Careers Service

Staff Profile

Helen Atkinson

Careers Consultant



I joined the Careers Service in October 2017. Prior to this, I worked as an International Relations Officer at Newcastle University Business School and in financial services at Procter & Gamble (P&G). 

Roles and Responsibilities 

I provide one-to-one information, advice and guidance to current students and recent graduates. I am the link Careers Consultant for the School of Natural & Environmental Sciences and teach on a number of credit-bearing skills and employability modules within the school. I also deliver the Careers Service annual Science Careers Outside the Lab event. 

I lead on internationalisation within the Careers Service and work closely with colleagues from the University's international recruitment and alumni teams to enhance the support Newcastle provides international students across the student journey. I created and deliver the China Career Gateway programme for Chinese students, which has led to Newcastle University being awarded 'Most Proactive Careers Service team' by Chinese recruitment platform Lockin in 2019 and 2020. 

In addition to this, I am also a member of the AGCAS Internationalisation Task Group, which serves to develop and promote good practice in supporting international student career development across higher education institutions in the UK. In this role, I have contributed to leading research on international student employability, organise training events and produce resources for colleagues across the sector to use when working with international students. This has also led me to deliver presentations on international student employability at British Council, AGCAS and UUKi events and conferences. 


PG Diploma in Careers Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education, Warwick University (currently studying) 

BA Hons. Modern Languages, Newcastle University 

Level 4 Diploma in Professional Marketing, Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) 



Associate Member of the Association of Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS)

Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)

Roles with external bodies 

Task Group member- AGCAS Internationalisation



I teach on a number of academic module within the School of Natural & Environmental Sciences, including;

  • MST1204: Academic and Professional Skills for the Biosciences (Marine Sciences, Biology, Zoology)
  • MST2204: Marine Research and Employability Skills (Marine Sciences) 
  • CHY1010: Chemical Skills and Professionalism (Chemistry)
  • CHY2001: Professional Development and Employability Skills (Chemistry) 
  • CHY3011: Research Literature Project (Chemistry) 
  • ACE1040: Academic and Professional Skills (Agriculture, Environment, Food and Rural Development) 
  • ACE2077: Sustainable Solutions
  • ACE3089: Animal Science Conference
  • ACE3210: Your Future: Occupational Awareness (Animal Science)
  • NES8007: Academic and Professional Skills for MSc.