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UEL students and grads impress recruiters

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Hundreds of students and graduates met leading industry recruiters and professional bodies at ‘fUEL Your Future’, the University of East London’s annual careers and employment fair.

Unlike many other university careers fairs, UEL’s student body has many part-time and mature students, which made the day a unique experience. 

Rudaba Osmani, Employer Liaison Manager, explained that increasing students’ exposure to the working world is one of the most important ways to improve their job prospects.

“This is more than a careers fair – we’re using a holistic approach to supporting students and graduates from different angles.

“We want students to be confident about the many opportunities out there for them,” she said.

Talks on using LinkedIn, and a Skills Clinic offering advice on how to write a winning CV and job application, helped equip students for the world of internships and work.

Muhammed, a medical physiology master’s student at the fair said, “It’s been a wonderful opportunity for me and fellow students. I gave my CV out and made some good contacts with recruiters.”

Legal experts Lawyer 2B, retailers John Smith Group, leisure and sport providers GLL, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Capita Property and Infrastructure, and the chartered institutes of taxation and management accountants were among those offering information on graduate schemes and jobs.

For Mabel, a second year student, the value of the fair was “helping you to know what you want to do when you graduate.”

Neil Harvey, a contract manager with careers fair exhibitor Spring Personnel, said the fair was a great way for students to develop their network and make their first steps into employment.

“We’re expanding to offer more graduate-level opportunities through our Way to Work scheme and our Next Generation graduate scheme, which we’re launching next year.

“The students were well presented and knew the right questions to ask. It was very refreshing.”

Notes to Editors

The University of East London (UEL) is a global learning community with students from over 120 countries world-wide. Our vision is to achieve recognition, both nationally and internationally, as a successful and inclusive regional university proud of its diversity, committed to new modes of learning which focus on students and enhance their employability, and renowned for our contribution to social, cultural and economic development, especially through our research and scholarship. We have a strong track-record in widening participation and working with industry.