Emily Parry - Employability and Enterprise Manager
Student Placement and Employability Centre (SPEC) - Technology Learning Centre
- I have been at the university for 13 years in a range of admin roles, having previously worked in a call centre and in purchasing for a local sewage treatment company.
- I joined the uni in 2002, starting as a Course Administrator in the Undergraduate Centre in PBS based at the old Milton Campus. I then moved sideways to the same role within the Post Graduate Centre of PBS, looking after the admin for the AMBA accredited MBA programmes, eventually progressing to Senior Course Administrator with some supervisory responsibility. With my experience of the student records system, I moved to Academic Registry as a Student Records System Adviser where I provided front line support to end users and training on the ‘Discoverer’ reporting system. I then realised I missed working with students, and, given my experience with senior management level staff when working on the MBA programmes, I was able to demonstrate the competencies to secure my current role of Employability and Enterprise Manager.
- Over that time, I have developed and honed my customer service, relationship management and information advice and guidance skills, working with a range of different students and external companies.
- Strengths – I am a people person (ok, I like a chat), I like processes and can be very organised (when needs be!). I also like spotting opportunities for closer working relationships between the University and our placement employers.
- Weaknesses – numbers are not a strong point, I have terrible handwriting that even I have trouble understanding and I have always had a very poor short term memory.
- I have always been one for taking up opportunities that will add something to me as a person, as well as the department I am working in at that point – it is something that not all organisations are able or willing to offer their staff.
- I was in the first cohort for the FdA Business and Management back in 2004 and followed this up with an MA Business Management, which I studied part time via the Learning at Work programme and graduated from in 2010. I loved that I was able to tailor my studies to my roles at that point.
- I have complemented this with other CPD activity, taking advantage of the excellent in house training that the University provides (my recent favourite is the Mental Declutter) and, in my current role, attending external conferences too.
Key skills areas
- Currently I am the Employability and Enterprise Manager for the Faculty of Technology – I work with students during their second year to help them see the potential benefits of a placement and also help them to build the skills to secure a suitable role. I am passionate about the benefits of undertaking course relevant work experience and am proud of the service that the faculty, and university as a whole, is able to provide.
- I love seeing the result of a student’s hard work – how they have changed both physically and mentally when they come back from their time in the work place or simply the little boost in confidence when they have finally got a CV good enough to submit to a company.
- In this role, my strength is definitely that I like talking to people – whoever they are. I love hearing about what students want to do or what they do in their spare time and how to show that it definitely is relevant to an employer, as well as talking to companies about how our students could be of real benefit to them.
- My previous roles within the uni have given me the confidence and ability to talk to people at all levels of an organisation and build effective relationships. My time as a Course Administrator has given me excellent organisational skills and an in-depth understanding of how the student life cycle works from the perspective of different areas of the Uni– and now, how placements (and employability in general) fit in to that journey. I have also built strong relationships with people across the Uni over the past 13 years – if I don’t know the answer to a question or problem, I probably know someone who can help!
Student Employability & Enterprise Officer but from 2013 has been Placement & Employability Manager.