We’d like to tell you about an event that recently took place on campus.
As part of Transition Week (19 – 23 May), the Placement and Careers centre organised a lunch for around 50 students and 25 alumni participants from companies as diverse as HSBC, Vodafone, Goldman Sachs, and Ministry of Sound. The event took the form of a careers speed-networking session in which students and employers actively engaged with each other in round table discussions while enjoying refreshments.
Feedback from the event was extremely positive with students texting their friends during the event to encourage them to come.
One employer commented, “I thought the event was well organised and the speed-dating format followed by a networking opportunity worked well. I was also impressed by the large numbers of students who turned up keen, motivated, with a clear idea of what they wanted to get out of the alumni and with a willingness to listen to advice from all quarters (including those from industries not necessarily related to their career preferences)”.
Another employer said “Given the format of the day I think it was important that your students were keen to drive the table discussions forward and to pressure us for answers and in that regards I think your specimen questions were also a useful addition to the format.”
The employers all had very different jobs and included a civil litigation lawyer, a probation service officer, a city financier, a recruitment consultant, a network designer and a sports psychologist/coach.
The PCC hope to run a similar event in the future as it is an excellent way for students to network with a variety of employers in a forum that allows for questions and discussion.