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Researching your Career

If you have an idea of what career area you would like to pursue, then have a look at the resources in this section to help you research the sectors.

Online Information and Resources...

Help sheets and Career Planning Guides
Our parent body, The Careers Group, publish a range of help sheets which can help research information on the current labour market, current opportunities or useful contacts for a specific sector. These are available to download from their website. Titles include:

  • Getting Career Inspiration
  • Job Hunting
  • Networking

Destinations of recent Graduates
To research information on different industries and find out more about key employers who have recruited graduates from your degree discipline, look at the What London Graduates Do website. Hosted by our parent body, 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.


Alumni Mentoring
Talk to graduates from the course you're doing here at UCL about their career to date. Through the Alumni Office, all UCL students and graduates have access to The 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

Careers Tagged
Our staff and other Career Professionals from across our parent body, The Careers Group, University of London, have provided reviews and descriptions of a wide range of websites and online resources on our online careers resource library - Careers Tagged. Use search tags for the sector areas you are interested in, for example "accountancy", "media", "management", "healthcare", "teaching" etc. to get listings of resources including:

  • Industry Insights (overviews of the graduate job market for a sector)
  • Occupational Profiles (detailed insights for specific jobs in a sector)
  • Professional Body websites
  • Online Trade / Sector magazines and journals
  • Key Vacancy Sites or Recruitment Agencies
Careers Tagged Logo - click image to link to website

Reference and Loan Books at the Careers Service...

We have files in the Careers Library which contain profiles of job sectors and specific job roles.

We also have reference books on most sectors from employer directories and guides to specific sector information.

The Careers Library also subscribes to several journals and national newspapers in order to help you with researching different sectors and the opportunities available.

Free take-away materials...

Employer Directories:

For listings of major graduate recruiters across a range of different sectors with profiles of who's who, what they do and who they're targetting, help yourself to one or more of the range of free employer directories we stock.

Sector Specific Guides:

Some of the employer directories we stock will focus on particular sectors and give an overview of what's happening in the sector as well as providing company listings. Sector covered by these include:

  • Actuarial Work
  • Finance - Banking, Professional Services, Accountancy
  • Chartered Patent Attorneys
  • Engineering
  • IT
  • Law
  • Management Consultancy
  • Property
  • Teaching

Throughout the year we will be getting free to take magazines from different publishers looking at the job hunting/career planning process so keep a look out for those in the Careers Library.

Meeting Employers and other Events...

  • Employer Presentations - Talks by companies throughout Autumn and Spring about their opportunities in order to see who is currently recruiting and ask questions about different types of roles
  • Employer Fairs (Autumn) / Networking Events (Autumn/Spring) - A chance to network with employers and ask informally about current opportunities
  • Sector Themed Weeks - A chance to network with representatives from a specific sector to find out more about graduate opportunities and work experience.

Check our current Events Programme for general details and/or register with UCLAlert to be notified of relevant events by email.

1-1 Advice and Guidance...

Book a Short Guidance session to have a chat with an adviser about any ideas you might already have and how based to research these further.

Also in this section...

When you're ready to start making applications to the areas you've researched, you should look at the following sections:

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