Engineering and computing careers fairs hailed as a great success

The Faculty of Engineering held two very successful careers earlier this month, with more than 60 graduate employers in attendance.

The Engineering Careers Fair and the Computing Employers Expo, held separately this year, were attended by over 900 students in search of summer internships, industrial year placements and graduate opportunities. 

The engineering careers fair was the largest yet, with over 45 employers taking part, including Unilever, Bentley, Jaguar Land Rover , Transport for London, Procter & Gamble, Mott MacDonald and several local SMEs. 

The Computing Expo was attended by a variety of employers from different fields, including Boots, Jet2holidays, IBM, Hermes, Pace PLC and more. 

Employers attending the fair were impressed by the quality of the students, commenting on their level of professionalism, motivation and focus on the importance of securing work experience as early as the first year of their degree. As part of the Faculty of Engineering’s employability programme, students were supported in the run up to the event with the Faculty of Engineering Employability Team guiding them through industry focused research and networking skills development, messages students have clearly taken on board following employer feedback. 

A student from the Engineering Careers Fair said "The engineering fair was a great success with so many employers attending! It was such a valuable opportunity for both engineering and computing students to talk directly to the various organisations that attended."

Kelly Bullough, HR Advisor from Pace PLC, who took part in the Computing Expo, commented “We all thought this event was superb and well organised. We had overwhelming interest from the students and great questions. We are looking forward to see the applications to come!”

Emily Timson, the Engineering Employability Business Development Manager said “We are really focusing on encouraging students to take work experience opportunities alongside their studies, and this event is a great opportunity for them to gain more insights from employers who offers internships and 12 month placements, as well as graduate positions.” 

“We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from both employers and students, and we hope to continue next year by increasing the number of attending companies.”

The Engineering Careers Fair took place on the 28 October and the Computing Expo took place 21October 2015.