Imperial College London
Please comment on the support you’ve had from the careers services, the type of employers that present and recruit on campus, the effectiveness of the alumni network, as well as fairs and on-campus recruitment activity.
"The department has its own 'industry club' of companies that come in for a careers fair just for physics students. There are several large careers fairs and many talks and workshops available all year round. The careers service also runs additional schemes such as career mentoring."
"Imperial has a scheme called UROP, which is an undergraduate research opportunity. This is a great way to spend your summer and gives you good experience."
"There's a careers office that's very helpful and organises many seminars and meetings with famous employers so there's a lot of networking happening throughout the year. Many alumni keep visiting the university and some have pursued a career related to their degree so they can provide connections for the current students."
"Our careers service is very helpful but it can be difficult to book an appointment. I haven't been to any careers fairs or heard from any alumni apart from in my first year. No placements or work experience was available on my course."
"The careers services are very good at Imperial. They send out weekly emails with career opportunities directly related to your course and interests. The university also regularly gets the best employers to give talks on site. The alumni network is also good, especially on my course of environmental technology, where there are jobs regularly posted."
"I found the careers service to be a bit too general with little specific advice by departments or branches. Only the big oil and gas industry members and pharmaceutical companies are present on campus for chemical engineering. I'd like to see more green processes and renewable energies employers."
"They offered CV and cover letter checks as well as some seminars, which were really useful."
"Careers advisers are available all the time for consultations and there's lots of support for years in industry and encouragement and contact-finding for internships. Loads of companies come in especially to advertise their schemes too."
"The careers service has helped me throughout the year to be prepared for any job opportunities and has constantly been updating me on the available graduate jobs. Internships, part-time jobs and full-time applications can be submitted via the careers service."
"The careers service has been great. They check CVs and cover letters and offer support and suggestions when you are not sure what you would like to do next. You are able to enrol onto a mentoring scheme that pairs you with alumni who did a similar degree to you or who are in a similar industry to the one you aim to go into. There are constantly top employers on campus holding talks or at stalls ready to give out leaflets and answer questions."
"Imperial's career services are great as they will sit down with you and go through your CV. My department offers workshops and training for interviews. Our personal tutors are always supporting us and providing us with references when needed."
"The careers service is good at CV and application checking etc, but not so good at helping generate ideas for a job if you don't want to stay in the same field as your degree."
"The careers service is very helpful. They help you to prepare for interviews as well as with your CVs and cover letters. The university also has many company talks to get students familiar with companies they may like to apply to."
"Plenty of opportunities, though it's up to the student to take advantage of these."
"There are regular careers fairs with the university's main recruiters. The careers service are very helpful and run seminars as well as one-to-one meetings. The alumni network could use some improvement."
"The careers service is very helpful but a little out of the way, so you have to look for them. Generally, it's industrial employers at careers fairs."
"There are a lot of networking and careers events some companies seem to have quite a presence on campus at events. Although, as I am studying medicine, I have had to worry about this less (there is a medical careers fair once a year, although more relevant to older years). However, this seems to be very focused on pushing people into careers with large consulting firms, banks, tech firms etc rather than careers where there is less information available or that people may not have considered."
"If you do not understand something, you receive all the support you need."
"The careers service at Imperial is very good. The careers fairs have attendance from some very high-profile employers and the job ads are generally for good positions. That said, the service caters more for general positions than those specific to the field I am studying (design engineering). However, it may be that more specialist advice is available I'm just not aware of it."
"The careers service is OK. They are short-staffed when compared to the demands of the students. There are quite a lot of banking/consulting recruiters despite the university being science and engineering based. There are fairs for each area, so it's quite good."