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A ‘Short guidance’ appointment can help you clarify ideas about your future. We can discuss options you want to explore, even if you are unsure about what path you want to take.

All face-to-face activity is suspended until further notice but appointments will still take place remotely / online.

To help look after the health of our community during the current covid-19 situation, all appointments will now take place remotely / online.

Students and recent graduates still have full access to support. To book an appointment, please log in to myUCLCareers.

If you have any questions about accessing any of our services, the best way to reach us is by email: careers@ucl.ac.uk

What to expect

This one-to-one discussion can cover a range of different areas including:

  • Making decisions about your future. For example exploring industry specific motivations or choosing between work, further study or research
  • Exploring ideas or options related to your degree
  • Gaining skills and work experience linked to longer term career goals
  • Finding opportunities (jobs, further study, research)
  • Changing or leaving your course
  • Marketing your degree, skills and experiences
  • What to expect during interviews or assessment centres
  • Discussing strategies for dealing with application or interview rejections
  • How to prepare for aptitude or other selection tests
  • and much more!

During the discussion, our advisers can answer queries, help you to explore different ideas and plan next steps.


What it won't cover

If you are writing a specific application and need advice on how to improve it, please book an ‘Applications advice’ appointment. ‘Short guidance’ appointments are not suitable for this.

‘Short guidance’ appointments can be used to ask questions about interview preparation but, for a more role-play based interview coaching session, please book a ‘Practice interview’.


Unable to visit in person

You can discuss any ‘Short Guidance’ query by phone. Simply book an appointment as outlined below. Make sure to reply to the booking confirmation email to let us know that you will be phoning in, rather than coming in person.

If there's any information relating to your query that you feel will aid the discussion, please send this to us by email. Give as much notice possible (no less than one hour before your appointment). This will allow the relevant careers consultant to receive it.


Book now

‘Short guidance’ appointments run throughout the week during our normal opening hours. They are bookable online up to seven days in advance. For example, a 2pm slot next Thursday will become available to book at 2pm this Thursday.

All available appointment slots for the next week will show up when you log into myUCLCareers.

At busy times of year, we may be fully booked for the next seven days. Please check myUCLCareers regularly for cancelled bookings or newly released slots.

Check appointment availability

Appointment limit

To ensure we are able to support as many students as possible with their queries, you will be limited to three Short Guidance appointments per term. (Calculated over an 11 week period).