Careers Events

Careers at City are delighted to offer an exciting programme of events this autumn.

The Careers Service will be running a variety of events over the academic year 2022-23. These events are an opportunity to plan the next steps in your career, develop your employability skills and meet employers. We aim to provide a wide range of events that cover most sectors, so book your place today.

City’s Annual Careers Fair

Wednesday 12 October, 2pm – 4.30pm onsite at Northampton Square (open to all students).

Make connections with up to 35 employers at our annual careers fair.

Finding out what opportunities and employers are out there is part of the challenge of landing a graduate job. To help you, we’ve gathered employers from a diverse range of industries for City’s Careers Fair.

Exhibiting at the Fair will be large, multinational organisations as well as some smaller ones. This is your opportunity for you to meet lots of companies within just a couple of hours. You will be able to speak with both HR representatives, who can go into detail about the company’s application and selection processes, as well as graduate trainees who have only been with the company for 1-2 years.

These graduate trainees can talk to students more about their personal experience when applying as well as their role duties.

This Fair will offer the opportunity for three organisations to discuss the initiatives at their business that aims to directly support Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students within the organisation. The aim of this session is to raise awareness with BAME students about how they will be supported once they arrive at the organisation as a graduate.

In addition, one of our employers will deliver a practical workshop that aims to be immersive on the day of the Fair, prior to it commencing. This learning experience will be hands-on, giving you the chance to approach a real world area of work.

All students will also be invited to answer a commercial awareness question from each employer and if your question gets a good response you will be contacted directly to discuss opportunities.

Take this rare opportunity to make real connections with up to 35 of employers from a range of different sectors. One might just be your next employer.

Need to prepare for the Careers Fair?

Register below through our Careers Hub and join our presentation on Monday 10th October 2022. This will guide you through the do’s and don’ts at a Careers Fair and help you get prepared for the day.

You can also register interest for our other sessions.

Monday 10th October,  1pm-2pm,  location to be confirmed City's Careers Fair: Student Preparation session
Wednesday 12th October,  12:30pm-1:30pm, A109, College Building City’ Annual Careers Fair: Workshop with FDM group
Wednesday 12th October,  2pm-4:30pm,  The Great Hall, College Building City’s Annual Careers Fair
Wednesday 12th October,  2:30pm-3:30pm,  AG07b, College Building Breakout Session one with LGA
Wednesday 12th October,  2:45pm-3:45pm,  AG11, College Building Breakout Session two
Wednesday 12th October,  3pm-4pm, AG22, College Building Breakout Session three with Network Rail

Employability Skills Programme

The Employability Skills Programme (ESP), hosted by Times Top 100 employers, takes place throughout October and November and aims to equip students for success in the various stages of the graduate recruitment and selection process, giving you an advantage over other graduates.

The graduate labour market is fiercely competitive and employers are looking for skills and experience beyond your degree to secure a job. That’s why we’ve created this programme, which is open to all students to participate in.

It’s designed to give you the skills and confidence to stand out from the crowd.

Through the Employability Skills Programme (ESP) you will:

  • Build skills that impress employers
  • Become familiar and confident with all stages of the graduate recruitment and selection process
  • Network with employers

Whatever stage of your career you’re at, the ESP will give you an insight into employer expectations so you can succeed.

Stand out from the crowd

Sign up to our sessions below through the Careers Hub. Guest speakers will be announced nearer to the time.

Tuesday 11th October, 1pm-2pm, Northampton Suite ABC, University BuildingEmployability Skills Programme Part 1: Digital and soft skills: What are employers looking for with Reed Group
Tuesday 11th October, 6pm-7pm, B200, University BuildingEmployability Skills Programme Part 2: Online applications: How to maximise your success with Enterprise
Tuesday 18th October, 6pm-7pm, Northampton Suite ABC, University BuildingEmployability Skills Programme Part 3: Phone interviews: How best to prepare with Mazars
Tuesday 18th October, 6pm-7pm, B200, University BuildingEmployability Skills Programme Part 4: Virtual and in-person interviews: How to succeed in either environment with Barclays
Tuesday 25th October, 1pm-2pm, Northampton Suite ABC, University Building Employability Skills Programme Part 5: Commercial awareness: Why is it important and how can you develop it with Jones Day
Tuesday 25th October, 6pm-7pm, B200, University Building Employability Skills Programme Part 6: Case studies: How to ace them with Capco
  Tuesday 1st November, 1pm-2pm, Northampton Suite ABC, University Building Employability Skills Programme Part 7: Assessment Centres: How to get noticed in person and virtually with TeachFirst
Tuesday 1st November, 6pm-7pm, B200, University Building Employability Skills Programme Part 8: Identifying and demonstrating your strengths with KPMG
Tuesday 8th November, 1pm-2pm, Northampton Suite ABC, University Building Employability Skills Programme Part 9: Enhancing your personal brand and developing your network with BCLP
Tuesday 8th November, 6pm-7pm, B200, University Building Employability Skills Programme Part 10: Working virtually or in an office: how best to maintain your wellbeing with Mental Health First Aid England

Students who have previously participated have said:

The guest speaker was great, would love to have a longer live session with her in the future! One of my favourite speakers for the Employability Skills Programme.

BSc Business Management student

This programme is a great opportunity to learn. All the workshops have been very insightful each in a different way.

1st year Graduate Entry LLB

Discover your career options with industry professionals

Ever wondered what career opportunities are open to you? Discover where your degree can take you with our Explore and Discover panels.

You will have the opportunity to connect directly with industry professionals which will enable you to learn more about their roles, industry, career successes and any barriers that were faced and overcome to ensure success.

No matter what you study, our consultancy panels will help you feel more informed, confident and better able to make career choices.

Looking to secure internships or graduate roles? Then this session is perfect for you.

Learn from experienced professionals:

  • What qualifications, experience and skills you need to enter your chosen sector
  • What a day in various jobs involves
  • Top tips for applications, interviews and assessment centres.

What you need to do

Sign up for your chosen sessions below through our Careers Hub, research the organisation which will be present at this event and prepare some questions. That’s all.

All panels will take place online via Zoom unless a physical venue is listed.

Monday 10th October 2022, 6pm-8pmDiscover Options with a Psychology Degree Room ELG01, University Building
Monday 10th October, 6pm-8pm Careers in Investment Banking
Monday 17th October 2022, 6pm-8pm Explore Options in Government and Politics
Monday 17th October 2022, 6pm-8pm Discover Options with an Engineering Degree
Thursday 20th October 2022, 6pm-8pmExplore Options with a Law Degree
Thursday 20th October 2022, 6pm-8pm Explore Options in Consulting
Monday 24th October 2022, 6pm-8pm Discover Options with a Criminology and Sociology Degree
Thursday 27th October 2022, 6pm-8pm Explore Opportunities in Charities and Not-for-Profits
Thursday 27th October, 6pm-8pmDiscover Options in Technology and Cyber Security
Monday 31st October 2022, 6pm-8pm Explore Options in Media, Publishing and Advertising Industries
Monday 6th February, 6pm-8pm Discover Options with a Mathematics Degree

Meet the Recruiter

Mirroring the success of the one-to-one appointments between recruiters and students, our Meet the Recruiter series aims to provide a private space for students and recruiters to discuss opportunities within the business in a short, 10 minute slot, pre-booked by the student.

At a Meet the Recruiter event LLB students will be able to directly connect with legal sector recruiters to find out what it’s like to work for their firm or chambers. You will also be able to ask more about their graduate and internship offerings such as Vacation Schemes, Training Contracts, Mini-Pupillages and Pupillages.

Book an appointment through CareersHub by clicking the links below. All appointments will run online on Teams or Zoom.

Monday 10th October,  10am – 12pm Meet the Recruiter at South Square Chambers
Friday 14th October, 10am-12pm Meet the Recruiter at DWF
Monday 17th October, 10am – 12pm Meet the Recruiter at Womble Bond Dickinson
Wednesday 19th October, 10am-12pm Meet the Recruiter at Judge and Priestly
Monday 24th October, 10am – 12pm Meet the Recruiter at Kennedys
Monday 31st October, 10am – 12pm Meet the Recruiter at Wedlake Bell
Wednesday 2nd November, 10-12pm Meet the Recruiter at Fieldfisher

SME vs Large Corporations: Which is right for me?

As a guideline, generally in the UK, small or medium-sized enterprises or SMEs employ up to 250 people. Once the staff headcount reaches 250, the organisation is defined as a large business. Have you considered the pros and cons of working for either of these types of companies?

Could you see yourself taking on a varied role with greater flexibility? Do you think you would fit well in a flatter hierarchy? Then working for an SME may be for you. Small businesses generally offer greater opportunities for different work experiences and discovering new skills.

Or do you see yourself as part of a large structure? Maybe a dedicated training programme would suit you? Consider working for a large corporate, where there will be plenty of opportunities to progress.

Come along to this event to find out more about where your career could take you.