Careers, Employability and Skills

Contact Info

Fairs for Students

Programmes    Read up on attending organisations

Business & Finance Fair
Tuesday 22 October 2013, 11.00- 3.00, Whitla Hall
Engineering, Science & Technology Fair
Wednesday 23 October 2013, 11.00-3.00, Whitla & South Dining Halls
Law & Legal Related Roles Fair
Wednesday 6 November 2013, 12.30 - 3.30, Whitla Hall
Work Experience & Placement Fair
Wednesday 5 February 2014, 11.00 - 3.00, Whitla Hall

Preparation    Be Organised

Try to find out about the employer/organisation before you go and talk with their representatives.
Be clear about the type of work you are seeking and why you would be good at it.
Be able to explain what attracts you about a particular type of work and why you are interested in the organisation.

Approach     First Impressions

Company representatives are impressed by a motivated student wanting to make an informed career choice and making an effort to search for positions before many of the opportunities disappear.

Therefore, approach the company representatives confidently and positively, and know what you are going to talk about.

What to Ask and How to Ask It   Don’t Rush, Take Your Time But Don’t Waste Representative’s Time

Find out what sort of people the company is looking for in terms of degree, work experience etc.

Then, if you’re interested:

Ask the representatives to explain the job in terms of duties, responsibilities, starting salaries etc. and go on to find out things about the firm in terms of the future prospects for a new employee, eg training and development opportunities

Before you move on     Be Sure To Be Satisfied

Make sure you have covered everything that you want to.

If you are interested in a position with the firm, say so and ask where you should go from there to get information or make an application.

Don’t be afraid to ask about the firm’s selection procedure.

Take a note of the name, position and company base of the representative you speak with; it will give you a contact to follow up.

Follow Up     Make A Little Effort And Achieve A Worthwhile “Next Step” After Your Degree

Make the fullest use of your contacts and the information that you collect today.

Research, Research, Research - get as much information as you can before you start making decisions - use the resources at Careers, Employability Skills in the Student Guidance Centre.

If an employer gives you an application form don't complete it hastily.  Take it home and take your time with it.  Deadlines for applications are usually reasonably far off.

If in doubt ask for help at the Careers, Employability and Skills stand!