Why Why Why … Should I go to Careers Fairs?

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I’m no Tom Jones, although I do love him … But, I can help to explain Why Cardiff students and graduates should attend Careers Fairs.

Why … Fairs are organised by Careers and Employability at Cardiff University to help its Students and Graduates get work experience, graduate jobs, postgraduate study and more .

Why … Student and Graduate Recruiters – local, national, large and small want to recruit and some particularly want to recruit from Cardiff University – they hope to do this by attending Careers Fairs.

Why … University Staff and External Recruiters recognise that students and graduates should be made aware of the huge array of opportunities available to them whilst at Uni and after they have graduated – Fairs are an ideal way to do this.

And there’s more … 

Careers Fairs help you to: –

  • make personal contact with representatives from a number of organisations
  • talk to current graduates – now working
  • pick up literature to help you research
  • find out about vacancies for graduates and student placements
  • get your questions answered instantaneously and face to face by recruiters
  • build networks & establish links – create a good impression
  • hone your interview skills
  • learn industry information

If that’s reason enough to attend Fairs (what more do you want?) then great we’ll see you soon. Now, to make the most of meeting these recruiters … 

Think about what you want to know and ask sensible questions of the recruitment staff exhibiting – what do you want to know?: –

  • What areas does the organisation specialise in?
  • What sorts of things do you need to do to increase my chances of getting a job?
  • Do they have any international offices?
  • Do they offer work placements?
  • What type of work do graduates do?
  • Do they offer deferred entry?
  • When should you apply?
  • Can you apply with lower a-level points?
  • What are the organisation’s minimum requirements?
  • What level of training will be provided?
  • Will I have to move around the UK?

So you’re planning to attend, you have some great questions in mind. Now, think about what the exhibitors may want to know about you

What can you say about yourself? Think about: –

  • How you became interested in the organisation
  • What you know about the industry
  • Your academic degree specialism, projects and relevant coursework
  • Prizes, awards and achievements you’ve gained
  • Specific job training you’ve had
  • Technical, computer and language skills you have
  • Volunteering activities you’ve undertaken
  • Your career aspirations
  • Your interest and enthusiasm for the position/organisation you are applying for

Great, you’re going, questions in mind and you know why recruiters should consider you. Now, It’s Fair day, here are my final suggestions: –  

  • Smart-casual dress
  • Arrive on time
  • Have something to say when you approach a stand
  • Be confident, positive, enthusiastic & professional
  • Take notes
  • If the stand is busy, wait patiently, or go back later
  • Only take ‘freebies’ offered to you

 I hope this has helped you.  Fairs are informal and there’s loads to gain, drop in to suit you and your timetable – don’t miss out. 

There are 5 Fairs running weekly from Tues 15 October.  The thoughts above apply to interactions with recruiters at all fairs and events and should help you make a great first impression and enhance your opportunities for the future – good luck.  

Katrina, Marketing Manager

 

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