Business and Finance Careers For All

October 18th, 2012 by

I’m pleased to share news of more events here at Cardiff and some great opportunities for all our students.  Our Employer Liaison Team have been working hard to bring you this year’s Business & Finance Careers Event.

Whatever your degree there is an opportunity for you in Business and if any of these organisations appeal to you then don’t miss the chance to meet them and find out more when they visit Cardiff University next week:

  • ACCA
  • BAE Systems
  • Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)
  • CU Careers & Employability
  • CIMA
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • Grant Thornton
  • GO Wales
  • Instructus Trading
  • KPMG
  • Mazars
  • Network Rail
  • OSTC Wales
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • PwC
  • TARGETjobs
  • Teach First
  • Wales Audit Office

Careers Drop-in, Monday 22 & Tuesday 23 October, Aberconway Building
For careers advice you should drop-in and see our Careers Advisers Jane and Mandy at the Careers & Employability Drop-in, where you can chat informally and gain help and advice with all your careers queries including: potential employers, Cardiff’s graduate destinations and all aspects of your career planning and preparation. The drop-in runs on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 October in Aberconway Building.

As well as the drop-in you can also attend Employer Skills Sessions.  These sessions give you the perfect opportunity to find out more about the recruitment process and typically will give you hints and tips on how to succeed in all areas of the recruitment process.

Employer Skills Session running Monday 22 October in Aberconway Building
10.10am - Room P01
International Students: Employment Regulations

11.10am - Room P01
KPMG – Commercial Awareness

12.10pm – Room P01
CIMA – The CIMA Qualification

1.10pm – Room P01
Deloitte – Application Skills

2.10pm - Room P01
ICAEW – Getting a Graduate Job – skills employers look for

3.10pm - Room P01
Grant Thornton – Interview Skills

Employer Skills Session running Tuesday 23 October in Aberconway Building
10.10am – Room P01
Network Rail – Applications, Competency Interview Techniques, Recruitment Hints and Tips

11.10am  -  Room P01
Teach First – CVs and Covering Letters

12.10pm  – Room P01
Ernst & Young – Strengths Recruitment

1.10pm – Room P01
OSTC – Careers in Trading

2.10pm – Room P01
PwC – Who are PwC? – Room P01

You really should take advantage of these sessions as they can be invaluable and really do offer you an insight that you wont get from a website or recruitment brochure.  What’s more, you don’t need to want to work for these employers to benefit from these sessions as most of the hints and tips are typical of the graduate recruitment process adopted by lots of organisations.

Careers Fair, Tuesday 23 October, 4pm – 7pm in the Julian Hodge Building
The events finale –  here you will have the chance to meet and chat with some 15 organisations (listed above) who will be exhibiting and want to meet you.

Last year’s event was a huge success with hundreds of students benefiting – you can too, come along this year – next week!

For further hints and tips on Fairs please read my Prepare for the Fair Blog posted last week.




Post by Katrina Taylor, Marketing Manager



Careers Fairs – Don’t be afraid, be prepared, attend and impress! That job could be yours …

October 11th, 2012 by

Cardiff’s Careers Fairs start Tues 16 Oct and run weekly until Weds 7 Nov

Katrina Taylor- Careers and Employability Marketing Manager has worked at Careers for nearly 12 years and has organised over 50 Careers Fairs & Events and liaised with hundreds of different employers and organisations.  Fairs are a great opportunity for students and graduates to meet organisations who are keen to recruit them.  Here are Katrina’s key thoughts and top tips for why you should attend Fairs and how to get the most out of them.

 Why Organisations Exhibit at Careers Fairs …

  • To raise their profile on campus
  • To promote their vacancies
  • To ensure you are accurately informed and to answer your questions
  • Cost effective access to large numbers of students and graduates
  • To sell their organisation and encourage you to apply to them!

 Why You Should Attend Careers Fairs …

  • To make personal contact with representatives from a number of organisations
  • To talk to current graduates – now working
  • To pick up literature to help you research
  • To find out about vacancies for graduates and student placements
  • To get your questions answered instantaneously and face to face by recruiters
  • To build networks & establish links – create a good impression
  • To hone your interview skills
  • To learn industry information

Make the Most of Careers Fairs! 
No doubt your time is valuable so Fairs are a great way to …

  •  Meet multiple organisations
  •  Make face to face contact
  •  Attend just one short event
  •  Don’t waste your time – make the most of fairs!


Prepare Yourself for Careers Fairs!
You will present a far more professional image at the Fair if you have prepared in advance –invest time now, it’s your future!

  •  Think about what you want to know in advance and what you can’t find out for yourself
  •  Size of firm, Type of work, Culture, Location, Size of intake, Work/life balance, Training?

Do your Research!

  • Identify the firms that best meet your requirements:
    Use the Careers & Employability Centre, 50 Park Place
    Publications& Directories
    Internet – organisation’s websites
    Students and Alumni already working for that organisation
    News and Media
    Friends and Family
  • The more you know beforehand, the more you will get out of the Careers Fair
  • Decide which stands you intend to visit – know why you are interested in each organisation
  • Prepare questions you genuinely want answered

                “Come and be interested and interesting.  Employers want to see that you’re enthusiastic and that you’re not afraid to ask questions about what they can offer.  Make sure that you’ve done some research before though so you are reasonably well informed and know what you want to get out of the conversation.  Remember that employers will want to know about you and your aspirations but you need to walk away having learned something too.”  PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Think About What Questions You’d Like to Ask?

  • What do you want to know the answers to?
    What areas does the organisation specialise in?
    What sorts of things do you need to do to increase my chances of getting a job?
    Do they have any international offices?
    Do they offer work placements
    What type of work do graduates do
    Do they offer deferred entry?
    When should you apply?
    Can you apply with lower a-level points?
    What are the organisation’s minimum requirements?
    What level of training will be provided?
    Will you have to move around the UK?

Get Ready to Sell Yourself!
What can you say about yourself?  Think about …

  • How you became interested in the organisation
  • What you know about the industry
  • Your academic degree specialism, projects and relevant coursework
  • Prizes, awards and achievements you’ve gained
  • Specific job training you’ve had
  • Technical, computer and language skills you have
  • Volunteering activities you’ve undertaken
  • Your career aspirations
  • Your interest and enthusiasm for the position/organisation you are applying for

It’s Fair Day … take it away!

  • Smart-casual dress
  • Arrive on time
  • Have something to say when you approach a stand
  • Be confident, positive, enthusiastic & professional
  • Take notes
  • If the stand is busy wait patiently, or go back later
  • Only take ‘freebies’ offered to you

What Now?  After the Careers Fair …

  • Read Exhibitor’s materials
  • Diarise important dates for applications & other events – don’t miss deadlines!
  • Attend any further Presentations/Skills sessions/Talks your preferred employers are running
  • Follow up any interesting contacts you made
  • Decide which organisations to apply and attend any additional presentations or events
  • Revisit publications & websites
  • Start applying – with help from Careers & Employability!

That’s it …I hope this has helped to give you an insight into Fairs and how to prepare for them.

For further information about Fairs and the organisations exhibiting go to the Careers & Employability website

Alternatively, call into the Careers & Employability Centre at 50 Park Place.

Enjoy the Fairs!!!


Katrina Taylor- Careers & Employability Marketing Manager