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 2017 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 2018
Registration will open for City's Career Fairs and preparation workshops very soon. Take a look at the fair guides below from 2017 for a taste of what our Career Fairs are like.
- Banking, Finance and Consultancy fair - Wednesday 3rd October 2018
- Law Fair - Wednesday 10th October 2018
- Engineering, Mathematics and Technology fair - Wednesday 17th October 2018
- School of Arts and Social Sciences - Wednesday 7th November 2018
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 2018
Our annual Volunteering Fair will take place in October 2018. A date is to be confirmed.
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 2018/19 will take place on Tuesday afternoons from 1pm to 2pm and evenings from 6pm to 7pm. Session titles include:
|Part 1: What skills are employers actually looking for? How to develop these through the ESP Programme||Tuesday 2nd October||1pm - 2pm|
|Part 2: Online applications: Tackling them and what happens next?||Tuesday 2nd October||6pm - 7pm|
|Part 3: Phone and Video Interviews: How best to prepare?||Tuesday 9th October||1pm - 2pm|
|Part 4: In-person interviews: What do employers really want to hear?||Tuesday 9th October||6pm - 7pm|
|Part 5: Commercial Awareness: What is this and how to develop it?||Tuesday 16th October||1pm - 2pm|
|Part 6: Psychometric tests: How to approach these tests!||Tuesday 16th October||6pm - 7pm|
|Part 7: Assessment Centres: How to get noticed by the recruiters?||Tuesday 23rd October||1pm - 2pm|
|Part 8: Identifying your strengths: How to demonstrate them in the workplace?||Tuesday 23rd October||6pm - 7pm|
|Part 9: Communication in the workplace: Different styles and etiquette||Tuesday 30th October||1pm - 2pm|
|Part 10: What to expect from the workplace: Your first month||Tuesday 30th October||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 2018/19 will be:
|Careers in Investment Banking||Thursday 4th October||6pm - 8-pm|
|Careers in Technology||Monday 8th October||6pm - 8pm|
|Careers in Financial Services and Accountancy||Thursday 11th October||6pm - 8pm|
|Careers with a Criminology and Sociology Degree||Thursday 11th October||6pm - 8pm|
|Acturial Speed Networking||Thursday 18th October||6pm - 8pm|
|Careers with a Law Degree||date to be confirmed||time to be confirmed|
|Careers with a Psychology degree||Monday 15th October||1pm - 3pm|
|Careers in Politics and International Politics||Monday 15th October||6pm - 8pm|
|Careers in Cyber Security||Monday 15th October||6pm - 8pm|
|Careers in Consulting||Thursday 25th October||6pm - 8pm|
|Careers in Media, Publishing and Advertising||Thursday 25th October||6pm - 8pm|
|Top-tips on becoming a successful entrepreneur||Thursday 1st November||6pm - 8pm|
|Careers in Engineering||Thursday 1st November||6pm - 8pm|
|Careers in Marketing||Thursday 8th November||6pm - 8pm|
|Careers in Government, Economics & Policy||Thursday 8th November||6pm - 8pm|
|Careers with a Music Degree||Tuesday 12th February||6.30pm - 8.30pm|
|International Women's Day||Thursday 8th March||1pm - 3pm|
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.