Introduction

Video of previous Careers Fair

The Career Opportunities Fair is a key recruitment event for students and graduates of Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

The next RGU Career Opportunities Fair will be held on Thursday 27 October 2016 from 11am-3pm at RGU Sport (Main Hall) Garthdee Campus.

Organised by the Careers and Employability Centre, Robert Gordon University, this is your opportunity to network with graduate recruiters across a wide range of sectors to understand what talent they are looking for.

Although the key audience for the fair is our graduating final year students and our recent graduates, the fair is of great value to any student interested in their future career. It is never too early to connect with employers to find out the types of graduate roles they have and what they look for from applicants when reviewing CVs and application forms.

As well as graduate and professional roles being on offer by the local, national and international businesses attending the fair, it is also an excellent opportunity to discuss, with employers, their placement; work experience and internship opportunities; vacation; part time and voluntary work.

The Careers and Employability Centre can also offer you advice and support when planning your career and considering your options, sourcing opportunities, and applying for jobs and courses.

We offer current students and recent graduates:

  • Careers and Options Advice
  • CV / Applications Consultations
  • Interview / Assessment Center Advice and Practice
  • Vacancy Sourcing via MY CAREER and other resources (UK and International)

Visit the Making the most of Careers Fairs topic today to understand how you can start preparing for the fair.

In addition to this topic, we also offer various others covering areas such as career planning, jobs search and effective applications. All of these are available online at Careers on Moodle.

Your Guide

Your guide to making the most of the fair

Graduate careers fairs are important events for you to network with graduate employers. They provide you with the opportunity to learn more about their vacancies, how to apply, what they are looking for in a good application and why you should consider applying to and working for them.

Prior to the Careers Fair we recommend that you: 

  1. Review the Making the Most of Careers Fairs topic in the My Career: Toolkit resource. 
  2. Regularly check the list of attending organisations for updates on new employers signing up to attend
  3. Follow the hyperlinks to the company websites so you can research the organisations you are interest in
  4. Ensure your CV is as professional as it can be 
    - Review the CV topic on My Career Toolkit
    - Refer to the the Careers Handbook - CV section 
    - Attend a drop in session at the Careers & Employability Centre to discuss your final draft 
  5. Access the Making the Most of Careers Fair presentation

On the day :

  1. Dress appropriately for the event - First Impressions Count
  2. Research - Identify the location of the employers that you want to meet.
  3. Network - Find out information, get advice and build your contacts
  4. Sell Yourself - understand your skills and talk confidently about your degree, projects and relevant work experience.
  5. Update your CV - Provide a copy of your CV to the Employer.
     

Visit the Careers Centre today to discuss how you can start preparing for the fair and your future career opportunities.

Make full use of all the resources available on our Careers on Moodle area, especially the new My Career: Toolkit

Exhibitor guide

The Career Opportunities Fair will be held on Thursday 27 October 2016.

Career Opportunities Fair Registration Form

Please return completed booking form to: Niki Cruickshank, Student Services, Faculty of Health & Social Care Building, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen AB10 7QG Tel: 01224 262117 Email: n.cruickshank@rgu.ac.uk

Stand Package

  • Single space (3m x 2m) - two chairs and a table, catering for up to 2 people
  • Double space (6m x 2m) - four chairs and two tables, catering for up to 4 people
  • Power is available for a limited number of stands on a first come first served basis
  • WiFi is available in the hall

Our address details

What is the Delivery/Collection Address?

"Career Opportunities Fair"

RGU Sport

Robert Gordon University

Garthdee Road

Aberdeen

AB10 7GE

Please do not arrange delivery of your stands and materials prior to the day you are exhibiting. Due to restrictions at RGU Sport it is not possible to arrange storage of stands/materials. 

Car parking

Do I need a car parking pass before I arrive at RGU?

Yes, one free car parking place per booking will be allowed. Further information will be available upon booking.

Car parking is extremely limited during semester, additional parking may be available in designated red visitor spaces however these are on a first come first served basis and a permit needs to be obtained from any RGU building reception and displayed in the vehicle on your dashboard.

Otherwise on street parking is available at a cost of £1.50 for up to 2 hours and £4.50 for up to 6 hours and a voucher should be purchased from one of the RGU catering outlets, the Student Help Point in the Faculty of Health & Social Care Building or L&J Newsagent/Post Office, Garthdee Drive .  This should be displayed in your vehicle on the dashboard. These permits are not for areas designated ‘Resident Permit Holders’. 

Wifi at the event

Is there Wi-Fi available in the exhibition hall?

Yes, Wi-Fi is available in the Hall via The Cloud.

  1. Switch on your smartphone, tablet or other WiFi device and check that WiFi is enabled.
  2. Select ‘The Cloud’ from the available network list.
  3. Open your internet browser – The Cloud landing page will appear.  If it is your first time using The Cloud WiFi network, follow the simple one-time registration process or log in.
  4. For auto connection next time download the FastConnect app for iOS and Android.

Exhibitor Essentials - your questions answered

When can I get access to the Hall to setup/breakdown? 

Date Thursday 27 October 2016

Setup: 8.00am - 10.30am

Breakdown: 3pm - 5pm

All stands should be dismantled and packed up by 5.00pm. 

Power

Power is available for a limited number of stands on a first come first served basis.  Employers should bring their own extension lead in good working order.

When does the event open to the public?

Date Thursday 27 October 2016, 11am - 3pm

I have additional representatives attending, do I need to pre-order extra catering?

Yes.  Otherwise refreshments can be purchased at catering facilities in any of our buildings. All outlets accept cash/card should you require any additional catering.

Vouchers are included in the 3x2m stand package for up to 2 representatives and in the 6x2m stand package for up to 4 representatives.

Making the most of the event

Advice for Exhibitors to help you make the most of the event

Taking a stand at the RGU Autumn Fair is an investment of your time and money. Naturally, you want it to pay dividends for your graduate recruitment. Feedback from Fair visitors tells us what impresses them - and what does not!  Students are keen to have a conversation with companies rather than be directed to a website!

Who should you send to the Fair? 

  • Above all, people who are interested in talking to students for four hours.
  • Ideally, staff who have worked in your organisation for at least a year and know its culture and the opportunities which it can offer.
  • If you are recruiting for technical functions, there should be at least one person in your team who can speak to students about technical work. It is counter-productive if you cannot provide that information.

What should representatives know? 

  • As a minimum they should have a thorough knowledge of your organisation's brochure and website.
  • As most students will already have studied the brochure and website, it is helpful if representatives can answer additional questions.
  • Representatives should have up-to-date information about anticipated vacancies and salaries.
  • Representatives should be briefed on higher education qualifications and the Scottish education system. Useful briefing sheets are available from the Association of Graduate Recruiters - Employers' Guide to Postgraduate Education and Employers' Guide to Scottish Higher Education.

What do students want to know? 

  • The nature, number and location of vacancies
  • A typical working week for a research chemist/production engineer/investment analyst/etc.
  • Major developments in your organisation
  • What you are looking for in applications and interviews
  • Academic entry requirements
  • In-service support for professional qualifications
  • Starting salaries and progression depending on qualifications on entry
  • A realistic impression of life in your organisation

Download your complete exhibitor guide

Careers Fair Exhibitor Information (PDF 47KB)