In this “meet our staff” post we meet Imogen Johnson, our Fair Liaison Officer, and find out more about her role at the Careers Centre.
What is your job at the Careers Centre and what does it involve?
I am the Fair Liaison Officer. I work in the Employer Team and we are responsible for organising Careers Events on campus including employer presentations and Careers Fairs. Recently I was involved in managing the Autumn Graduate Jobs and Internships Fair which was attended by 109 organisations and over 3500 students. I promote our events to employers and students and oversee the booking procedure. I oversee the logistics for Careers Fairs including creating and editing Fair Guides, organising car parking and catering and making sure attendees have all the information they need.
What’s the best thing about your job?
I love the buzz of an event. It is great to see all the hard work that you have put into planning come together on the day. I enjoy talking to students and getting their feedback on our Careers Fairs. The Employer Team take this feedback forward to work to encourage new and exciting organisations to come on campus and speak to our students. It’s really satisfying when an employer books for an event!
What skills are important for your job?
Planning, organisation and the ability to not get flustered! The actual day of a Fair can be extremely busy and it is important to be able to deal with a lot of queries all at once, as well as ever changing priorities. Communication is a big part of my role. I engage with Employers who are interested in meeting Leeds Students and need to be able to portray messages clearly and concisely.
What training or previous experience do you have that has helped you in our current role?
I previously worked as an Events Manager for Cancer Research UK. I organised and managed a number of large scale fundraising events attended by up to 7000 participants. This was a massive responsibility and really helped to develop my time management, planning and communication skills. I also gained experience writing risk assessment and ensuring that health and safety for events was in place. This was particularly useful when looking at the crowd management at the Autumn Fair.
What top tips would you have for student and graduates?
Make the most of your time at University. There are so many opportunities available to students to help you develop your career whether its getting involved with student societies or doing voluntary work. It’s all great experience to put on your CV and secure that interview!