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Sector Themed Weeks

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What to Expect...

During the Autumn and Spring Terms, we run a range of Sector Themed Weeks which cover careers in or focused on:

  • Museums & Cultural Heritage (Autumn)
  • Government & Policy (Autumn)
  • Media (Autumn)
  • Charities & NGOs (Spring)
  • The Environment (Spring)
  • Health & Life Sciences (Spring)
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With a mix of panel discussions, presentations, information sessions, networking events and one-to-one coaching, Sector Themed Weeks are an ideal opportunity for you to hear from industry professionals, UCL alumni and Careers Consultants and ask specific questions in order to gain a better understanding of what you need to succeed in a particular sector.

Before the Week

You don’t have to come along to every event during a Sector Themed Week but you will have to book for each one you are hoping to attend. This works on a first come first served basis, details of which you will find below.

For each event in a Themed Week there will be an outline of what to expect in terms of the event format plus details of organisations / speakers who will be present at each event to help you think about the types of questions you might want to ask.

You can also use the key resources suggested in our Help with… pages to brush up on your knowledge of the relevant sector before coming along to really make the most of events during the week.

After the Event / Unable to Attend?

The list of individual events and speaker profiles for each Themed Week will be available, (via the links in the left menu), for the remainder of the academic year.

These can be used to identify organisations that can provide information on the sector or even potential contacts as many speakers involved with Themed Weeks will be happy for you to contact them via a LinkedIn profile or through the UCL Alumni Web Community

The individual Themed Week pages will also include downloadable resources or presentation slides that accompanied specific events where appropriate.

Additionally, the relevant pages of our Help With... section can also help you further research into the sector you're interested in, find current vacancies plus give you information on support available when writing applications or preparing for interviews.

Future events

If you did miss a Themed Week this year, we strongly recommend that you register for our  UCLAlert! service to ensure you don't miss out on similar events that you might be interested in in future.

Late Arrivals, Cancellations and No Shows...

For all Themed Week events, please aim to arrive 5 minutes before the published start time. If you arrive late, the facilitator reserves the right to refuse entry so that you don't disrupt the event for other attendees who arrived on time.


As these events are popular and usually fully booked, if you know in advance that you'll be unable to attend, you can cancel your booking through your My UCL Careers account at any time up until midnight on the day before an event is due to take place to allow someone else to book.

No Shows:

If you don't cancel in advance as above 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 or use of our services.

Life and Health Sciences

Week commencing:  6th March 2017

There is more to Life & Health Sciences than meets the eye – it’s not all labwork! Come hear from and network with different organisations to gain an insight into this large sector.

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Themed Weeks that have already taken place for this year

Government and Policy

Took place week commencing: 24th October 2016

Interested in a career that makes a difference? Focusing on three themes: leadership roles in the public sector; careers in the heart of government; and influencing policy, Government and Policy week is your chance to meet organisations and gain insights  into what life working in this sector is really like.

Although this week of events has already taken place, you should find the programme and details of organisations who took part a useful starting point if you're exploring career options in this sector.

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Museums & Cultural Heritage

Took place week commencing: 14th November 2016

Want to curate your career? This themed week will give you a chance to hear from and network with a variety of organisations to help you break in to the arts, cultural heritage, and museum sectors. 

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Took place week commencing: 28th November 2016

Have you thought about broadcasting, journalism, media analytics, PR, or publishing?  Come and hear from UCL alumni and other professionals about these areas of work.

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Charities and NGOs

Week commencing: 30th January 2017

Want to make an impact that will help lots of people? Getting into the Charities and NGOs sector can be competitive, but get ahead by meeting organisations and people  who do the “hands on” roles alongside those who run the organisations.

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Week commencing:  6th February 2017

Sustainability is a hot topic. Our Environment week will explore the breadth of opportunities in this rapidly growing sector and introduce you to organisations who are leading the way in making sustainability more accessible.

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Receive Email Alerts...

Tying in with our Themed Weeks events, we host and promote a wide range of other events that you might be interested in.

We therefore strongly recommend that you register with UCLAlert! now so that we can keep you informed about these events when there is more information available...

For all events taking place throughout each Themed Week, you MUST book online in advance if you wish to attend. This enables us to monitor attendance levels and ensure that they are more effective for those attending.

Registration is done 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.

You can register for all events in a Themed Week TWO weeks before the week starts and bookings will close when each individual event is fully booked or, at the latest, at midnight the day before an event takes place.

Event Venues

When you book to attend, you will be notified of the event venue. The, "I want to view my activity" section of your My UCL Careers account can also be used to check venue details if you need a reminder.

Can I attend if I haven't booked?

Generally NO! Events during our Themed Weeks are popular and usually fully booked. On the day, after all registered students have arrived, space permitting, students that haven't booked can simply turn up and will be admitted on a first come first served basis but we cannot guarantee entry. 

Notification of future events

To ensure you find out when events during a Themed Week you're interested in is available for booking, we strongly recommend that you register your details on UCLAlert!