Career Planning / Exploring Options
Whether you don't yet know what life holds post-graduation and want to explore the wide range of career options open to you or you already have some ideas in mind and want to find out more about these, there is a lot of support available to help you...
Staff at UCL Careers and other Career Professionals from across The Careers Group, University of London
have provided reviews and descriptions of a wide range of websites
and other e-resources on our online careers resource library - Careers Tagged.*
Use a general search tag such as "options" if you're unsure where to start.
Alternatively, use a tag for a specific industry area / job type that you are interested in, e.g.: "accountancy"; "charity"; "consultancy"; "healthcare"; "human resources"; "media"; "politics"; "teaching" etc. for listings of useful careers resources on that area which will provide general labour market information, detailed profiles of different job roles, (often including case studies of graduates working in those roles), sector specific directories of employers and vacancy sources plus information on qualifications and training.
You can also link directly to:
- A range of career planning help sheets and other resources published by The Careers Group specifically for UCL students / graduates
- Interactive career planning questionnaires / tools
- Guides on graduate level career options related to your subject / level of study
- Graduate labour market information resources providing job sector overviews / profiles of specific graduate jobs
- Professional Association websites and Trade/Sector magazines (refine list by keyword for specific sectors)
*This is a subscription-based resource. Current UCL students will need their UCL userid/password to log in. Recent graduates will need to log in to My UCL Careers and use the graduate userid/password provided on the home page.
Reference and take away resources
The Careers Service Guide, (which includes career planning articles), and our range of downloadable help sheets, (mentioned above), from The Careers Group can be collected free of charge from our Information Library (subject to availability).
We also stock a range of free take away employer directories, work experience / internship and sector specific guides.
Destinations of recent Graduates from your course
Each UCL Department with undergraduate courses has a Departmental Page on our website which includes employment statistics and links to job profiles which graduates from a particular study discipline might typically go in to.
These pages also link to the What London Graduates Do website. Hosted by The Careers Group, this site contains detailed breakdowns of the job titles, employers and industry sectors for graduates in work 6 months after completing a course at any one of the University of London colleges including UCL.
It will also provide information on destinations of graduates from postgraduate courses at UCL, (taught or research), which may not be covered by the Departmental Pages above.
Internship / Placements
Optional internships or a placement that you have to do as part of your course can brng you many benefits such as:
- Providing evidence of previous work experience to potential employers
- Enabling you to explore a field of work/industry sector
- Enabling you to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses and further improve essential transferable skills such as team-working and commercial awareness
- Enabling you to build your confidence
- Enabling you to gain an understanding of how theory and research relates to practice in an employment context
- Providing you with opportunities to network with industry contacts
- Providing you with an opportunity to earn money
Here are a some student case studies which demonstrate what you can get out of an internship.
For those students who are planning a period of work experience as part of their longer term career plans through a work placement or an internship, please read our internship guidelines on things to be aware of.
We organise a wide range of events and workshops, many of which can be really useful to those at the career planning / exploring options stage...
Most events require advance booking so follow the links below for more information on:
- Employer Presentations (Autumn and Spring Terms): Talks by individual companies to give you the opportunity to learn more about different types of jobs available and what's happening in sectors you're interested in from those working in them.
- Sector Specific Recruitment Fairs (Autumn Term only): A chance to network with large numbers of major graduate recruiters from sectors popular with UCL students and ask informally about current opportunities and what it's like to work in the sector.
- Sector Themed Weeks (Autumn and Spring Terms): A chance to network with professionals from a range of other sectors popular with UCL students to explore options, potential career paths and routes in.
- Skills4Work Workshops / Panel Talks (Autumn Term Only): A series of employer led events to help you learn more about key skills required by most graduate recruiters across a range of sectors and how to develop these whilst at University.
- JumpStart Programme (Autumn and Spring Terms): A series of Careers Consultant led talks aimed at all students and recent graduates which includes a session on career planning / exploring options amongst other topics.
- International Students' Programme (Autumn and Spring Terms): A series of Careers Consultant led talks aimed at International Students which includes a session on career planning / exploring options amongst other topics.
- Masters QuickFix Programme (Autumn and Spring Terms): A series of Careers Consultant led talks aimed at Masters Students which includes a session on career planning / exploring options amongst other topics.
- Researchers Employability Programme (All year round): A series of Careers Consultant led talks and Employer led networking/recruitment events aimed at recent PhD students and PostDoc Research Staff which include sessions on academic and non-academic career planning amongst other topics.
If you have any queries about planning your career, changing or leaving your course to better suit career plans, exploring options related to your course or want to discuss existing career ideas in more detail, a 1-1 Short Guidance Appointment with one of our team of Careers Consultants is a great start point.
Find out more about availability and booking...
Speak to UCL Graduates from your course or to those working in an area you're interested for 1-1 tips and advice on planning your own career.
Alumni Office, all UCL students and graduates have access to the UCL Alumni Web Community.
Once logged in*, simply follow the "Careers Mentoring" link and you can then search for contact details of UCL Alumni by:
- UCL Course or Department
- Year of graduation from UCL
- Current occupation / field of work
- The country they're now based in
*Note: Any queries relating to the Alumni Web Community should be directed to the UCL Alumni Office.