Nikki Vivian, Employability Advisor, School of Biosciences share her thoughts on why you should attend this years Science Careers Fair …
The Cardiff University Science Fair takes place this Wednesday. Sponsored by GE Healthcare this Fair is a great opportunity for Bioscience students to get out there and meet potential employers, learn about career opportunities and network with different organisations.
Science Careers Fair, Wednesday 4th November, 10.30am-2.30pm, Main Building – If you’re wondering whether to go, here’s why you should and how to make the most of your visit.
Gather ideas for your future career, you have a great opportunity at the Fair which runs just once a year
If you’re not sure what you want to do, or even if you think you are, the careers fair may introduce you to ideas you never considered before. There will be a number of employers attending from all sorts of organisations, along with some talks you can book onto. Chances are, it will throw up career options that weren’t on your radar.
Approach the stands and talk to recruiters to get the most from the event
Fairs can be daunting but remember, employers are there to speak to you so make sure you approach them. You won’t gain anything from hovering in the background or taking the freebie and moving on. This is your opportunity to speak to people who are either looking to recruit or can answer any questions you have about their company or organisation. See this year’s Exhibitors.
Prepare questions to ensure you gain as much information (what you want to know) as you can
Do your research on the companies that will be attending and make sure you have some informed, sensible questions for the employers you’re most interested in. This will make you look professional and also allow you to make the most of your experience.
Gain inside knowledge on what it’s like to work for a company
The stalls at the fair will not only be manned by employers who may be looking to hire, they will be manned by current employees. If you have a company in mind that you’re thinking of targeting for a graduate position or internship, this is a fantastic opportunity to talk to people who already work there. Speaking to these people will give you a feel for what it’s like to work for the company, the type of people they employ and will allow you to ask any questions you have. This is an opportunity to find out things that you will never be able to from researching a company online.
Be sure to portray a professional image, you could be speaking to your future employer
Aside from researching the company and preparing questions, make sure you look the part. You are going to talk about potential employment so you need to show an employer that you are smart and professional. You don’t need to turn up in a suit, but make sure you are well presented and dressed in a way that will appeal to someone who is potentially recruiting.
We look forward to seeing you at the Fair!
Nikki Vivian, Employability Advisor, School of Biosciences
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