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Students - How to Contact Us

If you are a current TCD student or recent TCD graduate you can:

 

Book a place on a Workshop

For a list of workshops during term time and to book a place see Events.

Workshops are repeated weekly. Workshops are held in 7-9 South Leinster St - please check location. Places are limited - please book in Reception, 7-9 South Leinster St, ring 01 896 1721/1705 or email careers@tcd.ie with your name, discipline & year and name & date of workshop.

 

Practice Interviews

What is a Practice Interview?
There are two types of Practice Interviews given by the Careers Service: '1 to 1' and 'On Video', with both types of interview there will be approximately 20mins of questions then the Careers Consultant will give you feedback. With the 'On Video' option the interview will be recorded and played back to you and the Careers Consultant will offer feedback. Unfortunately we cannot give you a copy of the interview.


When can I book a practice interview?
See Events for availability of upcoming practice interviews. Because each interview is tailored please send your documentation 3 working days in advance.


What do I need to submit for a practice interview?

As each interview is tailored to the specific needs of the student we require a number of documents before a booking can take place:

  • CV/Application Form - whichever document you applied to the job with;
  • Job Description - a detailed description (or advert) of the role you have applied for (a website link will not suffice).
  • Practice Interview Form (docx) - the booking form for Practice Interviews.

Book your place at the desk in the Careers Information Centre, 7-9 South Leinster St. Bookings cannot be taken over the phone unless we have already received all the necessary documentation by email to careers@tcd.ie (eg CV/application form, job spec ...). Once you have sent all the relevant documentation please phone 01 896 1721 (direct dial) to book the practice interview.


Why do I have to give you these documents?

We need these documents as we tailor the questions to each job description - these are not generic interviews! (However there will be a number of general questions included).


Is there a fee?

Yes there is a non-refundable fee of €10.00, please bring cash as we have no laser machine. Payment must be received at time of booking.


What if I don't have an actual interview but would still like interview practice?

That's ok, but we still need the relevant paperwork - ie copies of documentation you have submitted for a job you're hoping to secure an interview for. (Preference will be given to students who have interviews coming up).


I've not had an interview before - can I read something beforehand?

We have very comprehensive pages on Interviews. Prepare by attending / downloading Interview Skills Workshop.

Due to high student demand, the service can only provide one practice interview per applicant to ensure that all students can avail of this assistance.

 

Book an appointment with your Careers Consultant

A personal career guidance appointment can support you in your career exploration and decision making. Examples of topics covered include:

  • Feedback and advice about your CV, cover letter, personal statement or LinkedIn profile.
  • A short discussion on what steps to take next, whether you know exactly what you want to do, or whether you have no idea which direction to pursue.
  • Disclosure of health problems / weak exam results or gaps on your CV.
  • Explore further study options.
  • Discuss any other careers-related problems or queries you may have.

 

What do I have to do to book an appointment?

  1. Firstly fill in the appointment form:
  2. Email the completed form to careers@tcd.ie. (Don't forget to fill in page 2!)
  3. Wait 30-60 mins then phone 01 896 1721 to make an appointment - this gives us a chance to review/print off the form! Have your timetable on hand to check mutually convenient times.
  4. You can also call into our office in 7-9 South Leinster St to make an appointment.


Why do I have to fill in an appointment form?

This form helps your Careers Consultant prepare for your appointment, the more you write and the more detail you give, the more you get out of the meeting, so please pay close attention to the part "Please describe what you would like to prioritise in the discussion...".


How do I make the most of my appointment?

There are several steps you can take in advance of your appointment to make the most out of it. For example:

More details are available in the 'Meet your Careers Consultant' leaflet.


What if I want to discuss my CV or a job application?

As all the preparation is done in advance of your meeting please attach a copy of the document that you would like reviewed at least 48 hours before your appointment, please do not email or bring it on the day.

Regarding your CV, you also have the option of attending one of our Drop-In CV Clinics that run weekly - see our Events page for dates and times.


How long does a careers appointment last?

20 minutes.


What are the times of the appointments?

Appointments are during regular working hours.


What if I am in a lab or working and can't make the standard appointment times?

Send in your appointment form and phone us on 01 896 1721 and we can discuss other options/times.


How long do I have to wait for an appointment?

It depends, normally 2-3 working days. It might be longer during busy times. Please note that during October and November demand for careers appointments is very high. We would strongly recommend that you begin your planning and preparation for job searching, whether for a graduate job or internship, early.


All my concerns were not addressed in the first guidance meeting. What can I do?

If you find you still have further questions or more to discuss, you can always book another 20 minute appointment with your careers consultant. Please fill out the Return Appointment Form and send it to us.


Where do the meetings take place?

In our offices in 7-9 South Leinster Street (just off campus). Please check in at the Reception when you arrive. We can also conduct these appointments via telephone or Skype if you would prefer.


Is there a charge for this meeting?

Not if you are a current student and this is a standard careers advisory appointment.


What do I do if I have to cancel my appointment?

Please phone us on 01 8961721 as soon as you can and we can reschedule for another day.


Do I have to see the Careers Consultant for my area, eg I am studying Physics but would like to discuss moving into Finance.

All the Careers Consultants are caseload specific, so if you are studying eg Physics you will see the consultant for Physics. But all the Careers Consultants have a broad knowledge of all subjects.


Can graduates still see their Careers Consultant?

Due to budgetary constraints we will be unable to provide an advisory appointment service to graduates from September 2016 onwards. However, graduates are still able to avail of open enrolment services such as CV Clinics, Practice Interviews or Job Search Workshops. To find a private career guidance counsellor please refer to the Institute of Guidance Counsellors.

Postgraduate students of the College can still avail of advisory appointments for 3 months after they complete their final exams or submit their postgraduate thesis

 

Careers Consultants are also available for individual meetings with students throughout the vacations.

Always check in at CAS Reception, 7-9 South Leinster St before your appointment.