Our Careers Advisers are listed below. All can help you with any career-related issue you might have. However, you might like to talk to an Adviser who has a particular area of interest if you have a very specific query. To filter the Advisers by their areas of interest, use this drop-down menu.
Finance, HR & Recruitment, Management Consultancy
Jonathan is the Director of The Careers Service.
Engineering (Cambridge University).
Jonathan has been Director of the Careers Service at Oxford University since 2008. He studied engineering at the University of Cambridge, after which he was an apprentice engineer in a helicopter factory. He then worked for six years as a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, an international blue-chip firm in Europe and California, before joining Times Mirror, a Los Angeles-based media company, as Strategy Director. Afterwards, he moved to London to become the Finance Director for an international academic text-reference publisher, and co-founded a successful medical publishing start-up with two colleagues. He then became Director of Corporate Affairs at the Saïd Business School in Oxford.
In his current role at the Careers Service, Jonathan coaches students one-to-one with careers advice, runs workshops and seminars for groups of undergraduates and postgraduates, trains colleagues, and devises new and innovative programmes that provide hands-on experiences for students. He works with senior academics to explore how the Careers Service can support academic work, presents at seminars and conferences in the UK, Europe, Australia, South Africa, and the USA, and runs research programmes on what is required in order to secure a graduate-level job.
His recent book, ‘Where am I going and can I have a map?’ was described by Baroness Gillian Shephard as, ‘One of the most practical and comprehensible career guides ever produced.’
Jonathan also writes the fortnightly, ‘Dear Jonathan’, column in the Financial Times.
Jonathan is a Fellow of New College, where he is Tutor for Welfare.
To see when Jonathan is available for appointments, browse the appointments on CareerConnect.
Academia, Education, Government, Policy, Postgraduate Study, Science
Rachel has particular responsibility for advising Research Staff. Previously she managed a portfolio career straddling academia, policy and practice. Having lived and worked in South Asia and southern Africa, she can also advise on careers in those regions.
Biological and Social Anthropology (BA), Social Anthropology (PhD); Durham University.
Academic research, teaching (lecturing and tutoring undergraduates and post-graduates), writing publications (academic and popular), policy research and programme evaluation in public health and social development (DFID, UNICEF, ILO, Save the Children), consultant to UK and international charities, designing youth services; developing participatory, art-based techniques for research and intervention (UK, Nepal, India, Mekong sub-region, southern Africa).
Rachel collaborates with Kellogg, Linacre, Nuffield and Wolfson Colleges.
To see when Rachel is available for appointments, browse the appointments on CareerConnect.
Charities, Community Support, Computing & IT, Engineering, Healthcare, Science, Social Careers
Dentistry (Guy’s Dental Hospital), Masters in Restorative Dentistry (Leeds University).
Clinical dentistry (hospital work, general practice and community dentistry), university teaching, research.
Claire collaborates on events with Hertford, Lady Margaret Hall, with the Maths & Physical Life Sciences Division, and the Medical Sciences Division.
To see when Claire is available for appointments, browse the appointments on CareerConnect.
Arts, Communications, Government, International Organisations, Law, Media, Policy, Retail
Annie has responsibility for equality and diversity issues involving careers, and a particular emphasis on disability and mental health.
Social Sciences (Hull University), Diploma in Careers Guidance (Manchester University), Diploma in Learning and Teaching (De Montfort University).
Sales, youth work and lecturing, careers work in local authorities and higher education.
Annie collaborates with Harris Manchester, Pembroke, St Anne's and Wadham, and with the History department.
To see when Annie is available for appointments, browse the appointments on CareerConnect.
Academia, Computing & IT, Education, Energy, Engineering, Environment, Healthcare, Postgraduate Study, Science
Earth Sciences (Cambridge University), PhD in Geophysics (Cambridge University), PGCE (Leicester University).
Research and teaching.
Abby collaborates with St Cross and St Edmund Hall, and with the Maths & Physical Life Sciences division.
To see when Abby is available for appointments, browse the appointments on CareerConnect.
Academia, Arts, Government, Healthcare, International Organisations, Law, Science
Lara has particular responsibility for advising partners of research staff and students new to Oxford. Her role is part of a pilot project working with the Newcomers’ Club.<br/><br/> <em>If you are connected to the Newcomers' Club and cannot book an appointment with Lara through CareerConnect, please book through reception, on 01865 274646.</em>
Law (Southampton University), Medical Ethics (KCL), English Literature (Oxford University).
Qualified lawyer (experience in private practice, government and in-house), coaching and mentoring (business and sport), governance (healthcare and sport), publications (popular arts) and a voluntary role as an independent non-executive director.<br/><br/>Previously she managed a portfolio career straddling law, sports consultancy, and careers advice. Having lived and worked in New Zealand, she can also advise on careers in that region.
Lara collaborates with the Newcomers' Club: see above.
To see when Lara is available for appointments, browse the appointments on CareerConnect.
Academia, Arts, Communications, Education, Finance; HR & Recruitment, Management Consultancy, Media, Postgraduate Study
• English Literature (University of East Anglia), Diploma in Careers Guidance (University of Reading)
• Recruitment consultant, Higher Education administration and admissions, international recruitment (Asia). Careers lead for advertising, journalism, consulting and teaching. Special interest in supporting Chinese students with careers both in the UK and returning to Asia.
• Julia collaborates with Exeter College, Regents Park College, St Benet’s Hall and the Faculty of Classics
To see when Julia is available for appointments, browse the appointments on CareerConnect.
Arts, Communications, Computing & IT, Government,
HR & Recruitment, Management Consultancy,
Natural Sciences MA (Cambridge University), MBA (Henley Management College), MSc. in Management Psychology (University of Nottingham)
Director of career management and lead careers advisor at a European business school. Policy and advisory roles for the UK Civil Service, district management at the retail end of the UK brewing sector, and voluntary roles as a school governor. Hugh has lived and worked in the Netherlands, Malaysia and the USA and can advise on careers in these regions.
Hugh also supports students by working with the Departments of Computer Science, History of Art, Music, and the Mathematical Institute, and at Balliol, Keble and Merton Colleges.
To see when Hugh is available for appointments, browse the appointments on CareerConnect.
Arts, Communications, Finance, HR & Recruitment, Management Consultancy, Media
Polly has particular responsibility for equality and diversity, including disability. She also co-ordinates the Springboard Programme for women.
Economics (University of Bath), Diploma in Careers Guidance and Development (Open University)
• Worked in Risk Management, Credit Derivatives and Graduate Development at J.P. Morgan Investment Bank
Polly collaborates with Brasenose, Magdalen, Mansfield, St Catz and Trinity colleges.
To see when Polly is available for appointments, browse the appointments on CareerConnect.
Advertising, Computing & IT, Engineering, Healthcare, Innovation, Marketing, Market Research, Science, Sustainability
Like all Careers Advisers, Mike sees students to advise on career planning, job search strategy, applications, and advising on his areas of interest below. Mike also specialises in advising alumni, irrespective of their sector. If you have graduated from Oxford, you can Skype or email Mike for help with career change, networking, returning to work after a break, dealing with redundancy, taking early retirement, and any other careers-related issue.
Chemistry (University of Birmingham), NATO Post-doctoral Research Fellow (California Institute of Technology).
Coaching and lecturing on innovation, creativity, sustainability, culture and confidence, Research and Product Development at Procter & Gamble in the UK, Italy and Belgium. Inventor with 54 patents. Market Research in 13 countries. Chartered Scientist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Music production.
Mike collaborates with Green Templeton, Keble, St Hugh’s and Worcester Colleges, the Engineering and Chemistry Departments, and the Internet Institute.
To see when Mike is available for appointments, browse the appointments on CareerConnect.
Computing & IT, Engineering, Finance, Government, Healthcare, HR & Recruitment, International Organisations, Management Consultancy, Policy, Science
Law (Oxford University)
Graduate and Experienced Hire Recruitment in Law, Management Consulting and International Development. Damilola has lived and worked in the Middle East and can also provide advice on careers in the region.
Damilola collaborates with the School of Geography & Environment, Christ Church, St. Hilda’s and Somerville.
To see when Damilola is available for appointments, browse the appointments on CareerConnect.
Politics (Southampton University), Diploma in Careers Guidance (Reading University).
Sales and customer business development with Procter & Gamble, and recruitment.
Juliet collaborates with Jesus and Lincoln colleges, and with Social Sciences (Law).
To see when Juliet is available for appointments, browse the appointments on CareerConnect.