Fiaza Boota is a 2nd year History student and is one of this year’s History Interns, focusing on the Teaching sector. She attended the Autumn Graduate Jobs and Internships Fair on Monday 12th October and spoke to many of the teacher training providers there. She’s kindly written up her findings which will be particularly useful if you did not get a chance to attend yourself.
The Graduate Fair took place on Monday this week and it provided students the chance to interact with over 120 different organisations. It was useful for those who had no idea about which career they may want to advance in and also for those who were keen to talk to a representative of a company they want to work in.
I went in as a second year History student who wants to become a teacher. Going around the fair made me realise that there are hundreds of opportunities that are available to History – and other – students, here at the University of Leeds. The aim of this review is to provide those who you who didn’t get the chance to go to the Fair to gain access to information about the organisations which represented the Education sector. Continue reading
Our Autumn Graduate Jobs and Internships Fair takes place on Monday 12th October from 11am-3pm at The Edge. There are over 120 organisations attending from a whole range of sectors. This is a fantastic opportunity for students, at all levels, to find out about opportunities with these organisations and to make a good first impression. This post provides tips and advice to help you get the most out of it.
Who should attend?
Everyone! Whether you are in your first, middle, or final year and whether you are looking for a first-year insight opportunity, placement, internship or graduate job, there will be organisations there with opportunities for you.
What to expect
Attending a large recruitment fair, particularly for the first time, can be daunting. Remember that all the organisations are there because they want to meet Leeds students, so try to relax and take advantage of the opportunity to speak to recruiters and those who are doing the job at the moment. The video below (taken from our Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair last summer) provides a great overview of what to expect, as well as comments from recruiters, students and graduates on why they found it useful.
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
Careers Fairs allow students to meet a range of employers and learn what they are looking for in their future employees. If you are undecided about a career, they are an opportunity to explore and learn more about your options. If you have already decided on a career, meeting with employers at the fair enables you to gain further information about that organisation which can really make a difference in your application.
Chances are that the recruiter you meet at the fair will be involved in recruiting you so it is really important to make a great first impression. We run several ‘Preparing for the Careers Fair’ skills sessions throughout the year Continue reading
Wondering whether it’s worth staying in Leeds long enough to go to the Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair? In this blog post Grant Sanderson, a recent graduate who now works at Deloitte, explains why careers fairs are so important. See you at the YGRF!
Why are career fairs important?
The graduate job market is highly competitive. Deloitte recently ranked 2nd in ‘The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers’ so it’s no surprise that we get over 18,000 applicants for graduate positions every year. It’s important to make your application stand out from the crowd. Continue reading
Are you an Arts or PVAC student?
Unsure as to where you degree could lead?
Starting to think about your options after university and feeling a little overwhelmed by the vast amount of careers on offer?
Put Wednesday 13th November in your diary because Expo13 is a careers day aimed directly at you! Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
The Autumn Graduate Jobs and Internships Fair is an annual event which is this year held on Monday 14th October. In this blog post our student intern, Chloe McDonald, runs through why careers fairs are useful to you!
Careers fairs. You’ve seen the Tweets, the banners around campus and the emails that are sent to you every week. The Autumn Graduate jobs and Internships Fair is just round the corner, but why do you need to go? Why is it a good idea to go to a careers fair when you could be watching Breaking Bad, shopping at Trinity or preparing for an evening at Fruity? Continue reading