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Employer Engagement Team

The Employer Engagement Team helps employers fill graduate, internship and placement vacancies and raise their profile with UCL students. We manage a programme of events including fairs, presentations and skills development sessions, and offer a range of channels to advertise career opportunities. We are always happy to discuss individual employers' needs face to face or by phone.

Please visit the Recruiters' Homepage for more information on services and contact details.

Phil Howe


Phil heads up the team who provide our range of services and events for employers, including recruitment events, placements and vacancy services, skills development programmes, and employer-led careers programmes in academic departments. He also sits on the Careers Management Team. Much of his time is spent meeting and advising employers who wish to recruit our students and graduates, and developing relationships with those who already do. Phil has worked for UCL Careers Service since 2000 in a variety of roles, including Acting Head of Careers. An English graduate from Royal Holloway, University of London, Phil has also worked in the insurance industry and managed a touring theatre company.

Vivienne Watson


Vivienne oversees the employer led events programme for researchers at UCL. She organises sector specific Forums/Fairs for researchers interested in finding out about working in a particular industry and also runs the employer led careers skills workshop programme for researchers. These workshops are designed to help researchers develop their employability skills in areas such as teamwork, leadership, presentation skills and networking. Prior to working at UCL Vivienne worked in the Imperial College London Careers service. She studied History and History of Art at UCL and Mandarin at SOAS.

Rochelle Symons


Rochelle has been with UCL Careers Service since October 2010. Until April 2013 she was the Employer Services and Events Officer responsible for organising employer-led skills development activity for PhD students. As part of Rochelle’s role she has developed and maintained relationships with employers wishing to recruit UCL students and graduates. Rochelle changed roles in May 2013 and is now the Placements and Vacancies Manager. She is responsible for the team who facilitate placements and internships for various academic programmes at UCL, as well as the team who manage UCL’s shortlisting service, UCL Talent Bank. Departments include the Arts & Science BASc degree programme, the LIDO/ BBSRC PhD Programme, the BSc Management Science degree programme and the Engineering Faculty. Prior to working at UCL Rochelle managed a bioscience internship and training programme at the Royal Veterinary College and worked in the Faculty of Lifelong Learning at Birkbeck College. With a Masters in Arts Management from Birkbeck Rochelle has previously worked in events management and project co-ordination roles within the arts and not-for-profit sectors. When not at UCL Rochelle enjoys spending her time trying to create interesting wall art.

Pat Molloy

Pat Joined the Careers Team in July 2011, dealing with all employer presentations. Previously he had many administration jobs under the umbrella of British Telecom. Outside work Pat enjoys watching and playing football.

Shak Chowdhury

Based in the Employer Services and Events team, Shak is specifically aligned to the School of Management Science & Innovation, where she works on design and delivery of bespoke and innovative employer engagement programmes for the MSc Management, Information for Management Business and MSc Technology Entrepreneurship courses.

After graduating with a degree in English Literature, she moved into a career in graduate recruitment working for organisations in various sectors including professional services, media and local government, where her responsibilities included developing innovative marketing and attraction strategy, designing and delivering employer campus events at universities nationally, implementing best practice in-house recruitment & selection, and rolling out effective graduate development programmes.

Charlotte Turnbull


Charlotte is one of the team’s Placements & Vacancies Officers, having joined in September 2013. She is responsible for the dedicated placements & internships service for UCL’s new interdisciplinary degree, the BASc Arts & Sciences. Prior to this, Charlotte worked in the Employer Team at the University of Edinburgh Careers Service and she has a Masters degree in Creative Writing.

Shadae Samuels

Shadae Samuels

Shadae is the team’s Placements & Vacancies Officer, having joined in October 2014. She is working with Rochelle on sourcing and administering the placements for students on the LIDo programme / BBSRC-funded PhDs. Prior to this, Shadae worked in the Communications and Vacancies Team at The Careers Group, University of London central services.

Laura Firmin

Laura Firmin

Laura’s role as Employer Engagement Administrator puts her in regular contact with employers and recruiters from a variety of sectors. The role involves highlighting the most appropriate services offered by UCL Careers for the needs of each employer, such as employer presentations, vacancy/ internship advertising, and participation at careers fairs and skills sessions.

Laura spends half her time coordinating employer presentations on campus, and the other half promoting and procuring internship opportunities for second year BASc students.

Laura has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a specialism in Gender Studies. She started working at UCL Careers as an intern before assuming her current role in August 2014. She has previously interned for The Careers Group Central Services, CAPP & Co, and WorkCare Coventry and Warwickshire.