This morning I attended the Careers Fairs at the University of Leicester. I was not there specifically to meet any exhibitors, but will do so later this week. I merely wanted to have a look around. The marquee was very impressive. There was a lot of smartly dressed students and useful fact-finding and networking going on.
I have no links with the Careers Service at the University of Leicester. Nevertheless, unless students have a particularly busy week, I would highly recommend that every student attends the festival, irrespective of which year you are in. The only exceptions to that would be if you know exactly which career you wish to go into, exactly what is required to succeed, and precisely how you can gain those relevant skills and experiences before applying.
The Festival of Careers is not just about meeting exhibitors. There are a number of workshops and fringe events throughout the week. These range from learning about various companies to application and CV workshops and psychometric testing.
For a fair number of criminology students, I would particularly recommend attending on Thursday and Friday. Thursday is the law fair. This will give students the opportunity to talk to a number of law firms as well as BPP and the University of Law, who provide the one year law conversion course for non-law students which is known as the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). I’m particularly looking forward to attending events with Linklaters, the Crown Prosecution Service and the How to be a Barrister workshop with BPP.
On Friday, for final year students only, there are two 2 hour workshops that will help final year students take the steps needed to find that great graduate job once you have finished your studies.
Further information about the Festival of Careers can be found at the following link:
Please watch the short video on that screen as there is a no preparation no entry rule for attending the event.