The Careers Service runs an extensive events programme throughout the academic year, with the majority of the events 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 list further down this page.
You can prepare for Careers Service events with our Quick Guide to Networking and our Networking handout [pdf], or by making an appointment to see one of our Careers Consultants; you should also make sure you know the best practice in graduate recruitment [word doc].
You can catch up with our previous forums and talks via our recordings page, and keep up to date by registering your profile at JobsLive and subscribing to our weekly newsletter.
Please note that your Jobslive account may be suspended if you fail to attend events without first contacting the Careers Service to cancel.
Develop your professional skills
Seminars and workshops
During the autumn and spring terms, we run regular skills seminars on a variety of careers-related topics, including CVs, applications, assessment centres and interviews. These are designed to help you to learn how to present yourself effectively to employers, and will go a long way to enhancing your employability in a competitive graduate job market. These seminars run daily between 16:15 and 17:15.
We also hold regular workshops on interviews and assessment centres, these are held between 12:30 and 14:00.
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.
Search and book for an employer led skills workshop (current Imperial student)
Search and book for an employer led skills workshop (Imperial alumnus)
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?
Careers Cafés are informal discussion sessions that cover a wide variety of topics, led by a member of the Careers Service who has an interest and some expertise in that area. 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.
To book your place at the next Careers Café, visit JobsLive.
Lunchtime careers talks
Twice a week during the autumn and spring terms, we hold lunchtime careers talks by a wide range of professionals. They are a great opportunity for you to learn more about the huge diversity of occupations that may be open to you.
Missed a talk? You can catch up with a Panopto recording from previous lunchtime talks below...
Lunchtime Careers Talks are open to all Imperial students and recent Imperial alumni.
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.
We run a variety of fairs throughout the year:
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.
To find out about our upcoming Careers Forums, visit JobsLive.
Careers Fairs are open to all Imperial students and recent Imperial alumni.
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.
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.
You can find out more and book on to an upcoming session through JobsLive.
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.
You can find out more about upcoming sessions via JobsLive.