Every year UC hosts a series of Careers Fairs to connect you with employers before you graduate. Kicking off the series is the Commerce Careers Fair and Law and Justice Recruitment Evening, Wednesday 7 March in the Undercroft.
If you aren’t in your final year yet, Careers Fairs are for you too. Learn about internships, summer jobs and part-time work – it is never too early to start thinking about the direction you are going in and what your next steps might be.
Come along and talk to employers, find out what they have to offer and what you can do to make yourself an attractive candidate after graduation – you might find there are simple things you can do now to make yourself an even more attractive graduate.
Top tip 1: Don’t be guilty of narrow thinking. Did you know banks often recruit engineering graduates too? Careers Fairs are a great way to find out all your options and you never know you might find a different career opportunity you never thought of.
Top tip 2: Put your best self forward at the fairs. Leave scruffy at the flat.
When? Thursday 19 March Where? Undercroft, Puaka-James Hight
The Commerce Careers Fair for 2015 is here and it’s a good idea to go to it if you’re in your second year or above. Reasons to attend are pretty simple; if you’re determined to succeed in your chosen path and have a graduate position ready for you after your education, you must go.
Obviously, the aim of the event is recruitment but there’s so much more to that. Talking to potential employers helps you understand the various roles that are available within an industry and gives you an understanding of where you stand and how you may fit in. Most importantly it gives you the chance to know what potential employers are looking for in graduates.
It may all sound highly intimidating, but brave up and give it a go. On a personal note, I’m terrified too! There’s something about meeting established professionals and letting them judge you and scrutinise if you’re employee material or not that makes the whole process dreadful.
However, if you don’t try, you’ll never know. Give it a go and see what’s out there to analyse if you’re on the right track. If nothing, go to observe; observe the atmosphere, the people, the interactions and definitely the terrified students (including me!)
If you’re out of pocket and looking for a job, there are plenty of opportunities through UC to find something which suits you. UC CareerHub is the perfect place to look for newly advertised jobs and positions available at UC; such as through the shops, and food outlets on campus. UC CareerHub also advertises internship and work experience opportunities which are extremely valuable in the eyes of future employers, and give you important skills for your not too distant future. Not only does UC CareerHub advertise jobs, they also hold events on success, writing a good CV, preparing for a job interview and many more relevant topics.
Student Job Search is another great place to go for jobs which are specifically looking for students! As the homepage says “Employers hire graduates with work experience”, so go on apply and get earning some moolah! You can even create your own online account where you can add jobs to a watchlist, submit CVs to apply for positions, and receive email alerts about jobs you’re keeping an eye on.