Biggest ever Festival of Careers underway

The fifth annual Festival of Careers kicked off at our University this week, with hundreds of graduate employers due to visit the campus from 3 - 7 October 2016, including Airbus, Nationwide, Jaguar Land Rover, Sky and IBM.

The University of Leicester’s Festival of Careers takes the idea of a traditional careers fair and builds it into a week-long extravaganza of workshops, activities, events and exhibitions that ensure that all Leicester students can access something relevant to their future ambition, including those that do not yet know what they want to do.

The event, run by the University’s award-winning Career Development Service, promises to be bigger than ever this year with over 120 graduate employers and over 2000 students expected to attend during the five day event.

Over the course of the week the marquee in the heart of campus will host four themed careers fairs:

  • Work and Study Abroad
  • Management, Finance and Public Sector
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Volunteering, Enterprise and Part-Time Work

In addition to the main fairs, over 30 ‘fringe’ events will be held to help students gain entry into the world of work. These include shorter career or skills talks covering a diverse range of areas – from journalism to archaeology, PR to banking.

Rob Fryer, Director of the Career Development Service at the University of Leicester, said: “We are delighted to welcome so many organisations onto campus this week. The Festival marks the start of the academic year’s exciting suite of activities for our talented students to learn more about graduate opportunities and employers can start to identify students for their talent pipelines. We are very proud to win the 2015 Association of Graduate Recruiters award for Best Preparation Strategy for students and we hope with our ‘no, prep, no entry’ philosophy we continue to support our students into identifying and securing sought after graduate roles.”