Graduate Recruitment and Placements Fair
The #DMUworks Graduate Recruitment and Placements Fair took place on the 30th and 31st of October and was a great success, with many satisfied students and employers. Across the two days, approximately 2,000 students attended the fair and over 70 employers exhibited stands recruiting students for internships, placements, graduate roles and international opportunities. Some employers who attended the fair included Enterprise Rent-a-Car, FDM Group, Teach First and ASOS.
During the fair there were also a number of helpful presentations from employers at the event that were attended by a range of students, including:
- I have no work experience, how do I get a job?
- What do employers really look for in candidates?
- Overcoming fears of networking
- How a placement WILL benefit your career
The fair offered students a unique opportunity to talk with employers and learn about the different opportunities they have on offer. Many employers also advised students on how to succeed in applications and what skills they were looking for in students.
After attending the Graduate Recruitment and Placements Fair, students should make sure they follow up on any employer they have spoken to and research any opportunities that interested them.
It is important that students regularly check MyGateway to find out about upcoming careers events on campus and to view the live opportunities and other roles that are advertised. Students can also use MyGateway for support with applications and booking appointments with the careers advice team.
A key upcoming event that students should note is the placements fair taking place on Tuesday 5th February 2019. This event is similar to the graduate recruitment and placement fair except it only has exhibitors offering placements, the event is aimed at first and second years considering taking a placement year.
What is a careers fair?
A careers fair is where organisations who recruit students and graduates come to raise awareness of their opportunities. The Venue is filled with organisation stands and students have the opportunity to go and talk to them and find out more about the types of roles they recruit for, what they look for in candidates and is an ideal time to gain information about their application process. This is an chance to find out what they look for in candidates during each stages of recruitment as well as possibly meeting some of the people who are involved in the selection of candidates. You cannot afford to miss out on this priceless opportunity to get a head start in your career.
How can I get the most out of a careers fair?
Take a look at which organisations are attending using the app. Research the following:
- What kind of roles do they recruit for?
- Do they accept a degree from any subject area?
- What are the values of the organisation, do they match with yours?
- A recruiter is likely to be impressed if you have researched the organisations before you speak to them, and are already aware of what they do.
I have lectures on the day but would like to come, what can I do?
The fair runs over two days, with some employers attending both days and others only attending one. The fair runs from 11am to 3pm. Even if you have half an hour, come and speak to organisations you are really interested in and see if the others have any literature that you can take away and read when you get a chance.
Will there be any jobs that are relevant to my degree?
More than 60% of organisations recruit students from any degree discipline; company roles and their entry requirements may surprise you. Organisations have various business functions for which they recruit placement students and graduates, including HR, finance, marketing, iogistics, IT, operations, design, etc. Be open to finding out about what each organisation offers.
How should I approach an exhibitor?
Remember; they want to talk to you! Start by introducing yourself and telling them what you are studying, tell them what you already know about the organisation then ask about anything you would like to know. We wouldn’t recommend approaching a stand just for freebies.
I don’t know what I want to do after I graduate, is it still worth me attending?
Definitely. If you are unsure of what you would like to do once you leave university, we advise you to speak to employers or internal DMU staff to find out what options are open to you. You can then rule out those that are not of interest and explore the options of interest. This is the same if you are considering a placement or internship.
What can I do to prepare for the fair prior to attending?
Download the Careers Fair Plus App – familiarise yourself with the floor plan and where the organisations are. Research the organisations to see their entry requirements and roles they offer, and think about any questions you would like to ask them. Consider preparing a short introduction when approaching employers (eg. name, what you are studying, what you are looking for).
You also have the opportunity to attend a fair preparation presentation - they will be held in the weeks leading up to the fair – book to attend one through MyGateway.
There will be presentations given by employers taking place on both days of the Careers Fair. Book any that interest you in advance through MyGateway.
Do you have any tips for the day of the event?
Dress smart/smart casual – avoid caps, joggers etc. Try to avoid walking around in groups and collecting freebies.
Should I do anything after the fair?
Try to take follow-up action straight away so that the information is fresh in your mind. As the academic year progresses you are likely to have more university work so take advantage of any spare time you have to make a start on your career.
Where can I download the DMU Careers Fair Plus app?
Download DMU Careers Fair Plus for iOS
Download DMU Careers Fair Plus for Android