University of Leicester’s ‘biggest ever’ Festival of Careers underway

Posted by pt91 at Oct 04, 2016 02:50 PM |
Fifth annual careers fair takes place on campus from 3-7 October 2016

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 4 October 2016

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The fifth annual Festival of Careers kicked off at the University of Leicester this week, with hundreds of graduate employers due to visit the campus from 3 - 7 October 2016.

The University of Leicester’s Festival of Careers takes the idea of a traditional careers fair and builds it into a week-long extravaganza of workshops, activities, events and exhibitions that ensure that all Leicester students can access something relevant to their future ambition, including those that do not yet know what they want to do.

The event, run by the University’s award-winning Career Development Service, promises to be bigger than ever this year with over 120 graduate employers and over 2000 students expected to attend during the five day event.

Over the course of the week the marquee in the heart of campus will host four themed careers fairs:

  • Work and Study Abroad
  • Management, Finance and Public Sector
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Volunteering, Enterprise and Part-Time Work

From global corporations to SMEs, local charities to voluntary organisations, the Festival will host a wide range of representatives to provide valuable advice to students.

Big names involved in this year’s Festival include Airbus, Nationwide, Jaguar Land Rover, Sky and IBM.

A ‘No-Prep, No-Entry’ rule for careers fairs continues to enable students to get the most from meeting employers. Students complete preparation prior to attending so they are able to ask the right questions to the right people and capitalise on the opportunity.

In addition to the main fairs, over 30 ‘fringe’ events will be held to help students gain entry into the world of work. These include shorter career or skills talks covering a diverse range of areas – from journalism to archaeology, PR to banking.

Over five hundred students are expected to get involved in a mix of these ‘fringe’ workshops and activities - hearing from employers, pitching their business ideas, or developing their job hunting and CV writing skills.

Sam Dyer, a second year student from the Department of Media, Communication and Sociology, said: “It has opened my eyes to the opportunities available and what the University of Leicester provides us with. I also didn’t realise how big the event was! The event has allowed me to talk to employers and gain valuable experience.”

Sandrise Mazodila, a fourth year student in the School of History, Politics and International Relations (HyPIR), said: “The Festival of Careers is a great opportunity to broaden your horizons on different career prospects and also a chance to find out what is available to you whilst studying here at Leicester.”

Rob Fryer, Director of the Career Development Service at the University of Leicester, said: “We are delighted to welcome so many organisations onto campus this week. The Festival marks the start of the academic year’s exciting suite of activities for our talented students to learn more about graduate opportunities and employers can start to identify students for their talent pipelines. We are very proud to win the 2015 Association of Graduate Recruiters award for Best Preparation Strategy for students and we hope with our ‘no, prep, no entry’ philosophy we continue to support our students into identifying and securing sought after graduate roles.”

Dan Richards, Recruiting Leader for the Festival’s sponsor EY, said: “EY is delighted to support and work closely with the University of Leicester and its Festival of Careers due to the calibre of students studying at the institution. We value the opportunity to interact directly with Leicester students and have hired many Leicester students into our firm previously.

“At EY, we value the diverse background of students studying at the University of Leicester as we believe only the highest-performing teams, which maximise the power of different opinions, perspectives and cultural references, will succeed in the global marketplace. Our focus on diversity and inclusiveness is integral to how we serve our clients, develop our people and play a leadership role in our communities.”


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