How to prepare for the event
Speak to your Tutors
Speak to your tutors. Your tutors may be able to tell you about the kinds of placements / graduate jobs that students have done before and which companies they have worked for. If you are a 2nd year undergraduate student, find out who is the Placement Tutor for your course of study. Your Placement Tutor can tell you how students on placement are monitored, assessed and evaluated and whether or not you can receive credits towards your final degree result for doing a placement.
Use the University's Careers and Enterprise Service
It is important that you use the services of the University's Careers and Enterprise Team before you attend the event. We can provide you with advice and information on your future career direction, help you think about how you can best "sell" yourself to employers, help you think about how you can improve your employability and help you to prepare for interviews.
We run a daily Drop In Session from 1.00pm-4.00pm where you can get your CV reviewed ahead of attending a Careers Fair. You can also book a 30 minute appointment with a University Careers Adviser here . The Careers and Enterprise Team is in University House on floor 1.
Think about what you want
Think about what type of placement / graduate opportunity you want to do and what skills and experiences you are looking to gain. Think about the types of questions you might want to ask the employers to help you decide whether specific opportunities are what you are looking for. This event gives you an opportunity to network with employers to help you determine what type of placement / graduate opportunity you are looking for. This event provides an opportunity for you to "sell" your skills and abilities to a potential employer.
Improve your CV
Many businesses at the fair will accept a copy of your CV.
- Create or update your CV: please use our guide to creating a CV here
- Visit the Careers & Enterprise Team at least a week before the fair to get your CV reviewed at one of our daily Drop In Sessions
- Give yourself time to make necessary changes to your CV before you make copies and bring them to the fair.
- Bring several copies of your CV with you.
- Examine the list of employers that will be offering jobs at the Work Fair. This list contains information about the vacancies on offer. You can find out more about the employers that will be at the Work Fair by looking at the list of attendees on the webpage for the event
Take the forms away from the fair and complete them carefully and thoroughly checking them for mistakes before sending them to employers. Completing an application form in a hurry at the fair may make your application look untidy and you may make mistakes. Make sure you get the correct contact details from employers to return applications.
Wear something appropriate
It is best not to wear jeans and a t-shirt to attend this event. It is best to wear something smart. You may meet a potential employer at this event and it is important that you make a good first impression.
See our Preparing for Careers Fairs Infographic for more tips.