Why should I attend a careers fair?

01 January 2017 | Careers Advice | Guest Author

Are you still deciding which path to take after school? Not sure if you want to go to university, take a course at college or start an apprenticeship? Confused about what options are available to you?

Not knowing exactly what you want to do after school or college can be daunting, especially because there are options out there that you may have never considered. Careers fairs are an unparalleled opportunity to get your name out there and get informed about a variety of post-16 and post-18 options. You can check out the latest apprenticeship and university places and really get a feel for what employers and course providers can offer you once you leave school, all conveniently located under one roof.

See what’s out there

First and foremost, careers fairs are informative events. They’re there to help you make an informed decision about your next steps in life. Having access to such a wealth of information about courses, apprenticeships and jobs all in the same place means that you can cover all your options – which is even better if you’re not exactly sure what you want to do.

Careers fairs are a great opportunity to check out the current market and see what’s available to you across a wide range of industries and course options all under one roof. Some employers or universities may have a list of current vacancies or courses that could give you a better idea of what you can expect to see when you’re making your choices.

Networking opportunities

Employers and course providers attend exhibit at shows like WhatCareerLive? in order to meet potential candidates for their current or future jobs, which can give you a huge advantage over someone who has just made an application online.

Meeting employers and course providers face-to-face provides the opportunity for you to ask more questions about the job or apprenticeship in a less formal setting than at interview, and introduce yourself to the people who could be hiring you in the future.

Real time help clinics

Careers Fairs aren’t just about talking to employers and course providers. Events like WhatCareerLive? and WhatUniversityLive? also have a variety of features which can help boost your confidence when you take your next step and make visiting a career fair much more worthwhile.

If you’re not confident in your CV, or need to brush up on your interview skills, then face-to-face clinics run by industry professionals can give you the edge you need over other applicants to your course or job. They can highlight where you’re going wrong and places you can improve, and advice will be tailored specifically to you.

If you’re looking for a more general overview and advice on how to proceed, seminars and talks hosted at careers fairs on your career options can be useful. The Student Advice Theatre at WhatCareerLive? has a variety of talks from industry professionals, giving you independent advice on your next step, whether it’s improving employability, choosing the right career for you or paths into particular industries.

Parents can get involved too

Forget the idea of spending a Saturday morning with your Mum or Dad marching you unwillingly around a careers fair. Instead, why not give them their own itinerary for the day – WhatCareerLive? has a dedicated theatre for Parents & Advisors which will give them all the information they need to help support you when exploring your options.

So why not make a day of it? Find out more about all of your post-16 or post-18 options, all located in the same place, while getting independent advice on your next step.


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