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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.

Jonathan Black


Areas of interest

Finance, HR & Recruitment, Management Consultancy

Jonathan is the Director of The Careers Service.

Studied

Engineering (Cambridge University).

Previous experience

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.

Colleges & departments

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.

Rachel Bray


Areas of interest

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.

Studied

Biological and Social Anthropology (BA), Social Anthropology (PhD); Durham University.

Previous experience

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).

Colleges & departments

Rachel collaborates with Kellogg, Linacre, Nuffield and Wolfson Colleges.

To see when Rachel is available for appointments, browse the appointments on CareerConnect.

Claire Chesworth


Areas of interest

Charities, Community Support, Computing & IT, Engineering, Healthcare, Science, Social Careers

Studied

Dentistry (Guy’s Dental Hospital), Masters in Restorative Dentistry (Leeds University).

Previous experience

Clinical dentistry (hospital work, general practice and community dentistry), university teaching, research.

Colleges & departments

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.

Annie Dutton


Areas of interest

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.

Studied

Social Sciences (Hull University), Diploma in Careers Guidance (Manchester University), Diploma in Learning and Teaching (De Montfort University).

Previous experience

Sales, youth work and lecturing, careers work in local authorities and higher education.

Colleges & departments

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.

Abby Evans


Areas of interest

Academia, Computing & IT, Education, Energy, Engineering, Environment, Healthcare, Postgraduate Study, Science

Studied

Earth Sciences (Cambridge University), PhD in Geophysics (Cambridge University), PGCE (Leicester University).

Previous experience

Research and teaching.

Colleges & departments

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.

Lara Hayward


Areas of interest

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>

Studied

Law (Southampton University), Medical Ethics (KCL), English Literature (Oxford University).

Previous experience

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.

Colleges & departments

Lara collaborates with the Newcomers' Club: see above.

To see when Lara is available for appointments, browse the appointments on CareerConnect.

Julia Hilton


Areas of interest

Academia, Arts, Communications, Education, Finance; HR &amp; Recruitment, Management Consultancy, Media, Postgraduate Study

Studied

• English Literature (University of East Anglia), Diploma in Careers Guidance (University of Reading)

Previous experience

• 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.

Colleges & departments

• 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.

Hugh Lailey


Areas of interest

Arts, Communications, Computing & IT, Government,
HR & Recruitment, Management Consultancy,

Studied

Natural Sciences MA (Cambridge University), MBA (Henley Management College), MSc. in Management Psychology (University of Nottingham)

Previous experience

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.

Colleges & departments

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.

Polly Metcalfe


Areas of interest

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.

Studied

Economics (University of Bath), Diploma in Careers Guidance and Development (Open University)

Previous experience

• Worked in Risk Management, Credit Derivatives and Graduate Development at J.P. Morgan Investment Bank

Colleges & departments

Polly collaborates with Brasenose, Magdalen, Mansfield, St Catz and Trinity colleges.

To see when Polly is available for appointments, browse the appointments on CareerConnect.

Mike Moss


Areas of interest

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.

Studied

Chemistry (University of Birmingham), NATO Post-doctoral Research Fellow (California Institute of Technology).

Previous experience

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.

Colleges & departments

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.

Damilola Odimayo


Areas of interest

Computing & IT, Engineering, Finance, Government, Healthcare, HR & Recruitment, International Organisations, Management Consultancy, Policy, Science

Studied

Law (Oxford University)

Previous experience

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.

Colleges & departments

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.

Juliet Tomlinson


Areas of interest

Law, Retail

Studied

Politics (Southampton University), Diploma in Careers Guidance (Reading University).

Previous experience

Sales and customer business development with Procter & Gamble, and recruitment.

Colleges & departments

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.