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2015 Careers Fair - the biggest so far!

Published: 10 March 2015
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Our 2015 Engineering and Technology Careers Fair was the biggest and most successful so far, with 85 companies in attendance and over 950 student visitors.

The annual Fair, which began in 2008, is a key feature of the year-round careers and employability activities organized by Electronics and Computer Science and the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, enabling students to meet and engage with some of the UK’s leading technology companies, and to find out more about long-term career prospects and internships. Companies also welcome the opportunity to speak to students who are interested in their business, and to highlight their opportunities in a very competitive market for highly skilled students.

"It’s always a very lively day," said Careers Fair Director, Joyce Lewis. "There’s a huge amount of energy and excitement in the room, which you sense as soon as you step through the door.

"Our students have a very good idea of what they are looking for in their careers, so they are always keen to meet the companies and find out more about specific development routes open to them - particularly the kinds of technologies they might be working with. Many of the companies have ECS graduates on their stands, who can offer useful insights into module choices and project work."

Trends this year included a greater representation of energy companies, and a strong demand for graduates focusing on security. The Fair’s ‘Innovation Zone’ included 11 companies from the SetSquared initiative, based at the University Science Park, highlighting the importance of new technologies and start-ups in driving forward technology.

"The Fair continues to demonstrate the huge number of opportunities that are open to our students," said Joyce Lewis. "But while it’s a major part of our careers activities, we also work closely with the companies throughout the year and really value these strong relationships and the support given to our students.

"This year in particular we have welcomed companies most weekends to run challenges and competitions in our labs, and almost every weekday evening in term has seen a company coming to our building to give a presentation. This really helps build the students’ awareness of what the companies offer and what is the best choice for them." Next year’s Fair takes place on Tuesday 9 February ... full information about careers and employability events is available at the Careers Hub.

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