#DMUworks Graduate Recruitment and Placements Fair 2019

The #DMUworks Graduate Recruitment and Placements Fair is the biggest employer event that takes place on Campus each year. This year it will be held on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 October at The Venue@DMU

Enterprise Rent-a-Car are sponsoring the event and will be attending along with many other organisations that recruit students for internships, working abroad, placements and graduate roles. 

DMU staff will also be there to provide you with careers advice or CV checks. 

The Careers Fair Plus App has a list of all exhibitors, what they offer, a floor plan and hints and tips on getting the most out of the fair and support you in planning your visit.

The careers fair is a drop-in event, students are welcome to attend any time between 11am-3pm on both days.

For a taste of the event, take a look at last years round-up video below:

There will be a variety of presentations taking place at the fair on both days, you can find out more via MyGateway. Places are limited, so booking is essential.

Tuesday 29 October

11.30am: How to submit winning applications and stand out at interview

1.30pmAssessment Centre Tips  - delivered by FDM

Wednesday 30 October

11.30am: A chance to see Paris and visit the Enterprise Rent a Car HQ

1.30pm: How to get a graduate job offer before you graduate - delivered by a DMU graduate

Prior to the event the careers team will be hosting ‘careers fair preparation’ sessions to provide students with hints and tips on how to get the most out of the fair.

All sessions will take place at 1pm in Gateway House.

Tuesday 22nd October
Wednesday 23rd October
Thursday 24th October
Monday 28th October

Below we have listed a few FAQs:

What is a Careers Fair?

A careers fair is where organisations who recruit students and graduates come to raise awareness of their opportunities to students and recent graduates.  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 a 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.  ‘What do you do?’ is not an ideal first question to ask an exhibitor. 

 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.  Do not make assumptions about companies, their roles and entry requirements.  For example, if you see Sainsbury’s at the fair, they are not recruiting for retail positions.  Such organisations have various business functions for which they recruit placement students and graduates, including: HR, Finance, Marketing, Logistics, IT, Operations, Fashion, 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, that’s why they are at the event.  You could 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, 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)
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 taking place on both days.  Book any that you are interested in through MyGateway.

 Do you have any tips for the day of the event?

Dress smart/smart casual – avoid caps, joggers etc
Try and avoid walking around in groups and just 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.  

Posted on: Friday 18 October 2019

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