Presentations are an excellent way of finding out about the opportunities on offer with major graduate recruiters and about their selection criteria. Opportunities may be for graduate jobs or internships for students of earlier years. Increasingly, companies are using their internship programmes as a direct route to their graduate recruitment.
Meeting their staff, including recent graduate recruits, tells you whether you identify with their organisations and values - which can be more important than the salary they offer. Employer presentations offer a chance to find out about things not covered in company literature or websites. Investment of time at this stage in refining your job search can save you wasted time later.
Above all, the impressions you gain from attending presentations can help you to decide whether or not you want to apply to an organisation. Sign up for employers presentations via our Events Calendar.
What happens at presentations?
Most begin with a brief formal presentation on the organisation and its graduate vacancies. There is then an opportunity to ask questions to specific individuals at the presentation.
Where do presentations take place?
Currently all employer presentations are taking place virtually as a result of Covid 19 restrictions. We hope to introduce employer presentations back on campus when it is safe to do so.
What should I wear?
Smart casual is fine (both virtually and in person) as you are not going to be interviewed.
Can I just go along to a presentation?
Most employers prefer you to sign up for their presentations. You can do this online via the Events Calendar.
Places may be limited so don't leave it till the last minute to sign up. If you cannot attend, please delete your online booking or contact the Careers Service via firstname.lastname@example.org to cancel your booking as there may be a waiting list.
Please note that some employers organise their own sign ups for events, so if you can’t attend, please let them know.
How can I get the most out of presentations?
Before the presentation:
Start a job search file in which to keep all your information about employer contacts.
Find out a little about an organisation by looking at its brochure or website. This will tell you if you really want to attend a presentation. It will also give employers a positive impression of your enthusiasm to find out about their organisation.
Think about what you want to get out of the event. Prepare a list of questions which you would like to have answered.
Double check the time and venue!
At the presentation:
Note the names of speakers and other staff in case you need to contact them later.
Note areas where there will be vacancies, employers' requirements and selection procedure. Pay attention to closing dates and employers' preferred methods of application.
From informal conversation, begin to form an impression of whether the staff whom you meet are the kind of people whom you would wish to have as colleagues.
After the presentation
File your notes along with the employer's literature in your job search folder. These will be useful if you decide to apply to the organisation.
Follow up any action points - such as contacting other staff you have been referred to or speaking to a Careers Consultant about any concerns you may have.
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