On Thursday 19th February, DMU will open its doors for the 2015 Student Jobs, Internships, Volunteering and #DMUGlobal Fair (quite a mouthful, isn’t it). At the Fair there will be various organisations, employers and schemes all looking for the best and the brightest to take under their wings and develop into the leading workforce of tomorrow. Needless to say, this Fair is crucial in showcasing the various prospects that will improve your employability, which is, let’s face it, why you’re at university in the first place. Despite all of this, some of you may still need convincing to take time out of your hectic student schedule (or Netflix marathon) to attend the Fair. Well, fear not, as I will be detailing exactly why you should attend and leave with no doubts over the benefits of the Fair.
“Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.”
Did you know three years ago what you would be doing right now? Do you know what you will be doing in five years’ time? The uncertainty in life is what makes it so beautiful. Having said that, many students are still unsure exactly what career they want to be in at the end of their course. In fact, many students end up in a career completely unrelated to their course. This is where the Careers Fair comes in – you may end up experiencing something you had no idea you would enjoy. Perhaps volunteering for a cancer charity gives you a newfound sense of achievement and satisfaction or maybe something like teaching is something you had no idea would be so engaging and fulfilling. The Jobs, Internships, Volunteering and #DMUGlobal Fair will give you a chance to gain information and explore the many different paths you may choose to take in your career.
“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know!”
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to actually work in a specific job industry? Perhaps you’re interested in understanding the specific skills used on a day-to-day basis and even the frequent challenges that come with an occupation. The Careers Fair will give you a chance to meet individuals from various job industries where you can make the most of their experience and you can hopefully make a better-informed decisions on your future. To further emphasise the point, there will also be mentors present, so if you’re seeking long-term advice and guidance in a particular field, this is the perfect opportunity for you to do so.
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
Seems pretty obvious, but many students don’t fully appreciate how easily the Careers Fair can get them into employment. Many of the employers that will be attending are there specifically to recruit and while you might think that only graduate jobs are on offer, in fact there are numerous opportunities for casual and part-time work. If you’re not doing anything over summer, getting a summer job to save up money will seem like a good move when all your mates are asking to borrow money.
Where: Hugh Aston atrium
When: Thurs 19th Feb 11am-3pm
Find out more: To find out which organisations will be attending, visit MyGateway.