Amber Bytheway
Project Consultant

What’s my background?

By the end of 2018, I had graduated with both a Psychology BSc (Hons) and Marketing MSc from the University of Kent. Whilst studying, I took my first steps into the world of careers and early recruitment with a role as a Recruitment & Marketing Coordinator at the Kent Union Jobshop. At the Jobshop, I enjoyed helping students secure part-time, seasonal and temporary jobs that they could commit to alongside their studies. I also supported local, regional and national businesses in their recruitment drive by organising annual job fairs, creating campus advertising packages and filling temporary positions.

In the summer of 2019, I took on a new challenge working as a Live-In Senior Counsellor at Tamwood International College just on the outskirts of Toronto, Canada. As clichéd as it may sound, this was an incredibly eye-opening experience for me as someone who wasn’t so well-travelled and never stepped that far out of my comfort zone.

After returning from Canada, I joined Canterbury Christ Church University’s Enterprise & Employability team as a Project Coordinator for an Office for Students funded project called GradForce, which aimed to help students from low mobility transition into graduate employment. My key achievement at GradForce was designing and developing a successful virtual self-development and employability skills programme called Get Hired! I was responsible for delivering up to three interactive online sessions a week on subjects from Growth Mindset, Belbin Team Roles through to Professionalism In The Workplace.

I am also accredited in delivering Belbin Team Roles training and am currently exploring my career interests further by studying for a CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Diploma in Learning & Development.

 

What do I do at Gradconsult?

In my role as Project Consultant, I am continually increasing the scope of my work and building upon my knowledge in early careers and recruitment. Many of the projects I have been working on so far are for UK university clients although I’ll be soon jumping at the chance to work with blue-chip organisations. I am also currently the SME Engagement Manager for our RISE SCR programme, which aims to support SMEs in hiring graduates within the Sheffield City Region.

Examples of recent projects I’ve been working on:

  • Designing and delivering interactive sessions for specific cohorts of students at UK Universities on subjects including ‘Think Like A Recruiter’, ‘Assessment Centre Simulation’ and ‘Where Next for Graduates?’
  • Recording engaging 30-minute bitesize sessions for students to watch at any time!
  • Designing bespoke toolkits for university clients working with SMEs to provide information and guidance on efficient graduate recruitment processes and development of graduate talent

 

Life loves

  • Theatre – National Theatre is basically my second home!
  • Dido – I know what you’re thinking… 1) Yes, she is still around 2) Yes, I will be on annual leave when she’s on tour!
  • Being outdoors – I have to go outside at least once a day for a long walk, or I get cabin fever…

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Get in touch

T: 0114 221 0242

M: 07837 002886

E: amber@gradconsult.co.uk

LinkedIn: Amber Bytheway

Twitter: @amberbytheway