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Employability and Skills Development

Each year we involve more than 70 organisations in the delivery of of our Skills Development Programmes. Recruiters do not pay for events, but we ask that all sessions are interactive and non-promotional. These events offer an excellent means of informally raising your organisation's profile on campus, while making a real difference to the employability and development of UCL students. Additionally, by participating in these events your staff will be enhancing their own professional development.

Skills4Work Programme


Skills4Work is a joint initiative by UCL Union and UCL Careers Service, with advice from the Association Of Graduate Recruiters. Employers do not pay to take part, but around 20 organisations are supporters of the programme, making a small financial contribution in return for priority booking of events and enhanced online branding. The programme aims to help students understand the competencies recruiters are looking for, and how to sell the skills they develop through their academic course, work experience and extra-curricular activities.

The programme includes Panel Discussions, Interactive Workshops, CV & Application Form Checking, Mock Assessment Centres and Practice Interviews, all delivered by graduate recruiters.

This programme is free for organisations to take part in, but due to demand we do have to limit participation. To find out more details and be placed on our mailing list please email careers.events@ucl.ac.uk.

PhD Skills Programme

UCL Careers Service is commited to developing the soft skills of PhD/Research Students and we organise a complete range of employer-led skills workshops on behalf of UCL Graduate School

These workshops offer an excellent means of raising your organisation's profile on campus, while genuinely helping with the employability and development of PhD/research students. Additionally they provide your staff with an opportunity to enhance their presentation and training skills.

The workshops focus on developing the employability skills of the PhD/Research students including topics such as Teamwork, Networking, Problem Solving in Industry, Negotiating and Influencing Skills, Interview Technique, Application Forms, Assessment Centres, Commercial Awareness and Leadership.

If your company is interested in participating in the PhD Skills Programme please email rochelle.symons@ucl.ac.uk.

Focus on Management Course

Focus on Management is an intensive 2-day, non-residential course.

Pre-selected UCL students work in small teams on case studies provided by graduate employers. For 2013 these were Barclay's(the course sponsor), Capco, Civil Service and Sainsbury's.

Each team is led by a Team Manager drawn from a variety of graduate recruiters. The Team Manager role is a great way to practice and develop facilitation and management skills in a "safe" environment, raise the profile of the company the team manager is working for with some of UCL's most motivated students, and help current students by offering support and encouragement to aid their career development.

Each Team Manager is provided with a coach, who will have significant management or people development experience, and will work with them over the two days to provide feedback and advice. For 2013 Accenture, Avanada, Barclay's, Cancer Research,  Deloitte, Getty Images, Heron Evidence Development Ltd, Liv-ex Ltd and Petros Group all signed up to provide a Team Manager. The cost to companies for supplying one of the Team Managers is £595 + VAT.

If you would like to get involved by sending a Team Manager (£595 +VAT each) or providing a case study please email v.watson@ucl.ac.uk

For more information see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/recruiters/focus

Alumni Mentoring Scheme

The Alumni Mentoring Network is a web-based facility provided by the UCL Alumni Network through which graduates can contact UCL alumni to gain an insight into the realities of working in specific professions. Hundreds of UCL alumni spanning a wide range of professions have volunteered to become informal ‘mentors’ to UCL students and graduates considering their career options.

For more information about alumni mentoring go to Alumni Mentoring Network.

Employability Competitions

We are keen to promote employers' own competitions that develop graduate employability, or give our students an insight into commercial challenges.
We will list them on our Competitions webpage, as well as feature any student successes on one of our blogs.

If you would like us to feature your competition please email careers.events@ucl.ac.uk with the key details such as title, overview, deadline and prizes, together with a weblink for students to find out more. 

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