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The Work Experience Fair Round-Up

If you didn’t manage to make it to our Work Experience Fair a couple of weeks ago, not to worry. We asked some of the exhibitors’ questions on their companies, what they look for in employees, and why they value work experience.

 

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The fair was about giving you the chance to meet employers on campus who are offering current vacancies for placements, internships, and work experience. There was the opportunity to network with recruiters, find out about different jobs, and receive advice on what it takes to stand out in a competitive market.

 

These types of events are great opportunities to get to know employers in your industry and those local to the University in particular. Don’t underestimate the personal contact that you make with those on the stand, it can give you an edge. Finding out about the company is expected but you can also find out about the industry, the culture, and even get insights into the recruitment process. I have met students who were amazed at the amount of information an employer representative has shared with them at a fair. This puts your good networking skills in action; of course they will be less likely to share if you’re only there for a free mug!

 

Our employers talked about the benefit of work experience on top of a good degree and shared experiences of their own, since many were currently on placements or in internships themselves.

Just as an interview is a way to find out if you’re right for the company, fairs give you the opportunity to find out if the company is right for you. Don’t just look out for companies in your industry; you might find that an engineering company also has openings in its PR and Marketing department and that’s where your interests lie. You don’t even have to be at the stage of applying to visit and talk to employers. If you’re not sure what you want to apply for, they’ve probably been in the same position as you at some point, and will happily share their experiences of different careers and industries. It might even give you an idea of a different industry you hadn’t considered.

So don’t miss out on the next employer event or fair, keep up-to-date with the latest events on CareerHub, and be prepared to network like a pro!

 

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Jerome Price is an Employment and Placements Adviser in the Careers and Placements Service at the University of Hertfordshire

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