One-to-One Advice and Guidance
Whatever stage you're at in your career planning process, our team of Careers Consultants and Applications Advisers can help with a wide range of queries through the confidential and impartial one-to-one appointments we offer as detailed below.
"Short Guidance" is a twenty minute 1-1
discussion with a Careers Consultant. It is used as a general start point for many users where you can discuss a range
of issues such as:
- making decisions about life after UCL, e.g. choosing between work, further study or taking time out
- exploring options related to your degree
- planning your next steps to get where you want to be
- how to gain skills or work experience linked to longer term career goals while at UCL
- changing or leaving your course
- how to market your degree, skills and/or experience to employers*
- what to expect at interviews or assessment centres**
- feedback on aptitude test results and more...
but not for advice on CVs or applications*
Short Guidance can lead to referral to more in-depth discussions in a Long Guidance appointment of up to an hour where the Careers Consultant feels this is necessary.
*If you have written a CV or application for something
specific and want help with this, you should book an "Applications
Advice" appointment as Careers Consultants will not give advice on applications in a
Short Guidance appointment. See next tab...
**Short Guidance can be used to get an overview of typical interview procedures or to discuss any queries you might have about a forthcoming interview but, those wishing to practice their interview skills through a role play exercise should book a "Practice Interview". See third tab...
If you already know what you're applying for and why* and would like advice on how to improve a specific application for something before sending it off, our Applications Advisers can help. These appointments can cover applications for:
- any type of job / internship
- a volunteering project
- a further / postgraduate study course
- a PhD position
- or anything else you might be applying for
Whether your application is in the form of a CV, covering letter, personal statement or answers to specific questions on an application form, simply bring in a draft copy plus details of what the recruiter is looking for*.
The Adviser will review the application from a recruiter's perspective and give you tips and advice on how to improve it where necessary.
*Applications Advisers will not be able to give tips on how to improve a CV if you don't yet know what you're applying to and what the recruiter is looking for. A Short Guidance appointment will be more useful at this stage to discuss your options
and to research areas of interest first. See first tab...
If you've been invited to any type of interview, you can see a Careers Consultant for up to an hour for a Practice Interview. The session would generally involve:
- a role play exercise based around typical interview questions for whatever it is you've applied for*
- feedback from the Consultant on all aspects of your performance in this exercise such as your general interview technique and the suitability / strength of your answers for the role in question
- advice and tips on further preparation and how improve any weak areas
- time for you to ask additional questions or address any other concerns you have about the real thing
*If you don't need to practice your interview technique in
this way, you can use a Short Guidance session if you just have a
questions about what to expect and how best to prepare for the real
thing. See first tab...