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Global Citizenship Employability Summer School 2014

A two week programme running from 2nd-13th June

What to expect...

The Employability Summer School is part of the Global Citizenship Programme. As part of this programme, penultimate and final year Undergraduate students are able to select one of three streams run by either UCL Advances, VSU or UCL Careers. The UCL Careers Employability Summer School is an innovative two week programme, followed by on-going coaching and/or mentoring support, preparing you for the practicalities of today’s competitive job market.

This dynamic and challenging programme will help you to learn about how to approach the process of thinking about your career, generate and research interesting options and marketing yourself effectively for  getting jobs in any industry sector. 

Core elements of the summer school include:

  • Careers workshops: immersive, interactive workshops on all aspects of career management including marketing yourself on a CV or application, succeeding at interviews, effective networking and understanding the graduate job market.
  • Recruitment & selection experience: exposure and practice in some of the most common employer recruitment exercise including online psychometric  tests, e-tray exercises and assessment centre case studies.
  • Focus on Management: a 3-day interactive business experience working in teams on employer-led case studies based on typical industry scenarios.  (limited places).
  • Employer 1 to 1 coaching:  receive personalised feedback from industry professionals  on  your CV  and interview technique.
  • UCL Jobs Market 2014: priority access to the UCL Careers end of year job market with access to over 45 employers advertising current live job opportunities/ internships  across a wide range of sectors.
  • Alumni careers mentors: access to UCL Alumni careers mentors who can provide personalised knowledge and advice on accessing a diverse range of industry sectors
  • On-going dedicated 1 to 1 careers support: a personal UCL Careers coach to support you in your job search for a period of up to 2 years after graduation

This programme is available to penultimate and final year undergraduates only. First year students should register for the Global Challenges programme though the Global Citizenship website.

Booking Instructions


You MUST register in advance through your My Careers Service account by 11:59pm on Tuesday 6th May and pay a returnable £20 deposit* if you wish to attend Summer School by 5:00pm on Wednesday 28th May. This enables us to monitor attendance levels and ensure that the event is more effective for those attending.

Payments must be made in cash at UCL Careers. As places are allocated to those making the payment on a first come, first served basis and more students register interest online than there are places available, you will remain on a reserve list for the event after registering until we receive your deposit. We therefore recommend early payment to avoid disappointment!*

Students have the option of applying to take part in the Focus on Management course as part of their second week of Summer School. This is a popular course and numbers are limited. To apply for Focus on Management you must complete the application form that will have been emailed to you when you registered for Summer School. This application form must be completed and uploaded by 11:59pm on 11th May.

*NOTE: If you're using it for the first time, please read the My Careers Service Instructions carefully before trying to log in. Also, if you're not currently in London and are unable to pay your deposit in person or to get someone to pay on your behalf and are worried about missing out on a place at the Summer School, after registering online, please contact us immediately to let us know when you will be able to pay the deposit so that we can hold a place for you until then.

Can I attend if I haven't booked?

NO. The Employability Summer School is part of UCL's Global Citizenship Programme. Registration and deposit payment must be made in advance.

How to prepare...

Preparation for the Summer School is not essential but it will be helpful to look through the resources we provide on topics such as Career Planning / Exploring Options, Job Hunting, Networking, Applications, Interviews and Assessment Centres.

Many resources can be accessed online and there are also a range of reference and free take away resources available at UCL Careers. Details of these can be found in the relevant Help With... section of our website. 

Using these in advance will give you a good overview of what will be covered in the interactive workshops of the Summer School and may help you prepare questions to bring with you.

If you are late...

For all Careers Service Events, please aim to arrive 5 minutes before the published start time. If you arrive late and the event has already started, the facilitator reserves the right to refuse entry so that you don't disrupt the event for other attendees who arrived on time.

Please also note that if you do arrive late and are refused entry, you will lose your deposit for the event.

After the Event / Unable to Attend?

Where relevant / possible, any materials relating to a particular part of the Summer School will be made available to download here after the event has taken place.

The Help With... section of our website also suggests a range of resources on all of the topics covered during the Summer School if you haven't used them already.

Other Events...

Having attended the Summer School, a wide range of other events will take place once the Autumn Term begins. These include:

For developing skills:

or the Careers Consultant led Personality Profiling Workshop.

For networking and recruitment:

We also run a range of Careers Consultant led talks on a range of topics specifically for:

Our parent body, The Careers Group, University of London, also run a range of events throughout the year for all UoL students and GradClub members. See their Events Programme for more details.

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Comments about previous Summer Schools

  • ‘‘Jam-packed full of information and resources to prepare for a job market which students can find intimidating… I feel better prepared for the application process. I am better informed about the different sectors and what employers are looking for and how to match my skills accordingly”.
  • “Summer School was very well structured, interesting and extremely useful”.

  • “Pretty much everything I need to know about networking and making successful applications for graduate schemes… I really enjoyed this event”.

  • “I’ve always been nervous of speaking too much, so it was helpful to practice and get feedback on group exercises and assessment centres”.

  • “The graduate panel and networking lunch were great to get an insight into the job market”.

  • It would have been good to have more information on social networking and how to use social media when career planning and job hunting.
    Thanks for your feedback on how we could improve the way the Summer School programme is delivered. We have been busy preparing new material for this years’ programme and this now includes more detailed tips and hints on making best use of social media.

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