Frequently Asked Questions
|We've compiled the questions we're asked most regularly below to help you engage with our services as easily as possible.|
Who is able to use King's Careers & Employability?
What are your opening hours?
All current students, research staff and recent graduates (up to two years) are able to access our services. You'll need your King's ID card to access the Bush House complex where our main Strand Careers Centre is based.
Prospective students are able to access many of our online resources and information on graduate destinations, but won't be able to access our full support until you have registered at King's.
Once you have your IT details, you'll be able to log-in to King's CareerConnect and view the full range of support available to you.
I don't know what I want to do - can you help me?
We're open from Monday to Friday throughout the year, except when the university is closed.
Our opening hours are generally 09:30-17:00, however we have extended opening during the Autumn and Spring Terms on Thursdays until 19:00.
You can view our full opening hours here and many of our services are available 24/7 through our King's CareerConnect portal.
How do I log-in to King's CareerConnect?
Absolutely - the vast majority of students we engage with are still making decisions about what they want to do.
We can help you to discover different sectors, reflect on your existing skills and interests and help to enhance and develop skills.
How do I book a careers appointment?
View our full guide on accessing King's CareerConnect to help you access our portal to view opportunities, events, book appointments and more.
Why do appointments only open on the day of the appointment itself?
We offer a variety of appointment types throughout the year across the Denmark Hill, Guy's, Strand and Waterloo Campuses.
For further information, please see our information on how to book an appointment.
Can I book to see a specific Careers Consultant?
To ensure a fair system, our main appointments (careers guidance, application advice) are released from 07:00 each morning on King's CareerConnect.
We've looked carefully at how we can provide the best opportunity for as many students as possible to access these apppintments and concluded this is the best option with students able to book ahead of their morning lectures, labs or classes. It also means students are not able to block-book a series of appointments over a week period, preventing other students from accessing these.
Demand for one-to-one advice can be extremely high during the autumn term because of upcoming application deadlines and therefore demand can sometimes exceed what we can offer, however we also offer a series of seminars covering key themes including CV and application writing, interview skills and networking.
You can view upcoming appointments in advance of them opening for booking which may help plan when you want to try and book.
Can I book an appointment outside of term?
All our Careers Consultants are equipped with knowledge across a number of industries and will be able to answer your questions in one-to-one appointments.
Using King's CareerConnect you can filter upcoming appointments by a particular individual if you specifically want to see the same person again.
However, Careers Consultants are all aligned to department or faculty, and you'll see them at induction and delivering workshops and events throughout the year - you can view a list of who is your allocated Careers Consultant here.
How do I book a practice interview?
We're open throughout the year with the exception of when the university is closed, so you are able to book appointments during breaks in the academic year and throughout the summer.
View our opening hours for full information.
Is there a limit to the number of appointments I'm allowed to book?
If you have an upcoming interview scheduled, you can book a one-hour practice interview on King's CareerConnect by completing the relevant online form.
This provides us with some background information to ensure we can make your interview as realistic as possible.
Please note students are limited to one practice interview per term.
Where can I search for upcoming careers events?
There is no specific limit on the number of careers guidance or application advice appointments you are able to book each year, but all students are limited to one practice interview per academic term to ensure equity of opportunity for all students.
Do I need to book to attend an event in advance?
We advertise all careers events on King's CareerConnect, including events hosted on campus and those taking place elsewhere in the UK and overseas.
Once logged in, you can search events by date, type, campus, faculty and a host of other criteria as well as view a full calendar.
Do you run events specific for my faculty or department?
Most of our events on campus, including careers fairs, require you to book a space in advance, with booking opening two weeks ahead of the scheduled date at 07:00.
Off-campus events often have their own booking instructions which you'll need to review and follow as these are often handled by external organisations.
Check the instructions on King's CareerConnect for full details and make sure you bring your King's ID card with you on the day for scanning.
If an event is full, can I still attend?
The vast majority of our events are open to students across King's, however we do run a series of events including workshops and alumni speed-meets which are specific to faculties or departments.
Review the events by faculty page for further information on events scheduled.
How do I cancel my attendance at an event?
If an events is full, you can add yourself to the waiting list on King's CareerConnect and you'll be notified by email if a space becomes available.
Please note, this occurs on a first come, first served basis so the system will work down the waiting list from the top - therefore it's always worth adding yourself though being on the waiting list does not guarantee a space.
If you have not booked a space, we strongly discourage you from turning up.
My booking privledges have been revoked, what can I do?
If you find you're unable to attend, you can cancel your attendance from your dashboard in King's CareerConnect up to two hours before the start time of the event itself.
After the time, please contact the Careers Centre at the Strand Campus to notify us and we will attempt to cancel your booking - note that anything cancelled after this time will count towards your absences.
If you fail to cancel your attendance you will be marked as absent and this will count towards our non-attendance policy.
Where can I find events related to entrepreneurship?
We operate a strict non-attendance policy for both appointments and events, so if you fail to attend three appointments and/or events within a 30 day period you may find your online booking priviledges are revoked.
During this time, you can come into the Careers Centre at the Strand Campus to book an appointment or event and our Enquiries Officer will endeavour to assist you.
Can you provide the contact details of an employer/(s) I met at an event?
You can search on King's CareerConnect for events related to entrepreneurship taking place on campus or elsewhere.
Further entreprenurial events are hosted by the King's Entrepreneurship Institute.
Do you have any resources to help me explore different industries?
Unfortunately, we're unable to provide contact details for employers who attend our events due to data protection legislation, but we encourage you to request their business card or contact information when you speak with them.
Do you have any resources to help with interview technique?
We have a section of the King's Careers Hub dedicated to helping you figure out what to do and how to explore different industries, research employers and find out about what King's alumni do.
In addition, we have an exclusive subscription to Vault which contains comprehensive, downloadable guides to a number of sectors including accounting, consulting, energy, IT, law, media & entertainment and many more.
Do you have any resources relating to psychometric testing?
We have a section of the King's Careers Hub dedicated to helping you get to grips and suceed with the recruitment process, including interview skills.
In addition, we have an exclusive subscription to InterviewStream (network login required), where you can practice video interviews and film your responses to hundreds of different questions before doing the real thing.
Do you have any specific resources for students with disabilities?
We have a section of the King's Careers Hub dedicated to helping you get to grips and suceed with the recruitment process, including psychometric tests.
In addition, we have an exclusive subscription to AssessmentDay (network login required) where you can practice a multitude of different tests online.
What are King's Internships?
We have a number of dedicated services and provision for students with disabilities, including events, opportunities and our King's Internships: Advance programme.
For more information visit the support for disabled students page.
Will you sign a Convention de Stage or other form of Internship Host Agreement?
King's Internships are our bespoke internship programmes which are available only to current King's students. These include our Accredited Internships Programmme, Part-time & Summer Schemes and Global Internships Programme - visit our micro-site for further information on each programme.
Do you advertise opportunities for students?
Please see our dedicated page on KEATS on Convention de Stage and Internship Host Agreements.
I want to work part-time during my studies, where can I find out more?
We have our own vacancy board on King's CareerConnect which you can use to search roles from employers directly targeting King's students and recent alumni, including:
- Graduate or entry-level positions
- Part-time/casual positions
- Placement/year in industry positions
- Experienced hire roles
- PhD positions
- Entrepreneurial roles
Can I still use King's Careers & Employability as a graduate?
We advertise many part-time and casual roles on King's CareerConnect, or if you're interested in working on campus during your studies King's Talent Bank offer many opportunities to undertake ad-hoc or part-time work.
How do I ensure access to King's CareerConnect once I've graduated?
We offer support to recent King's graduates up to two years after your graduation, including full access to our vacancy board, events, resources and appointments.
After this time, please review our information for graduates to explore other sources of information and support.
You may need to update your details to ensure you can still log-in to our portal - see our King's CareerConnect page for further information.
Where can I find advice on visa and immigration issues?
Where can I find information about the UK graduate recruitment process?
Do you offer specific advice and appointments for PhD students?
The International Student Advice Team (ISAT) are the only legally trained staff at King's able to offer students visa advice, either during their studies or when considering your future career.
Visit their website to explore their information and resources.
Can I use King's Careers & Employability services as a member of staff?
We have a dedicated programme of activity for individuals studying in the King's Centre for Doctoral Studies, including ring-fenced appointments, seminars and webinars.
Please review our information for PhD students and research staff for further information.
Do we record graduate destinations data?
Staff are welcome to use the resources available in our Careers Centres at both the Strand & Guy's Campuses as well as our website and King's CareerConnect portal to search for opportunities.
Please review our information of staff and academics for further information.
King's Careers & Employability is responsible for collecting and analysing data on the destinations of graduates six months after graduation. This survey is a government requirement, and provides a snapshot of what our graduates are doing in the first year after graduating. We can provide data in a variety of formats and for a range of purposes, from QAA subject reviews to grant applications, annual reports and marketing text.
Contact us if you would be interested in finding out more about the destination of your graduates.