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UEL Careers Fair 2018 is a resounding success

Over 90 employers and 400 students and graduates attend event 

Over ninety employers descended on the University of East London (UEL) Docklands campus in early June, looking for the next batch of talented graduates keen to take the next step in their careers. 

Over 400 UEL students and graduates networked with a diverse range of employers including EY; the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA); KPMG; the British National Ballet; the Metropolitan Police; Capita; Freemantle Media UK; HarperCollins publishers; The PHA Group; Frontline, Costain and Skanska; SAGE publishing; and Sparta Global. 

The day also included a number of presentations around career development and employee skills, as well as live recruitment sessions with several employers. 

Shazna Chowdhury of Resource Solutions, a recruiter for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), said, “We have so many opportunities within many different departments; it’s not a one-stop shop. Your career can take you in any direction that you want it to.”

UEL alumna Aja Jaiteh spoke to students about her career in the Civil Service, where she focuses on talent and succession planning and strength coaching for senior leaders in the prison and probation service. 

Aja studied at UEL for an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a postgraduate degree in Occupational Psychology. She said, “I wanted to come today to tell students about the assessment process, identifying their strengths, and the opportunities for UEL graduates who want to secure a coveted place in the Civil Service.” 

Other talks were delivered by representatives from Network Rail, who discussed engineering careers; the Department for Education, who presented information on teaching; and Red Carnation Hotels, who provided a live application process for current vacancies and career paths in hospitality.

Many students said they found the employment sessions useful and valued the opportunity to network with potential employers.

The event was organised by UEL’s Centre for Student Success, which runs careers advice sessions and events throughout the year. 

Centre for Student Success Director Charles Prince said,“The careers fair was an invaluable and exciting opportunity for our students to meet with a range of large national employers and smaller, newer companies across a range of sectors, as they plan their careers.  

“And I’m pleased we secured what is possibly the biggest and best range of employers in recent years, which shows the potential of our graduates and the relationships we have with employers, which is vital for the success of our students.”