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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 900 employers/organisations attend events arranged by UCL Careers, including careers fairs, employer presentations and sector 'themed weeks', which may include: employer forums, networking events, talks on how to get into the sector and one-to-one advice sessions.

The Employer View

Stephen Harris, CAPCO
" UCL is a world class university and the level of academic teaching students get ensures they have fantastic skills.

"In the past we've had great experiences coming to UCL ccareers events, meeting bright people, and getting to tell them about our company. The level of engagement and calibre of student at the events are always excellent. We run annual student internships and historically many of the successful applicants have come from UCL.

UCL is a world class university and the level of academic teaching students get ensures they have fantastic skills. Consultancy not only requires a high degree of problem-solving and analytical thinking, but also team-players. Personal development is crucial; consulting requires a large amount of 'soft skills' along with academic abilities.

Consultancy can also at times require large degrees of autonomy and self-motivation, skills which UCL students have already shown simply by working hard and being driven to join one of the top global universities. Ultimately all of these factors make UCL students excellent candidates for consulting."

Stephen Harris, Associate, CAPCO

Employers and employment

  • The average starting salary for UCL graduates (24,336) exceeds the Russell Group average (23,000) and the national average (21,000).
  • UCL was awarded an Employer Review of 99.3 out of 100 in the QS World University Rankings 2016
  • The UCL online careers information library has links to over 10,000 careers related websites and resources
  • 820 employers attended events arranged by UCL Careers in 2014/15 to recruit UCL students
  • During the academic year 2015/16 there were 24,000 attendees at Careers Consultant led events.

Help enhance your capabilities

UCL Careers and UCLU 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.