Career Management Team
The Career Management Team includes careers advisers and information officers.
Careers advisers are experienced at advising students and graduates on many career-related topics. These might include career direction, diversity and equality (including disability-related issues), postgraduate study, or advice on applications, and interviews. Each adviser has sector and school-based specialisms.
Assistant Director (Career Management)
Jim has responsibility for the strategic and operational management of the Career Management team. He also contributes to the leadership and management of the Careers Service overall, alongside the Director and Assistant Director (Opportunities). Additionally, he delivers careers advice, guidance and education for students as part of a small practitioner caseload. He also works with the School of Management and the International Education Institute.
Jim has worked in the higher education sector since 1998 in a variety of universities and roles, namely Lancaster (Careers Adviser), Stirling (Careers Service Manager), Glasgow (International Careers Adviser), Abertay (Student Services Manager) and now St Andrews. Throughout that time, he has been active within the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS), serving on its Board of Directors from 2007–2010.
Josh is one of our careers advisers, working with the Schools of Classics, English, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and Geography and Sustainable Development. He is also jointly responsible for delivering research postgraduate and early career contract research staff careers provision, and for overseeing the University's Spotlight Award.
Previously, Josh worked at the University as an Information Officer within the Careers Centre and as a Web Content Editor and Trainer within Digital Communications.
Josh was awarded a BA (Hons) in Ancient History and Greek in 2013 from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and an MLitt in Greek in 2014 from St Andrews. He completed his PhD in Classics at St Andrews in 2022.
Philip is one of our areers advisers and works with the Schools of Chemistry, Mathematics and Statistics, and Physics and Astronomy. Before joining the Careers Centre, Philip previously studied Physics at St Andrews at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, receiving his PhD in 2019. Alongside his School caseload, Philip is also jointly responsible for overseeing careers support for postgraduate students and early career contract research staff.
Amy is one of our careers advisers and works with the Schools of Art History, Economics and Finance, Modern Languages and Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies. Amy started her career working on a student placement programme and then within recruitment. She then completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Career Guidance and Development at Edinburgh Napier University and was awarded a scholarship to participate in the University of Jyväskyla’s International Summer School for ICT in Guidance and Counselling. Amy then went on to work as a Careers Adviser at the University of Stirling and Newcastle University before joining the University of St Andrews Careers Centre in 2020.
Julie is one of our careers advisers and works with the Schools of Psychology and Neuroscience, the Graduate School for Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Music Centre. She is also responsible for overseeing careers support for early career graduates. Julie graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2010 with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology. She completed an MSc in Health Psychology at the University of St Andrews in 2011 and an MSc in Psychological Therapy in Primary care at the Universities of Dundee and Stirling in 2014. She then undertook her doctoral level British Psychological Society qualification in Health Psychology and was awarded her PhD from the University of Stirling in 2020.
Ricky is one of our careers advisers and works with the Schools of Computer Science, Biology, History and Medicine. Ricky graduated from the University of Dundee, gaining his undergraduate degree BSc (Hons) Business Management in 2013 and completing his postgraduate degree MSc Applied Computing in 2017. He worked at the Careers Service at Abertay University as their Employer Liaison Officer before joining the University of St Andrews Careers Centre in 2022.
Sarah is one of our careers advisers and works with the Schools of Divinity and International Relations. She is also jointly responsible for supporting postgraduate students and early career contract research staff. Sarah started her career in the legal sector, carrying out posts in London, Paris, and Melbourne. She also has experience working on the management boards of education and children’s charities and is currently completing a PgDip in Career Guidance and Development.
Information Officer and CV Adviser
Tracey is responsible for the overall management and updating of the Careers Centre website. She manages, develops, and updates all careers information resources and subscriptions. Tracey organises and coordinates service promotion events, including visiting days and other university events. Tracey is also part of a cross-service team providing reception cover and frontline services. She is also a CV Adviser.
Peer Support Assistants (PSAs)
University of St Andrews students
Our Peer Support Assistants (PSAs) help inform and deliver our student engagement activities, both online and in-person. They assist in the delivery of an excellent student user experience for those attending the Career Centre and its events.
At our front-of-house, they provide triage services of information giving and signposting. Across campus, they act as brand ambassadors for the Careers Centre to raise awareness and promote the range of services on offer.
Our current PSAs are: Soumya Arora, Eve Handy, Dasha Krasnodembskaya, Charlie Norman, Jenny Ogorman and Siddheshwari Thakur.