Imperial student networkingDo you have some career planning questions that need answering? Unsure about whether a specific industry or sector is for you? Want to find out more about life in a particular job role? Wondering whether to undertake further study? Then you should Ask an Alum.

The Careers Service has a database of Imperial alumni willing to answer your careers-related questions. Ask an Alum provides you with the chance to get an invaluable insight, direct from former Imperial College students, who are now professionals in industry or research.

If you have any questions about Ask an Alum please contact the team on askalum@imperial.ac.uk

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Where can I find registered alum

You can browse the Ask an Alum database to find information about the alum who have volunteered to be part of this service.

You can apply a variety of filters to find alum who may be able to provide the most relevant insights to your career planning. Once you have selected an alum you would like to direct your question to, you can submit your question to the Ask an Alum team via this Ask an Alum form.

What can I ask alum about?

Ask an Alum puts you in touch with Imperial alum to increase your knowledge of various industry sectors and roles. This is a good way to build your network of contacts in the area of work you are considering.

You could ask questions such as:

  • What is it like to work for X organisation?
  • How did you go about getting a job in your line of work?
  • What are the best sources of relevant vacancies?
  • What tips would you give for doing well at application, interview or assessment centre for X organisation?
  • How was your experience of further study (many of our Ask an Alum contacts completed a Master's or PhD after their undergraduate degree)?
  • Is there any insider information on your industry sector that would help me show my industry knowledge at interview?
  • How do you see the profession changing over the next five years?
  • What are the good aspects of your profession? What are the challenges?
  • Are there any networking events that it would be useful to attend?
  • I read X publication; is there anything else you would recommend?
  • What is it like to work in X country?

It’s acceptable to ask anything you cannot find answers to on company careers websites, recruitment brochures and from the Careers Service.

You should only communicate with alumni to increase your knowledge of job sectors and roles. The following are deemed as inappropriate as part of this service:

  • Direct requests for work experience or employment
  • Request for CV, application form or cover letter checking – please refer to the Careers Service in the first instance
  • Requests for assistance with work permits
  • Requests for inappropriate access to personal data and contact details
  • All requests for resources, sponsorship or funding for individual use, societies, activities or any other purpose
  • All requests for visiting speakers, presenters, contributors or offers to promote individual companies on campus

Please read our code of conduct for more information.

Terms and conditions

  • Ensure you have read and understand the code of conduct before engaging with this service
  • Before submitting your query to the Ask an Alum team, you need to identify which alum you would like to direct your query to
  • You can only request to contact one alum at a time
  • Sometimes the alum you have selected may not be available to help you, but the Ask an Alum team will endeavour to direct your query to an alternative alum should this occur.
  • The alum will be given your email address to reply to. We recommend keeping contact purely to email, unless otherwise agreed with the alum. If given permission to call, please do so strictly within business hours. 

If you have any questions about Ask an Alum please contact the team on askalum@imperial.ac.uk