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What happens at a job fair

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I arrived at the summer careers fair in May at the University of Warwick early, around 12.30 – the fair started at 12 – but it was already busy. So, starting my route to the event, security oblige, we had to show our student badge at the entrance and then register following a QR code. Once up the stairs, there was a plan and a list of all the exhibitors. So, you could decide where to go, should you target a specific booth.

The exhibitors were mainly from the third sector, ranging from Bentley Motors Ltd to Siemens Digital, Teach First, and a lot of engineering industries. I think there were about 40 exhibitors. I remember last year there was a Hays recruitment agency. This year Unitemps and Warwick Opportunities were also here, in the career lounge area. This is good because if you have not already, enrolled and get the best advice and services for your CV, cover letter, and any support for a job search or job application.

I stayed a couple of hours and it get busier and busier. When you come in, at the top right end of the room there were lovely hot drinks and cakes offered. There were very tasty, and I think it is a great idea to have them because you could take a break or discuss with peers on a high table slightly away from the exhibitor booths where you could take notes, reflect and pause.

A few of the organisations offered post-graduate opportunities, jobs, and internships. I think it is very valuable to have this kind of event because it helps with networking and to keep up to date with recruitment in different sectors and what skills are required. You can discuss this with the organiser and meet with others who may be are in the same position as you. If you are not certain of what to do or where to go after your graduation, it also gives you an insight, and meeting with the Warwick Career department or the 93 organisation can help you with a direction. If you are not graduating and are in the middle of your studies path, for the same reasons as above plus getting proactive in your personal journey can be an attribute

In addition, there are great perks when you come, personally, I love gadgets but you can find notepads, water bottles, pens, and even seeds as a metaphor to help grow and blossom – in reference to a company named SEEDLEGALS. I was amazed by the evolution and educational opportunities from the engineering sector which is literally everywhere in our everyday life. Not the traditional mechanical engineering with the car industry but water, plants, telecommunication, military equipment, and vehicles. Improving and looking after our planet is definitely a must and a lot of opportunities are arising.

Should you want more information about it because you could not attend or because you could not see everything, or else, please see the link hereby: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/careers/events/fairapp

Please, make the most of the opportunities that Warwick University has to offer because it really helps and there is a range of support for everyone, any age. Also, it is very inclusive so please don’t be shy and reach out when you need.

Hope this helped. Peace and Love. Cecile

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