One week today is the Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair. This is the region’s largest event of its kind, with over 100 organisations attending. This post will help you prepare and get the most out of it.
Regardless of whether or not you’ve attended a careers fair before, they can be a bit intimidating. This fair attracts a lot of employers, students and graduates and so is busy. This video, taken at the fair a couple of years ago, will give you an idea of what to expect Continue reading
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
Not sure what the Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair is? In this blog post our Careers Advisor, Claire Alford, explains just that and offers her advice on how to make the most of the fair.
As a graduate myself, I know that whilst concentrating on exams, it can be hard to think about career plans. At times it can be easier to push it to the back of your mind and think: ‘I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it’ , but speaking from my own experience, preparation for your future can actually make things a lot easier. 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
We know that leaving university to enter the world of work can be scary, but the Careers Centre is here to make that transition easier. In this guest blog post, Jacqui Musson from Sellick Partnership talks about how to prepare for work.
Leaving university can be as exciting as it can be daunting. For three or more years you’ve built relationships and an understanding of how to operate within the confines of another educational institute, one that has required more self discipline and motivation perhaps than your previous experience. Whilst the idea of no more dissertations or exams is just the best feeling possible, what’s next can be as scary a proposition. Continue reading
If you are wondering why you should attend the YGRF in a few weeks time, then look no further! In this blog post our Fair Liaison Officer, Lauren McArthur, explains how two Leeds students walked away from our Spring Fair with graduate jobs!
Building relationships face to face….not much can beat it in the world of graduate recruitment, and it’s something I like to talk about – a lot!
A graduate recruitment fair brings leading graduate employers together under one roof and allows you to quickly build rapport with each one you speak to, giving you an excellent impression of the organisation whilst highlighting your talents at the same time. Continue reading
Joel Briscoe has just completed his first year studying an Undergraduate Degree in Physics. He attended the Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair last week and here he outlines his experiences of it.
I didn’t really know what to expect at the Yorkshire Graduate Recruitment Fair other than being bombarded with flyers and requests for my emails, however, I was happily surprised this wasn’t the case when I arrived!
At The Fair
So, the first thing I did after picking up my programme was to find the employers I really wanted to talk to during the day Continue reading