In collaboration with The Doctoral Skills Development Programme and UCL Organisational Development, UCL Careers provides an extensive programme of careers events for UCL's researcher community, (Research Assistants, Research Students (MRes & PhD) and Postdoctoral Research Staff).
Careers Consultant led workshops
We deliver a series of workshops on a broad range of topics, for both careers in academia and beyond academia. The topics include:
- Academic career planning (run separately for research staff and research students)
- Effective academic applications
- Effective academic interviews
- Identifying strengths, interests & values
- Finding non-academic jobs
- Marketing yourself – sessions on applications (incl. CVs and cover letters), interviews, LinkedIn
Workshops are repeated regularly throughout the year and are currently online. View the current programme in the Calendar (booking links included) or in your myUCLCareers account (use the ‘Type’ filter to search for ‘Researchers workshop’). You can register to receive email alerts for future workshops via myUCLCareers.*
Employer-led Sector Panels, Networking Events and Q&A’s
Sector specific panels are an opportunity for you to hear from PhD level alumni working in non-academic roles. Each speaker will introduce themselves, their career path and offer any key pieces of advice or tips they’ve learnt along the way. Then it’s over to you! Ask any questions you have about the industry, specific roles or what it’s like to be in a non-academic role.
Sectors we cover include:
- Finance, Economics & Quantitative Analysis
- Government, Policy & Professional Bodies
- Life & Health
- Sciences Academia
- UK & Global Health
- Communication: Publishing, Editorial & Writing
- Research Management & Funding
- Data Science & Data Analysis
- Museums & Cultural Heritage
- Careers in Research Outside of Academia
Our networking events offer you a chance to meet potential recruiters and alumni in a small group. This is a great opportunity to practice your networking skills, meet potential employers or just expand your contacts. We also run Q&A sessions which focus on recruitment specific areas such as creating CV’s, cover letters and interview tips. These Q&A’s are a great chance to ask all your questions about recruitment to experts in this field.
Employer-led Skills Workshops and Career Taster Sessions
The employer-led skills sessions are an opportunity for you to learn a bit more about a key industry skill and practice this with a real employer. These skills focus on areas such as developing a network, leadership, understanding business functions, policy and project management.
The employer taster sessions are a chance for you to get hands on experience of a role. These workshops will allow you to take on a hypothetical task that someone in this role may undertake. Learn a new skill associated with a role and find out whether it’s something you’re interested in pursuing whilst also meeting potential employers.
*Note: Research staff will automatically receive a regular UCL Careers newsletter by email through an HR mailing list so do not need to subscribe to email alerts through myUCLCareers