Are careers fairs useful?

I bet as soon as you read the words “careers fair”, your brain just switched off and your soul went into sleep mode. Sound dull, don’t they? Well actually, they might just be more useful than you think.

Careers and jobs fairs are actually fantastic ways to boost your employment prospects. Not only are they free to attend for everyone (great for poor students!) they are informal and allow you to meet up with prospective employers on a friendly basis. You can then learn more about the company itself and sometimes even apply for vacancies there.

Remember, a careers fair is essentially a way for you to interview the company, and find out if you’d really like to work there! You can ask as many nosey questions as you’d like, without being rejected from a job interview, and the fairs allow you to network in a less forced way.

Not only can you explore the jobs that you’re interested in, but you could also take a look at things you’ve never considered before. You never know, you could leave a job fair with completely different career aims!

“That’s all very well and good,” I hear you cry, “But where do I find these mysterious careers fairs?”

Well, that’s actually simple. If you decide to go to university, your institution and Students’ Union will hold careers-based events all the time, even as soon as Freshers’ Week begins. And if you don’t go to university, fear not! You can also head to those provided by The Job Fairs which are regular and scattered across the country. Check out the table below to see when a fair is coming to an area near you.

September 2014

Town Date Venue Time Type
Stoke on Trent 5th September The Quality Hotel 10am – 3pm General
Birmingham 16th September Council House 10am – 3pm General
Telford 17th September Park Inn by Radisson Telford 10am – 3pm General
Great Yarmouth 26th September Town Hall 10am – 3pm General

October 2014

Town Date Venue Time Type
Cardiff 1st October City Hall 10am – 3pm General
Norwich 8th October The Forum 10am – 3pm General
Peterborough 10th October Queensgate Shopping Centre 10am – 5:30pm General
Brighton & Hove 31st October The Grand Hotel 10am – 3pm General

November 2014

Town Date Venue Time Type
Coventry 7th November Belgrade Theatre 10am – 3pm General
Watford 14th November T.B.A 10am – 3pm General

January 2015

Town Date Venue Time Type
Norwich 7th January The Forum 10am – 3pm General
Brighton T.B.A. The Grand Hotel 10am – 2pm General
Coventry T.B.A. Belgrade Theatre 10am – 3pm General
Great Yarmouth T.B.A. Town Hall 10am – 2pm General
Bristol T.B.A. Colston Hall 10am – 2pm General

Februry 2015

Town Date Venue Time Type
Cardiff T.B.A City Hall 10am – 2pm General
Peterborough T.B.A. Queensgate Shopping Centre 10am – 5.30pm General
Colchester T.B.A. Town Hall 10am – 2pm General
Loughborough T.B.A. Town Hall 10am – 2pm General

Just some of the companies that work with TheJobFairs.co.uk 

 

 

 

 

So now you have no excuse. Head to a job fair and get ahead on your career!