Effective planning



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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.


Arti Kumar MBE: Author

Arti Kumar is a National Teaching Fellow and Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. As former Associate Director of the employability-focused CETL at the University of Bedfordshire, she led and collaborated with staff within and outside the university, creating pedagogy that enables all students to develop and personalise graduate-level employability skills and attributes. The SOAR model she developed and authored is implemented in a variety of contexts in the UK and overseas.

Arti was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services in 2010. She currently freelances as an education consultant, volunteers as a school governor and mentor, and continues to write for publication.


Jan Perrett, MBE, MA, BA (Hons) DipCG: Reviewer

Jan Perrett has worked in the field of career guidance for over 30 years – in schools, colleges and for the most part, in universities. She worked at the University of Nottingham as Deputy Director of the Careers and Employability Service, and left in 2014 to set up as a freelance Higher Education Training Consultant, working primarily with AGCAS (Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services). Her passion has always been for the development of professional guidance practice and the understanding of career theory in its broadest interpretation. Jan was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for Services to Higher Education and received her award at Buckingham Palace in February 2015.


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.

The diagram below explains the chronology of the course.

Course highlights include:

  • Identification of different needs, methods and types of effective planning
  • The chance to assess your current planning skills and attributes, and how to develop these in the future
  • An investigation into your natural approaches to planning
  • Video outlining how employers view planning and what they want to see from new graduates in this regard.

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.