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Career Planning / Exploring Options

Whether you don't yet know what life holds post-graduation and want to explore the wide range of career options open to you or you already have some ideas in mind and want to find out more about these, there is a lot of support available to help you...


Careers Tagged is a digital careers library, providing links to a wide range of useful websites and other e-resources for career planning. Each resource is accompanied by a description of the content that it contains.*

Search Tips:
Use a general search tag such as "optionsif you're unsure where to start.

Alternatively, search for a specific industry area / job type that you are interested in, e.g. "accountancy", "charity", "consultancy", "healthcare", "media", "teaching" etc.

Resources will provide general labour market information, detailed profiles of different job roles (including case studies of graduates working in those roles), sector specific directories of employers and vacancy sources plus information on qualifications and training.

You can also link directly to:

*This is a subscription-based resource. Current UCL students will need their UCL userid/password to log in. Recent graduates will need to log in to My UCL Careers and use the graduate userid/password provided on the home page.

Reference and take away resources

The Ultimate Careers Guide, (which includes career planning articles), and our range of downloadable help sheets, can be collected free of charge from our Information Library (subject to availability).

We also stock a range of free take away employer directories, work experience / internship and sector specific guides.

Destinations of recent Graduates from your course

Each UCL Department with undergraduate courses has a Departmental Page on our website which includes employment statistics and links to job profiles which graduates from a particular study discipline might typically go in to. 

Internship / Placements

An optional internship or a compulsory placement as part of your course can bring you many benefits, such as:

  • Providing evidence of previous work experience to potential employers
  • Enabling you to explore a field of work / industry sector
  • Enabling you to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses and to build confidence
  • Developing transferable skills such as team-work and commercial awareness
  • Understanding how theory and research relate to practice in an work context
  • Providing you with opportunities to network with industry contacts
  • Providing you with an opportunity to earn money

Here are some student case studies which demonstrate the benefits of an internship.

For students who are planning to undertake work experience as part of their longer term career plans, please read our internship guidelines for things to be aware of.

We organise a wide range of events and workshops, many of which can be really useful to those at the career planning / exploring options stage...

Most events require advance booking so follow the links below for more information on:

  • Careers Essentials Programme: (Autumn and Spring Terms): A series of Careers Consultant led talks aimed at all students and recent graduates which includes sessions on career planning / exploring options and understanding the graduate job market amongst other topics.
  • Sector Themed Weeks (Autumn and Spring Terms): A chance to network with professionals from a range of other sectors popular with UCL students to explore options, potential career paths and routes in.
  • Employer Presentations (Autumn and Spring Terms): Talks by individual companies to give you the opportunity to learn more about different types of jobs available and what's happening in sectors you're interested in from those working in them.
  • Sector Specific Recruitment Fairs (Autumn Term only): A chance to network with large numbers of major graduate recruiters from sectors popular with UCL students and ask informally about current opportunities and what it's like to work in the sector.
  • Skills4Work Workshops / Panel Talks (Autumn Term Only): A series of employer led events to help you learn more about key skills required by most graduate recruiters across a range of sectors and how to develop these whilst at University.
  • Researchers Employability Programme (All year  round): A series of Careers Consultant led talks and Employer led networking/recruitment events aimed at recent PhD students and PostDoc Research Staff which include sessions on academic and non-academic career planning amongst other topics.

Please remember to register with UCLAlert! to be notified about events you're interested in by email.

Short Guidance

If you have any queries about planning your career, changing or leaving your course to better suit career plans, exploring options related to your course or want to discuss existing career ideas in more detail, a 1-1 Short Guidance Appointment with one of our team of Careers Consultants is a great start point.

Find out more about availability and booking...

Alumni Mentoring

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Speak to UCL Graduates from your course or to those working in an area you're interested for 1-1 tips and advice on planning your own career.

Through the Alumni Office, all UCL students and graduates have access to the  UCL Alumni Web Community.

Once logged in*, simply follow the "Careers Mentoring" link and you can then search for contact details of UCL Alumni by:

  • UCL Course or Department
  • Year of graduation from UCL
  • Current occupation / field of work
  • The country they're now based in

*Note: Any queries relating to the Alumni Web Community should be directed to the UCL Alumni Office