Mrs Annette Daly

Mrs Annette Daly

Annette Daly

Careers Service (Academic Registry)


Careers Adviser

I have worked as a Careers Adviser at the university since January 2009.  I currently work part-time here.  My role involves helping students and graduates achieve their career aims and fulfil their potential.  I work with students and graduates from any degree discipline but in particular, arts and humanities courses, sociology and criminology.  My work involves delivering employability information, advice and guidance through one to one appointments as well as group sessions such as lectures and interactive workshops.  I have also run several FLUX competitiosn and have offered a range of graduate workshops from short two-hour bite sized sessions to two day Graduate Bootcamps to enhance student employability.

I work very closely with a wide range of local and national employers to ensure that the information and advice that I give to students is up to date with current developments and trends in the labour market.

I was the lead careers adviser on a £900 000 Economic Challenge Investment Fund project through which we were able to deliver additional services to students, graduates and local executives affected by the recession such as psychometric testing using the Morrisby Profile and personality profiling using the Myers Brigg Type Indicator test (MBTI).

I enjoy writing about careers and have won bids to have my writing published on-line by websites such as

Outside of my university work, I am a practising glass artist and have studio at Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard where I melt glass to make jewellery and kiln-formed glass.


I have worked for 17 years in various careers roles such as Careers Adviser, Head of Careers, Personal Adviser (Careers) and Career Consultant and have worked with a wide variety of clients.  My first careers role was in Zimbabwe as Head of Careers at a leading independent school before coming to the UK and working in schools (both state and independent), colleges and, since 2009, Higher Education.

Before becoming a careers adviser I worked for a number of years in business, in kitchen design, sales and marketing but also trainee hotel manager within a 5* hotel when I first left school.

Qualifications :

I hold the following qualifications:

British Psychological Society Level A Accreditation for Psychometric testing

Morrisby Profile (Psychometric test)

Careers Guidance Qualfication: NVQ 4 Guidance (OCR) including Interview Skills training with Intrain (Currently completing Level 6 qualification)

BA (Hons) Industrial (Occupational) Psychology, University of South Africa (UNISA)

BA (majoring in Industrial Psychology and Communication), University of South Africa (UNISA)

International Computer Driving Licence

A level Latin!

Professional membership

Associate member of AGCAS – Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services

British Psychological Society Test User Group

Contemporary Glass Society

Glass Beadmakers UK

Artists Network

Additional information

Iceswimming - In 2014, I was the 74th person in the world to complete an international ice mile (swimming a mile in 5.0 deg or less water in only a swimming costume and cap and I have since completed another ice mile.  In 2015, I was selected to compete at the inaugural ice swimming World Championships in Arctic Russia where I was the world champion for my age group in the 1000m endurance event, swimming in 0.8deg C water.  I also competed in all 5 races of the Russian Winter swimming competition in the 2 days following where I won a bronze medal in my age group for the 450m race. I have since swum a qualification time for the 2017 world championship.  I was very pleased to use the Murmansk experience to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease association. 

Scuba Diving: I love the outdoors and the natural world, in particular wildlife and marine life.  Although I don't do as much of it since having my daughter,  I am a keen scuba diver and have been an active Advanced Instructor with the British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) since 1997.  In 2009, I was part of a diving expedition to the Shetland islands which received a national award for our work surveying wrecks and marine life there and I enjoyed a repeat expedition there in August 2011.  I also enjoy underwater photography and have organised several underwater photography competitions.

Cycling: I am interested in sustainability, in particular sustainable transport and I am a keen cyclist.  I was a co-organiser of the University’s Bicycle User Group from 2009-2012, a founder member of the new Plymouth Cycling Campaign and a member of the London Cycling Campaign.  I love encouraging people to rediscover the joys and freedom of cycling.  I have completed several long cycle rides for example in 2008, I led a team of 20 people on the 54 mile London to Brighton Cycle ride, through which we raised £4000 for the British Heart Foundation.

Other interests include adrenaline sports and knitting!   I have completed the London Triathlon in July 2011 to raise over £1000 with my partner for the Brain Research Trust .