers Adviser

Lynne Jones - Careers Team

Lynne works within the central service supporting students across the university. She is also the link Careers Adviser with Faculty of Management specialising in the Tourism, Hospitality, Retail, Events & Sports courses offering individual confidential and impartial careers information, advice and guidance to students and staff.

She holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Career Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education gained from Reading University and is BPS Level A trained and a MBTI facilitator. Lynne has been with BU for over 25 years and has worked in a variety of areas within the university. 

Email: jonesl@bournemouth.ac.uk
Call: 01202 961663

Jane Pimblett - Careers Adviser

Jane Pimblett - Careers Team

After graduating with a BA (Hons) 3D Design Jane worked as a glass designer in the cut crystal industry in the West Midlands and has had her work displayed in Harrods. As a Careers Adviser Jane is able to bring her knowledge of work in creative industries to help prepare students for work and provide one to one guidance.

Jane moved to Bournemouth to set up and manage a training centre for adults in the creative industries. She has also held various roles within education from schools, colleges and university to help adults and young people achieve their desired career success. Most recently she has achieved the Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching Practice and Fellowship of the Higher Education Association at BU. 

Email: pimblettj@bournemouth.ac.uk
Call: 01202 961663

Jade Fevyer - Information Coordinator

Jade Fevyer - Careers Team

Jade was awarded a BA (Hons) in Library & Information Studies at Loughborough University. She started working at Bournemouth University in March 2001 as Assistant Librarian in the University Library before moving across to the BU Careers & Employability Service in 2004 to specialise as Careers Information Co-ordinator.

Within the careers team Jade is responsible for the management and dissemination of quality careers information, primarily through the online careers system MyCareerHub, but also via other online BU platforms and social media channels to ensure that students and graduates have access to the most up to date and relevant careers and labour market information.

Email: careers@bournemouth.ac.uk
Call: 01202 961663

Sarah Foster - Employability Assistant

Sarah Foster - Careers Team

Sarah joined the Careers Team as Employability Assistant in September 2019 after finishing her MA in Illustration at Arts University Bournemouth in the summer. During this time, she worked as a Visual Merchandiser for M&S, enabling her to develop her creativity in providing excellent customer service as well as communicating effectively via various social media tools, in particular Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, all of which she now brings to her current role at BU.

Email: careers@bournemouth.ac.uk
Call: 01202 961663

Robert Coldwell - Graduate Employment Officer

Robert Coldwell - Careers Team

After graduating with a degree in Graphic Design Robert worked as a designer for several years, before moving to Tokyo for three years working as an English Teacher.

Robert’s idiosyncratic career journey continued on his return to the UK, where he worked in the county’s largest Crown Court, progressing the most serious cases within its 20 courtrooms. He previously worked as an Alumni & Mentoring specialist (recognised by becoming an Associate Fellow of the HEA) before joining BU.

Robert’s current role involves coordinating the careers fairs and Your Career Week. He also works alongside the Placement Coordinators to oversee the university’s jobs platform, MyCareerHub, which advertises 6,000 jobs each year.

Email: recruit@bournemouth.ac.uk
Call: 01202 961661

Sara Orford - Graduate Employment Assistant

Sara Orford

Sara joined the Careers Team in 2018 having previously worked in BU Future Student Enquiries Team, where she provided prospective students with support throughout the student journey.

Her role within the Graduate Employment Team is to manage the online jobs portal MyCareerHub, promoting graduate recruitment opportunities, building employer relationships and assisting with the organising of graduate recruitment events and careers fairs.

In 1992 when BU was given University status, Sara worked for the Faculty of HSS for 5 years as Programme Administrator for the BSc (Hons) Clinical Nursing, Mental Health and Child Health courses, from there she worked for the Bournemouth International Centre gaining a great wealth of events experience in the entertainment sector spanning over 12 years.

Email: recruit@bournemouth.ac.uk
Call: 01202 961660

Mira Koseva - Global Talent Programme Officer (currently on secondment)

Mira Koseva - Careers Team

Mira is responsible for the operational management of the Global Talent Programme. Before joining the programme, Mira worked on a number of projects and implemented interventions to enhance individual and organisational performance and improve people’s skills. Mira is currently on a 6 month secondment until the end of March 2020 with the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership where she is working on a skills analysis of the local area. 

With her educational background in psychology and behaviour change and experience in HR, IT and research from both the private and public sectors, she has previously been engaged in a variety of initiatives ranging from diversity and inclusion network development, staff experience and engagement, wellbeing at work, and IT systems implementations.

Jenna Darlow - Interim Global Talent Programme Officer

Jenna Darlow - Careers Team

Jenna is responsible for the operational management of the Global Talent Programme which includes delivering the core workshop programme for over 2000 BU students and the end of year Global Talent Programme Awards Ceremony. Jenna works with academics, students and industry to ensure that BU graduates stand out from the crowd and are able to articulate the soft transferable skills that they gain at university through extracurricular activities to employers when applying for graduate roles.

A true believer in international study and work opportunities for students, having completed an Erasmus+ study abroad year in Spain as a part of her BA (Hons) Spanish and Linguistics degree. She is passionate about helping students to self-reflect about the experiences they have at university and how these translate into skills they will need for their future employability needs. 

Email: jdarlow@bournemouth.ac.uk
Call: 01202 961816

Alexandra Magklaropoulou - Global Talent Programme Administrator (fixed term)

Alexandra Magklaropoulou

Alexandra is a BU graduate with an MSc in International Hospitality and Tourism Management. Working for 2 years in the private sector, she gained a wealth of experience in multicultural communication as part of international teams. She joined the Global Talent team in November 2019 to cover for an established member of staff currently on secondment.

Alexandra is responsible for the day-to day operational tasks and maintenance of the virtual learning environment as well as processing all new registrations and student enquiries.

Email: globaltalent@bournemouth.ac.uk
Call: 01202 962289

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