Get to know Laura, your Careers Guidance Officer!

I graduated from Northumbria University back in 2008 with a degree in Sociology and Film Studies, then went on to study a year at Sunderland University, graduating in 2009 with a Level 7 Post-Graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance (QCG). Over the years working in the area of Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance I have competed work-based training such as Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) and an NVQ Level 4 in Information, Advice and Guidance. Most recently a Level 6 Certificate in Careers Leadership Training with RGG Associates completed in 2021. 

I have worked in the field of Careers Guidance for over 10 years in a range of roles including pastoral, mentoring, advice and guidance and recruitment in settings such as a secondary school, recruitment agency, charity and FE college. I have a genuine passion in careers guidance and supporting people to realise their potential and achieve goals, whether this is completing a CV, preparing for an interview or helping a person to make an informed decision about their future next steps.

Started at Northumberland College back in 2011 to 2014 working as a Student Mentor before returning again in 2016 as Careers Guidance Officer.

I work in the Careers, Advice & Guidance Team which provides an accessible, impartial and professional Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) service to enable current and potential learners to make well-informed choices and decisions in relation to progression, future learning opportunities and longer-term career goals. Currently I work as a Careers Guidance Officer for Northumberland Campus covering Ashington, Kirkley Hall, Blyth and Berwick. Working across all college sites with students (Entry to Degree level, across all subjects) to offer 1:1 careers guidance appointments. My role involves designing and delivering a range of Careers Workshops including personalised progression tutorials. I often network and build relationships with local employers, training agencies and universities and organise careers-based events in college.