Employer Fairs - information for students
UWE Bristol’s Meet the Employers Fair is now the largest careers fair in the South West. This year's Fair will take place on Wednesday 18 October 2017 from 11:00–15:00 in the Exhibition and Conference Centre on Frenchay Campus, and will have over 170 employers from a range of sectors in attendance.
All UWE Bristol students and recent graduates are welcome to come along on the day. Employers/Exhibitors will be promoting a variety of graduate employment, undergraduate placements, internships, and work experience opportunities. There will also be exhibitors promoting international opportunities including work, study, and volunteering.
Why should I attend the Employers Fair?
- To gain a sense of the wide variety of organisations that recruit graduates and the range of different roles you can apply to.
- To speak to employers and ask any questions you have for them on the day.
- To seek out current placement/graduate/other available opportunities.
- To build your confidence in networking and speaking to employers in a vibrant setting.
Make the most from your visit
Watch this short film for our top five tips on how to engage with employers, speak confidently about yourself and begin mapping out your career.
Download the 'Career Fair Plus' smartphone app
Download our free app to improve your Employers Fair experience. Search for UWE Bristol Career Fair Plus in your App Store for a full list of exhibitors and who they want to meet, a comprehensive fair map, talk details and other essential information to ensure you’re ready to meet the employers.
How to prepare for the Employers Fair
The Meet the Employers Fair is an exciting event, but it could be easy to wander around and not find out the information you wanted. The steps below will help you prepare for your visit, so you can find the information you want and identify which employers you most want to talk to.
- Consider the career options available to you. Many employers recruit students from any degree, so the choice can be overwhelming. To get some ideas, have a look at Prospects’ What can I do with my degree pages and the Prospects planner. This can help you think about the types of employers you want to talk to.
- Think about your selling points. Use the Analysing your skills module on the Careers Toolkit to help you.
- Start building your Elevator Pitch. Use the Elevator Pitch builder on the Careers Toolkit to help you prepare an effective introduction, boosting your confidence in getting the conversation with employers started.
- Update your LinkedIn profile. Have a look at LinkedIn’s tips for students or come along to the LinkedIn Essentials session – book on Infohub.
- Update your CV. Many employers won’t take CVs at the fair, but it’s great to have it ready so you can follow up quickly with your new contacts. You can get help with planning, writing and checking your CV on the Careers Toolkit, or come along to a CV Essentials session before getting your final draft looked over by a member of the careers team at a drop-in.
- Research employers. Use the top tips on the Careers Toolkit to find out more about the employers attending on the day to help you decide who you want to speak to. Or download our full list of exhibitors.
- Prepare your questions. Have some intelligent questions ready to ask the companies, this could be based on your research or about their recruitment processes and what they’re looking for in applications.
- Book onto talks. Places are limited so don’t forget to book into the talks you want to attend.
- Download our free smartphone app. Available from iTunes or the Google Play Store.
- Join our Facebook group to be the first to know up to date details about the fair including employers attending, presentation/talk details and arrangements for the day.
How to make the most of my time on the day
Ensure you have plenty of time. With over 170 employers, the fair can be busy. Leave plenty of time to see the employers you are most interested in. Some employers will be very popular and you may need to wait to speak to someone.
- Practice your elevator pitch. Enlist a friend or family member to help you perfect your introduction so you’re ready to get talking to employers.
- Look at the Fair Guide to plan your visit. Prioritise those employers you’re most interested in. Make a note of their stand numbers to save time on the day.
- Don’t visit your key employer first. Take the opportunity to practice your pitch and speak to a few others to ‘warm up’ before you speak to the employer you’re most interested in.
- Be open to the full range of opportunities on offer. There’s lots of variety so don’t be afraid to speak to other employers who grab your interest on the day. They may be offering your perfect placement or graduate job opportunity!
Upcoming employer and employability events
We have a range of careers and employability events taking place throughout the year: