Meet your Careers Managers
Careers Manager, MBA
Careers Manager, Postgraduate (taught) and Undergraduate
Gail and David are qualified Careers Advisers who lead in the design, development and delivery of high quality careers guidance and education for students of the School. David works predominantly with our MBA students and Gail supports our Undergraduate and Postgraduate taught students.
Part of their role includes working with students on a one-to-one basis, offering careers coaching appointments to help you with your career plans. These appointments are confidential, impartial and tailored to you, they won’t tell you what to do, instead their aim is to help you reflect on your situation and to feedback and suggest appropriate action points that will enable you to make your own decisions.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Gail and David have answered some of your FAQs below.
If you have a question that hasn’t been answered why not book an appointment to speak to one of the Careers Managers or visits the Careers Service website which has lots of information, hints and tips to help you with your career planning and applications.
Can I speak to a Careers Manager?
We'd recommend that you access the events, workshops and resources that we offer online in the first instance. If you still have a question you can book a quick coaching appointment with the Careers Service.
Can you find me a job?
Our Careers Mangers and the Careers Service provide a range of services to help you in your job search, we won’t place students in jobs direct.
As a student at the Adam Smith Business School you have access to group sessions, employer talks, career coaching and alumni advice.
Can you recommend a good website to search for jobs in [insert industry]?
Yes! You can discuss your job search with a careers manager in a one-one appointment, the following links are a great starting place;
- GlasgowCareers - login to view vacancies across a range of sectors
- Job Search Advice - review the resources here from the Careers Service
- Career Guides: Produced by the Careers Managers for the school, a list of graduate schemes, internships and useful links in Marketing, HR and Accountancy
- Targetjobs City and Finance - careers advice, case studies and employer directory
- Targetjobs Consulting - careers advice, case studies and employer directory
- Inside Careers Guides - useful guides for careers in accountancy, insurance, finance and consultancy
- eFinancial Careers - careers guide for finance
- Deutsche Bank Unofficial Guide to Banking - overview of banking sector
- HigherED job search - international job search portal from our accreditation body EFMD
- Prospects - options with my degree and sector information
I don’t have any relevant work experience, how can I make my application stand out?
Demonstrating your skills on an application doesn’t have to come from paid work experience, employers are looking for you to give evidence of transferable skills.
Before you start writing your application, identify what skills they are looking for - do they want you to have excellent leadership skills, TED-like presentation skills or are they looking for a social media enthusiast?
Your extracurricular activities, volunteering work or part time jobs can often demonstrate this well e.g. “Co-managed a charity concert in aid of Oxfam and exceeded fundraising target, raising £2000.”
If you haven’t been involved in anything outside of the curriculum so far, now is a great time to start!
- volunteer for class rep
- join a society or sports team
- take part in an enterprise competition
- do something you enjoy
This can be a great addition to your CV and can help your application stand out, check out the student experience pages for ideas on ways you can develop your skills.
I’m an international student, can I work in the UK after I graduate or during my studies?
The international support team have provided guidance on working the UK during and after your studies.
We would also recommend reading UKCISA’s guide to working in the UK.
You should be aware that the deadlines for graduate schemes in the UK is usually 1 year in advance of starting the job, so for a job role starting in 2020, graduate schemes can close as early as October 2019. As a result, you should start job searching early in your final year of study.
If you are an international postgraduate student seeking work experience you can read our blog on finding work experience in the UK.
I’m graduating, how long can I use the service?
You have access to the careers service for 2 years after graduation. If you are living outside of the UK you can request a skype appointment.