UCL (University 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.
"We have compulsory scheduled careers service lectures throughout the year as well as a team dedicated to chemical engineering. They are accessible for an array of services such as mock interviews, personality/career tests, CV checks and loads more. There is almost always a networking session happening in the engineering building after classes and students are able to sign up beforehand (usually for free) for a chance to meet industry leaders such as GSK and ExxonMobil."
"I have had a few talks and the careers service offers one-to-one counselling, which is helpful."
"As long as you seek the help, careers will offer you as much guidance as you need. They also put on several events throughout the year to prepare you for interviews, help you with your CV and give you plenty of networking opportunities. Furthermore, the department always sends out emails with available work experience if you want to get involved."
"The careers service was very helpful. I had a mock interview and it fully prepared me for my real interview a few days later as well as boosting my confidence. I ended up getting a job offer and accredit much of my success to the preparation offered by UCL Careers."
"There is a careers consultant within my faculty who is specially dedicated to law students, preparing them for applying for jobs and attending interviews and assessment days. There is also an annual law fair and weekly careers events organised by the students' law society for companies to engage with students."
"Most career events are held by career-oriented student societies such as EFS, the business society, the investment society and the Asia careers society. Little help is offered by the UCL career office."
"I have personally received decent support from the careers service but some students are not aware of it so I think it could be a little bit more visible. However, my university attracts many types of employers and there are many recruitment and networking sessions available."
"In the department of arts and sciences, we have the chance to have tailored careers support throughout our degree programme. Thanks to this, we have employers offering BASc-specific internships, graduate schemes and jobs. This covers all sectors of every industry as the course is so broad and tailored to your individual needs and interests. The alumni network for my course is also very strong as it is very young and relatively small compared to other courses."
"UCL has great networks. The careers service has regular events for talks, interview practice and CV checks etc."
"I love the careers service that's provided. You are able to book one-to-ones, CV checks, covering letter checks, mock interviews and mock assessment centres, and they are extremely helpful. We have many careers fairs and there's a theme every few weeks such as the management consultancy fair where we had large companies visit such as PwC, EY, The Boston Consulting Group and Deloitte etc. I know the careers service talks about the alumni network a lot and encourages people to connect with it via LinkedIn."
"Excellent careers service and UCL job fairs are first class."
"The careers service is excellent and very efficient. They provide one-to-one appointments, practice interviews, CV and cover letter checks. They also organise lots of talks about job hunting and applications. We have a lot of careers fairs happening on campus, and top companies are coming to talk to us about their work and recruitment."
"I've had a mock interview and interview help with the careers service. The alumni evening was helpful and brought in graduates from the department with different careers to discuss their paths."
"The careers service is not as good as it could be. They don't have great bonds with companies. For example, some unis have mechanical engineering companies present at all times. UCL does not."
"UCL's careers service makes regular appointments for CV checking and for mock interviews. They are willing to help you with questions about employability and prepare for the job you dream of."
"Lots of presentations on CVs and assessment centres. We have specific careers days for chemical engineering and visits from industry professionals."
"Lots of things to go to but, if you want it, you have to apply etc. They send you many emails telling you about loads of different opportunities. Also, being in London means you can attend firms' events."
"Many employers come to campus. The careers service has fairs at the beginning of term, such as the banking and finance fair, law fair etc and these are well attended. The employers also work with societies and have many events on and off campus."
"There are a lot of talks and our department offers one-to-one appointments regarding career questions."
"Careers service is excellent and the careers team are friendly and helpful. My course (mechanical engineering) is especially good for holding careers talks to give us guidance on getting an internship, writing CVs, preparing for interviews etc."