About the Undergrad blog team

The Careers staff bloggers are…

Sarah Mallen – Information Manager

My first degree was in geography from the University of Sheffield and I completely empathise with anyone coming out of a degree with no clue what to do next. For me the next step was a variety of work experience until I decided on a career in library and information work for which I needed a postgraduate degree. I worked in further education and local government libraries before joining the Careers Service.

Much of my daily work involves talking to students and graduates about their needs and keeping up to date with the latest information sources for career options and opportunities. I’ll be keeping you informed about new publications and the latest news on events.

Helen Buzdugan – Careers Consultant

Before entering the world of careers work 8 years ago, I had already tried out several other careers and considered even more. After graduating in Russian Studies in 1995, I taught English in Japan and Russia, started a PhD, worked as a bookseller, product manager, business analyst and project manager. Having worked in various sectors (including retail, pharmaceuticals and publishing), I’ve now found a job I love, combining careers guidance with working on web-related projects. I feel my own zigzag career path helps me relate quite well to those students I advise who are trying to figure out what they want to do!

Karen Butterworth – Careers Consultant

After graduating with a degree in Geography and Biology from The University of Liverpool, I hadn’t even thought about careers, let alone decided what I wanted to do with the rest of my life…..I fell into selling mobile phones, moved upwards into retail management and then decided to jump across into the world of recruitment.  I found that I enjoyed advising people much more than finding them jobs, and so when the opportunity arose to move into careers guidance, I leapt at the chance!  Since then, I haven’t looked back.

I hope my own ‘higgledy piggledy’ experience of careers will help me to write interesting blog posts and give confidence to those of you who are struggling to decide what to do next after Uni.

Martine Storey – Information Officer

I am a graduate of The University of Manchester and joined the MLP, Careers and Employability Division in 2001. I work in the Careers Resource Centre, answering questions on a range of career related topics such as where to look for jobs or how to write a CV. I also work on the Manchester Graduate Internship Programme (MGIP), helping graduates to gain short term graduate roles in Greater Manchester.

Natalie Walsh – Careers Consultant

Two years after graduating with a degree in Politics from University of Salford I found myself still there, working in the library.  Forced out in the big wide world when my project funding was cut I eventually found myself temping as a Clerical Assistant in the HR Department of an engineering company.  Being enthusiastic and prepared to get stuck into anything thrown at me saw the short-term placement become a permanent job. Wanting to develop my career in HR I found a role at University of Manchester, initially as a Recruitment Assistant and then as an HR Assistant.  I discovered an interest in training and a placement in the Staff Training Unit helped develop these skills. After 9 years in HR and training roles, the post of Careers Consultant is a great mix of using my HR/Recruitment experience and my interest in learning and development activities to support students.

Joy Chapman – Information and Admin Assistant

Currently working within the Careers & Employability Division with a split role. Half my time I support the Employer Liaison team  promoting summer internships to students and giving information and  advice on internship application enquiries. I also work face to face with students within the Careers Resource Centre giving information and advice, signposting students and visitors to available help, updating resources and booking careers appointments. With a background including careers and education as well as my own studies, I enjoy being part of helping support students excel at Uni!

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