Free Career Information and Advice on Higher Education in the UK (...and Europe...) for Foreign and UK Students

About Me

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My name is Marc Truyens and I live in South Somerset in the salubrious South West of England, close to the beautiful Jurasic coast and not too far from Bath and Glastonbury. I moved to Scotland from Belgium shortly after 2000, and then to the South West of England after completing my qualification in career guidance in Nottingham. I spent different parts of my life in Switzerland, Belgium, France, Germany, Scotland and England and have good experience of a wide variety of cultural backgrounds as a result. Apart from offering support to international students, I work full time as a career adviser.

What people say about me:*

 

"Very informative, great help, empathic, felt I left session greatly enhanced." R W

"Swift, excellent information, left the meeting with greater clarity about my approach to business." D T

"I found the session very helpful and has given me a lot of good ideas where to go/start now." K P

"… made me aware that I had more to offer than I thought…" M M

"Very impressed by service. Found to be a great help" B S

"… helped me a lot with my concentration and my motivation skills…" A D

"very helpful, particularly with helping me look at jobsearches in a different light." S M

"Good pointers that have helped me regain my focus." A D

" I am  very impressed with the standard of service and information that Marc has given. I am now working and Marc gave me the confidence to do this…" P B

"I like the fact [the] advisor showed interest in my long term goal and was helpful in thinking out of the box…" L H

"The service was impeccable, very informative and Marc is a people person, a real gentleman." A J

"I have a new job! I would like to thank you as I think the C.V. helped." R C

"You're a good team player… Highly professional as an adviser and fully competent in the IT department – a rare combo…!" S S

"You have been the most professional, proactive and approachable careers advisor… Our students have been full of praise for the support and guidance that you have given them…" J T

"… I found it really helpful to have your perspective on my curriculum and may approach to job hunting. It is no coincidence that after that I got three interviews and have been offered a job…." H B

"… was really impressed with Marc's professionalism & knowledge." J O

"Very helpful, helped me with everything I needed and even managed to cover a few extra bits too…" S M

"The service was impeccable, very informative and Marc is a people person, a real gentleman." A J

*evidence of feedback can be provided face to face to appropriate parties.

 

My previous experience:

I am an experienced and highly qualified career adviser who has been working with secondary school leavers and Sixth Formers applying to University since 2003, and with adults since 2011.

I have considerable experience helping people make decisions on their educational and career planning. My work involves supporting clients applying to university and other opportunities as well as exploring the education system, courses, universities and outcomes. In addition, I support adults in with their employability skills and progression into work after finishing their education. I also assess students, graduates and other clients as to their interests and needs, including those with special and additional needs. I follow up and supported clients’ interests longer term by contacting universities and other parties on their behalf and helping them build a strong personal statement and application.

My qualifications:

I have an open degree in art history and sociology, a postgraduate certificate in Professional Studies in Education (Guidance and Counseling in Learning) as well as the QCG (Qualification in Career Guidance), all from UK universities. I also achieved an NVQ4 LDSS (Learning Development and Support Services). Apart from the qualifications above, I also completed numerous shorter courses amongst which a certificate in Basic Counselling Skills; BAPC accredited. I am currently preparing research as part of an MSc in career guidance.

Me as a professional:

I am generally described as professional and very proactive in how I support clients. I have a real interest in clients’ progression and planning, but also in the world of work and education. I am known for going over and above what is normally expected. I have a particular interest in career guidance, career progression and employability support in higher education.

How I work:

I am a conference member of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) and a full member of the Institute of Career Guidance (ICG) and I abide by their code of ethics. I work in an independent, non-judgemental and confidential way. I will never tell you what you have to do; my main task consists of supporting, reflecting back and advising on your decisions. I will not judge you in any way and any support will be focused on you, your situation, interests, talents and abilities.

 


Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if you need any support. I am happy to receive emails in English, German, Dutch/Flemish or French. Any other language is welcome but I may reply in English.

Comments or questions are welcome.

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1.        The information on this site is given in good faith and is for general information and interest only. It may change without warning. I give no guarantee that the information on this site is accurate or correct.

2.        Any arrangements made between you and anyone or any organisation named or referred to on this site are entirely at your own risk.

3.        Although I will do my best to give accurate information and advice, I can not be held responsible if my doing, or that of another party, not be the case. This also is at fault or negligence as to whether or not following any information or advice given by me.

4.        Nothing on this website is intended to be an offer to enter into a contract.

5.        I accept no responsibility or liability for the content of other websites. Any link contained on this site is not intended to be an endorsement of any kind of that website.

6.        You may not create a link to this site from another website or document unless I have given you prior written permission for you to do this.

7.        I do not guarantee that use of this website will work with all hardware and software which may be used by visitors to this website.

8.        I will not be responsible to you in any circumstance whatsoever for any direct, indirect or consequential loss (this includes pure economic loss, loss of profits (whether direct loss or indirect loss), loss of business, depletion of goodwill and any similar loss) however caused in connection with the use of this website or its use or relying on any information or other materials contained in this website.

9.        I will also abide by information sharing confidentiality and other legal requirements as part of the UK legal system.

10.      This website is controlled and operated me from the UK. These terms and conditions and any dispute in relation to the materials contained in this website shall be governed by English law. Any disputes which may arise in connection with these terms and conditions or use of this website will be settled by the English which will have exclusive jurisdiction.

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