Careers fairs are free events organised for people to come and meet potential employers to learn more about the company and potential job openings. They are often held for students, school leavers, or graduates as they begin to get into the job market but can be useful for anyone looking for a new job or career.

Careers fairs tend to occur in a large hall or conference space where potential employees walk around and meet different businesses. Alongside jobs and careers, there are also careers fairs aimed at students looking for university courses, apprenticeships, and other training programmes.

Employers bring with them plenty of information you can take home and have staff members on their stall to answer your questions. Apprenticeships can often be complicated to understand at first, so it’s great to have an opportunity to meet the people who may be running your programme and ask any questions you have.

There is an overwhelming amount of information on the internet regarding apprenticeships and what to do after you leave school, so understandably this might make it hard for you to evaluate all your options. A careers fair conveniently puts all this in one place, and for some people, this is a more natural way to see what’s out there and make a choice that is right for them.

As well as the individual stalls run by each company, careers fairs often have events running throughout the day, such as workshops for interview practice or a talk explaining the different levels of apprenticeships available. These can be valuable experiences as you can learn straight from the employer what they are looking for and get the best tips on creating a successful application, to put you ahead of the competition.

Understandably, Covid-19 has forced many organisations to cancel their careers fair this year. However, businesses are still working hard to present their opportunities to you, with many doing so through the form of virtual careers fairs. A virtual careers fair has the same intention as a physical one: to connect candidates with potential employers, but it’s all done online. This can be an excellent option for people who wouldn’t be able to make a physical event because of a disability or other work commitments.

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