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The University of Manchester are running two Fairs in October:

The Engineering, Science & Technology Fair

Wednesday 15th October, 10.30am – 4.00pm
at Manchester Central Convention Centre


The Business, Finance & Management Fair

Thursday 16th October, 10.30am – 4.00pm
at Manchester Central Convention Centre

These Fairs are for you if you are looking for a graduate job or industry experience in either engineering, science or technology – or business, finance or management.  Go along and find out about the vacancies, internships and placements available from a range of employers.

These Fairs are free and open to students and graduates from all institutions.

Full details and registration here for: Engineering, Science & Technology Fair

Full details and registration here for: Business, Finance & Management Fair 

The Naturejobs Career Expo 2014 is the UK’s largest annual career fair in the field of life sciences, physical sciences and medicine. Being held as the eighth in the series, the Expo offers young, talented researchers an excellent opportunity to meet a diverse selection of national and international employers from over 40 academic institutions and scientific industries, such as pharmaceutical organisations, digital technology companies, science publishing and more.

This year’s one day event will be held on the 19th September 2014 and offers you a chance to:

  • Attend all conferences and workshops FREE
  • Meet employers face-to-face
  • Benefit from free one-to-one CV checking
  • Network with leading scientific institutions of your interest
  • Learn how to enhance your employability
  • For updates and news follow us on twitter #NJCE14

Listen to the following interview, with Julie Gould recorded on August 28th 2014. Julie Gould is the Web and Print Editor for Nature Jobs and has a key role in organizing and speaking at the Nature Jobs Career Expo event.

In this interview the following points are covered:

  • What to expect from attending this event (the various employer stands and talks running throughout the day)
  • What employers are looking for in Science graduates (including key transferable skills, such as teamwork and communication skills)
  • Top tips on preparing for the event (the key to success and calming nerves =  careful planning!)
  • Social media platforms to follow (including #NJCE14 on Twitter)

Don’t forget you can also watch the OU live Recording of the Careers session, “Job fairs – Prepare for success” which you can listen to here:

Good luck and enjoy the recordings!


Wednesday 29th October 2014

11:00am – 4:00pm

The Graduate Engineer show 2014 brings some of the greatest businesses in the engineering field with emerging engineering talent of tomorrow.  The show is to be held at the Derby Roundhouse at the centre of the UK’s engineering heritage.

Entry is free but we recommend early registration in order to avoid disappointment.

Further details about the show can be found on the website.

Are you a newly qualified chartered accountant and looking for the next move in your career?  If so, this free London career development fair could be for you.

Thursday 11th September 2014
16:30 – 21:30
Chartered Accountants’ Hall, Moorgate Place, London, EC2R 6EA

The 2014 career development fair will be filled with essential career workshops, networking, connecting, and an opportunity for you to speak to exhibitors about their latest accounting and finance positions.  Attend this free event to:

  • network with your peers at the drinks reception
  • learn how to manage your finance career
  • learn how to be more assertive; and
  • improve your interpersonal communication and management skills

This year’s fair includes an array of exhibitors on hand to provide expert tips and advice, and to network and discuss current finance opportunities.  Don’t miss the chance to network with senior HR professionals from firms including Tesco, EY, PwC, J P Morgan, Mazars, Michael Page, Hays, BDO and Grant Thornton.

More information can be found on the ICAEW’s website

Thursday 4th and Friday 5th September 2014
10:00 until 4:00
The Business Design Centre, London

  • See more than 90 exhibitors from NHS trusts, charities, leading recruitment agencies, armed forces and international companies
  • Receive FREE expert career advice to help you find the perfect job
  • Attend FREE seminars offering a range of services such as advice on writing a CV, choosing the best speciality to management skills to guide you through your next step on the career ladder
  • Talk to leading employers and agencies face-to-face and discuss a wide range of current employment opportunities in the UK and abroad

For more detailed information, visit the RCNBulletin website

Job Fairs: Why bother attending?

Are you studying Level 2, Level 3 or postgraduate science with the OU and looking for a new role or internship?

Want to plan ahead and explore job opportunities before you complete your qualification?

On Thursday 28th August, 7-8.30pm, Melody Goh from the Careers Advisory Service and Ruth Williams from the Science Faculty will be hosting an OU Live Session on Jobs Fairs. You will be able to join the live session here. 

The session will help you prepare for the Naturejobs Careers Expo being held in London on September 18th 2014 – one of the largest events of its kind. The Expo will provide a chance to meet employers, attend presentations and practice your networking skills! Search #NJCE14 on social media for updates.

We are lucky to be joined in the OU Live Session by a Naturejobs Editor and a Keynote speaker from last year’s Careers Expo event.

The session will help you consider:

  • What to expect from the Naturejobs Career Expo event and the range of employers looking for science graduates in a variety of roles
  • How to prepare successfully and enhance your performance on the day

We hope by the end, you will have increased confidence when meeting employers at this, or other similar recruitment events.

Thursday 28th August, 7-8.30pm – Add this date to your diaries!

The Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award is a national student competition to identify, support and develop top automotive talent of the future in which entrants from UK universities are invited to answer a brief set of questions by Autocar’s editor-in-chief, Steve Cropley.

This year’s prize is £7,500 and a 5-month internship shared between competition sponsors Jaguar Land Rover, McLaren, Peugeot, Skoda and Toyota.

Autocar are aware that the OU offers a design and innovation course as well as various engineering courses and wonder if any of our students are interested in this career-launching opportunity.  However, the competition is open to applicants from all degree disciplines.

Full details about this award can be found on Autocar’s website.

Blind in Business are organising their Education to Employment 2014 event on 6th to 8th August at the Mandolay Hotel in Guildford.

If you are a visually impaired graduate or undergraduate and are interested in finding a job, then this event is for you.

During the course of the 3 days, you will get the chance to attend employment workshops, meet mentors, and have two interviews with HR Managers from some of the UK’s leading firms.

The event starts at 3pm on Wednesday 6th August and finishes at 4pm on Friday 8th August.

The venue is across the road from Guilford (London Road Station) or a ten minute walk away from Guilford (main line station).  Blind in Business are happy to meet people from either station.

The event is FREE to attend and places do go quickly, so please contact Justin Harrison at: if you would like to attend.

‘The importance of being digital’ is a new live question and answer session (broadcast online) about the skills and approaches that can help you use digital and online tools and technologies during your studies, at work or in your personal life.

 The first pilot session is taking place on Friday 27 June at 2.00pm (BST)  as part of the online OUSA Conference

After a short introduction you will be able to ask our Librarians questions yourself using a variety of tools including live webchat, by tweeting us (@OU_Library) using #LibLive14 or by emailing . We’ll do our best to answer all your questions during the live broadcast but we’ll also post all the answers on the library website afterwards.

Here are some recent examples of questions received by the helpdesk:

  • I’ve found an article on Google that I’d like to read but I can’t access it?
  • I’ve used information from a Tweet in my assignment and I’m not sure how to reference it?
  • How can I protect my online identity?

 This is a great opportunity for you to ask us about a range of subjects that include communicating effectively online through to referencing.

 To find out more about the session go to

 If you have any questions about the session please contact the Library Services Communication team at

London Grad Fair – the biggest national graduate recruitment fair in London – will take place on Wednesday 18th June between 11am and 5pm at Senate House, University of London.

The fair will feature:

  • Thousands of jobs
  • Over 80 top employers and training providers
  • Comprehensive programme of presentations
  • Free CV advice

Pre-register for the fair to secure a place and be entered into a prize draw. For full details, visit the website.