King's College London, University of 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 careers service does a great job but it is hard to receive their services as there are many students and they are often too busy for all of us. Employers on campus are mainly from the financial sector and lawyers. Placements available are usually only in office work or volunteering."
"The careers service provides great support to students seeking an internship or a job. They will give you feedback on your CV or cover letter and give you plenty of advice on how to improve. A careers fair is held on many of the campuses a couple of times a year."
"There are lots of opportunities and support but some intern programmes are inaccessible because of the expenses."
"Lots of prestigious employers have specific recruitment events for KCL students because they recognise our employability. The careers service at uni gives students well-paid jobs as student ambassadors and puts them in touch with alumni through their network to give them a mentor in their industry."
"A huge network of support is always there so long as you are willing to use it. 99% of my encounters with KCL staff have been very positive and people genuinely want to help and want you to strive for the best. I went on a summer study visit to Berlin as a scholarship student and it was incredible."
"King's advertises internships including those that are especially for King's students. The careers services are there to use but students must be proactive and go to them. There are a few different fairs that happen over the year where companies come in and there are research internships available at the uni."
"The careers service provides a lot of information and help such as weekly email updates on new jobs available and skills sessions being run on a regular basis (eg interviews and CV writing). You'll often find employers and companies sometimes set up randomly in the uni spaces advertising and letting you know of opportunities available. Work experience/employment wise, KCL offers many students jobs (with minimum pay of £9.75 an hour) as student ambassadors, working at the bars, working for the students' union etc and also gives students a chance to have a summer internship either with the uni or a placement abroad."
"Kings has a very strong alumni network and career connect but you have to pursue it and access it yourself, which is expected considering Kings cant tend to nearly 30,000 students."
"There are loads of top employers who come to speak on campus and promote their training contracts because of King's reputation in London."
"King's career connect sends regular emails regarding career fairs and CV help or interview practice sessions to ensure students are proactive in securing internships and getting ready for the world of work. Alumni hosted our induction and also stressed the importance of these extracurricular activities."
"The careers service are very supportive but it can be difficult to book a time to meet with them because they get very busy. Also, the careers office is mainly based at Strand so it can be annoying to plan your day around meeting with them if you're based at Guy's or Waterloo."
"The law society organises a lot of activities with law firms and the careers service is diligent."
"We have very good careers services at KCL, much better than at other unis I know."
"I have not yet visited the careers service as I've found it hard to get an appointment. On-campus fairs have been helpful though."
"There are lots of careers events on campus and you can get assistance with your CV and cover letter."
"The law fair brings in many prospective employers, which makes it easy to search for a suitable firm for a job."
"There are careers fairs and you can schedule one-to-one meetings."
"The careers service are always available. There are networking events and job skill events running all the time as well."
"King's hosts many events with magic circle law firms and there is ample support and advice from careers councillors."
"I haven't been to many events but we have had people come in and talk to us, which has been useful."