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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.

Career fairs

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
  • Engineering, Mathematics and Technology fair - Wednesday 17th October 2018
  • Law fair - Wednesday 31st October 2017
  • School of Arts and Social Sciences - Wednesday 7th November 2018

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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:

Come along to learn more about how you can get involved, meet new people and gain experience.

Register now to attend.

Employability Skills Programme

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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:

Sessions:Dates: Times:
Prep SessionTuesday 3rd October 20171pm - 2pm
Part 1 - Succeeding with your online applicationTuesday 10th October 20171pm - 2pm
Part 2 - Creating a unique personal brandTuesday 10th October 20176pm - 7pm
Part 3 - Knowing how your skills are applicable to the working worldTuesday 17th October 20171pm - 2pm
Part 4 - What makes a successful telephone interview?Tuesday 17th October 20176pm - 7pm
Part 5 - What makes a great video interview?Tuesday 24th October 20171pm - 2pm
Part 6 - Demonstrating your competency in interviewsTuesday 24th October 20176pm - 7pm
Part 7 - Knowing where your strengths lieTuesday 31st October 20171pm - 2pm
Part 8 - Improving your psychometric test scoresTuesday 31st October 20176pm - 7pm
Part 9 - Networking techniques to last a lifetimeTuesday 7th November 20171pm - 2pm
Part 10 - Developing your commerical awarenessTuesday 7th November 20176pm - 7pm
Part 11 - Impressive group work behaviours in assessment centres ATuesday 6th February 20181pm - 2pm
Part 11 - Impressive group work behaviours in assessment centres BTuesday 6th February 20186pm - 7pm
Part 12 - Presenting to impress in group assessment centres ATuesday 13th February 20181pm - 2pm
Part 12 - Presenting to impress in group assessment centres BTuesday 13th February 20186pm - 7pm
Part 13 - Approaching case studies in assessment centres ATuesday 20th February 20181pm - 2pm
Part 13 - Approaching case studies in assessment centres BTuesday 20th February 20186pm - 7pm
Part 14 - How to succeed in the job market ATuesday 27th February 20181pm - 2pm
Part 14 - How to succeed in the job market BTuesday 27th February 20186pm - 7pm

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 2017/2018 will be:

Event TitleDateTime
Careers in the CityMonday 2nd October6pm - 8pm
Fast-track to a Professional CareerThursday 5th October 6pm - 8pm
Careers with a Psychology Degree TBC Lunch-time
Careers in Consultancy Monday 9th October 6pm - 8pm
Careers with a Criminology and Sociology DegreeThursday 12th October 6pm - 8pm
Careers in International Politics and Politics Monday 16th October 6pm - 8pm
Careers in Actuarial Science, Insurance and Risk Thursday 19th October 6pm - 8pm
Careers with a Law Degree Thursday 19th October 6pm - 8pm
Careers in Journalism and the Creative Industries Monday 23rd October 1pm - 3pm
Careers in Investment Banking Thursday 26th October 6pm - 8pm
Career options in Cyber Security Monday 6th November 6pm - 8pm
Careers in Technology Thursday 9th November6pm - 8pm
Careers in Accountancy and Finance Monday 13th November 6pm - 8pm
Careers with a Maths Degree Monday 5th February 6pm - 8pm
Careers with a Music DegreeTuesday 13th February6pm - 8pm
Careers in Government, Economics and Policy Thursday 15th February 6pm - 8pm
Careers in Engineering Thursday 15th February 6pm - 8pm
Careers in the Charity Sector Thursday 22nd February 6pm - 8pm
LGBT Workplace Equality: Inclusion vs. Disclosure Monday 26th February 6pm - 8pm
International Women's Day: Successful Women in the Workplace Thursday 8th March TBC
International Week TBC TBC
Career options in Speech and Language Therapy TBC TBC

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.

Book your place now >

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.

Book your place now >

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 >