Welcome to the Careers Service
We work across all Imperial campuses, and are located at South Kensington, Level 5 Sherfield Building. We provide an online and on campus service, so whether you need advice to complete an application, plan your career, explore postgraduate study options, or are interested in meeting employers, attending appointments or events, we are here to support you.
We have a dedicated information and enquiry team to help and advise you, bookable study spaces, and a range of takeaway publications to help you gain an insight into your career options and how to get ahead.
If you are looking for written guides to help you plan your career path our Careers Service publications can be found online, under about us.
• CVs and Cover Letters - this booklet shows a range of different CVs and Cover Letters covering different levels of study and a variety of positions.
• Interviews and Assessment Centres - this guide highlights the services available from the Careers Service, and is designed to help you make the most of the recruitment cycle.
Register your JobsLive account
JobsLive is the Careers Service’s online vacancies, events, and appointments system. You can use it to book your place at careers events, book one to one appointments with one of our team, and search for vacancies from over 5,000 organisations.
As an Imperial student you are automatically registered with JobsLive, and can sign in using your Imperial username and password.
Set up your profile by clicking on the ‘Me’ tab and adjust the settings to meet your needs. Opt in to receive email alerts about job vacancies and events related to the types of work you are interested in and subscribe to the weekly Careers Newsletter to keep up to date with the latest Careers Service news and events.
We encourage you to regularly update your JobsLive profile, to ensure that you get the most relevant information to your inbox.
Exclusive online resources
The Careers Service provides access to a range of exclusive online resources to students and recent graduates, and you can find these on our website under about us > careers library. These include:
GoinGlobal has a comprehensive collection of Global Career Guides and employment resources from across the globe. The website also includes information on securing an internship, industry profiles and country specific information to help you find opportunities in over 196 countries.
Feel more prepared for a video interview by using Shortlist.Me where you can access a library of interview questions, record your answers and use the feedback tool to reflect on your performance to help you improve.
Every student at Imperial has free access to LinkedIn Learning where you can search a huge library of video courses taught by industry experts in software, creative, and business skills.
Subscribe to our YouTube channel to view our Career Snapshots and other careers related videos.
If you need help with planning your career and how to develop your skills book one of our many appointments outlined below. See about us > appointments.
Career Discussion (online or on campus at South Kensington)
One to one appointments with a member of our team, great for discussing CVs, cover letters, applications or any aspects of your career. Book via JobsLive one working day before you would like to have an appointment.
Careers Consultation (referral)
Longer one to one appointments are great for exploring your options and preparing for success in more detail. Referral after an initial Career Discussion.
Practice your interview technique and receive feedback on your performance from a careers consultant. You can specify the areas and questions that you would like to focus on.
Advice on internship and work experience applications, speculative applications and any of our experiential programmes.
During the autumn term, a team of trained Imperial PhDs provide Quick CV or Cover Letter appointments
Skills training and workshops
Throughout the year we run regular sessions covering a variety of careers related topics. Join us to develop your skills, learn more about different industries and how to secure an opportunity. See what’s on> skills training and workshops .
These seminars are designed to provide you with the core knowledge and an understanding of a range of topics such as the different application stages, networking and how to make the best career choices at various points of your degree.
In these interactive workshops we will help you understand and gain experience in activities found in recruitment including transferable skills development such as teamwork, assertiveness, and presentation skills.
Our placement and internship advisers will share their knowledge of different industry sectors and provide you with top tips on how to find and successfully secure opportunities.
Meet employers and alumni through our events to help you to network and successfully build your career journey. Discover more about what industry sectors, roles and support are available to you and how you can get ahead. More details can be found on our website under the what’s on section.
Throughout the year we run sector specific Careers Fairs, providing you with the chance to meet recruiters and find out about the opportunities on offer from a range of organisations.
Life In … careers talks
These talks give you a personal view of working in an industry sector and the speakers’ progression through their careers, with tips and advice to help you to succeed with yours.
These sector specific panel discussions are an excellent way to gain insight into a particular sector, with the opportunity to hear professionals talk about their industry, how they got there and ask them specific questions to help start your own journey.
Employer Led Skills Workshops
Develop your understanding of the skills typically sought by graduate employers, with the opportunity to meet professionals from a range of employers.
A fantastic opportunity for Imperial students to meet with a variety of organisations. With many events having a strong focus on equality, diversity, and inclusion, students from our underrepresented groups will have the opportunity to meet inspirational speakers from a range of inclusive employers.
It’s never too early to begin planning and exploring your future and with so many services on offer, it makes sense to think about the best starting point for you.
The Plan your career section of our website will introduce you to Plan: Me – a practical tool that does just this. Check out the short video via the QR code and begin planning your career today.
For more ideas visit our webpages to:
• Be inspired by career journeys for undergraduate, Master’s and PhD students
• Learn how to analyse your skills and reflect on what you want most in a role
• Find out about the application timelines in the UK so you don’t miss out on jobs or PhDs
• Research the range of jobs, industries and postgraduate study options
Once you’ve figured out what you want to do, we can help you get that role using resources from our applications and interview webpages or booking a one to one appointment with a member of our team to discuss further.
Getting involved in Imperial
Studying at Imperial gives you access to various opportunities to build on your knowledge and gain experience to help you develop your employability. Some opportunities are outlined below and for full details visit our jobs and experience webpage.
Ask an alum
Ask an alum is a database of Imperial alumni who are available to answer your one-off career-related questions.
The Alumni Mentoring Scheme
The Alumni Mentoring Scheme offers students the opportunity to be mentored by a professional alumnus working in your chosen field of interest, or a related profession.
The Work Shadowing Scheme is a Careers Service initiative for first year undergraduate students. Its aim is to provide an insight into the work environment with up to five days experience in an organisation.