Career fairs help you to find companies that match your career aspirations and eliminate those that don't, as well as discovering work experience and further study providers in person. Even if none of the careers or options on offer seem for you, the chance to speak to graduate recruiters and check out the competition is invaluable. Entrance is free, and though most graduates will go away with nothing more than a goodie bag and a clearer idea of their career options, a lucky few will leave with a job.
They are an excellent way to find out about work informally. You can quiz the recent graduates about what life in that organisation is like and you can ask the employers questions about your prospects with them. You can raise specific queries and discuss alternatives, and give recruiters your CV.
Go, with an open mind, and ask lots of questions. Prior to a fair, there will be a list displayed on the organiser's website, of graduate recruiters attending the event. It is a good idea to look at this beforehand so that you can work out in advance the questions you want to ask your prospective employers.
This is not a formal application or interview. Employers are at the fair to market their organisation and opportunities to you and to seek good potential recruits. They may take note of your interest, suggest you apply and await your application. It is not necessary to dress smartly but be sure to make a good impression.
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