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Employability

Careers and skills

UCL is frequently targeted by a vast range of employers who value, amongst other things, the academic achievement of our students.

Networking with employers

UCL Careers offers you the opportunity to come into direct contact with, and learn from, potential employers.

Meeting employers

UCL is constantly ranked as one of the world's very best universities and employers are keen to meet our students and discuss the opportunities they offer. Every year about 800 employers/organisations attend events arranged by UCL Careers, including careers fairs, employer presentations and sector 'themed weeks', which may include: talks, networking events and one-to-one advice sessions.

The Student View

Sara Berkai

"I chose my degree because I liked the mix of business, IT and computer science. It's an incredibly employable degree that equips you with the skills of the job market. It's also ever evolving so what we're studying is usually very up to date.†

I heard about the opportunity to go on a year-long placement at Cisco, in California, when the senior vice president of the organisation visited UCL to discuss this opportunity. I had heard from students who completed the placement that it was the best year of their life - so I decided to apply.

On the placement I worked as a business analyst,†visualizing how employees collaborate within the organisation. I also got to work on stretch projects such as marketing for an internal security app and volunteering at local San Josť schools."

Sara Berkai, Third Year, Information Management for Business MSci

Employers and employment

  • The median starting salary of UK/EU students six months after their graduation from UCL in 2016 was £25,000.
  • UCL was awarded an Employer Review of 99.5 out of 100 in the QS World University Rankings 2018.
  • The UCL online careers information library has links to over 10,000 careers related websites and resources
  • Every year about 800 employers attend events arranged by UCL Careers.
  • During the academic year 2015/16 there were 24,000 attendees at Careers Consultant led events.

Help enhance your capabilities

UCL Careers and Students' Union UCL run a joint programme of skills development activities known as Skills4Work. These involve employers coming onto campus to coach you in areas such as leadership, negotiation and problem solving, while helping you with the application process, from CV writing to mock interviews with feedback.