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4 October 2023
It’s Autumn again and you know what that means…yes, Pumpkin Spice lattes are back on coffee shop menus, and we can dig out our jumpers and look forward to Instagram feeds being filled with those red and gold coloured landscapes – but there are plenty more reasons to get excited about the change in seasons than just cozy clothing and beverages!
The student and graduate recruitment cycle has started again, and lots of employers are starting to advertise their graduate schemes and placements. It’s also a key time for careers and employer events, and we have an action-packed schedule coming up this trimester that you DON’T want to miss out on…
Fairs are a fantastic place to get inspired, get excited about your future, and make incredible career connections. Our Jobs and Placement Fair (10th October) is a great opportunity for final-year and placement-seeking students to meet a diverse range of employers across lots of different industry sectors, learn about their opportunities and how you can apply.
Have you ever considered becoming an educator? Our Teacher Training Fairs (10th, 16th and 31st October) will help you explore different routes into teaching and hear directly from teacher training providers about the schemes on offer.
To get the most out of a careers fair it’s essential to prepare beforehand – take time to research the employer exhibitors. Make notes and a list of questions, and you’ll impress employers with how ‘switched on’ and organised you are. Come along to our Prepare for the Fair Workshop (6th October) for more handy tips and advice on making great first impressions and networking.
Our first-ever ARU Shine Conference is taking place on 18th October in Cambridge with inspiring speakers, skills workshops, and organisations offering diverse work and extra-curricular opportunities.
Transport will be provided from Chelmsford and Peterborough. Spaces are limited, so make sure you don’t delay in booking your place!
Later on this Trimester, our Futures Festival returns for the third year running and during these two weeks, we have a schedule packed with different activities, workshops, and employer events. Whether you’re still exploring your career options or have a plan in mind, there’s something for everyone. You can see all of our Futures Festival events here - and keep checking back, as we’re still putting the finishing touches to the programme.
And remember, the above is only a snapshot of our key events – there’s plenty more going on this Trimester and beyond, so whether you want to learn how to level up with LinkedIn, find out how you can start your own business or set up a freelance career, or get insights into particular industry sectors, check out our full event listings on Handshake.
And if you need a little extra encouragement to dig into our events programme, take it from a BSc (Hons) Zoology student who provided this feedback on a Futures Festival event they attended last year: “I really enjoyed it, it was really inspirational and it opened my horizons about careers I had never thought about before.”
We are looking forward to seeing you this Trimester!
By Emma Mottram, Employability & Careers Adviser
Our Employability Service works with students throughout their time at ARU and after they graduate. The Service offers careers advice, online resources, and help with job searches, applications and interview preparation. Our Employability & Careers Advisers may mention some of these resources and services in their blogs, to give you an idea of the careers support that's on offer at ARU. Some of these resources sit behind a log in and can only be accessed by current students.