On 24th October 2013, twelve major graduate employers will be coming on campus to meet students at the Business and Finance Mini Fair. Held in the Business School foyer, it is an unmissable event for any student who is considering a career in business or finance and wants to meet large corporate employers!
Have you started to think about which companies you might like to work for once you graduate? Well if you’re a final year then we really hope so! With Graduate Scheme deadlines looming, and competition for jobs more fierce than ever, it’s important to give yourself the best chance possible. Careers fairs are a great way to interact face-to-face with potential employers, ask any burning questions you have for them and really make a lasting impression. But the fair isn’t just for final years! It’s also a great opportunity for 1st and 2nd years who are looking for internships, insight weeks, industrial placements or would just like to get ahead of the game and meet potential future employers.
Here are some key steps that you can take to be successful and make the most of the fair:
- Before you attend:
- Decide which employers you would like to speak to.
- Research the organisations you want to meet.
- Decide how to introduce yourself – be professional.
- Think about questions that you would like to ask them.
- Whilst you’re at the fair:
- Actually speak to people! You’re at the fair to talk to employers.
- Make the most of your time with recruiters – ask the questions that you really want to know the answer to!
- Keep your options open – speak to all of the companies that you researched.
Remember – employers come to the fair so that they can meet potential candidates. They want to talk to you, so make the most of the opportunity and impress whilst you have the chance. We asked a couple of employers how students will benefit from coming to the fair – here’s what they said:
Here’s why Haidee Coleman from Faurecia thinks that you should come to the fair:
“If one of your students attends the fair they are getting access to networking with employers before they have even applied! So in terms of preparing for the fair, maybe looking at what employers are going to be there before hand and if any catch their eye, taking a better look at the employer website and learning a bit more about them, so the student is able to ask questions, which would be really beneficial for the students and the employer. To make the most of the event, I would say students should speak to employers and engage in conversation, if you have a question ask it! This could help them when it comes to the application process, if an employer positively remembers you from a fair that can only aid them in getting further. Lastly, we are also going to be taking interested students details, to email them with our vacancies’ (making the process easier for them!).”
Carla Murray from Morrisons is looking forward to meeting you all at the fair – here’s what she said when we asked her why students should come along:
“Don’t just take our word for it, come and hear from our grads about the experiences they have had on the Morrisons gradate schemes and the opportunities that a career with the UK’s 4th largest retail could bring – you wont be disappointed!”
Make sure you make the most of being at the fair, and remember to do your research so that you can impress employers with your commercial awareness.
We look forward to meeting you at the fair.