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International Students' Talks

What to expect...

UCL Careers Service aims to support International Students in their career management process, from understanding the UK graduate labour
market to writing CVs, interviewing and beyond. We offer a series of careers talks and events throughout the year specifically designed to address the needs of International Students whether you're considering work or post-graduate study in the UK or overseas. These include:

  • Working while you study
  • CVs for part-time work / Writing a UK CV
  • Effective Job Applications
  • De-mystifying the UK Job Market
  • Working in the UK after graduation – Visa information
  • Succeeding at UK Interviews and Assessment Centres
  • Marketing yourself in your home country
  • Creative Job hunting for International Students

All talks are held "On Campus", (at the UCL Careers or in one of the main UCL Buildings), and room details will be confirmed when you book to attend.

How to prepare...

The Help With... section of our website suggests a range of resources on all of the topics covered in the International Students' Programme. 

Using these in advance will help you get more out of the talks.

Late Arrivals, Cancellations and No Shows...

For all 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.

Talks are popular and usually fully booked. If you know 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 the talk takes place to allow another student to book in your place.

If you don't cancel in advance or don't turn up to a Talk you're booked to attend, we will record a "No Show" which may affect your future bookings for other events or use of our services.

After the Event / Unable to Attend?

Where relevant / possible, any materials relating to a particular talk / event will be made available to download here.

The Help With... section of our website also suggests a range of resources on all of the topics covered in the International Students' Programme if you haven't used them already.

Event Resources / Slides from Past Talks

Successful CVs and Covering Letters

Succeeding at Job Interviews

Understanding the UK Job Market

Writing a UK CV for EU Students

Working Part Time and CVs for Part Time Work

An Introduction to Assessment Centres

Creative Job Hunting

Marketing Yourself Back Home

Slides from talks that took place in the Autumn can be found above, (in the "After the Event" section).

Writing a UK CV
20/01/2015 at 1pm 

How can you make sure that your CV impresses an employer? If you’re applying for jobs in the UK, an excellent CV is critical to your success. This seminar gives advice on putting together an effective CV and formatting a powerful cover letter for the competitive UK market. We will give you an insight into what UK employers are looking for, and point out common CV-writing mistakes.

Learning outcomes:

  • Develop an awareness of the structure and content of typical UK CVs, cover letters and personal statements.
  • Understand how to translate skills, experience and personal qualities gained through academic and other experiences to a recruiter.
  • Explore techniques used in UK application processes, including reading job advertisements, analysing CVs and tailor CVs to specific recruiters.
  • Articulate positively and convincingly your reasons for applying for specific jobs based in the UK.

Succeeding at UK Interviews
27/01/2015 at 1pm

Interviews are often confusing. In this seminar, we look at the types of questions you may face, discuss questions you are likely to be asked, provide suggestions for preparing yourself and discuss issues of effective communication, managing anxiety and interview etiquette. There will also be time to practise.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain understanding of the process, behaviours and etiquettes that employers typically employ during interviews.
  • Develop an ability to translate skills, experience and personal qualities gained through academic and other experiences to a recruiter verbally.
  • Provide tools for use when answering a range of question types typically asked by graduate recruiters.

UK Assessment Centres
03/02/2015 at 1pm

As part of the selection process, you may be invited to an Assessment Centre which will test a variety of your employability skills. These can sometimes be daunting, but information is key to helping you to feel ready and prepared. In this seminar, we look at:

  • what an assessment centre is
  • why employers use them
  • common activities you might encounter with an opportunity to practise
  • presentations, written and group exercises
  • learning how to improve your performance
  • how to prepare and where to find further support

Book now through your My UCL Careers account.

Creative Job Hunting
10/02/2015 at 1pm

Explore a range of on and off-line ideas to maximise your exposure in the UK job market and discover how to network with potential employers.The event will share practical tips about what you can you do to maximise your employment opportunities especially if you are a penultimate or final year student.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Unlock the recruitment statistics behind UK graduate schemes and highlight tips for success and limitations.
  • Expose the existence of the ‘Hidden’ job market where the majority of opportunity can be found.
  • Discover ways to access this hidden resource though networking, online presence, speculative applications and recruitment agencies.

Book now through your My UCL Careers account.

Working in the UK after graduation (Visa information)
03/03/2015 at 1pm

This session from UCLU Rights and Advice will give all the latest details on work visa requirements to allow you to remain in the UK after you have graduated. Please attend if you’d like to find out more about the different schemes, what factors are considered in your qualification, and gain a broad overview of your suitability.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn about the current visa options available after you have graduated.
  • Understand the legal requirements and steps you will have to take to gain permission to work in the UK.
  • Understand the services available from UCL Rights and Advice to International students and the importance of gaining the correct advice regarding your visas from the only team legally able to provide this.

Marketing Yourself Back Home
10/03/2015 at 1pm

Whether you’ve always known you’ll return home after you graduate or if you are interested in creating a back-up plan in case working in the UK isn’t an option, this seminar will give you some top tips to get you on your way. We aim to give you strategies and tools to make the most of your UCL experience and while communicating your skills and experience most appropriately in your home country.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Introduce a framework to develop a job hunting strategy from the UK before returning home.
  • Provide tools to explore the current job market situation within different countries.
  • Understand how to best promote your UK qualification to different employers internationally.

Working in Japan: talk given by Disco International
19/03/2015 at 1pm

Gain an insight into current recruitment trends in Japan, tips on job hunting with Japanese companies and information on the upcoming London Career Forum 2015. The London Career Forum 2015 will be taking place on 23rd (Sat.) & 24th (Sun.) May at 155 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3YD.

The Japanese London career forum will offer a unique opportunity for students to meet with Japanese companies wishing to interview and hire bilingual graduates on the spot. (English/Japanese)

Additional Events:

To find out about other events taking place this term, we recommend you register for UCLAlert!

For all International Student Talks, you MUST book in advance to guarantee a place. This enables us to monitor attendance levels and ensure that talks are more effective for those attending.

Bookings are made and managed via your "My UCL Careers" account. If using this for the first time, please read the My UCL Careers Instructions carefully before trying to log in.

Booking for each Talk will open TWO weeks before the first talk in the series takes place and will close when each talk is fully booked or, at the latest, at midnight on the day before the talk takes place.

No deposit is required once you've booked online and all talks are free to attend.

Can I attend if I haven't booked?

Cancellations can be made at any time up to midnight the day before a talk takes place so, if you're unable to book now because a talk is full, you should check your My UCL Careers account regularly in case places do become available.

If not, on the day of the talk, after all registered students have arrived, space permitting, students that haven't booked will be admitted on a first come first served basis but please be aware that we cannot always guarantee entry to those who haven't booked.


Talks are held in various lecture theatres on the main UCL Campus. Exact location details will be provided when booking via My UCL Careers.