It's Fair time! Are you ready?
We are bringing over 150 recruiting employers onto campus in just 3 days: 16th, 17th, 18th October 2017. Head over to the Octagon on Monday to find placement & graduate job opportunities suitable for all degree subjects, Tuesday is focused on all things STEM and it’s all about the Law on Wednesday.
Placement and Graduate Jobs Fair
Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th October 2017
Meet recruiting employers with placement and graduate jobs at this two-day event.
Monday is for everyone, with opportunities for students from all subject areas in: marketing; retail; finance, accountancy and banking; HR; business and management; public sector; teaching; charities and more.
Tuesday is focused on all things STEM, with opportunities in: engineering; technology; maths and physical sciences.
Wednesday 18th October 2017
Launch your legal career here! Meet over 50 recruiting organisations and find out about professional legal studies, training contracts, vacation schemes, insight days and graduate jobs.
Making the most of the Fairs.
It’s easy to walk into a careers fair and feel completely overwhelmed by the number of employers in front of you, but did you know that employers are feeling this way too?
The reality of careers fairs is that employers are on the hunt for the best possible candidate for their organisation, just as much as you are hoping to stand out from the crowd.
Read below for top tips from employer Softcat, or watch our animation on how to network like a pro. It will help you to make the most of the day, and stand out to employers.
|1. Planning and preparation||
It may sound boring, but thinking a little ahead will allow you to save time on the day and head straight for the employers that interest you most.
|2. Question time||
Employers don't expect you to know everything about them, but knowing a little may get you a long way and asking them relevant questions will definitely help you to stick in their mind.
Asking questions may also result in them asking some questions of you so be prepared; they may ask you:
|3. Update your CV||
Employers don’t collect these on the day so what’s the point? By updating your CV you’re reminding yourself of all the skills and experiences that you have to offer. It is also worth taking a copy with you; if you’re stumped for any questions that a recruiter asks you, you have a ready-made crib sheet listing your skills!
|4. Attitude and attire||
You don’t need to be suited and booted but do make an effort – a smart appearance combined with a good attitude is a really strong starting point. Make eye contact, be friendly and convey your interest in the company whilst demonstrating your relevant abilities. Believe it or not, simply looking smart and presenting yourself well will be enough to make you stand out from the majority.
|5. Make notes and follow them up||
You’ll be meeting several recruiters, so make a note of any you want to pursue further, along with their contact details. If they offer you business cards or handouts, make your notes on the back of these so you remember whom you talked to about what. After the careers fair make a point of dropping these recruiters an email, letting them know you enjoyed talking to them and thanking them for their time – most people don’t bother so again this will help you to stand out.
Information for International students
Working in the UK
All EEA and Swiss national students can work in the UK. If you are Croatian you may need to apply for permission before you can work in the UK after your studies. If you are not from one of these countries the government has a number of schemes and programmes that are appropriate for most international students. All of the schemes are points-based, i.e. you must score a minimum number of points (as specified by the Home Office) in order to apply.
|Tier 2 Sponsored Skilled Workers route||
Employer sponsored visas (Tier 2 visas) are currently the most common way for UK employers to hire international graduates who need permission to work in the UK.
There is a list of companies and organisations that are licensed as sponsors on the Home Office website.
We have also produced a leaflet called 'Employers who may recruit International students to work in the UK' which may help you when deciding where to target your applications.
We explain more about Tier 5 and some of the main sponsors in our leaflet at www.careers.dept.shef.ac.uk/pdf/tier5gae.pdf
There is also information on the Government website - https://www.gov.uk/tier-5-government-authorised-exchange
|Which employers are recruiting under Tier 2||
Only companies who are licensed as sponsors and are on the Register of Sponsors can currently sponsor a graduate. We have asked all the companies coming to the Fair if they are on the register and this in indicated in the Fair Guide that you’ll receive on the day. (Don’t forget, a company can apply to become a sponsor at any time. It will cost them to do so but if a company likes a particular student and wants to recruit them, then they may be prepared to do so.)
If an employer is a Tier 2 sponsor then that means they will definitely accept applications from International Students?
Unfortunately it isn’t always as simple as that! Some graduate recruiters are not fully up to speed with the latest visa regulations and some think it is harder to employ international students than it actually is. (We are doing a lot to explain the regulations to employers). Others may not be able to because the salaries don’t reach the minimum requirements. We have asked all the organisations coming to the Fair if they do recruit international students and this information is displayed at the bottom of every company profile.
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Our advice for international students is:
- Check out who offers the type of work you are looking for.
- Prepare to meet with employers, think about what you will say and how you can be as professional as possible.
- Approach the companies that say they definitely recruit international students.
- Then go to those who are Tier 2 sponsors. Ensure that you understand the regulations yourself – maybe you can help inform the employer that they can recruit you (as long as the salary reaches the minimum required).
- Then visit those who aren’t Tier 2 sponsors, maybe if they like you and think you could have a lot to offer their company, they might be prepared to become a sponsor.
- If they don't offer opportunities under Tier 2 you could enquire if they are able to recruit international students for periods of work under Tier 5.
Please note- this information is a guide only, the Careers Service are not Immigration experts. You should always check out your situation with the Student Union Advice Centre and the Home office