Weekly Careers Newsletter
The Careers Service runs a comprehensive range of events throughout the academic year, with the majority 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 different events listed under ‘Develop your professional skills;’ and ‘Employer events’ in the section below.
See our section on Networking for further advice on how to develop your networking skills and top-tips on expanding your network.
Imperial College Conference policy, please note:
The events that the Careers Service provides are considered to form part of a professional and learning environment, and therefore should offer the same protections, opportunities and welcome to all participants. With this in mind, we adhere to the Imperial College Conference policy - which sets out a code of conduct, and considerations of equality, diversity and inclusion for those planning and participating in events.
Develop your professional skills
Seminars and workshops
Throughout the year we run regular sessions covering a variety of careers related topics. We’ve themed our sessions into four categories from fast-paced introductions (intensives) through to longer more practical sessions (labs). A description of each category is given below to help you navigate to what’s most appropriate for your particular needs.
|Category name||Category description||Duration|
|Career Intensives||These presentations are fast-paced lasting approximately 30 minutes to provide starting points to help you understand the basics of the subject. Sessions cover topics such as CVs and Cover Letters.
|Career Essentials||These seminars typically last 50 minutes and are designed to provide you with the core knowledge and an understanding of the subject matter. Sessions cover the range of application stages, networking and how to make career choices at various points of your degree.
|Career Labs||These workshops last approximately 90 minutes and are designed to be highly interactive. Throughout the session you will be expected to participate in various activities to help you understand and gain experience in the subject. Sessions cover the range of application stages, career decision making and transferable skills development including assertiveness and presentation skills.
|Career Discovery||These seminars provide a starting point to explore occupational areas and have a focus on how to secure and make the most of internships within the specific field. Our Placement & Internship Advisors will share their knowledge of the industry sectors and provide you with top tips about the relevant sector.
Careers Service seminars are not open to Imperial College Business School students.
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...Start-Ups and SMEs (November)
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have a range of opportunities to rival the graduate recruitment schemes and other graduate roles offered by larger organisations. The Start-Ups and SMEs Week sees a range of companies, such as start-ups, SMEs, and entrepreneurs discuss topics and deliver sessions to help you explore the opportunities available and to connect with diverse and interesting organisations.
Focus on... Science Communication and Policy (Monday 27 January - Friday 31 2020)
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!
- Focus on...Big Data & Analytics (Monday 10 - Friday 14 February 2020)
This week provides you with a number of opportunities to hear from and network with professionals who have built their career in the field of Data and Analytics across a wide range of industries. A series of company presentations, panel discussions and careers fair will give you insights into this sector.
- Focus on...Charities & Not for Profit (Monday 24 - Friday 28 February 2020)
There is a lot more to charities than volunteering and our Not for Profit and Charity Week 2018 will allow you to delve into this vast sector. The series of events will provide you with a chance to see what this highly rewarding industry has to offer and to learn about the range of opportunities available.You can find out more via our news articles or on JobsLive.
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 the autumn and spring terms, 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 graduates .
Organisations participating in the past have included Airbus, Barclays, BP, Crowdcube, EY, Frontier, GSK, Salesforce, SEO London, Severn Trent and UBS. Talks have included 'Ask an Expert in the Water Industry', 'Considering Teaching as a Next Step', and 'Science Careers Outside the 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 2020|
|Finance & Consulting Careers Fair||Wednesday 2 & Thursday 3 October 2019||17:00 - 20:00|
|Engineering Careers Fair||Thursday 17 October 2019||11:00 - 15:30|
|Life & Health Sciences Careers Event||Monday 28 October 2019||16:30 - 19:30|
|I.T. & Technology Careers Fair||Wednesday 6 & Thursday 7 November 2019||17:00 - 19:30|
|Internship Careers Fair||Wednesday 13 November 2019||11:00 - 15:00|
|Science Careers Fair||Thursday 30 January 2020||17:00 - 19:30|
|Data & Analytics Careers Fair||Wednesday 12 February 2020||11:00 - 15:00|
|PhD Careers Fair||Thursday 7 May 2020||17:00 - 19:30|
|Summer Recruitment Fair||Thursday 14 May 2020||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 10 October 2019||18:30 - 21:00|
Career Options in the Consulting Industry Forum
Thursday 24 October 2019
18:30 - 21:00
Thursday 31 October 2019
17:45 - 20:30
18:30 - 21:00
|Career Options in Manufacturing Forum||Thursday 14 November 2019||18:30 - 21:00|
|Career Options in SMEs/Start-Ups||Thursday 21 November 2019||18:30 - 21:00|
|Career Options with a PhD Forum||January 2020||18:30 - 21:00|
|Career Options in Charity and Not For Profit Forum||tbc.||18:30 - 21:00|
|Career Options in Data & Analytics Forum||February 2020||18:30 - 21:00|
|Women's Career Networking||February 2020||18:30 - 21:00|
|Department of Mathematics Careers Speed Networking (PhD)||tbc.||18:00 - 20:30|
|Career Options in Research Forum||May 2020||18:30 - 21:00|
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.
LGBT+ Careers Networking
Wednesday 5 February 2020, 18:00 - 21:00
A fantastic opportunity for university students to meet with LGBT+ professionals from a range of inclusive employers!
Hosted by the Imperial College Careers Service at the South Kensington campus, this unique event provides a fantastic opportunity for students who identify as LGBT+ to meet with LGBT+ professionals from a range of inclusive employers. The event aims to facilitate career discussions and share perspectives on the workplace to demonstrate that it’s possible to be comfortable and successful at work while being yourself.
There will be a range of LGBT+ employees from various organisations who cover a range of roles from finance and technical positions to project management and marketing roles. For a full list of organisations that will be attending please see the event registration page.
See the brochure from the Imperial LGBT+ Careers Networking Event 2020 - this unique event provides a fantastic opportunity for students who identify as LGBT+ to meet with LGBT+ professionals from a range of inclusive employers.
Women's Career Networking
Thursday 20 February 2020, 17:45 - 20:30
A fantastic opportunity to hear about the experiences of female managers working in a range of professions.
This year's Women's Career Forum, on Thursday 20 February, brings six inspirational women from varying industries ready to answer your questions and tell you about how they carved their unique career pathways. Our speakers will be from a range of STEM industries including biotechnology, entrepreneurship, consultancy, engineering, data science and academic research.
With six fantastic companies taking part, there will also be a chance for you to engage with members of the panel in a question and answer session, as well as an opportunity for informal networking afterwards.
Their invaluable insights can help you in applying for jobs in industry, managing teams, what challenges women face in the workplace and how to tackle them.
Register now on JobsLive.
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.