On Wednesday 30th March 2022, the London Campus hosted a Careers Fair with over 150 students attending from CertHE to Postgraduate level. An excellent opportunity for students to meet potential employers and volunteering organisations, as well as a chance to find out more about recruitment processes and job vacancies.
The Careers Fair was supported with workshops from guest speakers with a variety of professional backgrounds. There were workshops in the morning covering recruitment topics such as CVs, job interview techniques, etc. and programme-related workshops in the afternoon focussing on topics such as; learning how to create a powerful CV, overcoming barriers and achieving goals, improving employability skills, working with vulnerable groups, leadership skills, entrepreneurship, business coaching, skills needed to work in the IT industry, etc.
There were many employers and charities that attended the Careers Fair, all of whom were actively recruiting and some of our students have been already offered interviews. Some employers also offered internships and graduate schemes and mentioned that they are happy to continue to work with the London Campus to create opportunities for students. The charities who attended informed students of the different projects that they were working on and were happy for students to participate and gain experience.
Employers and London Campus Work Together in Offering Opportunities to Students
The company responsible for Kennington Business Park, the Workspace Company, were present at the Careers Fair. The company has over 60 locations across London and were recruiting students for various roles in different fields such as finance, customer service, IT, Human Resources etc. They also offered a programme called “Inspire Me”, offering internships to students. The programme had stopped due to the lockdown. However, the company stated that they would like to continue the programme and will discuss with the London Campus on how to work together to offer the opportunity to students.
Charity Offers Free Training to Students
The charity, Community TechAid, also attended the Careers Fair. The charity’s mission is to end the digital divide. The charity offered the opportunity for BSc Cloud Computing students to participate on their projects and gain hands-on experience such as repairing IT equipment, installing software, etc. The charity also offers free training to students taking part in the projects. A great opportunity for students to gain experience and add to their CV.
“This is a valuable experience for our students. Some students may struggle to find a suitable career before graduating. This is an excellent opportunity for them to talk with professionals working in the industry,” said Maristella Parfitt, the organiser of the Careers Fair and Careers Adviser at London Campus.
First Event on Campus Since the Pandemic
London Campus staff were also pleased to see students on campus. “This is our first key event on London campus since the pandemic. We are glad to see our students back on campus for the Careers Fair. Thanks to all the amazing speakers and recruiters for coming and making the careers fair a success,” added Dr Audsin Dhas (Executive Dean & Head of London Campus). Megan Redmond (Academic Liaison Librarian) added that “the Careers Fair was buzzing with positivity all day” and Md Kalam (Programme Manager) commenting that “it was a wonderful experience for our students and for us, students really appreciated the effort to organise the event and make it successful”. One of the guest speakers added that “it was truly lovely and inspiring to be at the Careers Fair. I am grateful and blessed to have the opportunity of participation”.
The Careers Fair was an excellent opportunity for students to come back on campus, meet their lecturers and peers in person. It was also a great opportunity for students, who started their course during the pandemic come to the campus for the first time.
Students were evidently thrilled with the day, adding that “it was a wonderful day with well planned with great sessions”. Other students commented as there were in their last year at University, the Careers Fair was a “great opportunity to meet employers and find out about opportunities that are available when I leave”. Students were already looking forward to the next Careers Fair!
Although the Careers Fair for the February 2022 term has come to an end, students can always access the Careers Service by visiting MYCAREER | UWTSD or contacting the Careers Service directly at email@example.com.