Autumn fairs – your views

Over 2,000 students visited our fairs in weeks 2 and 4 this term – and we asked them what they thought.  Thank you to everyone who gave us feedback. We had lots of great comments from students who’d enjoyed the fair, and some concerns as well. Here’s a quick summary, together with our responses:


You said: The fair was too crowded, it wasn’t easy to get around; this could be difficult for students with anxiety; the fair should be in a bigger space. Continue reading


Careers fairs – what are the benefits?

LawCareersFairSo, the next few weeks see the career fairs making their appearance this Autumn. Which means lots of employers on campus, showcasing their graduate jobs, placement year offerings and internship opportunities.

Obviously a recruitment fair is not the only way to find work – you can search for vacancies online or even have them sent direct to your inbox, and you can read up on companies via their websites.

So why go to a fair?

Straight from the horse’s mouth (if you pardon the expression!)

You can’t find out about a company and the roles they’re offering any more direct than at a fair. Also, you’ll get a better feel for the culture of the firm and whether it’s a good fit for you.

In your shoes

Often employer reps attending fairs include current graduate trainees, who can give you an idea of what it’s really like to work there. As they were in your shoes only a year or so ago they know what sorts of things are important for you to find out. Their personal insight can tell you so much more than the company website.

Which leads us on to…

Questions their websites can’t answer

You may get a useful amount of basic information from a company website, but what happens if you’ve got further questions? It can be difficult to contact the company and ask them. Speaking to employers at a fair can answer those questions much quicker and more easily.

Make a good impression

Talking with employers in the informal environment of a fair makes it more personal and allows you to show your enthusiasm and interest outside of the pressure of the formal recruitment process.

Don’t know where to start?

If you’re unsure of what to say to employers, the fact that there are lots of other students about, means you can listen-in on some of the questions they ask, to give you some ideas. Plus the format of the fairs means it’s quite acceptable to listen-in without appearing impolite!

All the fun of the fair

Career fairs are usually lively and busy and are actually quite good fun, so why not give them a go?

By the way…

Be sure to do a little reading-up on the companies attending, so you know at least what they do. Employers soon get tired of hearing the opening question of “what does your company do?” – especially when you could have found that out beforehand.

We’ve got more info about preparing for fairs in our information sheet, Making the most of careers and recruitment fairs.

Web highlights #2: Events on campus

jeune-femme-poste-de-travail Careers blog written by Irena Zientek, Information Development Manager

You may have noticed three high-profile recruitment fairs on campus during recent weeks, but did you know there’s a whole lot of other careers events that run throughout the term, every term? Here’s a run down of our what’s on page.

Employer presentations

Graduate recruiters are always keen to visit campus and get the chance to talk to students, so you can have the opportunity to listen to what employers are offering in the way of internships and graduate roles.

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Careers Events Ahead

UoY Careers Note & Pen  Check out events for next term. More can be found  at:

Autumn Term 2016 fairs

Three recruitment fairs run each Autumn Term, bringing top employers on campus:

  • Law Fair: Wednesday 12 October 2016
  • Graduate Recruitment and Internships Fair: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) – Wednesday 19 October 2016
  • Graduate Recruitment and Internships Fair: All Sectors – Thursday 20 October 2016

Our full listing of events

In other news…

UoY Careers newspaper illy External events and news you might be interested in.

Careers fairs and events

Great Opportunities is an interactive careers event for ambitious First Year students who have a disability or long-term health condition. Free to attend (with travel expenses reimbursed), the event will take place on Fri 24 June (10.45am – 4.00)pm in Central London. See for more info.

UK Joint University Hong Kong Career Societyannual career fair on 6 August (11am – 6pm) in Kowloon Tong.

Freelancers’ Fair (BECTU’s Writers, Producers and Directors’ branch) – 27 May (9am – 6pm) at Royal Institution, London. Free to BECTU members and £14.80 for non-members. Full programme available at

In other news…

UoY Careers newspaper illy External events and news you might be interested in

Events / fairs


  • Policy ideas competition from think tank, Legatum Institute. This year’s essay question is: ‘How can we ensure that ageing societies are more prosperous societies?’ 1st prize is £3,000.

Top rated firms for ethics

  • The Job Crowd recently found Innocent Drinks to be rated highest (among its graduate employees) for its ethical outlook. Cancer Research UK was 2nd and Microsoft 3rd.

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Careers latest news – Week 10

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Student Internship Bureau

  • Remember to like the Student Internship Bureau Facebook page for up to date details of local internship projects that are available exclusively to University of York students to apply to. More projects to be advertised from the start of spring term, so make sure your CV is application ready this vacation!

Opening times during vacation

  • Open 10am-4pm
    Monday 7th to Friday 11th December
    Monday 14th, Tuesday 15th, Thursday 17th and Friday 18th December
    Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd December
  • Open 10am-12pm
    Wednesday 16th December
  • Closed
    Wednesday 23rd December to Friday 1st January