1You can access job vacancies via JobsLive, (Imperial Careers Service's online jobs/appointments and event system) by industry sector, location, and job role. Many opportunities from employers are specifically targeting Imperial College students and graduates.

We also organise a series of careers events targeting the recruitment of students. These include careers fairs, employer presentations, careers talks and subsequent interviews at College. You can book for events and see up to date information on JobsLive and visit the Careers service to collect a copy of Career Choice, a Careers publication which lists the upcoming events for the academic year. 

Job search starting points

  • Download the Careers Service handout on Job hunting [pdf] 
  • Often roles are in the hidden job market and will require speculative application; the first step in looking for roles here requires researching companies that interest you. Read our pages on how to research companies for more ideas
  • Browse the Graduate Prospects: Employer Profiles to get an overview of over a hundred graduate employers
  • Collect free directories from the Careers Service  containing information on a range of sectors and giving  details about the company and of entry requirements. This information is also available online on  the directory websites such as TargetInside Careers and Graduate Prospects
  • Explore the occupational profiles on the Graduate Prospects website, which list sources of vacancies. Further information can be found in Occupational files in the Careers Service
  • You can also look at industry specific websites, periodicals and directories such as efinancial Careers

Types of opportunities

Graduate and PhD opportunities

Many Imperial graduates join graduate schemes. These are structured training programmes, often within large corporations. You'll usually be part of a large intake with considerable support in place from the organisation and your fellow recruits. Closing dates can be ongoing throughout the year, but many are as early as November of your final year. 

Other graduates start their career in specific jobs, often with small or medium sized organisations. Vacancies may be advertised throughout the year and in many cases employers will expect you will be able to join them within a month or two of your application. 

Undergraduate opportunities

Many undergraduates choose to undertake internships in their summer vacations and some departments offer placements as part of the course. With larger companies, formal internships are usually offered in the student's penultimate year. Some graduates and PhD students also choose to undertake internships in order to gain industry experience or test-drive a career. 

Certain employers offer insights programmes for earlier year groups. These usually take place in spring, hence also being known as 'spring weeks'. Often deadlines for internship and insight opportunities are similar to those for graduate schemes, so be sure to research these as early as possible.