Making the Most of Careers Fairs
We hold a dozen careers fairs each year, the majority taking place in Michaelmas Term. All the exhibitors that are invited to our fairs have graduate jobs, internships or other opportunities available in the current recruitment cycle
Our careers fairs give you the chance to meet recruiters, attend presentations, and learn about current vacancies and opportunities available.
The recruiters are trying to market their organisation to you and inform or persuade you why you should consider applying to them. However, the fairs are also an opportunity for you to market yourself to potential employers. They are great opportunities to get insight on what makes a good application or interview as well as the chance for you to practice your networking and information-gathering skills as the recruiter stands will have graduate recruitment staff and/or senior managers, who may also review future applications. They may remember meeting you at the fair, and so making a positive impression may help you make a later, successful application. If you’ve been particularly impressive they may even ask for your name and contact details, and watch out for your name as applications come in.
It can be difficult for students to stand out at fairs; there are so many people there and it can seem overwhelming. Being prepared is the best way to make a good impression and get noticed. Think ahead and have a strategy.