Careers Network

Careers fairs and on-campus events

On-Campus Events

Our Employer team can help you select from a range of event and promotional options to help you meet your engagement and recruitment goals. We'll provide informed advice on when and where you might hold your event to maximise your exposure. The event schedule is usually busiest in the Autumn Term and the early Spring Term. Early booking is essential.

Some of our services are detailed below, and we're always keen to help you develop new and innovative approaches to student engagement and promoting your employer brand on campus, so please get in touch if you have any questions or ideas you'd like to discuss.

Presentations

Individual company presentations provide a great opportunity to meet and get to know students who are particularly interested in your organisation and to generate awareness of the opportunities you have available.

Presentations including the following elements tend to be most effective:

  • A formal presentation from a senior member of staff about the company and the opportunities available
  • A talk through the application processes and the attributes you are looking for
  • A ‘day in the life’ account from a recent (ideally Loughborough) graduate
  • A Q&A session and the opportunity for informal networking

During the 2016/17 academic year, over 2000 students attended presentations hosted by more than 40 employers.

Presentations are normally held in the evening to maximise attendance and to avoid lecture slots. Note that in order to hold a presentation in the first half of the autumn term, early booking is essential.

For further information or to organise a presentation, please contact Marc Valentine, Employer Engagement Events and Vacancy Coordinator.

Skills Sessions

Delivering a skills session is a great way to meet motivated students who are keen to develop their skills to enhance their applications and prepare for life after university.

We can provide some guidelines but employers lead the sessions and past topics have included:

  • Making an impact at interview
  • Mock assessment centres
  • Making effective applications
  • Commercial awareness
  • Interview techniques; standing out from the crowd

Our students really value the opportunity to hear real-life examples of what companies are looking for and what makes a candidate stand out, and to get practical tips on how they can make stand-out applications. Students also benefit hugely from being able to talk to recent graduates who can give them a first-hand insight into graduate roles within your company.

The Employer Engagement team facilitates skills sessions throughout the academic year. Student attendance can range from 10 to 50 depending on the profile of your company, the topic and the timing of the event.

For further information or to organise a presentation, please contact Marc Valentine, Employer Engagement Events and Vacancy Coordinator.

Drop-ins

Company 'drop-in' sessions are a great way to meet with a high number of students, promote your company and raise awareness of the opportunities on offer. Employers often find that these on-campus events provide an opportunity to interact with a wide variety of students in an informal and relaxed setting.

Drop-in sessions are held in high footfall areas on campus and can attract lots of students throughout the day depending on the profile of your organisation and what your stand or session has to offer. Eye-catching or unusual displays, appealing giveaways and friendly, approachable staff will encourage additional interest.

We have hosted and promoted some great 'drop-ins' which can generate a real 'buzz' around the employer’s brand and opportunities. These have included coffee carts, waffle stands, ice-cream cabs, breakfast giveaways, F1 cars and pick & mix stands. Something innovative like this really helps your employer brand to stand out, but if you have a positive graduate recruitment brand you're likely to attract a good level of interest just by being on campus and being keen to engage with our students.

Drop ins and attractions are usually held during the day to maximise attendance. Early booking is recommended, as prime event spaces get booked up well in advance.

For further information or to organise a presentation, please contact Marc Valentine, Employer Engagement Events and Vacancy Coordinator.

 

Advertising your Events

Employer events on campus are advertised comprehensively and proactively using mail shots, social media, online noticeboards and our student opportunities portal, Careers Online. We can also help you promote your event to students in specific degree disciplines through our departmental contacts and targeted emails.

These methods will optimise your opportunity to engage with students from the degree disciplines relevant to your organisation.

In the days and weeks prior to an employer event, we advertise in the following ways:

  • Weekly summary of employer events emailed to all students
  • Social media alerts, including any specific information you would like us to highlight
  • Details in the event calendar on the Careers Online portal
  • Additional posters (electronic or printed) can be sent to departments for display in a student area
  • Bulletins on plasma screens in popular student areas including the library

Additionally, you can choose to promote your presence on campus even further using some of our other services:

Targeted Emails

Targeted emails are a cost effective way of ensuring you are maximising your exposure to relevant student groups. Through this service, you can target students by year group, course, and other criteria such as nationality.

Social Media Sponsorship - 'Twitter Take Over'

A new service giving you the opportunity to ‘take over’ our Twitter feed @LboroJobNetwork for a week. As an employer sponsor, for a relatively small fee, you'll greatly increase the visibility of your opportunities and events through a total of 28 tweets during the week, the use of a header photo of your choice and an introductory tweet pinned to our profile page promoting your organisation.

If you would like to discuss how we can advertise your event most effectively, and for more information about any of the above options, please contact us.