Careers and Placements Fair
This year's fair will take place in the Picture Gallery, Founder's Building, from 11am to 3pm on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th October (with a quiet hour from 10am on each day for any students with a disability or who find busy fairs overwhelming). There will be different employers attending on each day, so we strongly encourage students to make time to drop in on both days.
Both days are for students in all year groups and from any academic discipline. An increasingly large number of employers have year-long placements or summer internships to offer, as well as graduate training schemes. They are a great way to speak to prospective employers in order to learn about career opportunities, job sectors and understand employer requirements.
Who is attending this year's fair?
|Wednesday 23 October
||Thursday 24 October
||Cancer Research UK
||Guidepoint Global UK
||Kirk Rice LLP
||M and G
|National Audit Office
||Royal Holloway Postgraduate Courses
|Rate My Placement
||University of Law
|Transport Research Laboratory
What you said about last year's fair
“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 all the opportunities, including summer internships.”
Second year Economics student Gaia Fioresino (right) pictured with her classmate Barbara Vignato.
Check out our FAQs below
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 roles.
How should I prepare?
Research the employers beforehand, by downloading 'Career Fair Plus' from your app store and enter 'Royal Holloway' as your organisation. 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 fair booklet from the Careers Service in the Davison Building the week before.
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 sweatshirt 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 beforehand 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 email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I get on-the-day advice?
Our Careers Advisors are on hand throughout the day 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 each day during our 'quiet hour' if you wish. And make sure you speak to Change 100 who offer summer work placements exclusively for students with a disability.
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?