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Faculty Careers Fair another resounding success

Published: 29 February 2016

If it’s February it must be the FPSE Engineering and Technology Careers Fair!

This year’s event – the ninth in the series – was a resounding success, breaking records in terms of companies attending and student visitors, but also showcasing leading technology solutions from global leaders.

More than 1,200 students took the opportunity to find out more about career options from over 90 companies, representing the technology industries, global finance, energy, business and tech consultancy, security, big systems, and communications. Blue chip household names like Bloomberg, BAE Systems, Ocado, Hawk Eye, rubbed shoulders with innovative startups such as Pexip, Senseye, and Cubica. The UK’s three biggest graduate recruiters – Deloitte, PwC and Teach First were also in attendance, seeking to add FPSE graduates to their 2016 cohorts.

The annual Careers Fair is the centrepiece of the careers and employability activity in the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, and has been running since 2008. The first event attracted 33 companies and it continues to grow year on year – an excellent indication of the continuing strong demand for Southampton graduates.

Many companies attend every year, but new companies this year included industry leaders such as Expedia, BSquare, CGI, Cirrus Logic, Fujitsu, Jump Trading, Ordnance Survey, and Oxford Asset Management.

“The Fair is a great endorsement of the high regard that the UK’s leading technology companies have for Southampton students,” said Careers Fair Director Joyce Lewis. “We had over 90 companies attending this year – a significant increase from last year, and it was fantastic to hear the buzz in both venues and to see the great interactions taking place between the company representatives – many of whom were Southampton alumni – and students across all years and many subject areas.

“We’ve had excellent feedback from the companies, who are already looking forward to returning for next year’s event – which will take place on 14 February 2017!”

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