Are you a student or a recent graduate looking to kick start your career? One of the best places to find inspiration, discover contacts and ask important application questions is during a UK careers fair.
Whether you’re looking for a sector-specific graduate fair or a general event that caters for all disciplines, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of all the very best careers fairs across the UK.
The Scottish Graduate Fair
When: 2nd-3rd October
Where: SEC Glasgow
Now in its 30th year, the Scottish Graduate Fair is one of the biggest graduate, postgraduate and internship recruitment events in Scotland. Attracting around 3,500 students and graduates, and over 100 graduate employers and postgraduate recruiters, this graduate jobs fair is open to students and graduates from all universities.
Aviation Jobs Fair – London
When: 3rd October
Where: Sofitel Hotel, London Gatwick
This free event is perfect if you’re a Pilot, Cabin Crew, Engineer or recent graduate, looking to start your next challenge. The Aviation Job Expo helps people connect and network with the world’s biggest airlines and MRO companies.
Featuring companies that are ready to recruit, world-class guest speakers and amazing tips and advice for job seekers, this UK careers fair is ideal for aviation enthusiasts.
Empower – Target Jobs – Manchester
When: 4th October
Where: Portland Street, Manchester
Taking place in the heart of Manchester, TARGETjobs presents EMPOWER, an employability event designed specifically for LGBTQ+ students. Working in partnership with National Student Pride, the event will help students build their professional networks, connect with recruiters and gain confidence.
Open to everyone currently studying an undergraduate degree at a university in the UK and identifying as an LGBTQ student. Graduate employers across a wide range of career sectors are focusing on making sure LGBTQ+ employees feel confident to be their authentic selves in the workplace: not just accepting people’s differences but celebrating them.
Bright Network Black Heritage Future Leaders: London
When: 4th October
Where: Bankside Hotel, 2 Blackfriars Road, London
Bright Networks have partnered with the UK’s graduate employers, who are passionate about promoting diverse workforces to bring you Black Heritage Future Leaders. This UK careers fair will allow attendees to hear first-hand tips on how to get ahead in their careers from business leaders and representatives, as well as from some of the Bright Network Alumni.
So, if you’re set to graduate in 2020, 2021, 2022 or 2023 in a technology-related subject, get your tickets.
Nursing Careers and Jobs Fair 2019: London
When: 5th October
Where: Brighton Metropole
This nursing recruitment event gathers leading employers including NHS trusts, hospitals, private healthcare organisations, care homes, armed forces and many more from across the UK and abroad.
Taking place at the Brighton Metropole, this is perfect if you’re looking to enter a career in nursing.
STEM Women Industry Focus London Event: Financial Services
When: 8th October
Where: One Great George Street, Westminster, London
STEM Women are inviting over 140 female STEM students, hoping to start careers in financial services, to one of the most exclusive UK careers fairs. Sponsored by Natwest Markets, the inspiring event will give students the chance to meet potential employers face-to-face, network with top employers, hear inspirational talks from a keynote speaker and take part in a panel session with women working in the industry.
The graduate fair has attracted impressive exhibitors including NatWest Markets, Bloomberg, Natixis, BlackRock, Fitch Ratings, EDF Trading, IMC, Moody’s, Janus Henderson, MJ Hudson and more.
This industry-focused event will strive to bridge the gap between talented female graduates and employers, starting conversations and boosting equality in the future workforce.
Target subjects: quantitative STEM subjects including actuarial science, mathematics, financial mathematics, mathematical computation, physics, economics, statistics, computer science, software engineering, computational finance, data analytics, financial modelling and financial engineering.
There are a limited number of tickets available and they sell out very quickly. Register your interest today.
Edinburgh Careers Fair
When: 8th-9th October
Where: The University of Edinburgh
Open to all year groups at The University of Edinburgh, this UK careers fair allows students to network with around 60 exhibitors and employers looking to recruit students and graduates.
Speak to their representatives and see what it’s like to work with them, get tips on your applications, and ask questions not covered by their websites. This graduate fair is perfect if you’re not exactly sure what roles you’re looking for. There will be representatives from businesses including marketing, business, finance, consultancy, management, HR and much more.
The Big Careers Fair - Manchester
When: 9th-10th October
Where: The University of Manchester
If you’re just starting to think about your future career, attending The Big Careers Fair could be the first step to starting your dream job. Open to students and graduates from any institution, this fair is free and gives you the opportunity to meet with over 70 employers.
Day one will be focused on student placements and internships in the area of engineering, science and technology. Day two is organised for graduate jobs, student internships and placements in consultancy, HR, retail management, finance, marketing and more.
Birmingham Autumn Careers Fair
When: 10th October
Where: University of Birmingham
Open to all University of Birmingham students and recent graduates of all disciplines, this UK careers fair is an excellent opportunity to raise your profile and meet face-to-face with potential employers.
Many of the companies exhibiting will be looking to promote graduate and work experience opportunities for 2020.
Recruitment and Placements Fair 2019: Newcastle
When: 14th-15th October
Where: Newcastle University
Newcastle University is hosting a Recruitment and Placements Fair for students looking for graduate opportunities and 9-12-month placements commencing Summer/Autumn 2020.
Taking place at St James’ Park, the home of Newcastle United Football Club, the event is set over two days and is perfect for students and graduates from any university and all degree disciplines in their penultimate and final year.
There will be a range of employers from different sectors at the event including finance, engineering, law, retail and marketing.
Recruitment and Placement Fairs: Ulster
When: 14th-21st October
Where: Ulster University
Ulster University is hosting a number of recruitment and placement fairs from the 14th to the 21st October. Each UK careers fair is focused on a specific industry and will feature some of the top employers from those fields.
Students will have the chance to network and ask important questions about the application and recruitment process. From business and finance to IT, construction and engineering, each day is dedicated to one of these sectors, so check their website for more details.
Cardiff STEM Careers Fair
When: 14th - 16th October
Where: The Forum, Cardiff University School of Engineering
Held within the Engineering Building in the student FORUM, the Cardiff STEM Careers Fair is open to Cardiff students from a range of STEM disciplines who are interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics industries.
The graduate fair will welcome over 66 exhibitors from a range of industries including construction, manufacturing, IT, finance and defence.
Careers and Placement Fair: Exeter
When: 15th October
Where: The Great Hall and Sanctuary, University of Exeter
The University of Exeter is hosting an event that will see over 80 exhibitors from a range of sectors meet with around 2,800 students looking for employment. It offers students from the University of Exeter the chance to ask questions, discover graduate vacancies and internships, and network with potential employers.
Bright Network Proud to B: London
When: 16th October
Where: Fora Spitalfields, London
Bright Network are hosting a UK careers fair for the brightest LGBTQ+ and ally members with an authentic passion for diversity and inclusion. Organised for students who identify as LGBTQ+ or as an ally, the event will allow you to connect with firms dedicated to cultivating truly inclusive working environments.
Students will be encouraged to share their ideas and stories, network with potential employers, hear inspirational talks and discover the wide range of incredible opportunities out there.
STEM Women Edinburgh Community Event
When: Wednesday 16th October
Where: EICC, The Exchange, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh
Sponsored by EY, the STEM Women Edinburgh event will invite over 160 female STEM students to the prestigious EICC, to meet with a host of top employers. The event will allow students to meet face-to-face with employers, network, ask questions and take part in an inspiring panel session.
The graduate jobs fair has attracted impressive companies such as EY, BlackRock, Diageo, Network Rail, Cirrus Logic, The British Army, Zonal, PwC, Goldman Sachs, Accenture, KPMG, Morgan Stanley, Bloomberg, Baker Hughes, McLaughlin & Harvey Construction, FDM, BBC, RBS, Lloyds Banking and more.
Last year, STEM Women hosted a careers event in Glasgow and received glowing reviews from both employers and students.
Only a limited number of tickets are released, and the event will sell out. Register your interest today.
UCL IT & Tech Fair
When: 16th-17th October
Where: University College of London
The UCL IT and Tech Fair offers students the chance to talk one-on-one to a range of recruiters looking to hire UCL students and graduates. The event is a great opportunity to speak to managers, recruitment personnel and recent graduate hires to find out about current opportunities, get inside information on hiring and selection processes and expand your professional networks.
A broad range of employers will be attending the graduate fair, from international organisations to small and medium businesses, so you can really compare what they have to offer.
Engineering, Science and Technology Fair: Birmingham
When: 16th October
Where: University of Birmingham
This graduate fair is open to University of Birmingham students and recent graduates of all degree disciplines, but primarily mechanical, electrical, electronic, software, chemical, civil and computing engineering, as well as physics, mathematics, chemistry and biological sciences.
The event will welcome recruiters and companies looking to promote graduate and work experience opportunities in the science, engineering and technology sectors for 2020.
GradJobs Live! London
When: 17th- 18th October
Where: Olympia London
Taking place at the Olympia in London, GradJobs Live! is perfect for job hunters who want the chance to meet with some of the UK’s top employers, get 1-2-1 advice and listen to inspiring talks.
Over the two days, there will be a range of activities, panel sessions and talks, including a ‘Getting into Tech’ careers panel.
Essex Careers Fair
When: 18th October
Where: University of Essex
Open to all years, as well as recent University of Essex graduates, the Essex Careers Fair will allow employers to showcase their opportunities, placement years, summer internships, graduate schemes and other graduate jobs and opportunities relevant to potential employees.
Last year’s graduate fair attracted over 1800 students and graduates through the doors, all searching for employment with some of the best companies in the UK.
IT’s not just for the boys! London
When: 18th October
Where: Bloomberg HQ, London
IT is certainly not just for boys, which is why TARGETjobs have created this employability UK careers fair where female students can find out how to secure a role in the tech industry, fast-track applications and network with other women who have a passion for tech.
This sector specific careers fair is perfect for female students studying a STEM subject at a UK university and looking to develop a career in technology.
Autumn UK Careers Fair: Loughborough
When: 21st – 22nd October
Where: Sir David Wallace Sports Hall, Loughborough University
This Autumn, Loughborough University is hosting one of the largest UK careers fairs. Students from all year groups and disciplines are invited to attend the fair, and attendees and exhibitors will have plenty of time to network, raise profiles, listen to talks and have fun.
Last year, this event attracted 260 exhibitors and over 6000 Loughborough students and graduates!
STEM Women London Community Event
When: 23rd October
Where: Congress Centre, London
During the day students will network with employers, take part in a panel discussion with women working in STEM industries and have the chance to ask important questions related to job opportunities.
Sponsored by NatWest Markets, the event has attracted some big names from the STEM industries including Mazars, Viqtor Davis, Deutsche Bank, Accenture, Barclays, EY, PwC, Matthey, Baker Hughes, Alfa, Capgemini, PA Consulting, Kiblurn & Strode, VISA, KPMG and many more.
This event is always extremely popular and will sell out. Register your interest today to avoid disappointment.
Bright Network Future Tech Innovators: London
When: 23rd October
Where: Rocket Space, 40 Islington, London
Future Tech Innovators will see 75 of the brightest STEM students, handpicked by Bright Network, join them at RocketSpace for an exclusive graduate event. Designed to help students explore different careers with the most innovative technology companies in the UK, the day will allow students and employers to network and connect.
There will be inspiring talks from people working within tech companies, with the opportunity to discover what roles are available and learn invaluable skills.
STEM Women Manchester Community Event
When: 30th October
Where: The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
If you’re a female student studying a STEM related subject, looking to kick start your career in the industry, come along the STEM Women Manchester event this October.
The perfect opportunity to network and discover what job roles are out there, the event has already attracted some of the top employers in the UK, including Novelis, PwC, EY, IBM, Autotrader, Capita, AND Digital, TPP, Altius, ANS, Sky Betting & Gaming, ARM, Bloomberg, Bosch, Citrix, Moodys, KPMG, Accenture, FDM, Morgan Stanley, Instron, Fichtner and more.
On the day, students will have the chance to take part in an in-depth panel session with women working in STEM industries and ask important questions about the application process.
There are only a limited number of tickets available for this event, register your interest today so you don’t miss out!
GradJobs Live! Birmingham
When: 31st-1st November
Where: NEC, Birmingham
Hear from industry experts and leading recruiters on everything there is to know about finding a graduate job and kickstarting your career. Attendees will have the chance to take part in a range of free workshops, designed to help you master all areas of the recruitment process.
The graduate fair day will feature grad talks, a ‘women in consulting’ forum, a graduate panel Q and A session and many more activities.
UK Careers Fair: Middlesbrough
When: 1st November
Where: Olympia Building, Teeside University, Middlesbrough
Teeside University are hosting a huge UK careers fair for students who are looking to speak to potential employers and find out what careers, jobs, placement and study opportunities are on offer.
Go along and meet with a variety of employers and organisations offering a wide range of opportunities. The event is open to recent graduates of all universities and all students currently in higher education.
Careers Fair: Shaping your Future: Suffolk
When: 4th November
Where: Ipswich Campus, University of Suffolk
Taking place in the Waterfront Building at the Ipswich Campus of the University of Suffolk, this careers event is open to all students, staff and graduates from any degree discipline. With a range of local, national and international exhibitors attending, students and graduates can find out about how the exhibitors got onto their career paths, what their roles involve and any top tips for the application process.
STEM Women Birmingham Community Event
When: 5th November
Where: The Botanical Gardens, Birmingham
This exciting graduate job fair will allow students to meet with top employers and ask questions about their current job vacancies, graduate schemes and network. The day will also include an in-depth panel session with female professionals working in STEM industries.
The event has attracted impressive companies such as Rolls Royce, Buckingham Group, MThree, PwC, IBM, REPL Group, West Midlands Trains, Altius, FDM, Capgemini, IMI, Gallifordtry, ARM, Keystone Group, Zonal, Citrix, Accenture, PA Consulting, KPMG, Moodys, AstraZeneca, Baker Hughes, Kainos, Instron, Sopra Steria, SPD and more.
This UK careers event will sell out, and with only a limited number of places left, register your interest today to avoid disappointment.
STEM Careers Fair: Exeter
When: 5th November
Where: The Great Hall and Sanctuary, University of Exeter
This careers fair is open to current Exeter students from all years and disciplines of study, but will be most suited to those studying in the College of Engineering, Mathematics & Physical Sciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, and College of Medicine and Health.
The fair provides the perfect opportunity for employers to raise their profile amongst students and market any opportunities Students can use the event to meet with organisation representatives, learn more about the career options available and investigate further study options.
I.T and Technology Careers Fair: London
When: 7th-8th November
Where: South Kensington Campus, Imperial College London
This sector specific UK careers fair has been organised specifically for students from all year groups who are looking to start I.T and technology graduate jobs and internships. The event will provide students with an opportunity to interact with a wide variety of technology firms who are promoting a range of opportunities to Imperial College students and recent alumni.
Future Female Engineers: London
When: 8th November
Where: Arup, London
Are you a current female undergraduate student studying a STEM subject at a UK university and have a desire to develop a career in engineering? Future Female Engineers gives students the chance to build their professional network, connect with recruiters and gain inside advice about applications and what it’s like to work in the engineering sector.
The event will feature talks from inspirational women in engineering, advice from senior engineers, graduates and interns, special ‘how to get hired’ sessions and CV hints and tips.
STEM Women Bristol Community Event
When: 13th November
Where: We The Curious, Bristol
If you’re a female STEM student looking to start a career in an industry related to science, technology, engineering or mathematics, this event is perfect for you.
Coming to the amazing We the Curious, STEM Women are inviting over 160 female STEM students to meet face-to-face with some of the UKs top STEM employers.
This inspiring event will allow students to engage in an in-depth panel session with women working in the industry, talk about job vacancies, ask industry-specific questions and network.
The event has attracted impressive companies such as Rolls Royce, Edwards Vacuum, Welsh Water, Willmott Dixon, Accenture, PwC, Willis Towers Watson, GKN Aerospace, Nuclear Graduates, KPMG, Heathcoat Fabrics, Jacobs, General Dynamics, Baker Hughes and more.
With tickets in huge demand, register your interest today to avoid disappointment.
STEM Women Dublin Community Event
When: 18th November
Where: The Westin, Dublin
This UK careers fair is dedicated to solving the gender imbalance in STEM industries. Taking place in the stunning Westin in Dublin, STEM Women are inviting over 140 female STEM students to meet with some of the most impressive STEM companies in the UK.
The inspiring graduate fair will allow students to meet face-to-face with big names from a range of STEM employers and engage in an in-depth panel session with women working in the industry.
The event has attracted impressive companies such as Google, Amazon, Bearing Point, Microsoft, Prodieco, PM Group, Workday, Bank of Ireland, Obelisk, Mercury Eng, Jones Eng, John Sisk, Xilinx, Central Bank of Ireland and many more still to be announced.
This event is expected to sell out, so register your interest today so you don’t miss out.
WorldSkills LIVE: Birmingham
When: 21st-23rd November
Where: NEC Birmingham
A huge interactive apprenticeships, skills and careers event is coming to Birmingham this November, covering four main industry sectors - construction and infrastructure, health, hospitality and lifestyle, digital, business and creative, and engineering and technology.
During the day, attendees will have the chance to take part in job-related skills, watch TV production demolition simulations, virtual welding, floristry, 3D modelling and much more.
Employers exhibiting include BAE Systems, BMW, Coca Cola, Airbus, HS2, Greene King, NHS Careers, Rolls-Royce, Toyota and the Army, Royal Navy and RAF.
STEM Women London 2 Community Event
When: Wednesday 27th November
Where: Science Museum, London
Sponsored by Natwest Markets, this graduate jobs fair is perfect for female students who are studying a STEM related degree and looking to start their career in the industry.
Held in the inspirational Science Museum, this UK careers fair has already attracted some of the best STEM employers in the UK. Students will have the change to network with big names including NatWest Markets, AND Digital, TUI, Willmott Dixon, Analysys Mason, Cirrus Logic, Capita, Metaswitch, Edwards Vaccum and more to be announced!
The day will feature an informative panel session with women currently working in STEM industries, networking time and lots of opportunities to ask important questions about graduate schemes, applications and deadlines.
National Pupillage Fair
When: 30th November
Where: The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, London
Are you an aspiring future barrister? TARGETjobs are organising one of the largest and most established Pupillage Fairs, attended by some of the UK’s leading chambers, as well as course providers and Bar associations.
Attendees will have the chance to meet chambers’ representatives, discover more about different sets and what life as a barrister is really like, make new contracts and get ahead in law.
UK Careers Fair Guide
From industry-specific UK careers fairs to general job fairs, there are so many events that could help you secure your dream job. At STEM Graduates, we specialise in placing top talent in STEM roles at some of the best companies in the UK. Take a look at our jobs board for all the current roles available. Either apply online or give us a call on 0151 236 8000 to discuss any of the roles further.
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