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Career Essentials

Our series of lunchtime talks, experiential workshops and eLearning courses provide insight, advice and interactive opportunities to engage with all aspects of careers management and navigating selection processes no matter where you are in your careers thinking.

From understanding the graduate job and postgraduate study market to career decision-making; mock aptitude tests to interview success; finding and funding a PHD to getting to grips with LinkedIn and social media -  Careers essentials aims to equip you with the essential know-how to begin to move forward and engage more confidently with ‘Finding your Future’.

Talks and workshops titles will be repeated on a regular basis in the Autumn, Spring and post-exam season.  Our suite of eLearning courses, 'Careers Essentials online' allows you to access engaging, interactive content at your own pace.  

Please note - talks, workshops and eLearning courses are accessible to all current UCL students and recent graduates.

Careers Essentials Online

Our modular eLearning course is designed to allow you to engage with all aspects of graduate careers when it suits you.

Courses comprise information, video tutorials, interactive quizzes and exercises, action sets and key resources to help you move forward and take ownership of your future. 

Modules include:

  • Your future and how to work towards it
  • Understanding the graduate job market
  • Sourcing jobs and work experience
  • How do you write effective job applications
  • Interview success
  • Surviving the job hunt

There is also detailed information on how UCL Careers can support you throughout the course.

"The e-learning course has helped tremendously in my job search. Not only are the interactive tutorials filled with practical strategies to get ahead, but also the course opens up new ways of thinking about building your career." - Vishal, 2017 UCL Postgrad leaver.

Watch our short introductory video to making the most of Careers Essentials online to get an understanding of how the course could help you.


Click on the relevant button below to access the course either as a current student or recent graduate (using an email and password of your choice). 


Workshops slides, resources and recordings

Where possible, any materials used at an event will be made available to download here. Please check this page after the event but be aware, it may take up to a week for materials to be uploaded.

Make the most of the UCL Careers fairs - How to network with employers

  • Slides:(Talk given 3rd October 2017)
  • Resource: Good questions to ask at employer events/ information interviews (Talk given 3rd October 2017)
  • Lecturecast recording (Talk given 3rd October 2017) - please note that this recording works best in internet explorer

Improve your CV

Better Applications, Cover letters and personal statements

Find and fund a PhD

  • Slides (Talk given 13th October)
  • Lecturecast recording (Talk given 9th June) - please note that this recording works best in internet explorer

Your future and how to work towards it

  • Slides: (Talk given 16th October) 
  • Resource: 15 Ways to generate Options (Talk given 5th June 2017)
  • Lecturecast recording (Talk given 5th June 2017) - please note that this recording works best in internet explorer

Introduction to the graduate job market

  • Slides: (Talk given 13th October 2017)
  • Lecturecast recording (Talk given 13th October 2017) - Please note this recording works best in internet explorer

Sourcing jobs and work experience

  • Slides (Talk given 31st October 2017 )
  • Lecturecast recording (Talk given 8th June) - please note that this recording works best in internet explorer

Succeeding at interviews

  • Lecturecast recording: (Talk given 24th October 2017) - please note this recording works best in internet explorer 

PhD Applications

Mock aptitude and other psychometric tests

  • Slides (workshop 17th October 2017)

Using LinkedIn and other social media

Considering a Masters course

  • Slides (Talk given 3rd November) 

Mock Assessment centre

  • Slides (Workshop given 14th Nov 2017)

MBTI Personality Profiling 

  • Slides (Workshop given 10th Nov 2017)

Connecting with people: Building and utilising a network of contacts to source jobs and work experience

  • Slides (workshop given 4th Dec 2017)

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How to prepare...

To make the most of any workshop you plan to attend, please do look through the key resources suggested in the relevant Help With... section of our website as these will give you a better understanding of what will be covered during the workshop and may generate more questions to ask while participating.

Late arrivals, cancellations and no shows...

For all UCL Careers events, please aim to arrive 5 minutes before the published start time.

As these events are popular, any spare places will be given to students who were unable to book a place in advance but who have turned up on time for the event.

If you arrive late and the event has already started, it's therefore likely that your place will have been given to someone else.

As late arrivals are disruptive, even if the event isn't full, the facilitator will reserve the right to refuse entry to any latecomers so there is no guarantee you'll get in unless you arrive on time.


These events are in high demand from students and are usually fully booked.

If you know in advance you'll be unable to attend, please cancel your booking through your My UCL Careers account at any time up until midnight on the day before the talk takes place to allow another student to book in your place.

If you don't cancel in advance or simply don't turn up to an event you're booked to attend, we will record a "No Show" which may affect your future bookings for other events or use of our services.

The Autumn 2017 talks and workshop programme is now available below.  Titles and dates are repeated on a regular basis throughout the term.

Log in to your myUCL Careers account for more information and to register for all sessions.

Lunchtime talks programme all at 1-2pm

How to network with employers - How to make the most of the UCL Careers fairs

Dates: 2nd Oct, 9th Oct, 17th Oct, 9th Nov

Improve your CV

Dates: 5th Oct, 19th Oct, 30th Oct, 16th Nov, 28th Nov

Better application forms, cover letters and supporting statements: 

Dates: 10th Oct, 26th Oct, 17th Nov,  27th Nov

Interview success

Dates: 24th Oct, 13th Nov, 30th Nov

Find and Fund a PhD

Dates: 12th Oct, 27th Oct

Better PhD applications

Dates: 20th Oct, 2nd Nov, 14th Nov,

An Introduction to the graduate job market

Dates: 13th Oct, 23rd Oct

Your future and how to work towards it

Dates: 16th Oct, 20th Oct

Sourcing jobs and work experience

Dates: 31st Oct, 23rd Nov

Considering a Masters

Dates: 3rd Nov, 21st Nov

Workshop programme

Practice aptitude and other psychometric tests

Dates: 17th Oct, 19th Oct and 25th Oct all 3-5pm

Mock assessment centres

Dates: 13th, 14th and 23rd Nov all 3-5.15pm

Linkedin: Sourcing opportunities and raising your profile

Dates: 16th November 2-4pm

Networking - How to connect and raise your profile with potential employers

Dates: 20th November 3-5pm

Log in to your myUCL Careers account for more information and to register for all sessions.

Find talk and workshops slides/ resources and recordings for the full programme of Careers Essentials talks in the 'Presentation slides' area.

You MUST book online in advance if you wish to attend any workshop.

Bookings are made through your "My UCL Careers" account.

If you're using this for the first time, please read the My UCL Careers Instructions carefully before trying to log in.

Registration will open TWO weeks before each talk/workshop is due to take place and bookings will close when it is fully booked or, at the latest, 1 working day before the event.

Can I attend if I haven't booked?

Generally NO! Workshops are popular and usually fully booked. However, on the day, after all registered students have arrived, space permitting, students that haven't booked in advance will be admitted on a first come first served basis but we cannot guarantee entry. 

Please also remember to keep checking your "My UCL Careers" account for spare places as attendees can cancel up until midnight the day before an event is due to take place so last minute bookings are possible.

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