Jess, our Employer Liaison Marketing Intern, provides you with the top tips given first hand by employers attending the Spring STEM Careers Fair
For those studying science, technology, engineering and mathematical based degrees, the Spring STEM Fair is an invaluable opportunity to meet some of the top national and international employers in the field. Whether you’re looking for a graduate job, a placement year or an internship, the Spring STEM Fair can give you the opportunity to explore all sorts of career paths you might not have thought of.
In order to make sure you’re prepared to impress, we’ve asked some of the companies who will be there on the day what their top tips are for approaching them at STEM Fair on Tuesday 21 February, 10:00 – 14:30, The Forum, School of Engineering.
Scott from Bouygues – “research the company beforehand”
Scott explains that his top tip for students approaching Bouygues at the fair is to “have knowledge about the graduate schemes that we offer (General Management, Engineering and Finance). We have information on our about the placements within each of the scheme routes and it would be a richer experience for the students to ask questions about the specific placements rather than having the company structure explained to them.”
Sara from L’Oreal backs Scott up – “come to the stand prepared”
Sara emphasises – “It’s always noticeable when a student comes up to you with a good question rather than just being speculative about what we offer.”
Stephen from Genfour – “don’t be afraid to ask questions”
Stephen advises – “we aren’t expecting people to have a full knowledge of what we do, and we don’t want people to be afraid to ask. It could make the difference between making the right or wrong decision.”
Sarah from Comtec – “always come to our stand with a smile on your face”
Sarah says – “don’t be afraid to ask anything!”
Dan from Capgemini – “check out alumni on LinkedIn”
Dan says “go to Cardiff Uni page, search for the company and it’ll show who’s working there. Are they from the same course as you? Are they current graduates? CONNECT!”
Jennifer from Circle IT – “know what you have to offer and tell us about it”
Jennifer advises – “bring your CV if you have one, that way you can leave it with us. Make sure we are someone you want to talk to. Planning your time at events is a great way to make the most out of them”.
Katy from IBM – “Follow up!”
Katy says – “is there a form to register your email address on? Is there a social media account they’d advise you to follow/like? Maybe there’s a specific individual that would be happy for you to follow-up with any questions? Just make sure you don’t leave the Careers Fair without some form of connection to the company!”
The overarching advice is to be prepared, so get researching, CV writing and networking now! The Spring STEM Fair takes place on the 21 February from 10.00-14.30 in The Forum, School of Engineering. For a full list of the exhibitors attending check out the event page on the intranet.
Jess, Employer Liaison Marketing Intern
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