For Students and Graduates

Scottish Graduate Fair 2022 – In-person

Date: 12th October 2022

Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Location: Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC), 99 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RD
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REGISTRATION WILL OPEN IN THE COMING MONTHS. 

The Scottish Graduate Fair is the largest graduate recruitment fair in Scotland. A variety of employers and organisations use this vital opportunity to promote their internships and graduate opportunities to potential applicants.

It is open to all students and graduates from across Scotland and beyond.

Please note that by signing up to attend this fair, you are agreeing to the Orgainers Terms and Conditions, these can be found below.

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Registration announcement will be made via twitter, follow to find out more information! @ScotGradFair

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Before the fair:

  • View Exhibitors: Check the exhibitor list and Guide and make note of the exhibitors whom you wish to visit. 

  • Research exhibitors: Find out what this employer does, their products, their graduate opportunities any recent announcements. Use websites to check the nature of their vacancies and their entry requirements. Think of sensible questions to ask.

  • Be Mindful: Think about what you are going to wear. Formal/ smart causal is recommended 

  • Starting Conversations: Think about how you will introduce yourself confidently to exhibitors. Avoid generic questions like “what do you do?”

  • Practice "Promoting yourself": Think about what sets you apart from the competition. What are your key strengths and skills? What are the key things you would like others to know about you? Provide examples. 

  • CV’s: Take CVs if you wish, but it is not vital. Some recruiters may not take them as they require on-line applications. If you do take a CV - be prepared, make sure there are no typos and that all your details are clear and accurate.

  • Take notes: Of exhibitors answers or their names in case you need to follow up later.

On the Day: 

  • Talk about yourself:
    - Be positive! 
    - Talk about why you are interested in the company and what you can bring to it.

  • When asking questions:
    - Be Enthusiastic
    - Take notes so you don't forget what the exhibitors are telling you

After the Fair: 

  • Review your notes
  • Follow up on any contacts you've made
  • Confirm any dates discussed (e.g. closing dates, company events)
  • Connect with any contacts you made on LinkedIn
  • Visit the Careers Service at your University for further help

Students of earlier years

Looking for work experience? Many exhibitors offer internships, placements or Insight Days, including
increasing numbers target at first and second years. They are really keen to attract early years students to
apply for them.

Taking up these opportunities enhance your CV, gives you an insight into an organisation and helps you
decide if you want to join them after graduation. Competition for places is strong so:

• Check out the exhibitors’ websites and the opportunities on your Careers Service website
• Know what you want and what you can offer
• Introduce yourself positively and ask sensible questions
• Attend employer presentations, networking events and other campus events

 

Finalists/Postgraduates

The Fair is a great opportunity to plan ahead in your job search. Use the event to:

  • Learn how many vacancies do NOT require specific degree disciplines but are open to all
  • Talk directly to employers to get an insight into their organisation and selection criteria, discovering more
    than you can get from their website
  • Get advice from the experts on how to improve your jobs search techniques.
  • Meet representatives of several universities to find out about further study.
    At this early stage in the year, employers will not be interviewing you for their vacancies (that comes later in
    the selection procedure), but research done now will save you time and effort later. It also allows you to refer
    to information picked up at the Fair in any future interview, demonstrating you have properly researched the
    company.

Your Careers Service is in regular contact with a wide range of employers. Check with them for other first
semester activities which they might be organising to help you plan ahead:

  • Attend employer presentations on campus
  • Go to relevant careers information events/fairs
  • Access the thousands of vacancies on your University’s Careers Service Website

 

Graduates

To get the most out of the Fair, you need to be organised and well prepared. Be realistic. No matter how
brilliant you are, no-one is going to offer you a job on the spot. Organisations use the Fair to raise their profile
and identify suitable candidates for their vacancies. Those that impress may receive invitations to attend
follow up recruitment events with individual employers. To make the right impression, you should:

  • Be clear what type of work you are looking for and why you would be good at it
  • Use this brochure to find out which employers have relevant vacancies
  • Research the employers that interest you BEFORE attending the Fair, so you can impress them with
    your awareness. Use your University Careers Service website, employer websites and brochures
  • Ask questions about information you can’t find on their website.

The Fair will be busy so you will only have a short time to make an impact. Asking vague questions or being
unclear about your career interests will not entice employers to hire you.

You can take copies of your CV if it is impressive, to give to employers, but be aware that most recruitment is
online. So concentrate on impressing exhibitors with your knowledge of their company and your enthusiasm
for their opportunities. Show them why they shouldn’t forget you!

 

Travelling to the Technology & Innovation Centre (TIC), University of Strathclyde Campus – Google maps 

By train:
The closest train stations to the campus are:

National services
- Queen Street (0.4 miles)
- Glasgow Central (0.9 miles)

Local services
- High Street (0.1 miles)
- Queen Street (0.4 miles)
- Argyle Street (0.6 miles)
- Glasgow Central (0.9 miles)

SPT Subway
- Buchanan Street (0.4 miles)

By car:
The nearest car parks are just a short walk away from the Technology and Innovation Centre.
- George Street Car Park, G1 1RS (0.2 miles)
- 24hr City Parking, Duke Street, G4 0UW (0.3 miles)

By bus:
Buchanan Bus Station is 0.6 miles away and runs frequent services to Glasgow International Airport and all parts of the country.

  • Never record/ take a picture of an employer without their consent.
  • Be Mindful of professional etiquette and use appropriate language - avoid slang and jargon.
  • Dress appropriately. Formal/ smart causal is recommended.
  • Registering to attend you agree that the Organiser reserves the right to stop you from entering and/or remove you from the In-person Fair if the Organiser, in its sole discretion, determines that your participation or behaviour creates disruption, offense or hinders the Fair or the enjoyment of the Fair content by other attendees. 
  • By registering to attend this fair, your data will be shared with the Fair organiser; University of Strathclyde Careers Service.