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Careers tips

Our Careers & Employability service offer an outstanding range of professional development support, thanks to our strong links with alumni and other professionals in London and around the world. King’s is ranked 25th in the world, and 4th in the UK, for graduate employability, according to the results of Times Higher Education's Global University Employability Ranking 2017.Law event at King's College London

We recently held a Careers & Employability virtual fair where there was a lot of great discussion surrounding career prospects, part-time work and internships.

Based on the top questions asked at the event, we’ve put together a list of six FAQs to help answer your questions.

We hope you’ll find all the information you need. However, if you still have questions, please get in touch with King's Careers & Employability.

1. What have people on my course gone on to do in the past?

Check out our departmental ‘grad stats’ pages for more information on what people on your course have gone on to do in the past.

LinkedIn (which we can help you develop via our workshops or one to one appointments) is another great way to see what some of the alumni from your course have gone on to do. We would encourage you to utilise LinkedIn as a search tool to get an idea of the variety of work on offer.

2. Are there opportunities to work part time whilst studying at King’s?

There are many options for part-time work whilst you are a student here at King's, both on-campus and off-campus. We advertise these mainly through our online job portal and you will also be able to get support with your applications or interviews once you have identified what you would like to apply for. 

On-campus opportunities include:

  • Student Ambassadors: giving guided tours, helping new students find their way around and working at events. These roles look great on CVs, develop key skills such as presentation skills, communication, leadership, customer service etc and the pay is not bad either!

  • You could also work for King’s College London Students’ Union (KCLSU) - we have two student bars, a shop and several reception desks which all require workers! KCLSU advertise their opportunities on their student jobs webpages.

  • You might also want to consider joining our on-campus temp agency once you are a student at King's.

Off-campus opportunities

Check out our Job Online webpage for hundreds of vacancies added every week.

3. Will I be able to balance my studies and either working part-time or doing an internship?

Many of our students do work and study. Whether you will be able to balance your commitments varies by individual and we sometimes encourage students to wait until they have their class schedule to get a better idea of their academic workload.

We do see students who take on placements or part-time work ambitiously and later drop out because they realise they are giving themselves too much to do. The best advice here would be to contact the careers department for a consultation before committing to anything to discuss frankly whether this is right for you.

4. Are there internships opportunities available?

Yes! We try to promote as broad a range of internship opportunities as possible. The majority of the vacancies we post are not tied to specific degrees, and students apply the skills and knowledge from their degrees to internships in highly varied ways.

We have also secured a number of international internship opportunities which are a fantastic way to gain the professional work experience you need for your CV whilst travelling.

You can read all about internship opportunities on our internship webpages

King’s also offers some research opportunities. However, these are normally advertised and organised through the department themselves rather than by the Careers & Employability team, so keep an eye on the communications you receive from your department after you start at King’s.

5. I am an international student, what are my career prospects?

Full- time work

It's by no means impossible to get a job as an international student in the UK after your graduation, but come in and see us as soon as possible after beginning your course. The more time you give yourself in the job search, the more opportunity you'll have.

Part-time work

Students from the European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals can usually work without restriction.

If you are from outside the EEA you will need to check the stamp in your passport to find out what employment restrictions you have. The maximum number of hours you can work will be printed on your passport visa sticker or biometric residence permit. If you are unsure of your working permissions then contact the King’s advice team: advice@kcl.ac.uk  For more information on working restrictions for non-EEA students take a look at UKCISA's website - an official organisation who support international students.  

Find out more about how Careers & Employability can help international students.

6. How can the Careers & Employability service help me?

Each faculty at King's is supported by a Careers Consultant who focuses on employment within that area and can offer targeted support throughout your time at King’s and for up to two years after graduation.

Students can book one-on-one appointments with a Careers Consultant to discuss possible career options - this involves an exploration of the student’s interests and motivations, as well as exploring the labour market.

We also have a lot of careers fairs here at King's: Law, Finance, Consulting, Technology, Part-time work, Internships, to name just a few. These will all take place in the Autumn term and provide the perfect opportunity to meet employers and hear about the opportunities they have to offer. Anyone enrolled at King's and anybody who has graduated within the last two years can attend these events. 

Visit our webpages for more information on how we can help you develop your career during your time at King’s. 

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