Director of careers service discusses futureproofing students in an everchanging world

The University's new Director of the Career Development Service and Student Support discusses how university does more than just get students their first job in a new interview.

In a feature for the University's News Centre, Rob Fryer argues that career development for students should equip them with skills for a lifetime of professional opportunities in an ever-changing world, and go beyond that first step into work.

He says: “Society and our workplaces are continually evolving and changing; we need to future-proof our students so they can adapt.

"If we can support our students in developing the raw attributes, values and motivations needed they will value continually upgrading their skills which will put them in a competitive position to succeed.”

He also highlights the value of programmes such as the Leicester Award, a programme designed to help students develop, recognise and record “employability skills” during their time at the university.

Rob took up his post last September, after spending many years on the other side of the recruitment fence, working for management consultants Deloitte and others. As head of student recruitment at Deloitte UK, he was responsible for programmes which recruited 1,200 graduates a year, plus 600 interns and 250 apprentices for banking, finance, manufacturing and professional services.