You'll find a wide range of events are available to help you in your career planning and job search, while you're here at City and in the years after you graduate.
City Career Fairs are formally structured events where 20 to 35 employers are represented, each with their own stand. This is a rare opportunity to meet lots of companies within just a couple of hours. You will be able to speak with human resources ( HR ) representatives that can go into detail about the company's application and selection process, as well as graduate trainees that have been with the company for one or two years. Graduate trainees can talk to you more about their personal experience when applying, as well as their role duties.
Why attend a Career Fair at City?
Watch the video from our 2016 Engineering, Science and Technology Fair for tips on:
- Selling your transferable skills
- Top tips for applications
- Where most students struggle in the selection process
- What employers like about City students
- The benefits of studying abroad
Career Fairs in 2017
Registration will open for City's Career Fairs and preparation workshops in Summer 2017. Take a look at the fair guides below from 2016 for a taste of what our Career Fairs are like.
- Banking, Finance and Consultancy fair - Wednesday 27th September 2017
- Engineering, Mathematics and Technology fair - Wednesday 4th October 2017
- Law fair - Wednesday 11th October 2017
Each sector-specific fair will have a preparation workshop on the Monday prior to the event. You should attend this workshop to get top tips on how to network with and impress employers. You'll also collect a VIP pass at this session, for fast-track entry to the fair.
Volunteering Fair 2017
Our annual Volunteering Fair will take place in October 2017.
Organisations offering volunteering opportunities represented at previous fairs have included:
- legal clinics like Roof Over London and Start-Ed
- environmental initiatives like the City Sustainability team
- mentoring and coaching schemes like Future Frontiers and IntoUniversity
- the NHS.
Come along to learn more about how you can get involved, meet new people and gain experience.
The Employability Skills Programme will prepare you to make the transition from education to work, exploring all aspects of the selection and recruitment process. These sessions will cover the skills that are most valued by recruiters, how you can reflect on these and how to articulate your experiences clearly when talking to employers.
Sessions in 2017/2018 will take place on Tuesday afternoons from 1pm to 2pm and evenings from 6pm to 7pm. Session titles include:
|Prep Session||Tuesday 3rd October 2017||1pm - 2pm|
|Part 1 - Succeeding with your online application||Tuesday 10th October 2017||1pm - 2pm|
|Part 2 - Creating a unique personal brand||Tuesday 10th October 2017||6pm - 7pm|
|Part 3 - Knowing how your skills are applicable to the working world||Tuesday 17th October 2017||1pm - 2pm|
|Part 4 - What makes a successful telephone interview?||Tuesday 17th October 2017||6pm - 7pm|
|Part 5 - What makes a great video interview?||Tuesday 24th October 2017||1pm - 2pm|
|Part 6 - Demonstrating your competency in interviews||Tuesday 24th October 2017||6pm - 7pm|
|Part 7 - Knowing where your strengths lie||Tuesday 31st October 2017||1pm - 2pm|
|Part 8 - Improving your psychometric test scores||Tuesday 31st October 2017||6pm - 7pm|
|Part 9 - Networking techniques to last a lifetime||Tuesday 7th November 2017||1pm - 2pm|
|Part 10 - Developing your commerical awareness||Tuesday 7th November 2017||6pm - 7pm|
|Part 11 - Impressive group work behaviours in assessment centres A||Tuesday 6th February 2018||1pm - 2pm|
|Part 11 - Impressive group work behaviours in assessment centres B||Tuesday 6th February 2018||6pm - 7pm|
|Part 12 - Presenting to impress in group assessment centres A||Tuesday 13th February 2018||1pm - 2pm|
|Part 12 - Presenting to impress in group assessment centres B||Tuesday 13th February 2018||6pm - 7pm|
|Part 13 - Approaching case studies in assessment centres A||Tuesday 20th February 2018||1pm - 2pm|
|Part 13 - Approaching case studies in assessment centres B||Tuesday 20th February 2018||6pm - 7pm|
|Part 14 - How to succeed in the job market A||Tuesday 27th February 2018||1pm - 2pm|
|Part 14 - How to succeed in the job market B||Tuesday 27th February 2018||6pm - 7pm|
Professionals from a number of organisations are invited on to campus to talk about their role, their industry and entry routes to different professions. Typically, a panel question session will follow the talks to give you the opportunity to ask questions. If you are thinking about a career in a particular sector, but are unsure which industry or role would suit your skills best, then these sessions will definitely help you make an informed decision. All panels are open to students from all courses.
Panels in 2017/2018 will be:
|Careers in the Creative Industries||Monday 23rd October 2017||6pm - 8pm|
|Careers in the City||Monday 2nd October 2017||6pm - 8pm|
|Careers with a Law Degree||Thursday 19th October 2017||6pm - 8pm|
|Careers in Investment Banking||Thursday 26th October 2017||6pm - 8pm|
|Careers in Consultancy||Monday 9th October 2017||6pm - 8pm|
|Careers in Government, Economics and Policy||Monday 24th October 2017||6pm - 8pm|
|Careers in Actuarial Science, Insurance and Risk||Thursday 19th October 2017||6pm - 8pm|
|Careers with a Psychology Degree (lunchtime)||Monday 9th October 2017||1pm - 3pm|
|Careers with a Sociology and Criminology Degree||Thursday 12th October 2017||6pm - 8pm|
|Careers in International Politics||Monday 16th October 2017||6pm - 8pm|
|Fast-track to a Professional Career||Thursday 5th October 2017||6pm - 8pm|
|Careers in Cyber Security||Monday 6th November 2017||6pm - 8pm|
|Careers In Engineering||Thursday 15th February 2018||6pm - 8pm|
|Careers in the Charity Sector||Thursday 22nd February 2018||6pm - 8pm|
Employer-led workshops on skills and application techniques
Some companies come in to City to run skills sessions specifically to help students improve their approach to graduate job applications. These sessions may include information on CV s and application forms, interview technique, team building, commercial awareness etc.. The company's objective here is to help you to make the most of your applications which will then make their selection task easier.
Workshops led by specialist careers consultants
Throughout the year, workshops are led by our experienced Careers Consultant team. You can maximise your chances of getting a job by attending our series of information packed sessions, with hints and tips to set them apart from the others.
Mock assessment and psychometric testing sessions
The opportunity for you to try out some of the practical exercises which employers may use, and receive constructive feedback from fellow students and expert Careers Consultants about performance. These sessions will help you prepare both practically and mentally for the employer's assessment day.
These stalls will be placed along the main corridor in the University Building (where you find most refectories). You will see sometimes employers standing there, ready to chat to you informally about a career with them, and it is your chance to get a little bit more familiar with them and see if their opportunities would suit you. Don't be afraid to stop and talk when you see a stall!
Employer in Residence
Employers will be based in the Careers Service for mock interviews or CV check sessions. The intention here is to allow students to talk informally on a one-to-one basis with representatives from different companies and to ask questions that could help them decide whether they would fit into that organisation's culture.
Employer presentations on campus
Employers use this time to share their company history, promote their organisation, describe their company culture, talk about career paths and opportunities and share tips for applications and interviews. These informal information sessions provide the means for students to learn more about the employers they are considering before participating in the application and selection process. Presentations will often be followed by an opportunity for questions either from the audience or less formally by breaking up for drinks and chat.
Off-campus presentations / open days
These are events held at employers' premises that give you the opportunity to have a look around and get the feel of the atmosphere in which you would be working and, at the same time, chat to a number of company employees.