Tahmina is a Leeds University History graduate who is now working in Marketing and Communications at TPP – an IT company, specialising in healthcare software. In this post she tells us a bit about the company, and explains how Careers Fairs have aided TPP’s recruitment process. She provides some useful tips on attending careers fairs and getting the most out of the experience.
TPP is a Leeds based IT company dedicated to delivering world class healthcare software in the UK and internationally. We moved into our new headquarters in Horsforth earlier this year which houses 600+ staff. With just over 200 employees at the moment, we are having a huge recruitment drive to get talented graduates to be part of this exciting time of growth.
Our focus is on graduate recruitment and most of the people who work at TPP join us straight from university. As such, we place a lot of emphasis on working with universities to find the right people. We advertise on university careers websites, write blogs occasionally and also attend careers fairs.
How careers fairs have helped TPP recruit
We frequently present at university careers fairs and have had a lot of success in hiring graduates in this way. The largest team in the company is the software development team, the team that write the clinical system that we create. Over the last three years, recruitment for this team (and many others) has been continuous and has incorporated close working with universities. Of all the avenues used to attract software developers, university careers fairs have been the most popular, with a hire rate of just over 18%.
How careers fairs can help you
It’s daunting taking the leap from education into work, so having a chance to meet with prospective employers in your own setting and being able to ask lots of questions is a great opportunity to figure out what you want to do with your degree; equally it’s a great chance for employers to tell you about themselves. We find the experience invaluable and we are keen on getting more graduates from the University of Leeds to come and work for us.
As a University of Leeds alumna, I found careers fairs really worthwhile and I found that the best way to get the most out of them was to ask questions. Ultimately, you are looking for a job that suits you as much as employers are looking for candidates that suit them, so make sure you take the opportunity to ask about everything, from company culture to what a day in the life might look like. It’s rare that you get the opportunity to meet prospective employers outside of an interview situation, so make the most of it!
We will hopefully see some more of you at the next careers fair!
The Graduate Jobs and Internships Fair is taking place on 10th October. Don’t forget to book your place – with over 120 employers attending, you will surely find something that interests you! For more information on how to prepare for fairs, check out our checklist blogpost.