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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.

Attend City's virtual career events

In 2020, all employer events and careers workshops will run using video-conferencing software.  Our full programme of events, including three Career Fairs, will all be running virtually.

Career Fairs

City Career Fairs are formally structured events where 15 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 organisation 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?

  • 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 2020

Registration will open for City's Career Fairs and preparation workshops will open in August 2020. Take a look at the Fair guides below from 2019 for a taste of what our Career Fairs are like.

  • Business, Finance and Economics Fair - Wednesday 30th September 2020
  • Law and Social Sciences Fair - Wednesday 14th October 2020
  • Engineering and Technology Fair - Wednesday 21st October 2020

Employability Skills Programme

Take a look at the Employability Skills Programme guide above from 2019 for a taste of what the programme is like.
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 2020 will take place online on Tuesday afternoons from 1pm to 2pm and evenings from 6pm to 7pm. Session titles include:
Sessions:Dates: Times:
Part 1: What skills are employers actually looking for? How to develop these through the ESP Programme Tuesday 29th September1pm - 2pm
Part 2: Online applications: Tackling them and what happens next  Tuesday 29th September6pm - 7pm
Part 3: Phone and Video Interviews: How best to prepare Tuesday 6th October 1pm - 2pm
Part 4: In-person interviews: What do employers really want to hearTuesday 6th October 6pm - 7pm
Part 5: Commercial Awareness: What is this and how to develop itTuesday 13th October 1pm - 2pm
Part 6: Case Studies: How to prepare and ace them Tuesday 13th October 6pm - 7pm
Part 7: Assessment Centres: How to get noticed by the recruiters Tuesday 20th October 1pm - 2pm
Part 8: Identifying your strengths: How to demonstrate them in the workplace Tuesday 20th October 6pm - 7pm
Part 9: Personal Branding: How to develop your network Tuesday 27th October 1pm - 2pm
Part 10: What to expect from the workplace: Your first month Tuesday 27th October 6pm - 7pm

We hope you join us for all 10 session, however for students who attend 8 of the 10 available sessions you will be presented with a certificate.

Sector-specific Panels

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 2019/20 will be:

Event TitleDateTime
Introduction to investment banking 05.10.206pm - 8pm
Discover options with a Mathematics Degree08.10.206pm - 8pm
Discover options in engineering19.10.206pm - 8pm
Introduction to consultancy19.10.206pm - 8pm
Explore opportunities in accounting and financeTBC6pm - 8pm
Round Table: Explore Life as an actuary19.11.206pm - 8pm
Discover opportunities in technology and cyber security2021TBC
Explore opportunities in international politics and politics2021TBC
Discover opportunities in government, economics and policy2021TBC
Explore options in the media, publishing and advertising industries2021TBC
Explore options with a Law Degree2021TBC
Women in Tech2021TBC
Commercial awareness in Law 2021TBC
Lawyers vs. journalists: The challenges around media law regulation2021TBC

To register for an event please find the event at and click the "book in" button.

Other events

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.

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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.

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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.

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Lunchtime stalls

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.

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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.

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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.

Find out more about off-campus events >