The School of Biological Sciences held its first Employer’s Fair in the Atrium, Portland Building on Thursday 23 March. Exhibitors included ThermoFisher Scientific, Furgo, Operation Wallacea, Oil Spill Rescue, and Enterprise. In addition, alumni members were present along with the team from Purple Door.
The event was attended by approximately 60 -70 students during its two-hour duration, after they had given their poster presentations at the School’s Research Day. Some students were given 15-minute interviews during the Fair, providing them with the chance to improve their interview technique.
The Fair formed part of the School’s Research Day and some of the exhibitors attended the student’s poster session earlier in the day. This inclusion was probably responsible for its apparent success, with students being well informed that the Fair formed part of their day. The programme was published in advance along with information on posters and the research talk and Moodle was used to help advertise the event. Lunch was provided for everyone in the foyer of King Henry Building, after which postgraduate students and staff also attended the Fair. The exhibitors from ThermoFisher Scientific also sent out messages to staff that they deal with in the University, inviting them to attend the event.
The exhibitors appeared to have enjoyed themselves, with one team stating that the event was one of the best attended that they had participated with so far. Advice was given to students on a variety of subjects, including work placements and working abroad, and freebies available included pens, calendars, sweets and memory sticks. It was noticed that the event attracted people from outside the department, who interacted with the exhibitors.
Thanks go to Ian Hendry and Chris Beatie, who helped organise the event, and to Darren Mernagh, Joy Watts, Garry Scarlett and Liz Holford, who gave 15-minute interviews to students.
Images below from left to right: Fisher Scientific stand, Operation Wallacea stand, Oil Spill Response stand, 2 of our Alumni- Andy from Fugro (left) and Miles from Illumina (right), Liz Holford (Purple Door) giving advice to two students, Andy from Fugro talking with students.