Ioanna (Jo)


Careers & Industry Engagement Manager


With over 10 years of experience in career coaching, in-house team training, and learning & development, Ioanna is a dynamic professional committed to fostering growth and innovation in academia. Currently serving as the Careers and Industry Engagement Manager, Ioanna delivers tailored career guidance to over 1,400 students annually, significantly enhancing departmental efficiency and student satisfaction.

Ioanna specialises in developing comprehensive career and enterprise programmes, including incubator initiatives and startup series, which support the entrepreneurial aspirations of students and graduates. Her extensive experience includes creating and implementing over 30 employability upskilling workshops and numerous industry-related initiatives that bridge the gap between academia and the professional world. Our newly established careers department is forming partnerships with top industry professionals to enrich the technical skills of our students, preparing them for successful careers.

Under Ioanna’s leadership, the Careers Department provides personalised guidance from the first day, offering workshops, events, and counselling sessions to help students explore and develop their skills, expand their networks, and transition smoothly from academia to the workforce. Services include career counselling, CV and portfolio building, interview preparation, and access to employment opportunities. Additionally, Ioanna’s efforts in organising industry events, alumni talks, and employability workshops ensure that students are well-prepared to thrive in their professional environments.

  • Birmingham, Jewellery Quarter
  • Birmingham, Mill Wharf
  • Leicester
  • London, Camden
  • London, Euston
  • Nottingham
  • Sheffield
  • Training design & implementation
  • Data analysis & reporting
  • Leadership & Team Development
  • Project & Change Management
  • Enterprise and Careers Programme Development
  • Event Planning & Execution
  • Budgeting & Forecasting
  • Operational & Performance Management
  • Relationship Building & Industry Engagement
  • Strategic Focus & Continuous Improvement

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