Each year we organise a major careers fair to give you the chance to explore the range of opportunities available to you both while you are studying and when you graduate.
At the fair, you'll not only be able to network with top employers, but also speak to recent graduates who are now working for them.
Preparing for the fair
- Get a list of who is exhibiting and plan who you want to visit – research your top ten employers.
- Write down five questions you would like to ask the employers about their company.
- Prepare a tailored CV to take with you on the day.
At the fair
Make sure that you:
- dress smartly – first impressions are important if you want to be remembered.
- be enthusiastic and engaged when speaking to potential employers.
- make a note of people you have spoken to so that you can refer to them during the recruitment process.sell yourself to potential employers.
- be proactive and engaging with the company representatives.
- be prepared to talk about yourself and what makes you a credible candidate for their firm.
- be open-minded – there may be exhibitors present who have interesting opportunities that you may not yet have considered.
And make sure that you do not:
- Follow everyone else around and listen while someone else asks the questions.
- Walk up to a representative and ask what their company does, what salary they pay or what you could do. You should already know what they do and which position is best suited to your skills.
After the fair
- Make a list of the companies you want to follow up, along with their application closing dates.
- Send a follow-up email to any contacts you made, thanking them for their time.
- Start to prepare your applications for the companies you are most interested in.