What you need to know about the Festival of Careers

Posted by cc576 at Oct 20, 2021 12:41 PM |
Get the low down on how best to navigate your way around our careers festival this October.

Our Festival of Careers is running online from Monday 25 October to Friday 29th October, 9.00am – 5.00pm. More than just a careers fair, it’s an entire week packed with employer events, panel sessions and careers workshops dedicated to helping you find out more about what’s available in the world of work and further study.

Sessions will be held on MS Teams, so you can join in wherever you are. You do not have to have your camera or microphone on unless the sessions are interactive, when you may be expected to have both these functions on for group work. There will also be plenty of opportunities for you to ask questions in each of the sessions.

We know you’re all used to doing things online now, but we thought it would be helpful to answer a few questions about the week, and share a few top tips to help you get the most from the experience.

Do I need to book a place?

To make the most of the Festival, we advise booking in advance. We’d recommend taking some time to browse the different events taking place throughout the week, and booking your place though the booking link/on MyCareers – this will make your experience on the day go more smoothly. You can view the Festival programme here.

Is the Fair suitable for all years?

Yes, absolutely! Whether you’re a first year studying Geography, or a final year studying Accounting, the Festival has something for everyone. It’s a great opportunity to look for a graduate role, an internship, or a placement, and there’s also sessions to help you explore different sectors and career options.

How can I prepare for the Festival?

Here are our top tips for making the most of the Festival. Watch this YouTube video.

1. Prioritise your time

All exhibitors will have timed presentations that can be booked in advance. Make a plan, so that you book onto everything that you want to. Make sure you have this written down to avoid any clashes. Remember to factor in breaks - this will make you’re able to have positive engagement on the day.

2. Be open-minded

The Festival is great time to explore about companies you haven’t heard of, and sectors you might not previously have considered. You may find careers inspiration by doing this! If you’re a student who has no set idea about what you want to do, try to visit as many employers and exploration sessions as you can. This will give you a great understanding of the types of jobs and opportunities that are out there.

3. Do your research

There are many exciting employers promoting employment opportunities throughout the week. Find out who they are, what roles they’re promoting and what requirements are needed by taking a look on their website.

4. Ask questions

Each workshop will include an opportunity to ask questions – use this to your advance. Useful topic areas to ask questions on include the stages of the recruitment process, top tips for making a successful application, career progression, equality and diversity, and culture.

5. Make sure your IT is working

Most of the exhibitors will be using MS Teams on the day. Make sure this platform is working on your device. If you’re having problems with your IT, contact ithelp@le.ac.uk. We advise to do this before the day of the event you’re planning to attend.

Most of all, enjoy the week and try to learn as much as possible about your future career possibilities. We can’t wait for you to join us!

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