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Raj Sidhu

Senior Careers Consultant, UCL Careers

What is your role and what does it involve?

I support individuals in achieving their careers goals – from helping them identify the career themes that are most important to them, to developing plans of action to help them get to where they’d like to be. I’ve had the privilege of coaching students and staff into positions at the UN, Goldman Sachs, Airbus, the Bank of England and lots more.


How long have you been at UCL?

Almost two very happy years!


What and where was your previous role?

I used to be an investment banker. My experience spanned 10 years and took in three different trading floors in the City of London. I structured complex financial derivatives, before trading credit derivatives and then ending up as a business manager.


What is the best aspect about working at UCL?

Knowing that whatever I’m involved with – whether it’s UCL’s ChangeMakers, or the Centre for the Advancement of Learning & Teaching, that the people, ideas and projects are likely world-leading.

I also get a vicarious thrill from seeing UCL’s research get mentioned in articles in the popular press – anything from archaeology or philosophy to the life sciences and beyond.


What does it feel like to be part of the UCL community? 

Pretty fab – there are lots and lots of things to get involved with. I recently took a training course at UCL’s Institute of Making and I’m excited about the prospect of using it to experiment and play!


What do you like to do in your spare time?

You’ll catch me cycling, riding my longboard around South London and playing poker.