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Careers fairs provide you with the chance to meet employers face-to-face, to learn about current vacancies and opportunities available, and to market yourself to prospective employers. Most of our fairs have several talks you can attend as well, about the sector and opportunities within it – and often the opportunity to get advice on your CV from professionals. See each fair booklet for further details.

If you’re attending a fair, we recommend you read our information on how to prepare for a careers fair for useful tips.

If you are an employer interested in attending a careers fair, please find our employer’s page here.

Michaelmas Term fairs
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Oxford University Careers Fair

Tuesday 13 October 2020

Exhibitors from 12:00-18:00

Oxford University Careers Fair 2019 booklet (pdf)
The booklet for the next fair is uploaded one week beforehand.

Finance Fair

Wednesday 14 October

Exhibitors from 12:00-18:00

Finance Fair 2019 booklet (pdf)
The booklet for the next fair is uploaded one week beforehand.

Management Consultancy Fair

Thursday 15 October 2020

Exhibitors from 12:00-18:00

Management Consultancy Fair 2019 booklet (pdf)
The booklet for the next fair is uploaded one week beforehand.

Science, Engineering and Technology Fair

Monday 19 October 2020

Exhibitors from 12:00-18:00

Science, Engineering & Technology Fair 2019 booklet (pdf)
The booklet for the next fair is uploaded one week beforehand.

Law Fair

Wednesday 21 October 2020

Exhibitors from 12:00-18:00

Law Fair 2019 booklet (pdf)
The booklet for the next fair is uploaded one week beforehand.

Careers in Computing

Monday 26 October 2020

Exhibitors from 12:00-18:00

Careers in Computing 2019 booklet (pdf)
The booklet for the next fair is uploaded one week beforehand.

Jobs for Mathematicians

Wednesday 28 October 2020

Exhibitors from 12:00-18:00

Jobs for Mathematicians 2019 booklet (pdf)
The booklet for the next fair is uploaded one week beforehand.

Internship Fair

Thursday 29 October 2020

Exhibitors from 12:00-18:00

Internship Fair 2019 booklet (pdf)
The booklet for the next fair is uploaded one week beforehand.

Hilary Term fairs
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Creative Careers Night

Thursday 6 February 2020, 17:00-20:00
Ashmolean Museum, OX1 2PH

For more details, see the Creative Careers Night webpage

How to to prepare for a careers fair

OX and Start-Ups Fair – co-hosted by Enterprising Oxford

Wednesday 12 February 2020 – exhibitors from 16:30-18:00
H B Allen Centre, Keble College, Oxford

OX and Start-Ups Fair 2020 booklet (pdf)

The booklet for the next fair is uploaded one week beforehand.
Twitter tag: #OXPostcodeFair

Careers Conference for Researchers

Wednesday 25 March 2020
Manor Road, Social Sciences Building

Careers Conference for Researchers 2019 booklet (pdf)
The booklet for the next fair is uploaded one week beforehand.

Trinity Term fairs
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How to to prepare for a careers fair

Summer Recruitment Event

Graduate Jobs and Internship Opportunities

Summer Graduate & Internship Fair 2019 booklet (pdf)
The booklet for the next fair is uploaded one week beforehand.
Twitter tag: #OxSummerFair

Previous Fairs
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International Careers Day

Saturday 19 January 2019 – exhibitors from 11:00-14:30
Blavatnik School of Government, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG

International Careers Day 2019 booklet (pdf)
The booklet for the next fair is uploaded one week beforehand.
Twitter tag: #OxICD

The Oxford Spinouts Careers Fair

In association with Oxford Entrepreneurs

Thursday 2 March 2017, The Saïd Business School
The Oxford Spinouts Careers Fair 2017 booklet (pdf)

OX– Postcode Fair

About the fair

The Oxford Spinouts Careers Fair has now merged with the OX Postcode Fair – Please see Trinity Term Fairs for 2018 details.

Teaching & Education at The Oxford Careers Fair

Saturday 13 October 2018 – exhibitors from 11.00-14.30
Exam Schools, Oxford

Teaching & Education Fair booklet 2018 event (pdf)
The booklet for the next fair is uploaded one week beforehand.

The Teaching & Education Fair has now merged with the Oxford University Careers Fair – Please see Michaelmas Term Fairs for 2019 details.

Arts, Advertising and Media Fair

Thursday 25 October 2018 – exhibitors from 14.30-17.30
The Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road

Arts, Advertising and Media Fair 2018 booklet (pdf)
The booklet for the next fair is uploaded one week beforehand.
Twitter tag: #OxAMMFair

The Arts, Advertising and Media Fair has now merged with the Oxford University Careers Fair – Please see Michaelmas Term Fairs for 2019 details.

China Fairs
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Oxford Chinese students, research staff and alumni may be interested in our series of fairs aimed at Mandarin speakers. Working in collaboration with other UK universities, we organise fairs both in the UK and in China for you to meet global recruiters and Chinese companies with graduate roles in China. Find out more and book your place for 2020 on our China Careers page.

This information was last updated on 10 July 2020.
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Recruitment opportunities for graduating BME students

Posted on behalf of Adam Hewitt, BA Philosophy and Theology, Harris Manchester College. Blogged by Corina Lacurezeanu on 08/07/2020.

In the wake of racial injustices being exposed yet again in the American police force, the Black Lives Matter movement has seen a global resurgence. The goal of the movement is to end racism, both in institutions and in wider society. Activists wish to see a society in which Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) people do not fear the organisations designed to protect them, and that they are provided with the same opportunities afforded to other members of society. Black Lives Matter “work[s] vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension, all people.”

Recruiters that respect these goals and wish to do their part in creating a more egalitarian society must take positive action to diversify their workforce. This is not only a benefit to the wider society, but also a direct benefit to productivity. A study in the journal of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology shows that diversifying existing groups improves performance. Furthermore, it isn’t only because the new individual adds a new perspective, they also stimulate the existing members of the group to perform better cognitively, adding new perspectives to the existing work force.

The governmental Equality Act of 2010 recognises the need for positive action in recruitment and allows for this practice. Recruiters are allowed to run employment schemes that only accept applicants deemed to be members of a disadvantaged community. BME students fall into this category.

Running BME-focused recruitment pathways is a method that employers use to diversify their workforce. The amount of these pathways in the employment landscape had been steadily increasing over the last few years, added in part by large trendsetters such as the BBC establishing a five-year Diversity and Inclusion strategy in 2016. However, there is a concern that these schemes might start to dwindle after lockdown, especially if the country heads into a recession. It is very likely that the COVID-19 lockdown will shrink the entire recruitment landscape; The Institute for Student Employers has reported that 27% of companies have said that they will be recruiting fewer graduates as a result of COVID-19.

So, I’ve taken a look at a few BME recruitment schemes in order to rekindle their visibility for students concerned about their employment opportunities post-COVID. As well as specific recruitment schemes, I have also included two organisations that aim to provide more generalised support to BME students and graduates.

BME recruitment schemes

The Civil Service Summer Diversity Internship Programme (SDIP)

You may have already heard of the Civil Service Fast Stream, the UK Government’s recruitment scheme designed to get fresh graduates into mid-tier roles straight out of university. Most Fast Stream jobs pay at least £27,000 in their first year, with promotion opportunities often within three years, so as you can guess, it’s a very popular scheme. The SDIP is the Fast Stream’s ‘primer’ internship. It runs over the summer and is open to BME students, those from a low socio-economic background, and disabled students.

Successful applicants will spend a minimum of six weeks working in a department of their choice, gaining experience in civil management that will set them up for a competitive Fast Stream application. If a participant in the SDIP receives a good report from their supervisor, they are ‘fast-tracked’ through the Fast Stream testing process and are automatically admitted to the interview stage.

Find out more about The Civil Service Summer Diversity Internship Programme (SDIP)

Diversity Access Scheme – The Law Society

Every year, The Law Society awards scholarships to 10 students wanting to undertake a Legal Practice Course (LPC). This scheme focuses on candidates from low socio-economic backgrounds. It also takes into account candidates coming from families with no history of FE, and people fleeing violent and oppressive regimes.

Successful applicants will be provided with a bursary to cover the cost of their LPC. The scholarship also provides a professional mentor and work experience in a legal sector of their choice.

Find out more about The Law Society’s Diversity Access Scheme

The Harper-Collins BAME Traineeship

Harper-Collins is one of the world’s biggest publishing brands. In 2016 they launched their traineeship with the goal of recruiting BAME (Black, Asian, and minority ethnic) individuals, and don’t require candidates to hold a degree in order to apply.

Successful applicants are placed on a 12-month rotational employment at the company’s office in London. This allows applicants to gain experience in multiple areas of publishing such as sales, editorial, and production. The position also comes with a training allowance of around £23,000 annually.

Find out more about The BAME Traineeship at Harper-Collins

This is just a sample of the diversity initiatives offered on the job market currently. Graduates will need to conduct their own research in order to find the schemes that best suit their aspirations. However, the three mentioned here are provided from reputable organisations and run on an annually basis, so current 1st and 2nd years can be fairly certain that they will be accepting applicants upon graduation.

BME recruitment support

SEO London

The Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) is an organisation providing support to BME students and those from a low socio-economic background who wish to pursue a career ‘in the city’. They provide support programmes for entry into five sectors; Consulting, Corporate Law, Business Technology, Engineering, and Investment Banking. Also, their HerCapital programme is designed to skill women for leadership roles in the corporate and financial sectors. SEO provides CV, interview, and psychometric test coaching as well as technical training and advice on market awareness.

Their executive staff and directing board are composed of a majority BME cohort with a significant proportion of them being alumni of an SEO programme themselves.

Find out more about SEO London

Creative Access

Creative Access hosts a platform advertising multiple recruitment schemes open to BME graduates interested in a career in the creative industries. Candidates make an account and receive tailored job offers based on their interests they list in their application. They report an 87% employment offer rate after applicants completed one of their advertised internships.

They partner with a large number with big-brand employers like Apple, the BBC, and the Financial Times. Harper-Collins was the first publisher to partner with them in 2011 and have gone on to advertise their BME traineeship through the site. Another benefit of the large pool of employment opportunities they have listed is the potential to be employed in areas of England outside of London, as well as remote work placements.

Find out more about Creative Access

These lists are by no means exhaustive and are provided as a useful starting position for graduates and soon-to-be graduates to begin exploring the opportunities currently offered. The organisations listed under recruitment support are a great next step for students curious about diversity recruitment schemes. Both websites have detailed resource lists and information for those wanting to find out more about BME recruitment schemes.

Article written for the Careers Service by Adam Hewitt, BA Philosophy and Theology, Harris Manchester College

Ongoing careers guidance and support

Blogged by Corina Lacurezeanu on 07/07/2020.

The Oxford University Careers Service continues to offer a wealth of support to help you develop your skills and put yourself in the best possible position for entering the jobs market. Here are the ways in which the Careers Service can help you during the long vacation:

  • Book an advice appointment and get tailored careers support from our careers advisers.
  • Apply for micro-internships between 13 July and 3 August on CareerConnect for remote opportunities available in September.
  • Develop your employability skills by taking part in the Oxford Strategy Challenge. The programme can help you prepare for the workplace and build commercial awareness and experience.
  • Access Career Weaver, our web-based application to help you explore your personal work-drivers. Sign in with your University SSO.
  • Browse recruiter events and vacancies on the Careers Service’s CareerConnect.
  • Read a wide range of career briefings, find out how to develop your employability skills and build successful applications on the Careers Service website.

Help the Careers Service to support and improve recruitment at Oxford in 2020

Blogged by Hugh Nicholson-Lailey on 04/06/2020.

We hope that you and your families remain safe and well, and that you are able to look beyond the current impact of Covid-19 with anticipation and hope.

Please help us by taking just 5 minutes to complete our online student survey.

In June and early July, the Careers Service will host many of our external partners to look ahead to this summer and beyond. We will use these meetings to advise the companies and their recruiters about the support we offer them, and what they need to do to provide you with the information, opportunities and advice that you think is most important. Your contribution is, therefore, essential in helping us to provide our recruiters with the insights and advice that they need as well as helping us to revise our own services and support in the weeks and months ahead.

In anticipation, thank you very much for your help.

Film, TV & Games – Building and learning new skills!

Blogged by Corina Lacurezeanu on 21/04/2020.

This is a challenging time for all of us and for the screen industries too. The great news is that the industry and other online providers are offering training and courses (many of them free) to help anyone interested in further developing their interests and skills. You just have to be curious and track down what’s available that matches your interests.

Here is a taster of some of the free content out there:

  • Screenskills is offering a number free training sessions every week ranging from advice on freelancing to Q&A sessions with programming commissioners. Also, check out their website for a look at their advice on job profiles, how to build a portfolio and how to network well.
  • BAFTA Guru is also a great place to find career information, listen to interviews, podcasts, panel discussions across all sectors of the industry.
  • LinkedIn Learning (which can be accessed for free via the university’s IT Services) offers thousands of free courses including, character animation and tips and insights into creating a short film.
  • Future Learn is currently offering courses on Screenwriting and Film Distribution, and in May will be offering a short course on Filmmaking, designed by the National Film & Television School and BFI.

Also, don’t forget to follow your favourite industry practitioners on social media, as lots of them are offering free Instagram and Facebook live sessions and YouTube classes and demonstrations.

China Careers Insight continues!

Blogged by Julia Hilton on 05/03/2020.

The China Careers Insight programme continues to offer a number of webinars from employers in China (and globally) aimed at the recruitment of Chinese students studying at Oxford and other UK institutions. This programme was setup recently in place of the Warwick China Fair which had to be cancelled due to the spread of corona-virus. As before, the best way to stay in touch with all of the latest information is via the China Insight Careers App.  Details of the new webinars are as follows:

Advertising, Marketing and New Media Career Advice

Wednesday 11 March, 12:00-13:00

In this session, consultant Coolio Yang will be introducing his career with global agencies and as a blogger himself. He will be also talking about prospective in overseas students’ strengths and weaknesses when it comes to finding a job, or setting up their own businesses in China.

Executive Sharing of Dell Technologies

Thursday 12 March, 9:30-10:15

Join us for this webinar to find out more about Dell and what it is like working for a multinational organisation, including competitive advantages and disadvantages as a UK graduate.

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