Recent graduates

If you are an Alumnus who graduated 3 years ago or less, you are entitled to use the full range of services offered to existing students.

Undergraduate students can use our services 3 years after 31 July in the academic year in which they complete their course.

MSc & PhD students can use our services 3 years after 31 December in the academic year in which they complete their course.

You can use the Careers Service Information Room and reference library, appointment systems, workshops, employer presentations and careers events just as you did as a student.

See below for more information about these and other services.

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Exploring your options

If you are unsure what you want to do, Career Planner (interactive careers guidance software) can help you think through the skills you really want to use in a career and then draw up a shortlist of possible career options. This software is available via the Graduate Prospects website, where you can also research Occupational Profiles covering over 400 graduate level jobs.

Select 'Jobs and Work', then 'What Sort of Jobs Would Suit Me?'

Access to information

The Careers Service remains open during vacations, so you can continue to use the services all year round. We tend to be very busy seeing students in the autumn and spring terms, so we encourage alumni to use the Careers Service in vacations and the summer term. The Information Room is open from 10:00 to 17:15, Monday to Friday.

See Graduate Prospects: advice for graduates.

If you are living near another university: you may also be able to use their Careers Service facilities, but we recommend that you check with the service in question beforehand - browse other university careers services.

The Application Process

We have an entire section of our website dedicated to the ins and outs of the application process. It includes general careers advice and information, such as help on the application and selection process, interview techniques and graduate recruitment.

If you need to speak to a Careers Consultant, you may book a phone appointment (+44 [0]20 7594 8024) if this is more convenient than visiting us.

See also... contact us.

Recruitment

Employers welcome applications from recent graduates and often treat them in the same way as final year students. Check the employer websites for details of their procedures and deadlines. Recruitment Agencies can be helpful in your job search. Look at the local Yellow Pages or search them online at Yell.com to find smaller employers in a particular location.

JobsLive contains a large number of vacancies all year round. You can view vacancies on our website or receive an email alert by registering . You can enter your preferred profile for vacancies and receive alerts by industry sector, subject areas, or geographical location. In addition once registered you will also receive receive a regular information bulletin about Careers events - such as skills workshops, employer presentations, careers talks and courses.

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation is the professional body representing the private recruitment industry in the UK, and has a geographically searchable database of recruitment consultancies in the UK.

Some employers target Imperial College for experienced Alumni, with several years working experience. You can search for vacancies advertised for experienced alumni.

Networking

Networking is often a useful tool in developing your career. Many jobs are not advertised so networking can put you in touch with this hidden job market. Finding a contact with knowledge about an industry, company or job can save valuable time and increase your understanding of the post that you are applying for.

Alumni associations are a great way to meet new people and provide their members with plenty of opportunities for networking. Imperial has alumni associations all over the world who will be pleased to welcome you.

You can also network online using the Alumni Office’s Professional Networking Directory. The Directory allows you to search for, and contact, fellow Imperial alumni who have volunteered to provide professional advice based on their own personal experience. Sign up for access.

If you have any questions about alumni associations or the Professional Networking Directory, please contact the Alumni Office directly.

40 Minute Skype appointments

Exclusively for Imperial alumni, who live either outside of the UK, or within the UK but outside of the M25, we offer a Skype video call service for 40 minute consultations.

To book a Skype appointment
You can book a Skype appointment to see a Careers Consultant at the Careers Service reception or over the phone (020 7594 8024). Contact us for further details.

Email a query

If you have graduated from Imperial within the last three years and would like to ask some brief questions and feel that you don't need a full 40 Minute Consultation then please email your query to us. A Careers Consultant relevant to your department will respond to you within three working days.

When submitting your question please give as much background information as possible as this will assist the careers adviser to provide the most relevant response.

Please note that this service is for Imperial College alumni who have graduated within three years only.