Graduate and Placement Recruitment Fair – Wednesday 12 October, 12-3pm, Student Life Building
The Graduate and Placement Recruitment Fair takes place on Wednesday 12 October, featuring 50+ employers from a range of sectors looking to hire students from across all courses and disciplines.
If you are looking to gain an internship, secure a sandwich placement for next year or you are a final year student looking to secure a graduate job to start after graduation in 2023, then come along to the fair at the Student Life Building, 12-3pm.
If you have a disability, health condition or are neurodivergent and find busy fairs can be overwhelming, join us from 11am for our accessibility hour. This will give you an opportunity to meet employers in a quieter environment.
Students from any programme or level of study are welcome to attend and only organisations with currently available or upcoming opportunities will be there, so this is a fantastic opportunity to sort out your next steps. A free lunch will also be provided!
AEC, Airbus, ALDI, AmcoGiffen, Amey, Audit Wales, Auto Trader, Azets, B & M Retail Ltd., BDO, CBRE, Change Grow Live/ Wirral Ways, Charityworks, Coeus Insurance Management Ltd., Creative England, Cubis Systems, Deloitte Digital, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Express Solicitors, Evolution, Grant Thornton, HMRC, InterExchange, John West Foods Ltd., Kays Medical, Kids Planet Day Nurseries, Knowsley Borough Council, LCR Grad Scheme (UOL), Liverpool City Council, LJMU Graduate Futures, LJMU Post Grad, Local Solutions, Matalan, Mazars, Merseyside Police, MHA Moore and Smalley, HMPPS, National School of Healthcare Science, NHS Leadership Academy, North Wales Police, Omnicom Health Group, Princes, Privilege HR, ProConveyancing UK Limited, R2R Global, Ramboll, REED, Riverside, RSM UK, Teach First, The Access Bank UK, The Crown Prosecution Service, The Grand, York, The Tutor Trust, THG, Unitemps, Universally Speaking Ltd., Varonis, Volker Laser, Warburtons, Wowcher and LivingSocial
Online event: Preparing for the Graduate and Placement Recruitment Fair & How to approach potential employers – Friday 7 October, 10-10.30am
The Student Futures team are running a short, online event to help students prepare for the fair. The session will cover networking and starting professional conversations and provide simple tips and strategies to improve your confidence.
Book a place at - https://studentfutures.ljmu.ac.uk/
On the day of the fair
Upon arrival at the Student Life Building on the day of the event, please make your way towards the SLB Careers Zone and bring your student card to tap in and register your attendance. Floorplans will be available at the Careers Zone so you can quickly and easily navigate your way around the event and speak to the organisations that are of interest to you.
Top tips when attending a recruitment fair
Many employers recruit in different ways therefore you may want prepare a CV that can be emailed to employers on the day. Don’t forget, if you don’t already have a professional CV, use our CV Builder app to create your first CV. When you have a version you are happy with, use our CV360 app to score your CV against 50 checks and get instant feedback to optimise it. If you have a LinkedIn profile, make sure it is up-to-date as many employers take LinkedIn profiles as a method application. If employers recruit via application forms, guidance on these is provided by the Student Futures team via a one-to-one careers meeting. You should also:
- Check out the list of organisations attending above and take a quick look at their website ahead of the event and the vacancies they offer
- Draw up a shortlist of employers you would like to speak to, but don’t just focus on the big names you’ve heard of – give the ones you don’t recognise a chance as well, so you don’t miss out on the interesting opportunities they offer! Allow enough time for your visit to the fair to chat to as many employers as possible.
- Prepare a short ‘pitch’ to introduce yourself to employers, e.g. I am a second-year/final-year History student interested in exploring possible placement/graduate opportunities with your company. I have read about your placement/graduate scheme online – could you give me some further information about that?
- First impressions count, so when you approach the stand, be confident and enthusiastic. Don’t just grab any freebies or brochures and move on, but introduce yourself and network with the staff by asking relevant questions, for example:
- Which of your placements/graduate schemes would be suitable for someone with my degree?
- What skills and knowledge do you look for in candidates?
- Could you give me some tips to help me succeed in the application and recruitment process?
- What do you enjoy most about working for this organisation?
- What was the most interesting thing you have worked on? / What skills are you using the most in your role?
Here’s what can happen at a recruitment fair when you engage with employers
Check out this video of Sandumini, who graduated from LJMU with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering in 2021. After initially struggling to find a suitable position after graduation, she attended the LJMU Graduate and Placement Recruitment Fair at the Student Life Building in March 2022. She talks about how important it is to engage with a range of organisations at an event like this and how doing so herself quickly transformed her career ...