UCL CAREERS SERVICE UCL CAREERS SERVICE GUIDE 2011/12
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Contents How We Can Help You 2 Getting Started 5–8 Preparing Yourself 11 – 13 Pull-out Calendar 15 – 18 Applying 20 – 22 Specialist Advice 25 – 30 Careers Service Floorplan 31
www.ucl.ac.uk/careers | 2How We Can Help You Whether you have a good idea what you want to do after graduating from UCL, or haven’t made firm plans yet, UCL Careers Service can help. We offer advice on anything from “I have no idea what I want to do” to “I know what job I want but need help standing out from the crowd”. We don’t just help with graduate jobs either. We can assist you if you are looking for internships or work experience during your studies, whether that is paid employment or volunteering. And of course we also help with further study and funding advice and information too. This programme is divided into colour-coded sections that you can refer to, depending on the help you need. Getting Started – contains details of how you can get to speak to a careers adviser, careers events that enable you to meet employers and information that will help you start thinking about your career in the careers information library. Preparing Yourself – a little research and preparation can save you time and increase your chances of success. This section tells you about skill development workshops run by both careers advisers and employers. The workshops will help you to develop the skills employers need as well as ensuring you can articulate them in applications. Applying – in this section you can see a few of the ways we can help to make sure that you have the best chance possible of standing out from the thousands of students graduating each year. Find out how to get help with your CV, cover letter or application form; how to get a practice interview; help with assessment centres as well as where to look for vacancies for both UK and international jobs. We also recognise that some student groups need bespoke advice and services. The section entitled ‘Specialist Advice’ details the programmes we run for such groups as postgraduate students, international students, UCL graduates and research staff. In addition, every department at UCL has a dedicated careers adviser. Careers advisers run bespoke activities such as talks about careers you can do with your chosen subject or drop in advice sessions in your department. To find out which careers adviser is responsible for your department visit: www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/aboutus/team We do try to meet the needs of all our users. We are very keen to gather your feedback on our events and services. If you would like to send us a comment or suggestion, please do so via the Suggestion Box at: www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/feedback Karen Barnard Head of UCL Careers Service
www.ucl.ac.uk/careers | 3Careers Support Available Getting Preparing Applying Page Started Yourself numbersCareers Information Library 6, 11, 21Offering you a variety of resources to help you through each stage.Talk to a Careers AdviserA 15-minute short guidance session with a careers adviser will help 5you explore your options or deal with careers related issues.FairsMeet employers and recent graduates at fairs targeted to a particular 7sector or theme.Sector Themed WeeksA number of week-long events enabling you to hear from professionals 8working in a wide range of areas, from arts to science.Employer PresentationsMeet a variety of employers and learn about their opportunities. 8Skills4WorkHelping you to understand and develop the skills desired by 12employers in all fields.Focus on ManagementExercise your business skills in a series of case studies, with a team 13manager from industry.Personality Profiling WorkshopsUnderstand more about your own and others’ personalities. Useful for 12improving your performance in group activities.Competitions and Business ChallengesFind out about competitions and interactive business challenges 13offered by graduate recruiters.CV & Application CheckingGet your CV, application form or cover letter checked either by an 20employer or specialist application adviser.Mock Assessment CentresLearn about recruiters’ assessment methods and take part in 21interactive exercises.Jobs / InternshipsUseful websites for finding jobs, internships and voluntary opportunities 22in the UK and overseas.
www.ucl.ac.uk/careers | 5Getting Started This section will provide you with some tips on how to take the first step towards planning your future. You may not have thought about what you want to do after leaving UCL or perhaps you have an idea but you are not sure how to get there. This section details how we can help you to research your options. Talk to a Careers Adviser One of the first things you can do to get started is see a professional careers adviser. They have all had previous careers in a variety of different areas and this, combined with their training, experience and regular visits to and from employers puts them in a great position to help you navigate your way around jobs and careers. Short Guidance Session An easy way to talk to a Careers Adviser is by booking a 15-minute ‘Short Guidance Session’. You can discuss any career related issue, such as: • decisions about what to do after UCL, for example choosing between work and further study • options related to your degree • planning your next steps to get where you want to be • how to get work experience and internships • changing or leaving your course • how to market your degree to employers Short Guidance Sessions are available from Monday to Thursday, 10am -12noon and 2-4.45pm in term time and 2-4.45pm in vacations. We only offer same day bookings to ensure availability of slots at short notice. To book a slot you can either come to the Careers Service in person (we open at 9.30am) or call 020 7866 3602. We do recommend booking as early as possible as there are a limited number of slots available. We also offer Long Guidance Sessions of up to an hour for those who need longer than 15 minutes. These sessions are available by referral of the careers adviser after a 15 minute session. If you would prefer, questions can also be submitted online and a careers adviser will respond by email. For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/advice
www.ucl.ac.uk/careers | 6 Getting Started Careers Information Library We provide a variety of resources* and tools to help you think about your next steps after your course and explore the wide range of options open to you… • books and helpsheets highlighting general options for graduates including typical career destinations and common postgraduate / further study routes • bespoke guides focussing on options based on your level of study (Undergraduate, Masters or PhD) or based on your degree discipline • UCL specific information on destinations of graduates from your course in previous years (such as jobs entered with which companies or what/where graduates have gone on to study) • links to online career planning tools plus guidelines on using them • information on employment law, workplace discrimination and equal opportunities issues Find out more at: www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/information *available either at the Careers Service or through our online Careers Library – Careers Tagged. Many resources are free to take away or download. Careers Fairs at UCL Our fairs allow you to chat to senior managers, graduate recruiters and UCL alumni about jobs, selection procedures and what they are looking for from you. You can compare and contrast what different employers have on offer in one place at one time and ask the individual questions that matter to you. Our fairs focus on specific industry sectors. You do not need to be studying a particular discipline to attend but please do check our online catalogues for individual employers’ requirements. We have two brand new Fairs this year, focusing on Management Consultancy and Marketing & Fast Moving Consumer Goods. Find out which employers will be attending the fairs, and keep up with relevant news and views, at the online fair catalogues at www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/events/fairs All fairs are evening events and take place in the Wilkins Building on the main UCL campus.
www.ucl.ac.uk/careers | 7 Getting StartedWednesday 5 October 2011 (5.30-8pm)Management Consultancy Fair – Sponsored by Accenture Focus on Law WeekStrategy, Business Process, Financial Services, IT, HR and Brand Consultancy.Exhibitors include: Booz & Co; Cap Gemini; Ernst & Young; McKinsey & Company; In the lead up to the Law Fair, weOliver Wyman; PA Consulting; Qedis. will be hosting a series of lunchtime forums for students of any disciplineThursday 13 October 2011 (5-7.30pm) interested in law careers. The seriesEngineering Fair – Sponsored by TARGETjobs Engineering includes a specific presentation onChemical, Civil & Environmental, Electronic & Electrical and Mechanical Engineering a career in law for non-law students,and Construction. plus presentations from practitionersExhibitors include: Astrium; Atkins; BAE Systems; ; Network Rail; Thales Group; on current and key aspects of both the training and the work of SolicitorsTransport for London. and Barristers. The final forum of the week offers a recruiter’s useful hintsMonday 17 October 2011 (5-8pm) on making the most of the UCLInvestment Banking Fair – Sponsored by Citi Law Fair.Capital Markets, Fund Management, Investment Banking, Risk Management, Sales,Trading & Research, Shared Services, Wealth Management and more. Focus on Law Week will be heldExhibitors include: Barclays Capital; Blackrock; J.P. Morgan; Morgan Stanley; on Monday 31 October – FridayNomura; UBS. 4 November 2011.Thursday 20 October 2011 (5-7.30pm) Topics for the forums will be:IT and Technology Fair – Sponsored by Accenture Training and Practice as a Solicitor;IT Consultancy, Programming, Software Engineering, Technical Support, Training and Practice as a Barrister; A Career in Law for Non-LawTelecommunications, Web Design and more. Graduates; Law Practice in DifferentExhibitors include: The App Business; Bloomberg; BT; Double Negative Visual Effects; Environments; Making the Most ofEricsson; IBM; Samsung. the UCL Law Fair.Tuesday 25 October 2011 (5-7.30pm) For more information, see:Finance and Economics Fair – Sponsored by Ernst & Young www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/events/Audit, Actuarial, Banking, Economic Consulting, Economic Research, Insurance, getintoInvestment Management, Management Consulting, Tax and more.Exhibitors include: American Express; Bank of England; FSA; Grant Thornton;Institute for Fiscal Studies; Lloyd’s; National Audit Office; PwC; Towers Watson.Thursday 27 October 2011 (5.30-8pm)Marketing & FMCG FairMarketing, Advertising, Brand Management and Retail.Exhibitors include: Google; Incisive Media; Procter & Gamble; Sainsbury’sSupermarkets Trip Advisor; Unilever.Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 November 2011 (5.30-8pm)Law Fair – Sponsored by The College of Law and FreshfieldsBarristers, Course Providers, Government, Professional Services, SolicitorsNB You do not need to be studying Law to attend as most of the organisationsare keen to recruit both Laws and non-Laws students.Exhibitors include: Bar Council / Inns of Court; Blackstone Chambers; Clifford Chance;Government Legal Service; Herbert Smith; Slaughter and May; Weil Gotshaland Manges.
www.ucl.ac.uk/careers | 8 Getting Started Sector Themed Weeks Attending events in a themed week can be an excellent way of learning more about a sector and getting a feel for the types of role and organisations within a professional field. Events run throughout the week and include panel discussions / presentations and information sessions. They provide an ideal opportunity to ask specific questions to recruiters, alumni and career advisers to gain a better understanding of what employers actually look for in that sector. Sector Themed Weeks for 2011–12 are as follows: • Law 31 October – 4 November • Science 31 October – 4 November • Academia 21 – 25 November • Museums, Cultural Heritage and The Arts 5 – 9 December • Charities and NGOs 6 – 10 February • Environment 20 – 24 February • International Careers 5 – 9 March • The Media 12 – 16 March Visit www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/events/getinto for more information. Employer Presentations Many recruiters come onto campus to deliver presentations throughout the Autumn and Spring terms to publicise their company and recruitment opportunities to UCL students and graduates. Presentations of up to an hour are typically held at either 1pm or 5.30pm and provide an ideal opportunity for students / graduates to meet representatives from specific organisations to find out about the company, their recruitment process, opportunities available and what it’s like to work for them. The full programme of presentation dates and times can be found on our website www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/events/presentations, which is updated throughout the year. Employer Presentations held off campus for UCL students will be advertised in the same place. Presentations are very popular, so it is important to pre-register if you would like to attend. Alert! To be first to hear about careers events for UCL students and to receive job vacancies that match your preferences, sign up to UCLAlert... www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/alert
www.ucl.ac.uk/careers | 9 Alumni Profiles – What UCL Alumni are Doing Now...Sara Hussein Upesh DabasiaPublic Sector Advisor, KPMG Graduate Electrical EngineerEconomics, 2008 MEng(Hons) Electronic and Electrical Engineering, 2010I was attracted to KPMG because of its vastness, both in I’ve had a strong inclination towards a career in engineeringterms of service offering and global reach. KPMG has a for as long as I can remember; this intensified during my timeremarkable reputation, with even those not in the industry at UCL. Towards the end of my studies I knew that I wanted ahaving heard of the name. On starting my first project I practical job which would enable me to get my hands dirty outrealised the credibility that belonging to such a company in the field. Moreover, I wanted to work for a company whichgives you. I thought my age would mean that I would not be gave importance to my own development.taken seriously, but I was interviewing the Finance Directorof a local council in my second week! Network Rail’s graduate scheme appeared to meet all my requirements. Graduate engineers are expected to developWorking with the public sector means I get to work with some and work towards professional registration; this is achievedof the most influential organisations and experience both through a programme of tailored placements, each lasting 6-9private and public sector life. Although I am only in my second months, providing a breadth of knowledge and experienceyear, I have a lot of responsibility and autonomy. Only last that meets the competencies outlined in the UK-SPEC.weekend I was sent to Berlin to oversee the roll-out of theprogramme. This is not usually a role undertaken by someone Having commenced work in September, I spent the first sixof my grade, but if you are able to demonstrate the necessary months learning about the organisation. This took placecapabilities you will be given opportunities that stretch you. largely ‘on the job’ through a three month placement in Infrastructure Maintenance which offered the chance toI was drawn to management consultancy as I get bored work on track. Such hands-on opportunities are exactlyquite easily. Therefore, project based work was perfect for what I had hoped for and have provided me with real insightme. Every few months I am working at a different company, into the business. I later spent two months developingin another role and with a new team of people. My roles an understanding of Infrastructure Projects and Assetso far have included cost reduction, process improvement, Management.stakeholder management, evaluation and project Currently I am working on a project looking at modellingmanagement. I have worked within the education, local high voltage (HV) distribution networks. I’ve investigatedgovernment and central government sectors. the viability of implementing a new modelling software suite to upgrade current systems; as part of the process I amOne piece of advice I would give students is any work responsible for developing a model of the existing networkexperience is valuable. From working part-time on a shop infrastructure in the software for the Southern region. Thisfloor to an internship on the trading floor of a bank, I learnt model will continue to be used for many years to come.that communication was my forte. This allowed me tomake an educated career choice as I knew I wanted to do The opportunities and support offered to Network Rail’ssomething client-facing. Examples throughout your working graduate engineers have completely surpassed mylife are also great at demonstrating your skill set during expectations; as this is a graduate scheme accredited by theinterviews. IET, I am confident that I am well on my way to becoming a chartered engineer, an achievement that will significantly broaden my career horizons in the future.www.kpmg.com www.networkrail.co.uk
www.ucl.ac.uk/careers | 11Preparing Yourself Once you have decided what you want to do next, you need to give yourself the best chance of succeeding in your application, which means being prepared to demonstrate the skills that recruiters are looking for. This section suggests the ways that we can help you to identify your strong points and develop evidence of your skills for CVs, applications and interviews. Careers Information Library Whatever your next step, we have a wealth of resources* to help you research your chosen path... Research Different Careers Industry and job specific guides will give you details of the current labour market, working conditions, entry requirements, relevant professional bodies and sources of vacancies. We also stock employer directories for sectors popular with UCL students to help you research key players and who does what. Further / Postgraduate Study General advice helpsheets, course directories, university ranking guides, funding information and a selection of other publications are available to help you through the process. Work or Study Abroad Country specific guides covering work experience / gap year jobs, industrial placements and graduate opportunities, studying internationally, visa/work permit requirements and general information on living overseas. Find out more at: www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/information *available either at the Careers Service or through our online Careers Library – Careers Tagged. Many resources are free to take away or download.
www.ucl.ac.uk/careers | 12 Preparing YourselfUCL Skills4WorkSponsored by We are extremely pleased to be supporting the Skills4Work programme again this year which we feel strongly enables students to develop their employability skills for the future. Here at Deloitte we offer graduate careers within Audit, Tax, Consulting, Corporate Finance and Technology. We welcome applications from all degree disciplines, so to find out more, visit www.deloitte.co.uk/graduatesYour degree from UCL will put you in a very strong position when looking for your firstgraduate job, but employers will be looking for evidence of a much wider range of skillsand experience. Skills4Work is a programme of workshops, panel discussions andcoaching that will help you communicate the value of your whole university experienceto employers and understand the importance of the “soft” skills they are looking for.We have teamed up with the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) to ensurethat the topics covered reflect the priorities of a wide range of employers. Titles inthis year’s programme include ‘Commercial Awareness’, ‘Leadership’, ‘MarketingYourself To Recruiters’ and ‘Presenting and Influencing’. We will also cover theessentials of writing effective CVs and applications, succeeding at interviews andassessment centres.All Skills4Work sessions are all delivered by guest recruiters, who can give you firsthand advice on how employers expect you to provide evidence of your skills.To sign up to any of these events, please go to www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/skills/workshopsPersonality Profiling WorkshopsThese workshops will give you an insight into your own personality and how you maydiffer from others. This can help you to gain a better understanding of how to workeffectively in a team and will be useful if you are considering a leadership role inthe future.Understanding the similarities and differences between yourself and others will help Alert!you to interact positively in group discussions, which are often used during employerassessment days as part of the recruitment process. Personality profiling workshopscan also help you to identify the types of work and working environments that youmay enjoy.The profiling tool that is used by the Careers Service is the well establishedMyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). To be first to hear about careers events for UCL students and to receive jobPlease note that there is a £5 fee for participation to cover the cost of materials. vacancies that match your preferences,To view the timetable of sessions and to book a place, please see: sign up to UCLAlert...www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/skills/mbti www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/alert
www.ucl.ac.uk/careers | 13Preparing Yourself Focus on Management Focus on Management is a two day non-residential course offering you a unique opportunity to develop your employability skills by working on business case studies alongside team managers from a wide range of industry sectors. This demanding but challenging course will enhance your CV, help develop your commercial awareness and give you plenty to talk about in interviews. During the course you will: • analyse a range of business case studies and learn about different approaches to problem solving. Last year, participants worked on case studies provided by BT, Citi, L’Oreal, and PricewaterhouseCoopers • meet team managers from public and private sector organisations and learn first hand about what they do • collaborate with students from a range of degree backgrounds in group exercises The course is sponsored by an employer (for 2010 this was BT) who also provides keynote speakers to talk about the challenges of ‘Managing in a Commercial Environment’ and ‘How to Tackle Case Studies’. For further information and details of how to apply, go to: www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/skills/focus Competitions and Business Challenges Alongside the range of workshops and activities we hold at the Careers Service, there are also a host of competitions and interactive business challenges offered by graduate recruiters. As an individual or in a team, you can enter employer led competitions to compete with students from across the UK and Internationally. You may be asked to be to present an innovative solution to a panel of judges, write a convincing argument in an essay or news article or develop a lucrative business proposal. Competitions offer an exciting way for you to gain invaluable experience and industry knowledge as well as showcasing your talents, learning from professional mentors and developing your skills. Succeeding in an employer-led challenge can even lead to a job interview with the company. To help you find a competition that suits your interests, we have created a webpage which is regularly updated with new opportunities. For more information, please visit: www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/skills/competitions
www.ucl.ac.uk/careers | 15 Calendar 2011/12 Careers Calendar Pull Out… Pin Up…Throughout the Year… Skills4Work Programme: Personality Profiling Workshops: www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/skills www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/skills/mbtiEvents: Learn more about the skills that recruiters If you want to develop your teamworkingwww.ucl.ac.uk/careers/events look for in potential employees, by and leadership skills by finding out whatThe wall calendar side of this pullout coming along to an employer-led Q&A makes yourself and others ‘tick’, come tohighlights dates of major events in the session, skill development workshop a personality profiling (MBTI) workshop.Careers Service Programme which or mock assessment centre, or have The skills you learn will also be usefulonly happen once throughout the year. a 1-1 session to develop application or for ‘group exercises’ that employersRemember though, we are open all year interview techniques. The programme commonly use in assessment centres.round and there are a wide range of runs throughout the Autumn and Sessions are held regularly throughoutother events which take place throughout Spring terms and is supported by the year during term time.the year which can be found on our the Association of Graduateonline events listings… Recruiters (AGR). Practice Aptitude Tests: www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/information/UCLAlert: International Students’ Programme: aptitudetestswww.ucl.ac.uk/careers/alert www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/international You can take full length, timed onlineRegistration with this service is simple. A series of workshops throughout the numeracy and verbal reasoning tests,Log into your My Careers Service Autumn and Spring terms designed similar to those used by a wide rangeaccount, set your profile to receive to support international students. of graduate recruiters. You canJob Alerts and tell us what types of job These cover a range of topics such as: complete these at any time of the yearyou’re interested in. We’ll then keep understanding the UK graduate labour and receive immediate feedback onyou informed of any relevant news or market; postgraduate study options; visa your performance.forthcoming events that you should find and work permit advice; applications anduseful. Alert subscribers are the first to interviewing techniques. Job Vacancies:find out when booking is available for all www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/jobs/events so if you don’t register, you may Postgraduate Students’ Programme: Updated daily throughout the year,miss out… www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/researchers our online Jobs Board advertises work www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/masters experience, internships, voluntary workEmployer Presentations Programme: A series of workshops throughout the and graduate jobs.www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/events/ Autumn and Spring terms designed topresentations support postgraduate students. TheseMeet employers from a wide range of cover a range of topics such as: careersectors and learn about the opportunities planning; applications and interviewthey can offer you. Presentations run techniques.throughout the Autumn and Spring terms. www.ucl.ac.uk/careers
www.ucl.ac.uk/careers | 16 Careers CalendarSeptember DecemberWhat’s Going On? (Major events) What’s Going On? (Major events) • 28-30 Careers Service Lunchtime Tour • 5-9 Museums, Cultural Heritage & The Arts Themed Week • 29 & 30 Freshers’ FayreHelp Yourself To... (Free, take-away career guides) February • Employer Directories – company info, graduate jobs and internship listings for 2012 in all sectors. (Titles Include: What’s Going On? (Major events) Times Top 100; Finalist Directory; Prospects Directory; • 6-10 Charities and NGOs Themed Week Get; Guardian UK 300, Postgraduate Directory) • 20-24 Environment Themed Week • Postgraduate Funding Guide • Prospects Law MarchOctober What’s Going On? (Major events) • 5-9 International Careers Themed WeekWhat’s Going On? (Major events) • 12-16 Media Themed Week • 3-5 Careers Service Lunchtime Tour • 5 Management Consultancy Fair Help Yourself To... • 13 Engineering Fair • Postgrad Magazine Issue 2 (Info on PG study options) • 17 Investment Banking Fair • 20 IT & Technology Fair • 25 Finance & Economics Fair May • 27 Marketing & FMCG Fair • 31 (to 4 November) Focus on Law Week What’s Going On? (Major events) • 31 (to 4 November) Science Themed Week • 28-31 Class of 2012 Week Help Yourself To...Help Yourself To... • Postgrad Magazine Issue 3 (Info on PG study options) • Prospects Finalist (Careers Magazine) • Postgrad Magazine Issue 1 (Info on PG study options) • Industry Specific Sector Guides by various publishers June (Includes: City and Finance; Management Consultancy; IT Patent Attorneys; Engineering and Technology; What’s Going On? (Major events) Construction, Quantity Surveying & Civil Engineering; • Focus on Management Course (Date to be confirmed) Property; Work Experience Law; Conversion and Vocational Law; Teaching) • Work Experience guides (by various publishers)NovemberWhat’s Going On? (Major events) • 1-4 (plus 31October) Science Themed Week • 14 & 15 Law Fair • 21-25 Academic Themed WeekHelp Yourself To... • Vacation Opportunities (Internships / work experience directory) • Training Contract and Pupillage Handbook • Chambers and Partners Student Guide
www.ucl.ac.uk/careers | 17 Careers Calendar September 2011 February Top Tips M T W T F S S M T W T F S S 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 5• Sign up to UCLAlert to ensure 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 you are first to hear about events, 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 jobs and news relevant to your interests: www.ucl.ac.uk/ 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 careers/alert 26 27 28 29 30 27 28 29• Speak to a Careers Adviser about your options: October March www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/advice M T W T F S S M T W T F S S 31 1 2 1 2 3 4• For help researching anything 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 careers or further study related, have a look at our online careers 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 library, Careers Tagged: 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 www.careerstagged.co.uk 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 26 27 28 29 30• Once you have finished your course, don’t forget to join November April GradClub to extend your usage of the Careers Service for two M T W T F S S M T W T F S S 1 2 3 4 5 6 30 1 more years: www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/gradclub 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 28 29 30 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 December May M T W T F S S M T W T F S S 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 26 27 28 29 30 31 28 29 30 31 January 2012 June M T W T F S S M T W T F S S 1 1 2 1 2 3 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 25 26 27 28 29 30 30 31
www.ucl.ac.uk/careers | 18 My Careers ServiceMy Careers Service is a Careers Management Portal from UCL CareersService to manage your event bookings and to keep your UCLAlert!preferences up to date.How Do I Log In? How Do I Use It?The username you need to use is your full email address UCLAlert!:exactly as shown in the UCL directory (www.ucl.ac.uk/ Use “My Account/My Profile” in the banner toolbar to checkdirectory). Other email addresses will not work. your personal profile details and edit/update where necessary. You should then add Skills and Job Industry PreferencesAt the Log In page, you should use the “Reset Password” and select “yes” to receive “JobAlerts” to benefit from thelink to have your password emailed to you when logging in for UCLAlert! service.the first time as this is not the same password that you usefor other UCL IT systems. Event Bookings: When booking/registration for each event opens, you can log inCan’t Log In? to My Careers Service and use the Calendar to see details of bookable events and register. Use the I want to…/View MyIf your email as detailed above isn’t recognised, please tell Activity to check details of bookings or to cancel them if you’reus so that we can create an account for you – DO NOT later unable to attend.REGISTER A NEW ACCOUNT.GradClub members will need to validate their GradClub cardbefore using My Careers Service to register for UCL CareersService events. www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/mycareersservice Alert! To be first to hear about careers events for UCL students and to receive job vacancies that match your preferences, sign up to UCLAlert... www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/alert
www.ucl.ac.uk/careers | 20 Applying Now that you are ready to apply for your chosen job, postgraduate course or voluntary position, there are a few things you should think about before sending off that application. This section explains how we can assist you during the application process, whether you need to perfect your CV or application form, practice your interview technique or prepare for further selection methods. We can help you ensure you stand out from the other 250,000 students graduating each year! CV and Application Checking The CV or application form is often the very first contact that an organisation will have with you when assessing you against their criteria for a job or further study. For this reason it is vital to get it right and we have several ways to make sure you apply as effectively as possible. …With a Specialist Application Adviser. Firstly you can book an appointment to get your application checked by a specialist application adviser. The advisers are fully trained to ensure they know what organisations across the sectors are looking for and can then help you to market your experience, skills and education to the best effect. Appointments are available from Monday to Thursday, 10am-12noon and 2-4.45pm in term time and 2-4.45pm in vacations. We only offer same day bookings to ensure availability of slots at short notice. To book a slot you can either come to the Careers Service in person (we open at 9.30am) or call 020 7866 3602. We do recommend booking as early as possible as there are a limited number of slots available. …With an Employer. We have also arranged for employers to come in and provide regular sessions on checking CVs and application forms so you can receive immediate feedback from a graduate recruiter’s perspective. For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/skills/applications Practice Interviews If you feel you would benefit from practicing some example interview questions and getting some feedback on your performance, you should come in for a practice interview. …With a Careers Adviser. The adviser will be able to help with any concerns you may have such as how you come across, how to structure your answers or how to deal with those difficult questions. Practice interviews are available all year around to those with a confirmed ‘real’ interview and last up to an hour. … With an Employer. Practice interviews are also available at certain times of year with employers who are drawn from a range of different career sectors. These are available whether or not you have a real interview pending and are a great way of finding out first-hand what employers are looking for. For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/skills/interviews
www.ucl.ac.uk/careers | 21Applying Careers Information Library When making that first contact with employers, whether through networking events, with your CV, formal applications or through speculative letters, our resources* will tell you all you need to know to make a good first impression… We also provide a wide range of materials* to help you prepare for aptitude tests, interviews, assessment centres and other selection methods… • DVDs on networking, applications, interviews and assessment centres • general helpsheets and guides covering all stages of the application and interview process • more in-depth reference and loan books including a range of titles with sample interview questions, assessment centre exercise examples and practice aptitude tests • student to student feedback on interview experiences • employer literature and sector specific guides which include application tips and interview preparation advice • links to websites which offer sample aptitude tests • full, online Verbal and Numeracy tests similar to those used by many graduate recruiters with automated feedback on your results and tips for improving performance Find out more at: www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/information *available either at the Careers Service or through our online Careers Library – Careers Tagged. Many resources are free to take away or download. Assessment Centres An assessment centre is a selection exercise used by many larger employers, where you will be asked to complete a range of different activities. These usually include an interview, a presentation and a group discussion, though this list is far from exhaustive! To help you prepare for what may well be an entirely new way of being assessed we will be running some practice assessment centres in the reading week of the 2010 Autumn Term, with employers running some of their sample exercises and giving you constructive feedback. In order to make these really interactive, spaces will be limited so make sure you sign up early at: www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/skills/assessmentcentres
www.ucl.ac.uk/careers | 22 Applying Looking for Jobs If you are looking for graduate roles, internships, work experience or voluntary work in the UK or globally, visit our jobs page: www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/jobs. This includes information on and links to the services listed below. Alert! UCLAlert! By subscribing to UCLAlert!, you can receive information by email about job vacancies and career events that closely match your preferences. Register now to receive targeted emails of job opportunities straight to your inbox! To be first to hear about careers UCL JobOnline events for UCL students and to receive job vacancies that match UCL JobOnline is a vacancy search engine that enables UCL students and graduates your preferences, sign up to to find career opportunities. Jobs listed on this site range from internships, part-time UCLAlert... work, voluntary work and work experience to full time graduate positions. This service is free to access exclusively to members of the UCL community. www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/alert International JobOnline Find hundreds of employers looking to target UCL graduates on International JobOnline. Whether you are an international student looking for work back ‘home’ when you graduate, or a UK student looking to gain experience outside of the UK, International JobOnline is a great place to find all the information you need. As well as all the best and most up-to-date vacancies around the globe, IJO features the latest details on UK immigration law and country specific labour market information. Careers Tagged Our online careers resource library provides listings of a huge range of recruitment agencies and online job sites. Also at UCL UCLU JobShop JobShop is UCLU’s free student job service. Find part-time, temporary and vacation work throughout your time at UCL. Browse through current vacancies on their website: www.uclunion.org/find-a-job UCL Volunteering Services Unit (VSU) For volunteering opportunities with local not-for-profit organisations. Contact the VSU directly for more details. Email: email@example.com Website: www.uclunion.org/volunteers
www.ucl.ac.uk/careers | 23 Alumni Profiles – What UCL Alumni are Doing Now...Paul Oxley Kafilat AgboolaConsultant Faculty Head of Science, Walthamstow AcademyBSc Economics, 2005/2006 BSc Human Sciences, 2003-2006So, there I was, back in 2006, proud owner of an economics Why did you apply to Teach First?degree from Warwick Uni. Mortar board photo sat on my It was the Teach First mission that initially attracted meparents’ piano. What next? I’d trailed around the careers to apply – having the opportunity to improve educationalfairs, eaten the free sweets, and wondered what to do with outcomes in the classroom as well as develop leadershipmy life. Then I spied the colourful balloons of Oxera, and skills and gain an insight into social enterprise. When I leftwas attracted by the variation it offered, the multiple sectors UCL I wanted to get as broad a range of experiences asit works in, and the insightful articles I’d read in its online possible and Teach First was perfect for that.publication, Agenda. From the start, they lived up to thepromises in the careers brochure–I was immediately involved What has been your biggest impact?in actual project work, initially for a rail franchise bid. This Improving the results for GCSE Science in my school bywas swiftly followed by promotion from Analyst to Consultant 25%. Also it is just fantastic seeing students learn to loveand then, in 2008/09, wishing to hone my skills in industrial Science, being enthused and seeing the relevance to theirorganisation and econometrics, I took a year out to study do everyday lives.the MSc Economics course at UCL. How did you find the training?Day-to-day I work primarily in Oxera’s Transport team The six week Summer Institute is where you are given thewith companies and regulators in the aviation, rail and bus initial training before you start teaching in September. You aresectors. Some of our work assists clients in their commercial prepared for what to expect when you get in the classroomactivities, but we also get involved topical and influential and develop skills and strategies to equip you as a classroompolicy work. Recently as part of a team, I prepared a report teacher. I met loads of good friends, got exposure to differentfor the House of Common’s Transport Select Committee speakers and was really inspired to get started.reviewing the government’s High Speed Rail programme.We’ve also helped to influence amendments to a European Why would you recommend Teach First to other students?Commission Directive on rail access charging, following our Teach First gives you a fantastic opportunity to make areports being read by Commission officials and MEPs. difference in education, and improve the life opportunities ofAsides from transport, I’ve had the opportunity to work in students who really need your help. After two years on theseveral other sectors on some topical issues, from sports Leadership Development Programme you can either stay inbroadcasting rights, extended warranties and even the music the classroom or move on to a different career, but you takeindustry! with you a skill-set that you’re unlikely to get from any other graduate scheme.But the best aspect of being at Oxera is the people I get towork with. My colleagues are diverse, exceptionally bright www.teachfirst.org.ukand genuinely fun people to spend time with. I have learnt alot from them and continue to do so. Working at Oxera is anopportunity to engage with some of the sharpest economicminds, and looking back to those early days after graduating,I know I made the right choice.www.oxera.com
www.ucl.ac.uk/careers | 25Specialist Advice UCL Careers Service offers specialist careers support and runs bespoke careers activities for the following groups: • International students – page 25 • Masters and PhD students – pages 26-28 • Research staff – page 28 • GradClub – page 30 Please refer to the relevant page for further details on what we can offer you. International Students Programme Whether you are thinking of working in the UK during or after your studies, returning back home or are considering postgraduate study, the Careers Service is here to support you. We have developed a bespoke programme of careers talks and events that address your specific needs. Throughout the year you can attend careers talks on subjects such as: • writing effective CVs and applications for the UK • understanding the UK job market • visa options post-graduation • marketing your UK experience at home and internationally • succeeding at interviews and assessment centres in the UK • postgraduate study and funding • working while you study You can also attend specific events that bring you in contact with UK and international employers. The International Students Blog will keep you up to date with relevant news, events and issues – follow us at: http://uclcareersservice.wordpress.com/ international-students For more information about the International Students Careers Programme, please visit: www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/international We are aware that many of you may be interested in pursuing your career back home or indeed internationally. We have developed International JobOnline which contains graduate vacancies and internships outside the UK. You can also obtain country specific labour market information. Please visit: www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/international
www.ucl.ac.uk/careers | 26 Specialist Advice Masters Students’ Workshops Each year the Careers Service runs a series of information sessions and workshops aimed at the needs of Masters students. These will be useful to you whether your aim is to get a job on completion of your course or if you are aiming to stay in academia. A range of topics are covered and you are welcome to attend all or some of them. Topics covered are: Career Planning & Job Hunting • Explore techniques to help you generate viable options and to make effective decisions about what to do when you complete your Masters programme • Examine a variety of methods people use to find relevant positions, from responding to formal job adverts to making contacts with key people who can help you uncover hidden opportunities How to Find and Fund a PhD • What is a PhD and how best to source opportunities for PhD study • Deadlines for applications and broad tips about what is different about applications and interviews for PhDs • Sources of funding, including public funding bodies and employers Writing Effective Applications • How to identify the ‘added value’ skills that you have gained during your Masters course • How best to market your Masters qualification on a CV • How to fill in the open-ended questions or personal statement of an application form Succeeding at Interviews & Assessment Centres • Find out what employers are really looking for during the interview process • How to answer ‘difficult’ questions • How to successfully tackle the typical exercises that are used in assessment centres Workshops are held in Autumn and early Spring terms, for a timetable and to sign up, please see: www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/masters
www.ucl.ac.uk/careers | 27Specialist Advice PhD Students’ Workshops We co-ordinate a range of workshops aimed at the specific needs of UCL’s PhD community. Some are run by Careers Advisers and some by recruiters from a range of sectors. Careers Adviser-led Skills Workshops UCL Careers Service and UCL Graduate School offer specially tailored workshops designed to help you with all aspects of career planning, job applications and selection procedures used by recruiters. They are relevant whether you want to remain in academia or wish to consider alternative careers and are designed to complement the employer-led skills workshops. These workshops will run throughout the academic year and the following topics are covered: • Academic Career Planning • Academic Applications and Interviews • Career Planning Beyond Academia • How to Write CVs and Fill in Application Forms • How to Perform Well at Interviews and Other Selection Methods To sign up for these events, see: www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/researchers PhD Employer-led Skills Workshops UCL Careers Service and UCL Graduate School offer a bespoke series of Skills Workshops for PhD Students, facilitated by relevant employers. These ‘key employability skills’ workshops for both academic and non-academic careers are held throughout the academic year and their aim is to help you identify and develop core competencies. In the Autumn term we will have workshops on topics such as Interview and Application Skills, Teamwork, Commercial Awareness, Networking and Assessment Centres with more sessions to be held in the Spring term. Although skills focused, these workshops provide an ideal opportunity for research students to meet potential employers face-to-face. We are also inviting PhD recruiters to come along for ‘Recruiter in Residence’ drop-in sessions where students will be able to have one-to-one discussions with them about roles, available opportunities and recruitment processes. PhD Employers Forums Throughout the year we organise employer forums for PhD students which focus on different industry sectors such as Life Sciences, Economics & Banking, Natural Resources, and IT & Engineering. These forums showcase different employer perspectives and career paths for PhD candidates within industry and give you a further chance to network with prospective future employers. To sign up for these events please visit: www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/researchers and go to the section for Career Management and Employability Skills.
www.ucl.ac.uk/careers | 28 Specialist Advice Application Checking and Careers Advice PhD students who wish to get their CV, cover letter or application form checked or who wish to discuss career related issues can do so with a PhD specialist adviser. This is for both post-doctoral positions and positions outside of academia. Appointments can be booked in advance by calling 020 7866 3600 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For further details see: www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/researchers Career Development Programme for Research Staff We run a programme of events tailored to the specific needs of UCL’s research staff. Group workshops provide information, advice and practical tips on essential career management topics. In addition, one-to-one guidance interviews by careers advisers dedicated to this particular client group provide a confidential environment to discuss individual situations, whether that is to develop a career within or outside academia. For further information, and to sign up for these events and services, please visit our dedicated website for UCL research staff at: www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/researchers Bite-sized Careers Workshops These sessions focus on specific areas of career management. The sessions take place regularly at lunchtime (with the exception of the half – day academic career planning workshops) throughout the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms. The titles are: • Develop your Academic Career • Effective Academic Applications • Career Planning Beyond Academia • CVs and Application Forms • Interview Skills Note: the dates and further details for the above workshops will be confirmed via the Research Staff Mailing List throughout the year and will also be posted at: www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/researchers Career Guidance Appointments Guidance discussions give researchers the opportunity to discuss their particular set of circumstances with a careers adviser. One-to-one interviews are available in the following formats: • 30 minute appointments ideal for a detailed CV check, a short query or starting point for those who need help in clarifying their career direction. These appointments are scheduled weekly on Mondays from 2-4.30pm and Wednesdays 10am -12 noon. They can be booked in advance by phone on 020 7866 3600 or by emailing email@example.com. • Hour long appointments can be booked for a more detailed discussion after referral from the initial half hour slot or as a first meeting if the query cannot be dealt with during the half hour slot. For further information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/researchers
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www.ucl.ac.uk/careers | 30 Specialist Advice Practice Interviews For those who have a confirmed interview date we offer a 60 minute practice interview with feedback to help improve technique. Please download and complete the booking form available from: www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/researchers Note: when booking any of the above appointments please state you are a research staff member and have your Employee Number or UPI available. (The latter can be found on your staff card). Reach Diversity Community Reach is an online community designed for University of London students who feel they face barriers to reaching their potential in employment. These may include social background, disability, age, gender and sexual orientation. You can put questions to experts on the online forum, and stay informed on upcoming diversity events and news. For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/information/diversity GradClub UCL Careers Service and The Careers Group, University of London can continue to help you make the right choices even after you complete your studies. Whether you want to explore further study, get your first job, make the jump from a temporary job to a permanent career or to change direction. We can provide you with the advice and information that you will need. While you are a student the College supports your Careers Service to provide free access to careers advisers, a huge range of employer events and to our extensive Careers Information Library. With a FREE UCL GradClub membership, UCL alumni are offered the opportunity to maintain their access with a programme of dedicated one-to-one support, workshops and employer events for a further 2 years. If you are completing your course in 2012, your entitlement to use the Careers Service ends on 31st July 2012 if you are an undergraduate or 30th September 2012 if you are a postgraduate. To find out how you can continue using your Careers Service for free for a further two years and to register for membership see: www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/gradclub or ask in the Careers Service.
www.ucl.ac.uk/careers | 31Careers Service Floorplan Guide to the Take Away External Events Careers Service Employer Information Take Away Publications Use this map to ﬁnd your way around (General) Fire the Careers Information Library. Please ask a member of staff if you need help Exit accessing / ﬁnding speciﬁc resources. Careers Group Events Take Away Publications (Sector Speciﬁc) Study Area UCL Events Applications Advice Area 6. Job Hunting, 5. Graduate Schemes, Information Desk Applications Internships and other vacancies & Interviews 4. Job Sector Information Take Away Helpsheets & Booklets Reference Information Reception Desk 4. Job Sector Information 1. First Steps – 2. Post- 3. Work Career Choice / graduate & Study Photocopier Employment Issues Study Abroad Entrance Newspapers / jobs PC PC PC PC PC PC PC
UCL CAREERS SERVICEGUIDE 2011/12 Find us In Person: UCL Careers Service, 4th Floor, ULU Building, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY At the address above, (the orange square on the map labelled ULU which is opposite Waterstones Bookshop). We can be found on the 4th Floor by turning right out of the lift or going straight on at the top of the stairs. You can visit or call us at any time during our standard opening hours*: Monday – Thursday: 9.30am–5pm and Friday: 11am–5pm * Planned changes to these times can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/ news/closure. Contact us By Phone: (General Enquiries) 020 7866 3600 By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Online: www.ucl.ac.uk/careers Follow Us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/uclcareersblog Find Us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/uclcareers Watch Us on Vimeo: http://www.vimeo.com/uclcareers Read Our Blogs: http://uclcareersservice.wordpress.comUCL Careers Service, 4th Floor, ULU Building, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY By Phone: (General Enquiries) 020 7866 3600 By Email: email@example.com