As there are quite a few Careers Fairs coming up over the next few weeks, it is probably worth taking a look at our leaflet on ‘Getting the most out of a Careers Fair’. This leaflet gives you loads of good tips on how to approach a careers fair.
The Scottish Graduate Careers Fair, SECC, Glasgow, is on over two days: Tuesday 16 October 2012, 2-7pm; Wednesday 17 October 2012, 11am-4pm – The Scottish Graduate Fair is the highlight of the recruitment season. Now in its 23rd year, it is the biggest graduate, postgraduate and internship recruitment event in Scotland attracting over 3,500 students and graduates of all disciplines and approximately 100 graduate employers and postgraduate recruiters. Students and graduates from all universities are welcome to attend. Register via the Careers Development Centre Work Fest Programme Week 4 –
If you are going to attend, you’ll get a lot more out of it if you recognise that you may not be able to talk to someone who can give you detailed info on the specific job you’re interested in. You’re much more likely to get to talk to a recent graduate who will tell you to “look on the website” for the specific vacancies. So what can you get out of them? Easy! You get to figure out whether you would want to work for an organisation by the way it treats its recent recruits (and with a bit of luck, the new graduates will be unguarded enough to tell you the truth about what it’s really like at work).
I’d suggest asking about:
What training did they get/do they offer?
How do they get measured? (If you find out what the organisation values in its employees, could you realistically expect to deliver the results which will result in fast promotion or increased pay?)
Do they know any postgraduates working for the organisation, & what jobs are they doing?
What do they think is different about their organisation compared to their competitors?
It’s all good material for the bit in the covering letter or during interview on “Why do you want to work for us”? It’s so much more impressive to say “when I was talking to your R&D Manager …”, rather than “well, it says on your website …”, which every other candidate will have read.
And a final tip – if you get there earlier, you’re more likely to get a reasonable amount of time with exhibitors, you will get to talk to them before they get into their “fixed patter” mode (where they’re so tired, they just reel off the same thing to everyone they see), and, of course, you should get the pick of the freebies!!
There are also two Virtual Careers Fairs coming up where you can ‘chat’ to employers from the comfort of your arm chair with your favourite mug full of hot chocolate!
North America 1-5th October 2012 – This Virtual Careers Fair is for all American and Canadian students and graduates of universities in the UK and those with legal entitlement to work in North America. Put the date in your diary. Register your interest by emailing Matthew.Heap@glasgow.ac.uk with “VCF student” in the subject line.
Greater China and South East Asia 29th October 2nd November – The fourth annual event to allow students from China and South East Asia to connect with the recruitment market at home whilst still on campus in Scotland. You will get detailed information on recruitment, internships, application processes and understand where your experience of studying in Scotland counts as an advantage. All of the organisations involved want to meet students who have studied in Scotland. You will be able to participate in live chats with recruiters, get advice from careers advisors, gain access to vacancies and internship opportunities and get a better understanding of your career prospects when you return home.
Register your interest by emailing Matthew.Heap@glasgow.ac.uk with “VCF student” in the subject line. Nearer the time you will be able to register on the site and upload your details.
Keep up to date by following these events on the GradClub FaceBook pages.