Meet Liz Wilkinson. She has been one of the our SAS careers consultants for some time now. We have spoken to Liz to give you some insight into her own career path but also into her work as a careers consultant, and some very general tips and tricks.
Tell us a bit about yourself. What was your education and career path that brought you here?
You have worked in careers services for some time now. What do you like most about your job?
I find the world of work and how people navigate it so fascinating. I’m a very curious person and love learning new things and meeting new people. I love the breadth of HE careers work. It combines market research, empowering people, figuring out technology, teaching, writing, thinking on your feet and constant change. The job uses all my talents (and has developed quite a few I didn’t know I had in me) and I get to make a positive difference for people. My favourite bit of a great job is working directly with students. Every one of you is unique and I’m always excited to hear your story and to work together to identify your next steps towards satisfying and sustainable work.
Do you have a special area of expertise?
Can you tell us about an encounter that stuck with you?
Every student is different but many probably, at least initially, have the same worries and questions. What is the most common insecurity you come across with students?
Mental Health in academia is becoming a more widely discussed subject. What general advice can you give students struggling to maintain a healthy work-life-balance?
What a great question. I would say to students what I say to myself. “You are bigger (and more precious) than your degree or job. It needs to work for you as well as you working for it. Academia is a pressured environment and we live in challenging times. You are not alone. Reach out to others, your friends, family, your tutors and the SAS support services.” For a fuller exploration of those points and to create a supportive environment. I will be offering a session on Wellbeing and Resilience in late November as part of the Research Training offer.