Careers fairs and events
Attending our Careers Fairs, workshops and panel events is one of the best ways to explore the range of opportunities available to you whilst you study and when you graduate. Each year we organise a number of careers events, in addition to Employability Month in February, which are open to students from every discipline and level of study. At the fairs and events, you'll not only be able to network with top employers about placements, part time work and graduate jobs, but you can also hear the experiences of Westminster graduates who are now working for them.
If you make the most of these great opportunities you could come away with a number of very useful contacts in your industry of choice, or even having secured an interview.
Our biggest Careers Fair is The Skills and Part Time Jobs Fair in October, which is a great opportunity to network with employers who can offer you paid part time positions for whilst you are studying.
We also host sector-specific career fairs, the majority of which are held in the first semester:
- Science and Technology Volunteering Fair (October)
- Careers in Languages Fair (October)
- Property and Construction Fair (October)
- Westminster Business Careers Fair (October)
- Careers in Politics and International Relations Panel & Networking (October)
- Careers in Education Fair (October)
- Careers in News and Publishing Panel & Networking (November)
- Computer Science and Engineering Fair (November)
- Creative Careers Fair (January)
For the latest updates on career fairs and how you can book a place, see Events on Engage.
Preparing for an event
- Get a list of the employers who are attending and plan who you want to visit or meet with. A list of attendees will be on the Events page on Engage – for fairs 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.
We know that networking can be daunting, so view our video from last year’s fair to see the advice employers have for students on how to network at careers fairs:
What to expect
Make sure that you:
- Dress smartly – first impressions are important if you want to be remembered.
- Be attentive, confident and polite.
- 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 employers present who have interesting opportunities that you may not yet have considered.
- Bring copies of your CV and research the companies attending beforehand that match your interests, values and experiences.
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.
Get a glimpse of the Creative Careers Fair held in Harrow:
Find out more about last year’s Careers in Politics and International Relations Panel by watching this video:
After the event
- Make a list of the companies you want to follow up with, 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.