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Skills and Employability Team

Working with partners university wide, the Skills and Employability Team works to develop new initiatives, programmes and support to help students engage with personal development to improve their employability and skills.

Nilesh Kavia BA (Hons) Business Management, NVQ 4 Advice and Guidance, ILM 5 Leadership and Management

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Careers Consultant - International Students


Having joined the Careers Network team in October 2017, Nilesh is the Careers Consultant for the School of Business and Economics undergraduates and leads the careers and employability provision for international students.

Prior to working at Loughborough, Nilesh managed and led the Careers Information, Advice and Guidance provision for University of Leicester, leading on various projects of strategic importance including the management of staff development to provide quality one to one provision to support students in their career planning and to compete for graduate opportunities. Whilst working at Leicester Nilesh also managed the newly formed Student Service Centre and managed a team of careers professionals. Prior to working at Leicester, Nilesh worked for the National Careers Service supporting and developing people to achieve their career goals. 

Birgit Lewis BA (Hons) Product Design, MA Design, Strategy and Innovation, Member of AGCAS

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Skills and Employability Development Manager


Birgit is responsible for developing students' skills and employability through a range of university wide initiatives, optimising opportunities for Loughborough University students to gain experiences and skills and abilities to articulate these. Initiatives include mentoring, networking, work shadowing and employability programmes.

Birgit has a background in design, innovation and management and worked in Branding Consultancies as well as setting up and running her own ceramics business. She has worked in higher education for the last 15 years developing students' employability skills.