You can access appointments and other services provided by the Careers Service from the first day that you start at Imperial.
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.
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 (Monday 19 November - Friday 23 November 2018)
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 2018 will see 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 21 January - Friday 25 2019)
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...Charities & Not for Profit - Charity Insight Launch (Monday 28 January - Friday 1 February 2019)
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.
- Focus on...Big Data & Analytics (Monday 11 - Friday 15 February 2019)
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.
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 2019|
|Finance & Consulting Careers Fair||Wednesday 2 & Thursday 3 October 2019||17:00 - 20:00|
|Engineering Careers Fair||Thursday 17 October 2019||11:30 - 16:00|
|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||Tuesday 12 November 2019||17:00 - 19:30|
|Science Careers Fair||Thursday 24 January 2019||17:00 - 19:30|
|Data & Analytics Careers Fair||Friday 15 February 2019||11:00 - 14:00|
|PhD Careers Fair||Thursday 9 May 2019||17:00 - 19:30|
|Summer Recruitment Fair||Thursday 16 May 2019||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 11 October 2018||18:30 - 21:00|
Thursday 1 November 2018
17:45 - 20:30
18:30 - 21:00
|Career Options in Manufacturing Forum||Thursday 15 November 2018||18:30 - 21:00|
|Career Options in SMEs/Start-Ups||Thursday 22 November 2018||18:30 - 21:00|
|Career Options with a PhD Forum||Thursday 17 January 2019||18:30 - 21:00|
|Career Options in Charity and Not For Profit Forum||Thursday 31 January 2019||18:30 - 21:00|
|Career Options in Data & Analytics Forum||Thursday 12 February 2019||18:30 - 21:00|
|Women's Career Networking||Thursday 21 February 2019||18:30 - 21:00|
|Department of Mathematics Careers Speed Networking (PhD)||tbc.||18:00 - 20:30|
|Career Options in Research Forum||Thursday 23 May 2019||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
Thursday 7 February 2019, 18:00 - 21:00
In partnership with Imperial IQ we will be hosting a careers networking event on our South Kensington Campus for LGBT+ students on the evening of Thursday 7 February 2019. We have secured a range of LGBT+ employees from various companies to meet with students to facilitate career discussions, to share insights and perspectives on the workplace and to demonstrate that it is possible to be comfortable and successful at work while being yourself.
This new venture takes places during LGBT History Month and an invitation is extended to LGBT+ students at Imperial College London and our partner universities of UCL, LSE and King’s College London. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet with, and be inspired by, LGBT+ professionals from a range of inclusive employers with refreshments served throughout.
Register your attendance now at our Eventbrite page accessed here
Women's Career Networking
Thursday 21 February 2019, 17:45 - 20:30
This is your chance to network with successful women from a wide range of organisations and industries. You'll get an insight in their careers, perspectives on a variety of workplaces and a chance to ask your questions in a safe, non-judgmental environment.
The evening will be run as a speed networking event where you'll be part of a small group of students who rotate every few minutes around our professionals table. This will be followed by a more informal networking session where you'll have a chance to speak to any of our professionals while refreshments are served.
Come along to meet and connect with some inspirational women and find out how you can shape your future career, download a copy of the Women's Career Networking Event.
Register for attendance here, details of the event location will be emailed to registered attendees. Book now to avoid disappointment as spaces are limited.
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.