Our Careers Advisers are listed below. All can help you with any career-related issue you might have and can review applications including those for postgraduate study. 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); Certificate in Coaching (Centre for Coaching)
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.
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.
Arts & Heritage, Advertising, Marketing and Communications, Charities, Public Sector, Social and Community Careers, Law (particularly Barristers)
Careers co-lead for Public Service and Charities.
Annie has ‘lead’ responsibility for equality, diversity and inclusion with particular interest and experience on impact of disability and mental health in careers.
Social Sciences (Hull University), Diploma in Careers Guidance (Manchester University), Diploma in Learning and Teaching (De Montfort University).
Annie has worked mainly in the public and voluntary sector with a career spanning youth work, fundraising, careers education and guidance to lecturing, training and managing careers and student services in local authorities and Higher Education. Annie has particular interest in equality, diversity and inclusion and this is supported by her previous experience of chairing Disability Task Group (AGCAS) to dedicated Disability Careers Adviser roles.
Annie collaborates with the Faculty of History and is the link Adviser for Wadham College, St Anne’s College and Pembroke College.
To see when Annie is available for appointments, browse the appointments on CareerConnect.
Academia and Education, Social Policy, Charities and NGOs, EFL teaching, HE administration, International Politics and Human Rights, Postgraduate Study.
Rebecca has particular responsibility for advising Research Staff.
BA Archaeology (Cambridge), MA International Politics (Manchester), PhD Politics (Manchester)
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.
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.
Science R&D; Energy & the environment; Teaching & Education; Academia; Postgraduate study; Law
Natural Sciences (Cambridge University); Geophysics (PhD) (Cambridge University); PGCE (Science) (Leicester University)
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.
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.
Arts & Heritage, Dance, Film, TV and Theatre, Environment and Sustainable Business, Healthcare & Medicine, International Development, Law, Sport
Law (Southampton University), Medical Ethics (KCL), English Literature (Oxford University).
Qualified lawyer (experience in healthcare, regulatory and sports law), coaching and mentoring (business and sport), governance, publications (dance, dance science and sport) and a voluntary role as an independent non-executive director in the outdoor education sector.
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.
Careers lead for Arts, Heritage & Creative Industries.
Lara also assists on equality and diversity issues involving careers, with a particular emphasis on disability and mental health.
Lara works with the English Faculty, the Humanities Division, and the Department for Anthropology & Archaeology and collaborates with Corpus Christi College.
To see when Lara is available for appointments, browse the appointments on CareerConnect.
Academia & Higher Education, Advertising & Communications, Banking & Investment, Business & Management, Education, Finance, HR & Recruitment, Management Consultancy, Media, Postgraduate Study
PLEASE NOTE THAT JULIA IS CURRENTLY ON MATERNITY LEAVE
English Literature (University of East Anglia), Diploma in Careers Guidance (University of Reading)
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.
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.
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.
Banking & Investment, Management Consultancy, Business & Management. Careers Lead for Finance.
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)
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.
Polly collaborates with Brasenose, Mansfield, St Catz and Trinity College.
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.
Development & Policy, Film & Theatre, International Organisations, TV
Law (Oxford University)
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.
Damilola works with the following departments and colleges.
Departments: Medieval & Modern Languages, Politics & International Relations, International Development, Blavatnik School of Government, Oriental Studies
Colleges: Christ Church, Somerville, St. Hilda’s
To see when Damilola is available for appointments, browse the appointments on CareerConnect.
Arts & Heritage, Finance, Journalism, Law, Media, Publishing
Law (University of Reading), Legal Practice Course (The University of Law)
Before joining the careers service, Julia worked in publishing for 20 years as a commissioning editor at the legal publishers, Lexis Nexis, followed by managing editor at GTI, the company that produces the TARGETjobs series of the graduate careers publications and websites. She has also worked as a publishing manager in the charity sector and as a TEFL teacher in Japan.
Julia collaborates with Magdalen, St Benet’s Hall and University College, and is the link adviser for the English, Classics and Philosophy faculties.
To see when Julia is available for appointments, browse the appointments on CareerConnect.
Law; Business & Management
Politics (Southampton University); Diploma in Careers Guidance (Reading University
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.
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.
Arts, Education, International Organisations, Policy, Postgraduate Study
BA Modern Writing and Combined Arts (University of Gloucestershire); MSt Literature and Arts (University of Oxford)
Karen has worked in both public and private sectors, undertaking a variety of finance and administration roles in diverse organisations ranging from a publishing company to a private airfield to a county council. Since 2010 she has worked in higher education, with a particular focus on internships, graduate study and funding. She currently manages the Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Programme.
Karen is the link adviser for Exeter College, Regent’s Park College, and Worcester College.
To see when Karen is available for appointments, browse the appointments on CareerConnect.