Careers Support at NCH
Dedicated Careers Counsellors work one-to-one with postgraduate students.
Our highly experienced Careers Counsellors share expertise across a wide range of sectors including professional services, government, creative industries, law and banking, technology and start-ups.
Postgraduate students at NCH also have access to to Heads of Faculty for support in Further Education applications.
A Degree of Success
Postgraduate students are offered one-to-one sessions with Vaibhav Rustagi, Director of Careers, as well as access to VMock, the career acceleration programme powered by Artificial Intelligence. Students are also offered the choice to opt to attend mock interview sessions and/or mock assessment centres.
NCH Network Opportunities
At New College of the Humanities, we’re proud to be at the heart of a community of brilliant, entrepreneurial and enthusiastic graduates, academics and professionals who together make up the NCH alumni. The NCH alumni network demonstrates that the experience of joining a small, intimate college not only renders life-long bonds with peers and faculty, but also provides the foundation for global partnerships and cooperation.
Employer events & evenings
NCH hosts regular employer events and evenings which provide an invaluable opportunity to network with the many employers and organisations interested in hiring graduates from NCH.
NCH alumni work for a wide range of organisations and sectors. We arrange formal evenings, where alumni come in to present to and network with current students. We supplement these events with personal introductions relevant to specific interests of individual students.
Northeastern University employer network
NCH graduates benefit from access to a network of 3,000 companies through our global partnership with Northeastern University.
The NCH Careers Counsellors have experience across a vast array of sectors; tech, start-ups, television & media, marketing, law, banking, management, charities, NGOs, creative industries and the arts, education, hospitality and recruitment. Some also offer entrepreneurial advice as successful Founders and Co-Founders in their own right.
Vaibhav Rustagi - Director of Careers
Before joining NCH, Vaibhav headed up the global employer and alumni engagement offering at Hult International Business School. Prior to that, he was the head of their post graduate student recruitment function in Europe.
Viabhav has an MBA from Hult, a BA from the University of West London and an Associate degree from Glion Institute of Higher education. With over 15 years of experience in client and account management, he uses his personal network to contribute to the experience of current students and alumni in terms of creating opportunities for employment and learning.
Gaby Becker - Careers & Placements Lead
Gaby manages and presents NCH’s careers lectures and seminars and offers expert advice on internships.
She has extensive experience in the creative industries, tech and start-ups and supports students interested in these career paths.
Gaby manages additional specialist advisers to ensure NCH offers a comprehensive careers provision.
Gaby holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Warwick.
Ursula Smartt, JP - Careers Counsellor (Law) & Lecturer for the Law LLB
Ursula Smartt holds a BA in English and German from the University of Hull, a PGCE from the University of Hull, a MA in German Politics and Social Policy from the University of West London, a CPE from the University of West London and a Master of Philosophy in Social Policy and Criminology from the University of Hull. Ursula has been a Lecturer in Law at the University of Surrey, the University of West London and the University of Portsmouth.
Alongside her teaching, Ursula was awarded a Visiting Professorship in Comparative Criminal Law at the Max Planck Institute, Freiburg, Germany in 2001 and was appointed Justice of the Peace in 2003. She has conducted extensive research and published a number of books, journal articles and given papers across the globe. Ursula has also worked with the BBC, writing a number of articles and featuring on Radio 4’s Women’s Hour. See full profile.
Ursula advises NCH students who are interested in pursuing a career in Law.
Rebecca Maccabe - Lecturer in Professional Education
Rebecca has a background in education and is an experienced teacher. She advises students interested in a career in education.
Rebecca holds an MA from the University of Warwick and is currently studying a PhD at Lancaster University.
Specialist Careers Counsellors
In addition to the core Careers Counselling team’s expertise in business, creative industries, start-ups, NGOs, law, recruitment, teaching, academia and hospitality, we have further specialists in banking, finance, management consultancy, general management, NGOs and FMCG marketing.
We also have coaches for those students who need extra help in identifying their career paths and for those requiring small business advice.