£18.55 per hour plus £2.24 holiday pay
Advertising End Date
08 Dec 2021

Role & Department Overview

Note: this role is only open to non-students.

Lancaster University Careers team are looking to hire a Postgraduate Careers Coach, to help them develop a number of projects to support students from under-represented groups, in Higher Education and to support their progress into positive graduate destinations. This project is funded through the Office for Student.

This job will focus on providing personal success, progression and careers coaching for up to 25 undergraduate students who meet widening participation criteria to support them to progress into PG study, and work with a further 25 PGT students who meet widening participation criteria, to support them to progress into graduate level employment or further study, alongside increasing their confidence and career management skills, for future career progression. This will be through one-to-one appointments, group coaching, drop ins, and online support.

Pay Rate: £18.55 per hour plus £2.24 holiday pay
Start Date: 10th January 2022
End Date: 29th July 2022
Interview date: 16th December 2021
Location: Remotely and on Campus
Working Pattern: 9hrs per week

This role will also include support for the wider WP student body through delivering workshops such as writing personal statements, considering postgraduate study, and articulating the benefit of a master's in applications. These workshops will be specifically designed to focus on the barriers that WP students may face. 

We are looking for a commitment of 9 hours per week starting the week of 10th January until the end of July 2022, although there can be flexibility in the work pattern following discussion with the line manager.

Job Description

  • To offer 1-1 appointments for a minimum of three hours a week in term time
  • To keep brief records of student consultations
  • To support students and graduates through group coaching and online support
  • To deliver workshops such as writing personal statements, considering postgraduate study, and articulating the benefit of a master's in applications
  • To make use of the resources available through Careers and encourage students to engage with these resources.
  • To attend occasional meetings with members of the Careers team for debriefing and evaluation of the role
  • To keep up to date with employment trends, recruitment practices, developments in the graduate labour market and professional and ethical requirements. To reflect on practice and develop materials accordingly.
  • To keep regular time sheets of hours worked

Person Specification


  • Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of the graduate labour market, and the recruitment processes for graduate job roles.
  • Ability to provide one-to-one careers advice and guidance to students and graduates across a diverse range of subjects, with evidence of positive impact.
  • Ability to prioritise a demanding and varied workload; remaining open to change, competing deadlines and unexpected challenges.
  • Proactive, positive, adaptable and collaborative approach to work with and enthuse and motivate others.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours including occasional evening and weekend work.


  • Understanding of the barriers faced by students from backgrounds under-represented in Higher Education.
  • Experience working in a student-facing role within a post compulsory education environment.
  • Experience of working with PGT students and ability to demonstrate an understanding of, and empathy with, PGT student concerns and challenges.
  • Experience in the design and delivery of extra-curricular activities to enhance employability or skills development.
  • Experience and confidence in teaching, training and facilitation, and the use of excellent presentation & facilitation skills to successfully engage and motivate target audiences.
  • Experience in the use of electronic systems to support service design and delivery, for quality and efficient service delivery within an IAG context.
  • Knowledge of a broad range of occupational areas and employment sectors that is relevant to the graduate labour market.
Please note: Unless specified otherwise in the advert wording, this role is only open to individuals living in the UK
You are required to submit a cover letter to support your application.
Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.
Under the terms of this work, we endeavour to provide the advertised number of hours however, hours are not guaranteed and that work may cease if there is a fall in demand.
Adverts that display a closing date should be treated as a guide. We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so we advise you to submit your application as early as possible to prevent disappointment. 

Help and advice on making applications can be found on the Lancaster University Careers pages. Visit www.lancaster.ac.uk/careers.