Careers Mentoring

Connecting UCL alumni and students, the FREE online careers mentoring network is an easy way to talk to experienced graduates about your next career steps.

Register on the Alumni Web Community today to access the network. 



GradClub is the UCL careers support service designed specifically for our recent graduates.


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UCL students are part of a diverse and talented global community for life and UCL is here to help you develop your career long after graduation.

UCL Connect is the new professional development series for alumni, combining award-winning professional networking events, free online mentoring, CPD courses and lots more.

See below for further details and contact the alumni team if you would like any further information.


This section is updated regularly, make sure you revisit for the latest dates and booking availability (links will be shown for individual events when booking is open).

Upcoming Events

February 2016 - July 2016

Professional Networking Event: Careers in Philanthropy | 17 February 2016  - Book online

Workshop: UCL Life Learning - Effective Professional Development | 26 April 2016 - Book online

Workshop: Assertiveness | 24 May 2016 - Booking open soon

Speed Networking: The Slade

Speed Networking: Politics and Government

This schedule is subject to change.

Previous events in the series include:

  • Speed Networking: Tech Entrepreneurship @ IDEALondon
  • Professional Networking event: How to find your ideal job
  • Workshop: Resilience
  • Speed Networking: Media and Broadcasting @ Rich Mix, Shoreditch
  • Expert Advice: Leadership Skills

Photos can be found on Alumni@UCL Flickr.

Online Advice

No matter where you are in the world you can access free professional development resources through UCL Connect.

Expert Advice

Expert Advice is a series of films from UCL departments and alumni, providing a range of tips for professional success. We're currently developing this part of the series and will be hosting more films in the 2015/16 offering.

Expert Advice: Using social media as part of your job hunt

Careers Mentoring Network

The Careers Mentoring Network is a web based facility through which students and recent graduates (mentees) can contact UCL alumni (mentors) to gain an insight into the realities of working in specific professions. Alumni mentors can give mentees informal guidance about certain jobs, sectors and professions based on their own experiences in that career field.

  • Alumni can access the system and opt to become a mentor through registering for the Alumni Web Community (you’ll need your alumni number, please contact alumni@ucl.ac.uk if you do not know yours).
  • Students can only access the mentor part of the site and need to use their standard UCL student ID and password.

Useful Links

Registration/Sign up – Alumni Web Community
Guidance notes for mentees


Join thousands of fellow alumni and interact through the UCL Alumni LinkedIn group to develop business and professional connections.


In addition to the Careers Mentoring Network there are a number of ways in which our alumni currently volunteer their time and expertise for the benefit of students and fellow graduates.
We really appreciate all support offered to us by our volunteers. In fact we couldn’t achieve half as much without you.

UCL Global Citizenship Voluntary Sector Programme, 1 – 12 June 2015

Now in its second year, the UCL Global Citizenship Voluntary Sector Programme gives undergraduates knowledge and experience of working in the voluntary sector. In June 2015, 120 students will attend lectures and workshops to enhance their professional skills, and complete team placements with voluntary organisations like Scope, Missing People and Rethink Mental Illness.
The Volunteering Services Unit is currently recruiting alumni to become volunteer mentors or teach a professional skill to undergraduates during this programme, 1 – 12 June.
For more information and to apply, go to www.uclu.org/gcvoluntarysectoralumnivolunteering.

UCL Alumni Speakers

Alumni come back to UCL and speak at a variety of events, with both students and fellow graduates. Opportunities include providing inspirational stories at our annual graduation ceremonies, sharing experiences as panellists for professional networking events and speaking with students of your former departments.
If you would like to volunteer to talk with our students, or take part in alumni professional development events, please email us at alumni@ucl.ac.uk and one of the team will be in touch shortly.

UCL Advocates

Would you be willing to visit your school to encourage pupils to consider higher education?
UCL Access is seeking alumni to join our UCL Advocates scheme for non-selective state schools.
If you would like get involved please contact Louise Sung for further information, or visit the website to register your interest: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/widening-participation/current-students/advocates

UCL Alumni Groups

UCL's alumni groups are led by volunteers who act as local contacts on a global scale. You can find out more about our existing groups and how to establish a new one where you are at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/alumni/groups.

Employment Opportunities

Do you have a work experience opportunity, internship or job vacancy that you’d like to offer to UCL students or alumni? If so our UCL Careers team are happy to help! Just email the information to us at alumni@ucl.ac.uk and we’ll put you in touch with the right people.

Business Support

Alumni to Alumni Benefits

Would your business like to connect with over 170,000 UCL alumni? By taking part in the Benefits and Services package, your organisation has a unique opportunity to increase awareness of your services while supporting fellow UCL graduates.
See the benefits webpage for further information on how to become a provider.

UCL Advances

The centre for entrepreneurship at UCL, offers training, networking and business support for staff, students and external entrepreneurs to encourage and enable new enterprises to get going. Unique in the UK Higher Education sector, its primary role is to promote a culture of entrepreneurship on campus and engagement with entrepreneurs and small businesses beyond UCL's boundaries, and currently delivers over 30 activity programmes.

If you have a London based SME that could benefit from training, networking or a variety of other support programmes, please take a look at the website and get in touch http://www.ucl.ac.uk/advances.

Business Mentoring

UCL Advances business mentoring scheme helps London-based businesses grow and develop by analysing business needs and connecting them to industry mentors. This is for micro, small and medium-sized businesses experiencing “growing pains” due to a lack of specific managerial expertise as needed in development phases. The enterprises would have already passed their start-up phases and are experiencing challenges that are holding back the potential to grow significantly.

We are always on the look out for inspiring mentors who can add value to up-and-coming London SMEs. We seek those with strong business experience and who encourage people to progress in their businesses and help mentees realise their potential.

If you think you meet the description and would like to give some of your time to the next generation of budding entrepreneurs, then please visit the business mentoring webpages.

Life Learning

UCL and our benefit providers offer alumni a diverse range of lifelong learning, from free lectures to departmental short courses.

Life Learning at UCL 

Life Learning

UCL Life Learning provides the opportunity to continue your education after you graduate. We offer an extensive portfolio of cutting-edge short courses to promote career advancement and personal growth.

Our course finder brings together world-class content delivered by global experts across all disciplines within UCL. These can be delivered face-to-face, online or a blend of teaching methods, depending on the course. Many offer an alumni discount.

The course finder is a growing and developing resource and new courses are being added regularly. 

Please also check with individual departments for specific CPD needs, for example:

Lunch Hour Lectures

Lunch Hour Lectures are opportunities for anyone to sample the exceptional research work taking place at UCL, in bite sized chunks. Speakers are drawn from across the university, and lectures frequently showcase new research and recent academic publications. Continued professional development and short courses 

The Mobile Academy

Hatching a new business idea? Need to bring mobile know-how in to your business?

Described by past participants as “a must if you are working in a new tech business” & where “I came out of each session with a toolkit that I used immediately at work the next day”, The Mobile Academy brings you the real need-to-know of mobile. Hosted by UCL & Mobile Monday London, The Mobile Academy is a 10 week, CPD certified, evening programme of talks, demos, workshops & surgeries across business, design & how to work with technology.

Sessions are delivered by industry experts who will share practical insights from case studies that you will not find in the text books. Expect to be attending along 40 people from different disciplines, at different career stages & with a broad range of ideas.

If you are interested in future courses, check the website here - themobileacademy.org.uk - and join the mailing list.

Prices start from £500 + booking fee with a special discount for UCL Alumni of 10%. Enter UCL at registration.

More info: themobileacademy.org.uk 

Note for external providers

If you are an external provider (i.e. not a UCL department or former student of the University) and would like to promote lifelong learning opportunities to UCL alumni, please view the terms and conditions for our benefit providers.

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