Communication and networking



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Skills and Attributes for Career Success: Developing an enterprising mindset Communication and networking


Tom Davie: Lead advisor (1)

Tom Davie has 35 years of experience in the careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) profession.

As Head of Sunderland Futures and the Careers and Employability Service, he was responsible for developing and implementing a unique offer providing students and graduates with support in, 'Getting skills', 'Getting experience' and 'Getting noticed'.

Tom was also Deputy Head at Durham University Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre. He provided careers advice and guidance to students, early career researchers and staff. He also line-managed careers advisers and other careers professionals.

At Sunderland and Durham, he collaborated with senior academic staff on enhancing skills and attributes within the curriculum.

Tom currently retains his commitment to CEIAG by working part time, advising and guiding students and graduates at the University of Newcastle and supporting colleagues with his delivery of training on AGCAS/University of Warwick Career Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education courses.


Dr. Jon Howden-Evans: Lead advisor (2)

Dr. Jon Howden-Evans is the Head of Swansea Employability Academy at Swansea University. Jon oversees delivery of employability and enterprise support to undergraduate and postgraduate students, including Engineering, Medicine, Arts and Humanities. The Academy coordinates a central careers service and innovative engagement initiatives between Academic Colleges and the Students' Union.

Jon, a qualified company commercial solicitor, joined Swansea University 12 years ago to develop and teach a professional postgraduate diploma for law graduates wishing to enter practice. As part of this role he worked with employers to inform the skills agenda and placement learning. Jon has taught with the Open University and whilst working for a national law firm, he provided legal compliance and skills training to a range of clients. Jon is an external examiner for other institutions.


Kate Gemmell: Author

Kate is the Senior Manager Careers and Student Development at the University of Newcastle. She has previously worked at the Australian National University as Senior Manager Careers and has also extensive experience in Career Development in the private sector, working for a range of small to medium-sized enterprises and large corporates such as Ernst and Young. She holds degrees in Arts and Psychology and a Master's in Career Development.

She is passionate about helping students of all ages to reach their potential and make a successful transition into the world of work.


Rae Bowdler: Reviewer

Rae is currently a Senior Educational Technologist at City University London. As a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an employee of City University London, she relishes opportunities to develop learners. Specifically, she is part of a multi-disciplinary team aimed at fostering a culture of educational excellence and improving educational practice. This is done by championing the work of LEaD within the law school through building effective relationships, communities of practice and communication channels.

She works closely with staff in law to introduce and support innovative and effective practices. She liaises closely with the Associate Dean in the delivery of the Law school's educational development priorities to provide the infrastructure for educational change to support their needs. She is particularly interested in the growth of the learning spaces arena which is about helping to shape the future classrooms that can aid various learning styles.


Wilma Alexander: Accessibility Advisor

Wilma Alexander has recently retired from the University of Edinburgh, where she was part of the central e-learning team for over 15 years. During that time she promoted the importance of usable and accessible digital practice, tutoring on the groundbreaking Master's in Digital Education, developing online staff training on accessible e-learning and online tutoring skills. Since 2007 she has worked with Epigeum, now part of Oxford University Press, on improving the accessibility features of their courses, and on ensuring content emphasises accessibility and usability where appropriate. Wilma is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has a Master's qualification in Human-Computer Interaction and Information Science.

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Course highlights include:

  • Advice on overcoming nerves at networking events, and being proactive in forming new networks
  • Examples of how to identify your current network, and how to build upon this in future
  • Video detailing how employers view networking, and how they have approached networking in the own careers
  • An analysis of networking on different social media platforms.

The Skills and Attributes for Career Success programme has been developed in conjunction with the following institutions:

  • James Cook University
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Ulster University
  • University of Newcastle, Australia
  • University of West London.