At any stage in their degree your tutees may want to discuss their professional development so it's important to be aware of where to access information on relevant opportunities within their programme, placements and internships and career planning guidance.
Professional Development aspects
"She has been a great help in dealing with internship applications and career mentoring. She is very approachable and a good listener, as well as her career and accomplishments at such a young age is inspirational to me and her other tutees." (Imperial Student)
Students often ask their personal tutor for advice on optional courses and on choosing a career direction. They might be interested in why you chose your career path and how you got there.
"You are a person too: What are your interests? What is your research? What is teaching like from the ‘other side’?" (Personal Tutor, Department of Life Sciences)
Students can be referred to the Careers Service for information about the various employment sectors, employers and general career development advice. Students intending to take up an industrial placement might also find it useful to contact your Department’s Industrial Liaison Officer.
"He played a major role in securing UROP placements and made me talk to people about future career paths in academia. If it wasn't for him I would most likely not be aiming for a PhD or be in the position to attend a top Masters programme." (Imperial Student)
Students might ask for advice on vacation work that will help them to gain exposure and experience in their areas of interest.
The Careers Service website has comprehensive guidance on finding opportunities.
Professional skills development
There are many opportunities to develop professional skills and practices (e.g. working collaboratively, giving presentations etc.) embedded within the curriculum, so it is worth consulting your tutee’s programme handbook or finding out from the Programme Lead so that you can signpost this for your tutee. Or you might task your tutee with doing this.