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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); Certificate in Coaching (Centre for Coaching)

Previous experience

Claire has previously worked as a dentist at Guy’s Dental Hospital, Bristol Dental Hospital and Leeds University Dental Hospital and also in General Dental Practice and the Community Dental Service. Whilst studying for her Masters she also was involved in dental undergraduate teaching at Leeds University before joining Oxford as a Careers Adviser.

With her focus on careers in science, health & social care, Claire manages the Insight into Medicine and the Insight into Pharma/Biotech programmes along with a support group for students who are interested in Medicine as a Second Degree. She is also the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services Liaison Officer for the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry.

Colleges & departments

Claire works with the Departments of Biochemistry, Zoology, Plant Sciences, Experimental Psychology, Human Sciences, Pharmacology and Theology. She is also the link careers adviser for Lady Margaret Hall and Hertford College.

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.

Rebecca Ehata


Areas of interest

Academia and Education, Social Policy, Charities and NGOs, EFL teaching, HE administration, International Politics and Human Rights.

Rebecca has particular responsibility for advising Research Staff.

Studied

BA Archaeology (Cambridge), MA International Politics (Manchester), PhD Politics (Manchester)

Previous experience

Academic experience of teaching and lecturing (human rights and international politics) and postdoctoral research (migration and integration). Project management, leadership and consultancy roles focusing on migration, integration and refugee issues in the NGO sector. Has also worked in policy and administrative roles in Higher Education, and as an EFL teacher. Experience of working in France, Germany, Greece and Turkey.

Colleges & departments

Rebecca collaborates with Oriel College, St Antony’s College, St John’s College and St Peter’s College.

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

Abby Evans


Areas of interest

Science R&D; Energy & the environment; Teaching & Education; Academia; Postgraduate study; Law

Studied

Natural Sciences (Cambridge University); Geophysics (PhD) (Cambridge University); PGCE (Science) (Leicester University)

Previous experience

Abby’s research used geophysical methods to study the extent of volcanism associated with the initial rifting of the North Atlantic. Following post-doctoral work at Cambridge, Abby taught GCSE Science and Physics and Geology A levels in a Leicester secondary school before moving into careers work at Oxford.

With a particular focus on science and education, she regularly contributes to outreach activities for the University. Abby co-manages the Insight into Teaching programme for Oxford students and leads on a suite of Ignite programmes aimed to develop career confidence among school pupils. She chairs a national advisory group on Teaching and Related Professions, and is a contributing author to publications on engineering, education and academic careers.

Colleges & departments

Abby works with the Departments of Physics, Earth Sciences, Materials Science and Education and with the School of Geography and the Environment. She is the link adviser for St Edmund Hall and St Cross College.

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 & Higher Education, Advertising & Communications, Banking & Investment, Business & Management, Education, Finance, HR & Recruitment, Management Consultancy, Media, Postgraduate Study

Studied

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

Previous experience

Recruitment consultant at Reed Graduates focusing on recruiting for graduate schemes across a range of businesses (Accountancy and Finance, PR, Executive Search, Management Consultancy).

Higher Education recruitment administration and admissions with a particular focus on international recruitment (East and South East Asia).

Careers lead for Business and Management. Co-coordinator for Insight into Teaching programme. Previous lead for Arts, Media and Marketing.

Special interest in supporting international students especially Chinese students with careers both in the UK and returning to Asia.

Colleges & departments

Julia collaborates with Exeter College, Worcester College, Regents Park College and St Benet’s Hall and is the link Careers Adviser for the Faculty of Philosophy 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

Banking & Investment, Management Consultancy, Business & Management, Arts, Media & Communication, Publishing, Journalism. Careers Lead for Finance.

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

Joined the graduate programme at J.P.Morgan Investment bank and during that time worked in Emerging Markets Risk Management and Credit Derivatives Managed Trading. Subsequently moved into HR to Graduate Development and primarily focused on working with the business to recruit, support and develop graduates on the Finance Graduate Programme.

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

Law; TV, Film &amp; Theatre; International Organisations, Development &amp; Policy; Public Policy &amp; Charities

Studied

Law (Oxford University)

Previous experience

Prior to joining the Careers Service Damilola worked as a graduate and experienced hire recruiter in Law, International Development and Management Consultancy. She has extensive experience recruiting internationally from Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Damilola has lived and worked in the Middle East and can also provide advice on careers in the region.

Colleges & departments

Damilola works with the following departments and colleges.
Departments: Medieval & Modern Languages, Politics & International Relations, International Development, Blavatnik School of Government
Colleges: Christ Church, Somerville, St. Hilda’s

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

Juliet Tomlinson


Areas of interest

Law; Business & Management

Studied

Politics (Southampton University); Diploma in Careers Guidance (Reading University

Previous experience

Juliet spent the first 13 years of her career working for Procter & Gamble in customer business development roles including sales and marketing. During this time she was also involved in designing and delivering training for new graduates. Following a short career break for her family she worked in a start-up recruitment company. This role developed her ongoing interest in career development which led to her completing the Diploma in Careers Guidance and then on to the Oxford Careers Service.

In her current role in Oxford Juliet has a focus on careers in the legal sector and in supporting both law and non law students wishing to consider the many career options available. She chairs a national advisory group on the legal professions and has been very involved in the forthcoming changes to qualification as a solicitor/barrister ( the Solicitors Qualifying Exam and Future Bar Training). She is also involved in outreach activities arranged within the Law Faculty such as the UNIQ and Pathways to Law programmes for school students considering careers in this sector. In addition she also supports students considering careers within business and management.

Colleges & departments

Juliet works with the Law Faculty and is the link adviser for Jesus College and Lincoln College.

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