How Does King's Help With My Career?
While you are at King’s, you will have access to a huge range of opportunities, people and experiences beyond your degree that will help you discover more about yourself, your interests and your abilities, and open up many avenues for your future career success.
KCLSU Clubs and Societies
Many students at King’s will get involved with clubs and societies that focus on their hobbies, sports, passions, talents and other interests. You will connect with a wide range of new people inside and outside King’s, broadening your network of people who have made their own career choices. You will not only get the opportunity to follow your interests in depth, but also develop a wide range of communication, problem-solving, organisation, creative and leadership skills.
Working during your studies is common, and while it is important to balance your commitments to your study with external demands, the opportunity to find out about different sectors will help inform your future choices. It will also develop a wide range of workplace skills and aptitudes, such as customer service, communication and organisation skills, independent thinking and confidence, dealing with uncertainty, proactivity and working effectively with managers. Whether your job is in a café or bar, a library, as an assistant in a research project or in a retail environment, all these experiences help you to become ready for work after you graduate.
A wide range of companies, big and small, in the UK and overseas, offer paid work experiences throughout the year and during the summer vacation. These are a brilliant way to try out a career that might interest you, working for a block of 8-12 weeks, or for a few hours a week throughout the year, as if you were employed by the company. Many of them will advertise through the King’s Careers & Employability student portal, King’s CareerConnect, which you will have access to once you come to King’s. King’s Careers & Employability also run two main internships schemes, where we partner with employers to create opportunities exclusive to King’s students. You can find out more about those on our Internships website. King’s Careers & Employability does not support unpaid internships, so if you have any doubts about whether a position is voluntary or an unpaid internships, have a look at the NUS guidance, particuarly the information on pages 9 and 10. If you have any questions about this once you are studying at King’s, come in to our office and have a chat with us.
King’s has a strong ethic of service, and King’s students can access a wide range of volunteering opportunities through the KCL Student’s Union and other external providers. Volunteering not only helps you develop many of the same skills as you would develop in any other workplace, but also provides a sense of wellbeing, reward and value. There are some clear guidelines about what the difference is between volunteering and unpaid internships. Again, King’s Careers & Employability does not support unpaid internships, so if you have any doubts about whether a position is voluntary or an unpaid internships, have a look at the NUS guidance, particuarly the information on pages 9 and 10. If you have any questions about this once you are studying at King’s, come in to our office and have a chat with us.
King’s offers an excellent range of study and personal development opportunities through our experiential learning programme, King’s Experience. Whether you want to focus on developing your leadership and professional skills, reflect on global experiences, further develop your research skills or stretch your learning with some interdisciplinary arts and science thinking, you can take any of our Awards along side your studies. You might also like to become a research assistant to one of your academic lecturers, and you can do that through the King’s Undergraduate Research Fellowships.