I chose my current uni because the course is unique - I applied to better unis (ie. in the top 10) and got offers but in the end I turned them down because the courses just weren’t as focused on what I wanted to do. I wasn’t thinking about careers at the time, just how to study something for 3 years without losing all interest and screwing it up! Now I come to planning my career and realise I might have shot myself in the foot somewhat when it comes to getting onto a really top-notch graduate scheme. A lot of careers books and websites I’ve looked at stress the importance of careers fairs - you can talk to actual employees and get inside information etc. However, my uni (being outside the top 10 but in the top 20 according to the Times) has sod all big firms at its pitiful “careers” fairs (I wouldn’t class the BBC and Army as part of the “big 4”…). My questions to you:
Have you ever snuck into a careers fair at one of the top 10 unis? Or, if you attend one, how easy do you think it would be to do?
If you’ve been to a career fair with top firms, how useful was it in finding out about the company and getting advice which you wouldn’t have been able to find out in other ways? Did it help you make a choice between firms or give advice which later got you a job/interview?
What are my chances of even getting my application form read given my choice of uni?
I’m interested in energy/environmental consultancy, and my degree is in the field of engineering and energy (BSc). Any and all comments are most appreciated!