Good morning everyone!
As I’m sure you’re already aware, the Festival of Careers is almost upon us. A week of career-focussed events that will leave you cripplingly insecure about your ability do anything of merit, let alone strive for your dream career.
If however, you can wade through the corporate inanity, the Festival of Careers can be incredibly helpful in making that terrifying transition from university to employment. The main focus of the festival is to put students in touch with prospective employers from all sectors so students have the opportunity to apply for intern ships, work placements, graduate careers and volunteering opportunities as well as general information.
Some of the company’s that will there this year include: 3M, Allianz, Bank of England, Civil Service, Colchester Zoo, E.on, HM Revenues & Customs, Jaguar Land Rover, The J.E.T Programme, Leicester City Council, Net-a-Porter.com, Next, NHS, Severn Trent,Sky, The Mighty Creatives and the University of Law.
For the full list, check out the website.
If you’re thinking about going to the festival, it is essential that you prepare well. Know which companies you want to speak to, learn about them and their aims and needs. Once you know what it is you are aiming for, it’s much easier to work out your own skills and attributes, and how to present yourself for that role.
First you need to attend a prep session, these run on the hour, every hour in the David Wilson Library. In addition to giving you some handy tips on how to prepare, you will also get your wristband that will allow you entry into the festival. It’s also worth popping in to see the university Careers Development Service, as they can give you advice on everything from which opportunities to apply for,to how to build your skills for your dream career.
I’m going to be going this year, with the aim of securing an intern ship or work placement. Go big or go home! But seriously, even if you don’t know what on earth you want to do, it’s worth going along to get some information, and start learning about your options for after graduation. Even if all you lean is that you’d rather put your head in a bear trap than than hear “okay guys lets touch base on this” every day for the rest of your life.
Have fun and I’ll see you soon.