Monthly Archives: May 2015

Why come to a careers fair? An Arts student’s perspective

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The Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair takes place at The Edge here on campus on 8th June 2015.  With over 120 organisations attending, including local, national and international companies and postgraduate education providers, this is a great opportunity to meet representatives from a range of organisations.  In this post, final year student Verity outlines why she thinks meeting such representatives face to face is so useful.

I’m a final year Literature student and I’ve been working in the Careers Centre’s Employer Team part time since September, mostly doing administration, working at events and some marketing. One of my main jobs is uploading vacancies to the Careers Centre Jobs Portal. I always find it interesting to take a sneaky peak and discover interesting job roles I never imagined existed across the UK and the world that I could apply for as an arts graduate. I think there is a myth amongst arts students that the Careers Centre can only help those studying Business, IT or Engineering; it has been really eye-opening and reassuring to see the huge range of opportunities that are applicable to my interests and aspirations across the Advertising/Marketing/PR, Creative Arts/Design, Education, HR/ Recruitment and Media/Publishing/Journalism industries.

Answering the phones and e-mails, hosting recruiters at workshops and events and listening in on company presentations has given me numerous opportunities to chat to recruiters and HR execs from all kinds of companies, local businesses and huge multi-national corporations. There is definitely something to be said for talking to a recruiter face to face so you can really gain an understanding of what that company is about. Most importantly, speaking to someone in person helps you to build confidence in your own skills so much more than a faceless application. This is why I think the Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair is such a unique opportunity for soon-to-be-graduates to introduce themselves to employers, get a sense for the recruiters as people (the HR exec reading your application is still a human!) and ask the important questions. I think it is the best way to gain confidence in your own abilities and qualifications which will crucially come through at the time of application and interview.

To get a flavour of what to expect at the Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair, take a look at this short video, taken at the fair a couple of years ago, and hear from recruiters and students about what they think of the fair. Stay up to date with news about the Fair at #YGRF15 on Twitter. Full details, including a list of which organisations are attending is available on the fair mini-site

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Mix it up: 5 ways to get work experience this summer

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CC-BY Cherry Tomato Mix by Dwight Sipler

Is getting some work experience on your agenda for this summer? It should be, as employers are increasingly citing this as one of the most important things they look for in graduate recruits. This needn’t be a chore nor does it have to take up much of your summer, but using a variety of different approaches will really pay off. Read on for our quick and simple tips on how to go about it.

As the saying goes, variety is the spice of life and this applies when looking for work experience too (or jobs for that matter).  You may have been searching for and applying to advertised opportunities already.  This is definitely worthwhile, but in addition to applying for advertised roles it is also good to mix it up and use a variety of approaches in your search. So what else can you do? Continue reading

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