Why attend a careers fair?
Whether you’re at the 'Evaluate', 'Explore' or 'Enact' stage of your career journey, careers fairs are a great way to speak with prospective employers in order to learn about job sectors, career opportunities and understand employer requirements. They’re not just for final year students either; first and second years can also benefit. Around three quarters of employers last year offered placements and/or internships as well as graduate training schemes.
The Careers Fair took place on Wednesday 24 October 2018 in the Picture Gallery and North Quad.
With 37 employers on campus and 1,234 of you turning up on the day, it was our biggest and most successful fair to date!
What you said...
“I came to the fair last year and realised that I would have really benefitted if I had prepared better. This year, I read up on the employers who would be there, mapped out my day and feel that I got so much more out of the experience. I was impressed by Unicredit and also found out about summer internship opportunities.”
Second year Economics student Gaia Fioresino (right) pictured with her classmate Barbara Vignato.
“As a first year, I was curious to see what the Careers Fair actually is about. I liked speaking to the Army about the opportunities to join them as a musician.”
First year Music student, Nimat Awoyemi
So, you've been to the Careers Fair...what next?
What happens if you've been to the Careers Fair and discover that there's nothing that appeals to you?
Careers Consultant Rae Roberts, explains that research is part of the job search. The Careers Fair was the perfect place to explore what type of sector, company and workplace you want to work in and evaluate which of your skills are valued by employers. In this video, she guides you through the steps to take after the Careers Fair.
Now that you've been to the fair, it may also help to rewatch this video where our Careers Consultant Gemma Seabrook, explains how the the Careers Fair was your first step in making job applications and gives tips on how you can now sharpen your job hunting skills.
Over to you!
You can still research and contact employers who attended the Careers Fair. Find out what they are offering in the booklet. You can download it here.
You can also research the companies on their websites.
Find a job, get recruited
Whether you are looking for summer internships, interested in graduate roles or want to get a part-time job, check out ‘Jobs Online’ on our Careers Portal – we advertise up to 2,000 jobs every week with more than 50 graduate scheme opportunities.
Log on, go to the ‘Jobs’ tab and select ‘Job type’ in the drop-down menu.
Careers Consultant appointments and CV/Application check appointments
Whatever stage you’re at, the Careers and Employability team can support and advise on the choices available to you. We can help you evaluate your skills, explore career ideas and enact a plan that will get you started on a journey towards career success.
- Log onto the Careers Portal, go to the ‘Appointments’ tab, select the type of appointment and an available timeslot.
- You can also pop to our helpdesk in the Davison Building, email us or phone the team at +44 (0) 1784 443 073.
Other opportunities to meet visiting employers
Our Employer in Residence scheme enables you to meet visiting employers in our dedicated space in the Careers Centre. Find out more.
Watch this space for updates on our next Careers Fair - in the meantime, check out our FAQs below.
Frequently asked questions
Why attend a careers fair?
With many recruiters together on campus, fairs are a great way to speak with prospective employers in order to learn about career opportunities and understand their requirements. They aren't just for final year students either; first and second years can also benefit. Around three quarters of employers last year offered placements and/or internships as well as graduate training schemes.
How should I prepare?
Research the employers beforehand, by downloading 'Career Fair Plus' from your app store and enter 'Royal Holloway' as your organisation where you can explore the employers who'll be there, what they are offering and where they're located at the fair!
- Pick up a copy of the booklet in the Careers Service in the Davison Building or download it here.
Have some general questions to ask the employers, e.g. what's the work culture like? What roles are available?
There's no need to pre-register, but remember to bring your college ID card to be scanned as you enter the fair
What should I wear?
There's no set dress code, but remember you are there to meet real-life employers. No need to wear a suit, but a shirt and smart jeans will look better to a potential employer than a snapback and trackies!
I'm an international student. Are there opportunities for me?
If you're an international student, check which employers are able to sponsor work visas ahead on the app or in the booklet.
I'm a graduate. Can I attend?
Recent graduates of Royal Holloway are welcome to attend if they have graduated within the last two years.
I'm interested in recruiting students and graduates, how can I attend the fair?
If you're an employer offering graduate schemes, internships or placements, please register your interest here and further information will be sent to you. If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I get on-the-day advice?
Our Careers Advisors are on hand throughout the day in the Careers Consultants' Corner for a quick chat if you need any help or advice, or want to talk through your options.
Need additional support?
If you'd like to attend the fair but need some assistance, get in touch with the Disabilities and Dyslexia Service in advance, or speak to a member of the careers team on the day. You will also be able to avoid the crowds and attend the fair from 10am during 'quiet hour' if you wish. And make sure you speak to Change 100 who offer summer work placements exclusively for students with a disability.
Get Careers Fair ready!
Our Careers Consultant, Rae Roberts shares her tips on how to make the most of our Careers Fair and the opportunity to speak with employers looking for students from your discipline and with your unique skill set.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for or simply want a chat about your career journey, why not book a one-to-one appointment with a Careers Consultant online or at the Careers & Employability Service in the Davison building?