Careers Fairs are one of the best ways to explore the range of opportunities available to you while you study and when you graduate. Each year we organise a number of careers fairs open to students from every discipline and level of study. At the fairs, you'll not only be able to network with top employers, but also speak to recent graduates who are now working for them. Many students come away from these events with useful contacts or even having secured an interview.
The Skills and Part Time Jobs Fair, (previously the Annual Careers Fair) is a great opportunity to network with employers who can offer you roles whilst you study. You can also find out more about the support on offer to you here at the university, to boost your employability skills.
View our video of last year’s fair and see the advice employers have for students looking to stand out from the crowd:
We also host sector-specific career fairs, the majority of which are held in the first and second semester:
- Science and Technology Volunteering Fair (October)
- Languages Fair (October)
- Property and Construction Networking Fair (October)
- Westminster Business Careers Fair and Panel (November)
- Social, Public and Education Careers Fair (November)
- Computer Science Fair (November)
- Creative Careers Fair (January)
- Tourism, Events and Hospitality Panel (TBC)
For the latest updates on career fairs and how you can book a place, see Events on Engage.
Get a glimpse of the Creative Careers Fair held in Harrow:
Preparing for the fair
- Get a list of who is exhibiting and plan who you want to visit. A list of exhibitors will be on the Events page on Engage – research your top ten employers.
- Write down five specific 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.
- be proactive and engaging with the company representatives, ask specific questions about the company or the graduate roles available.
- 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.
For more information about the careers fairs and how you can book a place, see Events on Engage.