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Careers Support for Researchers

UCL Careers provides specialist support for UCL Researchers (MRes, PhD, Research Assistants, Postdoctoral Researchers).

SERVICES

APPOINTMENTS

At any stage of your PhD or if you are working as research staff at UCL, you can book a 30 minute "Researcher Appointment" as a general starting point.

Our enhanced one-to-one coaching service has an emphasis on career planning for those with research backgrounds regardless of whether you're planning to stay in academia or if you want to use your research skills in other ways.

Appointments of up to 30 minutes are available to discuss a wide range of topics with one of a team of Careers Consultants who all have PhDs themselves and who work closely with the Doctoral School at UCL.


Availability

  • Monday to Thursday, morning and afternoon.

Booking

Current PhD students can check appointment availability and book online up to 28 days in advance using your myUCL CAREERS account.

Research Staff will need to call us on 020 3549 5900 or visit us in person to check availability and book.


Interview Coaching for Researchers

We offer hour long Practice Interviews for those who have been invited to a 'real' interview and who want to practice their interview technique in a role play style, answering questions which are likely to come up at the real thing and receiving feedback on your performance from one of our Careers Consultants.

Find out more on our Practice Interviews Page.

EVENTS

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We deliver Forums and Fairs that showcase roles and job sectors where research qualifications and experience are valued and which many UCL doctoral alumni enter into.

Forums - question and answer sessions with an invited selection of panellists, most of whom have a PhD qualification.

'Table Top' Fairs - networking events with a select number of employers most of whom will have a representative with a PhD qualification present. The fair in the morning will be followed by one to one appointments with the employers in the afternoon.

Beyond Academia - is a new programme designed to give researchers a focused insight into specific career areas within industry. It will consist of 5 events, each with a different sector theme. Each event will have 2 employers who will give a short presentation about the work they do in their company. The employers who are presenting will also have a PhD allowing them to give a view point from a researcher’s perspective.

‘Beyond Academia’ has been designed in line with feedback we received from researchers that they would like to attend an employer event that is short and informal with more time for networking.

  • To watch interviews with some employers and alumni who have attended these events CLICK HERE
  • For a list of organisations who have worked with us on our Researcher skills programme, or who sent representatives to our events CLICK HERE

How to Book

  • Research Students - reserve your place via the Doctoral Schools Skills site
  • Research Staff - reserve your place by emailing our Employer Liaison Officer Vivienne Watson: v.watson@ucl.ac.uk

2016 / 17 Researcher Events Programme

FORMAT  FORMAT DATE / TIME
FURTHER INFO.
Careers in Technology  Forum 27th Oct, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Closed for booking
Working in Strategy Consulting Beyond Academia 10th Nov, 5:30pm - 6:30pm Closed for booking
Working as a Quantitative Analyst Beyond Academia 24th Nov, 2:00pm - 3:00pm Closed for booking
UK and Global Health Sector Forum 1st Dec, 5:30 - 7:30pm Closed for booking
A Future in Government and Policy Forum 16th Feb, 5:30 -7:30pm   Closed for booking
Insight in Finance Careers   Forum 6th March, 5:30 -7:30pm  

Research students book here

Research staff book here

Working in the Arts and Cultural Heritage Sector Beyond Academia 25th April, 2:00 - 3:00pm  Booking details to be added
Non-Academic Careers in HE and Funding  Beyond Academia 18th May, 5:30 - 6:30pm  Booking details to be added
Life Science Sector  Fair  TBC  Booking details to be added
Working in Communications and Social Market Research  Beyond Academia 25th May, 5:30 - 6:30pm    Booking details to be added
       


CAREERS CONSULTANT WORKSHOPS

  • All group sessions take place in the UCL Careers Seminar Room (except Social Media Workshop)
  • We have separate programmes of academic careers workshops for research students and research staff
  • Our non academic workshops are open to both research staff and students

Workshops for Research Students only (Academic Careers)

TOPIC
DATE / TIME
FURTHER INFO.
Academic Career Planning
23rd Jan. 12 - 2:30pm
 
Effective Academic Applications
3rd Feb. 10:30 - 1pm
Bring Your Academic CV
Effective Academic Interviews
8th Feb. 10 - 12:30pm
 
Academic Career Planning
4th Apr. 1 - 3:30pm
 

 Workshops for Research Staff Only (Academic Careers)

  • Booking for Research Staff is now  through Eventbrite – please see details on the Researchers Newsletters (emailed to all Research Staff). Details are advertised 2/3 weeks prior to the workshop.   Alternatively please  email m.good@ucl.ac.uk
TOPIC
DATE / TIME
FURTHER INFO.
Academic Career Planning
13th Jan. 11 - 1:30pm
Bookings open 2 weeks in advance
Effective Academic Applications
13th Feb. 1 - 3:30pm

Bring Your Academic CV

Bookings open 2 weeks in advance

Effective Academic Interviews
22nd Feb. 10:30 - 1pm
Bookings open 2 weeks in advance
Academic Career Planning  22nd Mar. 10:30 - 1pm
Bookings open 2 weeks in advance

 Non Academic Careers Workshops - Open to both Research students and Research Staff

  • Booking for Research Staff is now  through Eventbrite – please see details on the Researchers Newsletters (emailed directly to all Research Staff). Details are advertised 2/3 weeks prior to the workshop.   Alternatively please  email m.good@ucl.ac.uk
TOPIC
DATE / TIME
FURTHER INFO.
Making the Leap: How Researchers Find Non Academic Jobs
26th Jan, 11:30 - 1pm

Before session: Think of researchers you know who have moved beyond academia

Res Staff - Bookings open 2 weeks in advance

Presenting your Skills: CVs & Application Form Questions
1st Feb, 10:30 - 12pm

Bring either your academic or non academic CV

Res Staff - Bookings open 2 weeks in advance

Marketing Yourself: Cover Letters & Personal Statements
27th Feb. 1 - 2:30pm
Res Staff - Bookings open 2 weeks in advance
Making the Leap: How Researchers Find Non Academic Jobs
8th Mar. 5 - 7pm

Before session: Think of researchers you know who have moved beyond academia

Res Staff - Bookings open 2 weeks in advance

Marketing Yourself: Interview Skills
17th Mar, 11:30 - 1pm
Res Staff - Bookings open 2 weeks in advance
Using Social Media in your Job Hunt
13th Apr. 11 - 12:30pm

Room TBC

Res Staff - Bookings open 2 weeks in advance

EMPLOYER WORKSHOPS


For both academic and non-academic careers, these workshops help you identify and develop core competencies which are vital for you to compete in the job market.

Spring/Summer Term 2017 Programme

Day/Date  Title Time How to book
Thurs 23rd February Effective Applications to Graduate Schemes with Teach First 2:00 to 4:00pm Research students book here

Research staff book here
Thursday 23rd March Interview Techniques with The Brilliant Club  2:00 to 4:00pm Research students book here

Research staff book here
Tuesday 2nd May  How to market your PhD to employers with Capco 5:30pm – 7:30pm Research students book here

Research staff book here
Tuesday 16th May  Commercial Awareness with Civil Service Fast Stream 5:30pm – 7:30pm Research students book here

Research staff book here
Wednesday 10th May  Networking with Spharro  5:30pm – 7:30pm Research students book here

Research staff book here
       


JOBS

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UCL Careers Talent Bank: Shortlisting Service for Researchers

  • Designed to help you find employers who value your expertise and align with your interests and ambitions.
  • Please register at UCL Talent Bank (link) and upload your non-academic CV

  • Entering your skills, sector and occupation preferences will help us to target you for suitable opportunities and then we will invite you to apply for the position via a targeted email
  • Our aim is to shortlist suitable candidates (i.e. you) & forward your application (consisting of a non-academic CV and tailored cover letter) to the recruiter

Note:

  • This service targets recruiters outside of academia, including non academic positions in Universities.
  • This is not a personal recruitment service. The team behind UCL Talent Bank matches registered applicants to relevant vacancies, rather than matching relevant employers to individuals. We ask for information about your preferences so that we can inform you about the most relevant vacancies when they arise.
  • If you are a current research staff member at UCL: for the purposes of registering on our current system, please select the ‘Student’ option (this tells us that you are currently at UCL). When the form asks for your graduation date, please also select the year you intend to have completed your research. Please also have your UPI number to hand.
  • If you have recently completed or are about to complete your research contract: please select ‘Graduate’, which will let us know that you may be available for full-time positions. Please also have your UPI number to hand.

In order for you to market yourself most effectively to non academic employers, and to be shortlisted for roles on UCL Talent Bank, you must create a non-academic CV.

UCL JobOnline: Online Vacancy System

  • We actively search for advertised job opportunities across a wide range of sectors where a PhD qualification is either essential or desirable.
  • These are posted on The UCL JobOnlineWebsite(link)

EXTERNAL LINKS

Online Careers Libraries
Research Funding
Researcher Career Stories
 Academia Beyond the UK
Professional Development, Research Students
Professional Development, Research Staff



RESOURCES

EXAMPLE CAREER OPTIONS
PDF
Career Destinations of UCL SLMS* PhD Graduates
WEBLINK  /  SLIDES
Career Destinations of UCL BEAMS** PhD Graduates

SLIDES
UCL PhD Graduates Case Study database
WEBLINK
 Effective Academic CVs
SLIDES
 Effective Academic Personal Statements
SLIDES
 Effective non-Academic Applications
WEBLINK / SLIDES

 *School of Life & Medical Sciences

**Built Environment, Engineering. Mathematics & Physical Sciences