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Long Guidance

“The consultant I saw was very helpful, providing relevant insight and suggestions. Moreover, she was friendly and managed to put me at ease which I appreciated a lot.”

What to expect...

Long Guidance Sessions are one-to-one confidential and impartial discussions of up to an hour with a Careers Consultant which can cover a similar range of topics to those covered in Short Guidance appointments.

They are only available by referral after an initial Short Guidance session if the Careers Consultant feels you will benefit from a more in-depth discussion than is possible during a 15 minute appointment.

Appointment availability and how to book

Once we receive the completed booking form as above, we will contact you to find a suitable appointment time for you with a relevant Careers Consultant.

Appointments are available during our usual opening hours, (all year round excluding UCL Closure Days).

How to make the most of your appointment

During the 15 minute Short Guidance session the Careers Consultant will identify areas that require more in-depth discussion.

They may highlight areas for further research using the Career Planning or Finding a Job section of our site or other resources as a start point before you book the hour long appointment. 

You'll be emailed a booking form with a range of questions to complete which serves two purposes:

  1. To encourage self-analysis and ensure you're very clear about what areas you want to discuss in more detail and what you want to get out of the hour long session.
  2. To give the Careers Consultant you'll meet enough information in advance so that they can be fully prepared for the types of questions that are likely to come up during the session.

You should therefore think carefully about the questions asked and include any information on the form that you think might be relevant to the discussion.

If you submit an incomplete form with too little content for an hour long discussion, it will either be returned or you may be referred back to Short Guidance to deal with less in-depth queries.

What we don't / can't cover...

As with Short Guidance sessions, Careers Consultants won't make decisions for you or tell you what to do during a Long Guidance appointment.

They also won't be used for checking CVs or applications. We will request a copy of a recent CV if you have one when you book but this is more for the Consultant to get an idea of your education and work history to date rather than for them to give advice on it's suitability for a particular application.

When you reach the stage of applying for specific roles, you should use our Applications Advice service.

Skype Interviews

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Due to the nature and format of the Long Guidance appointments, we strongly recommend that you attend in person where possible.

However, if you're not based in London or will find it difficult to come to UCL Careers for your appointment, the Careers Consultant can have the discussion over Skype.

If you would like a Skype appointment, you must mention this at the point of booking. We will then provide details of our Skype account and instructions for how to contact us on the day of your appointment.

Please note however that due to the nature of the session, we are unable to conduct Long Guidance appointments by phone. If you would like to talk to a Careers Consultant over the phone, further Short Guidance appointments are more suitable.

If you are late...

If you arrive more than 5 minutes late and the Careers Consultant doesn't feel your queries can be dealt with effectively in whatever time is left of your appointment, you will be asked to re-book for a later date.