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Recruiters line up to talk to students at University's Careers Fair

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Over 1,000 students attend Careers Fair 2019

Business was brisk – and not just in free chocolates, tote bags and pens – as some of the region's leading employers looked to capture the interest of University of East London students at the 2019 Careers Fair on Tuesday.

The SportsDock was packed with dozens of stands featuring organisations such as Essex Police, Macmillan Cancer Support, Newham Borough Council and Warner Bros while hundreds of students took the opportunity to hear the pitches for their services.

One of the busiest stalls was Amazon and its web service arm AWS. The Careers Fair coincided with the launch of free online cloud computing tuition, part of the University's collaboration with AWS. Students were told that signing up to their free AWS Educate account gave them access to Career Pathways – and fast-track access to job interviews and internships.

Christina Cole, from Amazon, welcomed the enthusiastic interest from students.

She said, "Our content team trawls through thousands and thousands of live vacancies across the world so our job families are aligned to market demands. We're giving students the skills and technologies that employers are looking for today. We assess every candidate against our Leadership Principles too and try to feed those into those Career Pathways so they really should set students up for an interview at Amazon and AWS."

Richard Nunn, with West Ham United, said, "From the football club point of view we're here to give information that there's more than just the football side to the club – there's business, marketing, operation, commercial. So we're letting them know there's a career path aside from the traditional sports side. We've got some match day vacancies as well so people can earn some extra cash!"

Duncan Evans, at the TfL (Transport for London) stand, said, "Today has been very good. We've had a lot of people who are first-year students and they aren't able to apply now but it's good that they're thinking about this early. We are offering a diverse range of schemes so we're getting people from different courses – project management, illustration, construction management and business studies – and luckily there's a home for them at TfL."

Students, too, were pleased with the range of employers who attended. First-year student Monica said she just wanted a sense of the opportunities on offer. "It's too early to be making any definite decisions but it's good to know that there are employers out there who are looking for the sort of qualifications I hope to get. I want to be ready."

Second year student Mohamad said, "I want to do something that makes a difference to people and communities so I've been talking to charities mostly. It has been very useful helping me understand what sorts of jobs there are in those areas and what I might do."