Careers events (next 7 days)
The Careers Servivce newsletter is available every Friday (term-time).
The Careers Service runs an extensive events programme throughout the academic year, with the majority of the events taking place in the autumn and spring terms - in line with graduate recruitment schedules. We are always adding new events, but for an overview of what we do, please see the list further down this page.
You can prepare for Careers Service events with our Quick Guide to Networking and our Networking handout [pdf], or by making an appointment to see one of our Careers Consultants; you should also make sure you know the best practice in graduate recruitment [word doc].
We record some careers events, and you can catch up with Panopto recordings of careers talks, careers forums, and careers workshops/seminars here.
Catch up with International Organisations Day 2017 recordings -hosted by the London School of Economics on 11 November 2017.
Develop your professional skills
Seminars and workshops
During the autumn and spring terms, we run regular skills seminars on a variety of careers-related topics, including CVs, applications, assessment centres and interviews. These are designed to help you to learn how to present yourself effectively to employers, and will go a long way to enhancing your employability in a competitive graduate job market. These seminars run Monday to Friday between 16:15 and 17:15.
We also hold regular workshops on interviews (group mock interview workshops) and assessment centres presentation skills, in-tray/e-tray ecxercises, group work), these are held between 12:30 and 14:00.
Careers Service seminars are not open to Imperial College Business School students.
Seminar & Workshop Presentation Slides
- Assessment Centres: Case Study Activities workshop
- Assessment Centres: Group Activities workshop
- Assessment Centres: E-Tray/In-Tray Exercises workshop
- Assessment Centres: Presentation Skills workshop
- Create a Winning CV and Covering Letter
- Effective Applications Seminar
- Interviews Skills Seminar
- LinkedIn Seminar
- Succeed at Assessment Centres Seminar
- Video and Telephone Interviews seminar
Employer led skills workshops
These sessions aim to develop your commercial awareness and business acumen, at the same time as developing your understanding of the skills typically sought by graduate employers, and preparing you for the recruitment process. Sessions often focus on areas such as presentations, teamwork and practical business simulations. Each session is two hours long and they are primarily targeted at penultimate and final year students.
We also run a week of employer led events in June, specifically for PhD students.
Registration opens two weeks prior to each workshop; you can find out what workshops are coming up and register for them via JobsLive.
'Focus on...' sector weeks
Are you looking for something a bit different? Are you interested in a career in the environment sector? How about working in the charity and not for profit sector? Or are you more interested in policy development or science communication?
We run a week long programme for each of these sectors at different points during the year;
Focus on... Environment (Monday 30 October - Friday 3 November 2017)
A week of events helping you explore and learn more about careers in the environment sector. A series of talks from professionals will cover the career opportunities in the sector including environmental impact assessment, regulation, policy advising, conservation and waste management.
Focus on... Big Data & Analytics (Monday 5 - Friday 9 February 2018)
Focus on... Science Communication and Policy (Monday 26 February - Friday 2 March 2018)
This week will see a selection of events to get you started in a career in the science communication sector, and give you more information to help you decide if this sector is for you. There will be workshops on gaining an internship in this sector, talks from professionals and the chance to learn more. If this sounds like it’s for you - get involved!
Careers Cafés are informal, small group discussion sessions that take place in the Careers Service, covering a wide variety of topics - subjects in the past have included PhD into management consultancy/business etiquette/International Development careers.
Each Café is led by a member of the Careers Service who has an interest and some expertise in that area. Occasionally experts from within a sector will be invited to lead the Careers Café giving you the benefit of their experience. This is an excellent way to gain some insider tips about entry routes into your area of interest. The structure will vary from session to session, however, they are very much discussion-based and offer the opportunity for you to raise questions to the rest of the group, as well as to the facilitator.
Careers Cafés take place regularly throughout the academic year, search JobsLive and book your place at the next Careers Café
Lunchtime careers talks
Lunchtime Careers Talks take place every Tuesday and Thursday in teh autumn and spring termsm, and are 50 minute sessions on a variety of sectors and organisations, and provide a great opportunity for you to learn more about the huge diversity of occupations that may be open to you. Talks are given by organisations where Imperial graduates have gone on to, and sectors that are actively looking to recruit Imperial garduates .
Organisations participating in ther past have included Airbus, Barclays, BP, Crowdcube, EY, Frontier, GSK, Salesforce, SEO London, Severn Trent, UBS, and talks have included 'Ask an Expert in the Water Industry', 'Considering Teaching as a Next Step', 'Science Careers Outside teh Lab'.
Missed a talk? You can catch up on all our Lunchtime Careers Talks with the Careers Service Panopto page.
Careers Fairs provide you with the opportunity to meet recruiters and find out about the programmes on offer from different organisations. This will help you to make informed decisions and hopefully meet some useful contacts. You do not need to book for our Careers Fairs (note: booking is required for the Finance & Consulting Careers Fair), you just need to bring along a valid Imperial ID.
Please note that all our careers fairs are for current Imperial College students and recent alumni only.
|China Careers Fairs||August 2018|
|Finance & Consulting Careers Fair||Wednesday 3 & Thursday 4 October 2018||17:00 - 20:00|
|Life & Health Sciences Careers Event||Monday 15 October 2018||16:30 - 19:30|
|Engineering Careers Fair||Thursday 18 October 2018||11:30 - 16:00|
|I.T. & Technology Careers Fair||Thursday 8 November 2018||17:00 - 19:30|
|Science Careers Fair||Thursday 24 January 2019||17:00 - 19:30|
|Internship Careers Fair||tbc.||17:00 - 19:30|
|PhD Careers Fair||Thursday 10 May 2018||17:00 - 19:30|
|Summer Recruitment Fair||Thursday 17 May 2018||17:00 - 19:30|
The Careers Forums are an excellent opportunity to find out more about roles in a particular sector, and a chance to network with professionals in that industry. Each forum has six professionals from the given sector, providing an insight into their experiences in different areas of work through short presentations, followed by a Question and Answer session and networking.
Forums take place on Thursdays during the autumn, spring and summer terms, 18:30 - 21:00
|Career Options in the Energy Forum||Thursday 12 October2017||18:30 - 21:00|
|Career Options in Consulting Forum||Thursday 26 October 2017||18:30 - 21:00|
Wednesday 1 November 2017
Thursday 2 November 2017
17:45 - 20:30
18:30 - 21:00
|Career Options in Manufacturing Forum||Thursday 16 November 2017||18:30 - 21:00|
|Career Options with a PhD Forum||Thursday 18 January 2018||18:30 - 21:00|
|Career Options in Charity and Not For Profit Forum||Thursday 22 February 2018||18:30 - 21:00|
|Career Options for Women Graduates Forum||Thursday 8 March 2018||18:30 - 21:00|
|Department of Mathematics Careers Speed Networking (PhD)||Tuesday 24 April 2018||18:00 - 20:30|
A significant number of employers make presentations on and off campus during the autumn term. Employers use presentations to inform you about their businesses and the range of opportunities available. Presentations provide a useful insight into the type of people and culture of an organisation and offer the chance to network with recent recruits and discuss their experiences.
Recruiter in Residence
Recruiter in Residence sessions offer you the opportunity to talk to graduate recruiters about the opportunities available in their organisations. The employers will offer a range of opportunities within their companies, so all students are welcome at these sessions.
Recruiter in Residence sessionare are not open to Imperial College Business School students
Mock Interviews with employers
During the academic cycle, some recruiters will arrange a series of mock interview sessions. These offer you the chance to practice your interview technique with a trained interviewer in the sector you are looking to enter.