Careers & Opportunities Fair Round-Up

 

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Tuesday 25th October was, if you’ll excuse the self-congratulation, quite the day. We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone attended our first Careers & Opportunities Fair – a stunning 716 students and 33 employers! We hope you all enjoyed the day, and we certainly did. Our marquee in the Walled Garden was buzzing all day, and there was a fantastic atmosphere. It was brilliant to see so many of our students interacting with employers – many of whom later told us how impressed they were!

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Don’t forget to follow up with the employers you got chatting to on the day. Networking is an invaluable way of making contacts, and getting your name known by recruiters before you apply for roles is a great way to make sure that your application stands out.

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If you’d like some more advice and guidance from the Careers team, sign into My Career to check out our jam-packed programme of workshops for the rest of the term or book an appointment with one of our Careers Consultants.

If you weren’t able to make it to the Fair, don’t despair – our guide (handed out in hard copy on the day) is packed full of handy info on all of the employers in attendance, plus top tips from our team, and is now available online. Click here to take a look at the PDF!

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It wasn’t just the Fair going on, either. We had Google’s Digital Garage on-campus at Newton Park, giving talks to over 250 students about how to get stuck into digital, and the importance of having an online presence for your business. If you missed out, don’t worry – we have three more Make Your Own Career events over the next three weeks, covering freelancing, creative careers and entrepreneurship. Check out the Bath Sparks site for more info and to book your place for these must-attend sessions.

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Sion Hill didn’t miss out, either, with 100+ BSAD students treated to a fascinating session by Holly Burton from Crafts Council UK about how the organisation supports makers and creative enterprise. Take a look here to see what other workshops we have coming up at Sion Hill.

If you’ve got any feedback for us about the Careers & Opportunities Fair, we’d love to hear from you! Email us, or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter to let us know what you’d like to see in future. We’ve got you covered!

Top Tips for the Careers & Opportunities Fair

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The Careers & Opportunities Fair is only around the corner – Tuesday 25th October to be exact – and it’s an event not to be missed! If you haven’t scheduled time out of your day already, then make sure you do. You can drop by our wonderful marquee in the Walled Garden any time between 11am and 3pm.

We’ve put together the following top tips to help you on the day…

Be inquisitive
The fantastic thing about the Careers & Opportunities Fair is that it enables you to explore different career paths that you may not have considered before. Some employers you may never have heard of – make sure you approach them, too.

Remember, employers are there to talk to you and answer your questions. Some will even be bringing with them recent graduates and interns currently working with them, who will have been through the same decision-making process about their future that you are about to embark on. No question is a silly question!

Visit the Bath Spa Careers stand
If you’re feeling nervous about talking to employers, why not visit our friendly team? They’ll be able to advise you on the fantastic organisations exhibiting at the fair, and offer you some guidance on how to introduce yourself and the types of questions you could ask.

You can also talk to the team about how to go about booking an appointment to look at your CV or covering letter, the exciting schedule of workshops happening throughout the term, our new online portal MyCareer… and much more!

Be enthusiastic
The Fair is great way to make yourself known to employers. Some companies receive hundreds of applications for their positions or programmes. Introducing yourself to the representative at the fair is a way of making your application stand out.

Be friendly and sell yourself. You can show your enthusiasm by asking for advice on the application process, or asking questions about the company culture and what a typical day in the role would look like. Make sure you have a pen and paper to hand to make notes. This will look organised and professional, and will also mean you can review all the information later on.

Follow up
Don’t be afraid to ask employers for their business card if you are keen to follow up with them after your conversation. You can send them a thank you email for taking the time to speak to you at the fair and if appropriate attach your CV. Some employers may be prepared to share their business cards with you; others may direct you to their company website or company email.

Another way you could follow up is by connecting with the employer on LinkedIn or by writing a status on social media.

Like our Careers & Opportunities Fair Facebook Page to keep up to speed with everything happening during the day.

 

What Employers Are Looking For at the Careers & Opportunities Fair

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There’s just one week to go until the Careers & Opportunities Fair (Tuesday 25th October, 11am-3pm in the Walled Garden, in case you’d forgotten) and we can’t wait for you to meet all of our fantastic employers!

While the Fair is the perfect opportunity for you to explore your career options, it is also worth bearing in mind what employers are looking to see from you. We’ve asked a couple of organisations attending what they’re hoping to see…

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Kate Buffery – Student Recruitment Officer, PwC
“Ask inquisitive questions – whether that’s about our various business areas or our application forms. That’s why we’re there, after all! Don’t be too shy to ask any ‘silly’ questions either, as chances are everyone who helps us out at our stand will have been through the graduate application process and would have been in your shoes only a few years before. Oh, and always take the freebies!”rmpAmirah Hajat – Rate My Placement
“Dress appropriately – first impressions are key, so if you’re looking smart and alert you’re going to leave a good, lasting impression for all the right reasons. If you’re dressed the part, you will feel the part, and this will enable you to be confident. You’re going to be talking to a lot of people – potentially people from companies you want to work for – so be don’t be shy. Remember: you’re a lion, not a mouse!

“Most importantly, do your research: wow the representatives by showing how enthusiastic you are about the company and the work they do. Look at if they have been in the news recently, the offerings they have for students and graduates as well as the specifics of the role you are interested in. Lastly, have fun! This is a marvellous opportunity to network, so enjoy it.”

Have a look at the event on My Career to see the list of exhibitors attending on the day. You’ll be surprised at the range of placement opportunities available at Bath and North East Somerset Council, for example – encompassing Operational Improvement, Sustainability, Disaster Planning and Marketing/Communications projects, as well as an exciting range of graduate opportunities with a wide variety of national and international businesses across all industry sectors.

Some companies receive hundreds of applications for their opportunities, so the Careers Fair is a great way to meet the recruiter face-to-face and make a lasting impression to set your application apart from others.

If you’re unsure how to prepare for the Careers Fair or don’t know what to expect you, why not book on to our Preparing for the Fair workshop and read our previous post on how to talk to employers?

For more information on the Careers & Opportunities Fair, like our Facebook page.

Careers & Opportunities Fair: What’s in It for You?

By now you’ve obviously heard about our Careers & Opportunities Fair, which is taking place on 25th October between 11am and 3pm in the Walled Garden. If not, you’ve clearly been living under a rock, and need to watch this video immediately:

But what’s in it for you? We’ve compiled a handy list of what benefits are on offer for Fair attendees (that means you)

1) A headstart when applying for graduate schemes
The astounding range of graduate schemes on offer can be overwhelming, can’t it? With different deadlines, requirements and applications/interview processes, there’s a lot to find out about. Many of the employers at the Fair will have their own schemes, so this is a fantastic chance to find out more about the various programmes and to get any questions you have answered in person.

2) A placement (or year in industry)
Our placements team do a brilliant job of seeking out opportunities for you to get hands-on experience in a huge range of workplaces. But it’s not just up to us! Tracking down your own work experience or internships means you’re able to try out a role that’s absolutely perfect for you – and talking to and building your own relationships with employers is one of the best ways to go about this.

3) A new set of contacts – and practice talking to them
As we’ve covered in a previous post, we know that talking to employers can be daunting if you’re not used to it. So with more than 30 companies on-campus, this is your time to get practising. Introduce yourself to the employers and have a brief chat – once you’ve got their details, you can follow up with them and get in contact with any further questions in the future.

4) Careers advice on hand
In addition to tens of employers, we’ll also have a Bath Spa Careers stand of our own at the fair – so you can pop by and pick up some advice from one of our friendly Careers Consultants, or ask us a question. We’ll be giving out brochures to take away and read in your own time, too, in case there’s anything you’ve missed or need to refresh your memory on.

For more information on the Careers & Opportunities Fair, like our Facebook page.

How to Talk to Employers

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‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.’ How many times have you heard that phrase? But it’s true! Networking with employers is a great way to talk to someone with first-hand experience in a specific industry or profession and it allows you to explore the career opportunities available.

Our Careers & Opportunities Fair on 25th October will be a fantastic chance to get chatting to a wide range of people from a variety of employers – so make sure you feel as confident as possible

For many people, the thought alone of having to approach an employer and ask them questions (that your head is telling you will sound stupid) is terrifying. Your palms begin to feel clammy, you’re suddenly talking very quietly and you’re unable to make any form of eye contact. Sound familiar? Well, don’t panic! In this post, we’ve outlined a step-by-step guide on how to talk to employers.

1) The more you prepare, the more in control you’ll feel
Take the time to do some research on a company. Look at their website and social media platforms to get an overview beforehand. This will help you to form some specific questions to ask.

2) Be confident when your approach the employer
As daunting as it might seem approaching an employer on your own, you should try it. You might actually find it easier not having your friends next to you, listening to what you say! Break the ice with a firm handshake and then open the conversation with your name, degree subject/year of study and asking what they offer. Start by highlighting your skills, what you are interested in and why.

3) Formulate some generic questions you can ask a number of employers
You can draw on an interesting point they have made during their presentation or workshop – “Can you tell me more about…?”
“In your role, what does a typical day look like?”
“What are the key skills you want candidates to demonstrate during the application process?”
“What does the application process involve?”
“What are the best and worst things about your job?”

4) Wrap things up
Thank the employer for their time and ask them what would be the best way for you to follow up with them. Have some business cards ready to hand out – this will contribute to your professional image. While your interaction is still fresh, look the employer up on LinkedIn and ask to connect with them. This will be a useful way of keeping track of the people you’ve met.

5) Remember: be confident, be yourself and smile!
With a fantastic schedule of employer events taking place this academic year, you’ll be able to put your networking skills into practice. Look out for our Employer in the Foyer series, a range of insightful employer workshops and presentations, and in particular our Careers & Opportunities Fair – one not to be missed!

For more information on the Careers & Opportunities Fair, like our Facebook page.

Introducing Bath Spa’s Careers & Opportunities Fair!

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Here it is… Bath Spa’s first ever Careers & Opportunities Fair, and it’s one you’re not going to want to miss!

On Tuesday 25th October, we will be welcoming 32 organisations onto campus who are keen to talk to YOU about the types of opportunities they have available and what it’s like to work within their organisations.

Taking place between 11am and 3pm in the Walled Garden, you can drop by between your lectures and on your lunch break to explore what’s out there in the big wide world of work.

The fair is open to students from all degree disciplines and all year groups. If you’re in first year, this is a great chance to start exploring possible career paths and talking to employers about what it’s like to work within their industry.

If you’re a second-year, you may be thinking about carrying out a placement or internship during the academic year or over your summer break. The fair is the right place for you, too. There will be employers there offering these kind of opportunities, who will be able to talk to you about what to expect.

Final-year student:, this is an absolute must-attend, even if you have no idea what you want to do once you leave University! It’s important to remember all those transferable skills you have developed and how they could be used in a number of different industries. Use the fair to explore graduate positions you may not have considered before and ask lots and lots of questions about the type of experience you would need to apply for the role – and, of course, any hints and tips you can gather for the application process.

A lot of the organisations attending will be bringing along recent graduates that currently work for them, as well as students on placement within their business – even some from Bath Spa. Remember that they want to talk to you just as much as you want to talk to them.

Prior to the fair, you can attend one of our workshops on ‘How to prepare for the fair’. Book your place through My Career.

Like our Careers Fair Facebook Page to find out more about the organisations you can look forward to seeing on the day.

See you there!