Over the month of October you’ll be seeing lots of adverts for Careers Fairs and events encouraging you to explore your future options. You may think this is way too early in the year, or your time at University to be thinking about what lies ahead after graduation but unfortunately the reality is not everyone else is on the same academic time scale.
Many employers – especially those with graduate schemes start their recruitment early, and open up their applications for graduate roles, placements and summer internships in the autumn term. In fact some employers will have already opened applications to their roles which start in summer 2019. That’s why we hold events such as The Little Careers Fair and the Big Careers Fair so early in the semester, to help you get a head start.
If you’re interested in a graduate scheme (or want to find out what a graduate scheme actually is) attending a Careers Fair is a really good place to start. You can get a good idea of the types of organisations and industries that offer graduate schemes, what the different roles are and what the application process is like. And it’s common at the fairs for organisations to send recent graduates who are currently on the schemes to talk about what the graduate scheme is like.
The same also applies to students who are interested in placements or internships. Following the same cycle many employers who are looking to recruit students onto their spring week programmes and summer placements/internships will start advertising early and be opening their applications now. So if you’re interested in getting some work experience next year its worth starting to look now at what’s being advertised. Careers Fairs aren’t just for final year students, and many employers at the fairs this autumn will be looking to fill their placement and internship opportunities.
So regardless of what year of study you are in, if you’re thinking about your options future options head to one of our Careers Fairs this autumn to find out what’s available to you, and make sure you don’t miss out on a job that’s just what you’re looking for.
For more information and advice on your future options you can drop into The Careers Service in the Atrium on the first floor of University Place, or visit the website.