Short Guidance

If you're using our Short Guidance service for the first time, we recommend reading through the information below to ensure you make the most of your time with the Careers Consultant...

What to expect...

"Short Guidance" is a confidential, fifteen minute 1-1 discussion with a Careers Consultant. It can be used to 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
  • exploring 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...

Depending on the nature of your discussion, the Careers Consultant may refer you for a more in-depth Long Guidance session, (of up to 30 minutes or an hour depending on the nature of the query), after this initial appointment.

*Please note: Short Guidance appointments cannot be used to review a CV or application as we provide a separate Applications Advice service for this.

**For those who've been invited to a real interview, we do also provide Practice Interview appointments.

Appointment Availability and Booking


Short Guidance sessions run at the same time every week:

  • Monday to Thursday: 10am - 12pm (term time only*)
  • Monday to Thursday: 2pm - 4.45pm (all year round*)

Appointments are available at 15 minute intervals during these times.

PLEASE NOTE: Short Guidance does NOT run on Fridays.


Bookings can be made online up to 7 days in advance using your My Careers Service account. Once logged in, use the 'I want to... / Make Appointment' option and select 'UCL Short Guidance' from the list of options to check appointment availability. If you are unable to book online or would prefer to book by phone or in person at UCL Careers, please see our Contact Details. You will need your student ID card when booking.

Multiple Bookings: Due to high demand, students can only book one appointment at a time. If you do book multiple appointments, only the earliest appointment will be recognised and any bookings on subsequent dates will be automatically deleted.

Please also note: As appointment slots are pre-bookable in advance, they may not be available at short notice / for same day booking if demand is high. However, appointments may be cancelled at short notice so it's worth checking availability regularly through your My Careers Service account.

*Please check the main UCL Website for details of term dates and College closure days.

What we don't / can't cover...

Careers Guidance is an impartial process and a Careers Consultant won't tell you "what to do" or make decisions for you.

A copy of a recent CV can be useful, (though not essential), if you're exploring options / next steps with the Consultant as it will quickly give them an overview of your work / education history.

However, Short Guidance sessions cannot be used to check applications for a specific purpose. Please visit our Applications Advice page if you're applying for something specific and have a CV, cover letter, personal statement or any other form of application that you need help with.

How to prepare...

Doing a little research in advance and answering many of the frequently asked questions yourself will allow you to focus on more specific issues during the time you have with the Careers Consultant.

To make the most of your 15 minute Short Guidance session, we therefore strongly recommend making use of the resources suggested in the relevant section of our Help With... pages.

Who Will I See?

We have a team of 19 professional Careers Consultants, all of whom can provide guidance on a wide range of areas so initial Short Guidance discussions would  be with whoever is on duty when you book.

Where relevant, some queries will be referred on to a Long Guidance appointment, (up to 30 minutes or an hour depending on the nature of the query), which may be booked with a specific Careers Consultant if appropriate.

If you are late or unable to attend...

Cancellations can be made up to 1 hour before your appointment time through your My Careers Service account so that it can be offered to another student.

Late arrival: If you call in advance to tell us you're running late, we will hold the appointment for 5 minutes so that you can make use of the remaining 10 minutes on arrival.

However if you are more than 5 minutes late, your appointment will be cancelled so that later appointments are not affected and you will be asked to re-book for a later date.

If you book and miss 3 appointments, your My Careers Service account will be deactivated to ensure you don't book and waste any more. You will then need to book in person at the UCL Careers office for any subsequent appointments and events this academic year.

Please note: Due to the nature of 1-1 guidance, some appointments can last slightly longer than 15 minutes which means we cannot guarantee that you will always be seen exactly on time. However, you should still avoid arriving late so that your appointment isn't cancelled.

Access to other 1-1 Appointments...

In addition to running department specific talks and events, all of our Careers Consultants will run  1-1 appointments throughout term time in the departments that they have responsibility for.

Timings and availability will be different in each department - please see the information on Departmental Support for more details.

To find out more about our Careers Consultants, their backgrounds and their Departmental responsibilities at UCL, please see the information about Our Team.

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