How we support staff at Imperial

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 The Careers Service and in particular its Careers Consultants and Placement and Internship Advisers work with academics - including Departmental Careers Adviser, Director of Undergraduate Studies, MSc Course Leaders and Senior Tutors, to ensure that all students receive be-spoke Careers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIG) relevant to the stage they’re at. We also work with the Graduate Schools and the Staff Development Unit to provide support to research students and staff.

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Services for Imperial academic staff

The Careers Service and in particular its Careers Consultants and Placement and Internship Advisers work with academic staff - including Departmental Careers Adviser, Director of Undergraduate Studies, MSc Course Leaders and Senior Tutors, to ensure that all students receive be-spoke Careers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIG) relevant to the stage they’re at. We also work with the Graduate Schools and the Staff Development Unit to provide support to research students and staff.

support for academics

  • The QAA Code of Practice on CEIG outlines best practice for the delivery of careers education, information and guidance.
  • Each department has a  Departmental Careers Adviser, usually an academic, who liaises with one of the Careers Consultants to organise the programme of CEIG for undergraduates, delivered mainly through talks to students, within the department.
  • Careers Consultants organise a series of talks and workshops in collaboration with Departmental Careers Advisers.
  • We are in regular contact with employers who target Imperial students and staff can advise students as well as colleagues about recent trends in graduate and postgraduate recruitment. Careers Service staff contribute actively to key national professional networks.
  • Annually, the Careers Service conducts the official survey for destinations of Imperial graduates (DLHE), and this is carried out using guidelines and standard documentation from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). This standardised destination survey is carried out by all UK Higher Education institutions at the same time.
  • We assist at College Open Days and Outreach events, dealing with careers-related queries and giving talks.
  • All Careers Consultants are qualified to use and interpret MBTI and run MBTI workshops to help students increase their self-awareness. We also enables students to prepare for psychometric tests by providing timed online tests with feedback on the website.
  • We are happy to offer advice to academics who are writing references for students.

Your feedback on our services is valued

We welcome your views and ideas about developing the service we offer to you and your students. Please tell us what you think about the services we offer/make suggestions via our comments & feedback pages.

Services for Imperial Postdocs

  • Confidential one to one discussions

    These may be used for interview practice, preparing CVs and applications, working out careers ideas and strategy for achieving the next stage in your professional life, or for any topic you wish to discuss. See how to book an appointment with a Careers Consultant.

    Please note: Postdocs are limited to two one to one discussions per academic year.

  • Career Development Courses

    Courses covering planning your career in and outside academia, preparing for interviews for academia and outside are available during the year. Full details of these courses and how to book are given on the Postdoc Development Centre web pages.

  • Careers Events

    The Careers Service organises a number of activities throughout the year: for example: science and engineering fairs, careers talks, employer presentations. See Careers events

  • Vacancies and Employer Information

    See the section on Careers, occupations and job sectors. The Careers Service also provides an extensive hard copy careers library in the Careers Service information room.

    Additional help and support can be found via the Vitae website

Services for Imperial staff

The Careers Service does not normally offer careers guidance to College staff apart from Post Docs or to Imperial Alumni  within three years of graduation.

You may find sections of the Service’s website useful for career planning as we have a wide range of information on occupations and the application process for employment or further education.  We also have extensive resources in our Careers Information Room that are available to staff.  Please note, however, that this material is to assist new or recent graduates rather than those who are more advanced in their career path.  

Some support with personal and career management is available through Organisational and Staff Development:

  • Learning and Career Management Learning and career management is a range of provision which is open to all staff and encourages personal awareness and reflection; facilitating the best use of all learning and development activities, and helping staff plan for the future.
  • Imperial College Coaching Coaching is offered as an additional support to development for College staff, helping them think through their options in relation to a range of situations they may be facing in the workplace.

Information for Personal Tutors

The Careers Service is happy to support personal tutors in any way needed. Each department has a dedicated Careers Consultant and Placement and Internships Adviser who work closely with the Departments Careers Advisers (DCAs) to ensure bespoke and timely careers support is offered. Alternatively, you can email careers and we will direct you accordingly.

To help you support your tutees, here is some key advice along with links to explore further:

Early years

  • Encourage them to get involved in extracurricular activities that they are interested in and will build their transferable skills. The Student Union has a range of societies and volunteering support.
  • Prompt them to start exploring their career options either by looking at the First year zone or what other students with their degree have done on the Careers Website
  • Suggest that they start building up their networking skills either by attending a careers fair or going along to a networking event in an area they have an interest.
  • Urge them to consider how they are using their summer holiday. A break is always good but they could also include doing a UROP, some work shadowing or developing an area of a charity on our charity insights programme.

Penultimate year

  • Remind them to make the most of what the Careers Service has to offer. Internships with large companies are advertised up to a year in advance so registering on Jobslive and signing up for the weekly email is a good start.
  • If tutees are not sure what they are want to do, booking an appointment to see a careers consultant can help with this.

Final year/Masters students

  • Check what their plans are for next year. Graduate schemes and postgraduate study deadlines are generally during the first semester. Many jobs are advertised via our Jobslive portal
  • For Masters Students, the Moving Forward series seminars run by the Graduate School offer bespoke support on a range of useful topics.
  • Encourage them to attend career events they are interested in.
  • CVs, cover letters or applications for any position can be checked by the careers service either in person or remotely via the Jobslive CV checker.
  • Reassure tutees that they can continue to access the careers service as an Alumni for up to three years.

For more in-depth ideas on career development linked to an undergraduate student or masters student journey, then follow this link to our UG_Masters Career ideas .

If you are tutoring a student on an MBBS, please email the medical careers consultant for support.

Information for PhD Supervisors

Information for PhD Supervisors

The Careers Service is happy to support PhD supervisors in anyway needed. Each department has a dedicated Careers Consultant who work closely with the Departments Careers Advisers (DCAs) to ensure bespoke and timely careers support is offered. Alternatively, you can email careers and we will direct you accordingly.

The Careers Service works with the Graduate School to deliver a range of Personal Progression workshops. These can be accessed at any stage throughout a students PhD and often the earlier the better, especially in topics such as Networking and Career Planning.

To help you support your student, here is some key advice along with links to explore further:

1st year

  • It is never too early to consider careers post-PhD so encourage students attend a Career Planning session specifically designed for 1st year PhDs.
  • Many PhD focused careers events happen in the Spring term. Students can stay in touch by signing up to the weekly Careers email via their jobslive account.
  • Make the most of networking opportunities through Imperial links and beyond. Learn more about Networking or find subject specific opportunities via our departmental guides.

2nd-3rd year

  • Building transferable skills is important throughout a PhD. Discuss what else your student is doing as well as their study. Potentially becoming a GTA, volunteering or joining a society with the Student Union or attending careers events could help with this.
  • If your student is interested in working in Industry, or collaborating with Industry (and is EPSRC funded), explore if the Graduate Schools Innovation Placements might be helpful.
  • Mid-PhD is a good time to discuss and plan for next career steps. The Careers Service offers one-to-one appointments every weekday which are bookable on the day.

Final year

  • Many industrial recruiters only recruit to their graduate programmes once a year, often between September and December so encourage your student to explore their timeline so they don’t miss out.
  • There is a wealth of information to support CV, application and interview skills on The Careers Service website. The CV booklet has CVs specifically for PhDs students who want to stay within Academia or move into Industry.
  • Often during writing up it is difficult to focus on making other decisions so reassure students that they can continue to access the careers service as an Alumni for up to three years.

For more in-depth ideas to support the careers journey of PhD students, please see our PhD Careers Journey ideas document.