UCL Careers


Alumni mentoring


I received some useful information and now I have a pretty good idea regarding my career prospects".

Whether you're a student or graduate, UCL alumni can help you make the most out of your career journey. If you're considering your options and want the inside track on sectors and roles you're interested in, talking to a past UCL student could really be interesting and useful in finding out more.

Alumni mentors can help you find out more about the reality of certain jobs, sectors and professions based on their personal experiences. You'll be able to speak with them directly and ask questions to find out what they enjoy about their job, the challenges and advice on how to get into the sector.

The Alumni Careers Mentoring Network is an online database of over 500 UCL alumni mentors, spanning a wide range of professions, who have volunteered to give informal advice to UCL students and graduates considering their career options. 

What won't it cover?

Alumni mentoring, and informational interviewing, is a great way to find out more about a job role or industry but your mentor won't necessarily be a contact from which you will definitely obtain a job. Keep this in mind.

Read our Alumni-Mentee guide to find out how to make the best use of the mentor-mentee relationship.

How do I begin a mentoring relationship?

Go to www.ucl.ac.uk/alumni-community.

You will need your UCL Userid and password.  If you find that this has expired, email or call the UCL alumni team and they will be able to give you a replacement login.  Email the alumni office, alumni@ucl.ac.uk or call 020 3108 3833.

Remember, mentors have volunteered to be involved in this scheme so they will be keen to talk to you. Their time is valuable so do your best to work around whatever way of making contact works best for them. It's important you have an idea of what sort of information will be most useful to know so do some preparation and go armed with an idea of what you want from the conversation and relationship.

We've also compiled some questions that you may want to ask your mentor to help you to find out more about their job. You can generate even more useful and important questions by thinking about your own job priorities and interests. Download our recommendations for useful mentor questions.

UCL Connect

UCL alumni are a diverse and talented global community, which you are a part of for life after you leave UCL. After you graduate, you will have access to UCL Connect, the professional development series for alumni. UCL Connect offers a range of services including award-winning professional networking events to meet fellow alumni who are leaders in their sectors, free online mentoring, webcasts and lots more.

UCL's Development and Alumni Relations Office connects over 170,000 former students who make up our UCL the community worldwide. Search for old classmates, discover alumni benefits or check in to catch up on all the latest news. 

Find out more here