Are you confused by all the names that you see on our websites and blogs? Here’s a quick guide to who’s who and what’s what - just in case you wondered. Don’t worry, there won’t be a test.
The Careers Group (TCG)
The Careers Group, University of London, is the UK’s largest higher education careers service. Think of it as a kind of umbrella group supporting the other careers services of the University of London, and some other institutions. The Careers Group hosts a series of events, fairs and courses, covering a wide range of industries and sectors. You can find more about these at http://www.gradsintocareers.co.uk
The benefit of such a large organisation is the collective know-how and resources of dozens of careers professionals. Careers tagged (www.careerstagged.co.uk) and JobOnline (http://bit.ly/hRzDeO) are two examples of this collective approach. Blogs like this one are written by staff from colleges across London, to give you a range of insights, perspectives and expertise (though you’ll find that my blog postings contain no insight, perspective or expertise).
The Careers Services
Your first point of contact will be the careers service of your college. These colleges work alongside each other, and share training and knowledge, under the auspices of the Careers Group. It’ll be your college careers service that you go to when you want to find out about career options, or speak to a careers consultant. You’ll find your careers service on campus (links below); drop in and speak to the information team; they can help you find resources on choosing and applying for your dream job (or anyone else’s dream job, for that matter). As well as the events ran by the Careers Group (link above). The Careers Consultants generally work in more than one college within the group, and rotate through the colleges every couple of years. Consequently you’ll be benefiting from their experience gained not just at your college, but from other colleges too.
When you study at the UoL, you are part of an extended careers family. Like all good families you’ll inevitably fall out with each other and argue incessantly over a will. In the meantime, here is a list of your academic cousins:
Queen Mary www.careers.qmul.ac.uk
Royal Holloway www.rhul.ac.uk/careers
School of Oriental and African Studies www.soas.ac.uk/careers
University college London www.ucl.ac.uk/careers
St. Mary’s University College www.smuc.ac.uk/careers
C2 Education covers the smaller specialist colleges, namely: Birkbeck, Heythrop, the Institute of Education, the School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Institute of Cancer Research , the Marine Biological Station, the Royal Veterinary College, the School of Pharmacy , St. Georges , Hogwarts School of Magic, The School of Advanced Study and University of London Institute in Paris.
C2 Careers are the consultancy wing of the Careers service, dealing with professional organisations and providing careers support for all of the Specialist Institutions above (except Hogwarts, which I made up, to see if you were paying attention).
You may find some useful resources on the websites of other colleges, but remember that you’ll not ordinarily be able to attend events or make use of their careers services.
So there you have it, a beginner’s guide to your careers family. You can find out more in our online publication ‘The Careers Service Guide’ http://bit.ly/bP6o9g