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Freshers' fairs are great. They're a good chance to see your friends, sign up to loads of societies and blag lots of freebies. Compared to your Freshers' fair, Careers fairs are boring, with far less free stuff. Right?

Freshers' fairs are great. They’re a good chance to see your friends, sign up to loads of societies and blag lots of freebies. Compared to your Freshers' fair, Careers fairs are boring, with far less free stuff. Right?

Wrong. Careers fairs are far more useful than Freshers’ fair, and can be just as much fun - with free stuff still available! They are probably the best opportunity you will find to mingle with potential future employers and find out about applying for the jobs you’re considering after university. Lots of high-recruiting companies have stalls at careers fairs and many graduate schemes visit them as well. Careers fairs also contain stalls belonging to companies like the Graduate Recruitment Bureau, which can help you with job searching outside of the fair by sending out regular emails containing information about jobs available. To get on these mailing lists, careers fairs are a must.<br/> So turn up to your careers fair with a pen, neat clothes and an open mind. You may meet some important people so try and make a good impression when speaking to the people who run the different stalls. Sign up to as many mailing lists as you can (you can always unsubscribe) and take business cards when available. While Freshers’ fair is a time for fun and furthering your extra-curricular activities, the careers fair is ultimately important for your future. Take it seriously.<br/> Make sure to find out when and where your careers fair is. Every university has them and you should be able to find out the details from your uni website or by calling the university office. Remember - you have nothing to lose by turning up to a careers fair and who knows, you may even come away with some good advice (and if all else fails, a free pen or two).

kate samuelson grb author

Kate studied English at the University of Bristol.

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