Friday, October 6, 2017

Future Female Engineers Project manager, Justine, shares her advice on how to succeed at the event

How to get the most out of the event
My top 5 tips for gaining the most from the day are:

Research, then research some more: This step is absolutely crucial if you want to get the most out of the event. You have the opportunity to meet and spend time with recruiters from some of the most sought-after companies by graduates, so you’ll want to stand out! Make sure you research grad schemes and internships that most interest you and read up on what the company values are, and be ready to talk about current projects they are working on! Prepare questions that are not generic or questions where you could easily find the answer to on company websites. 

Submitting a brilliant question to the panel discussion is a great way to draw attention to yourself at the event. The panel consists of female senior managers and partners from each of the companies, so you may wish to ask questions on their experience, work/ life balance and advice for people at your stage of their careers. 

Network, network, network!: Employers will never know who you are and what you can offer them if you don’t speak to them when you have the chance! As well as questions about their own experiences, this is your chance to spotlight why you want to work for them and get any tips/advice about the application processes. Make sure you speak to as many companies as you can, there may be a company there, who you haven’t previously considered, with the perfect opportunity for you! This is your chance to get a real insight from the people in the know.

 If you’re anything like me, you’ll like to talk… a lot. This is great but make sure to also consider what other people have to say, share experiences, but also learn from what other people have to say. If you spot someone who’s looking a bit shy or overwhelmed, help them out! Introduce yourself and ask them questions and make sure that they feel included. Need more advice about networking? Our colleagues at TARGETjobs have got you covered! Click here to see what they have to say.

Get Involved: Make sure you interact and participate in all the sessions. This event is designed to mimic the assessment process you will encounter when applying for a job, so use this as practice! Not to mention that the companies who are attending will be actively looking for talented female students like yourselves to apply for their various roles, so why not get a head of the game and beat the boys?

Don’t be late: Although a given rule, you’ll be surprised how many people will turn up late and blame the traffic, make sure you have planned your journey and give yourself plenty of time to allow for traffic related issues you may encounter. Arrive dressed in smart office wear and remember to bring a pen and notepad, turning up late in your pyjamas without a pen is not the look you want to go for when impressing potential employers! If you would like more advice on these formalities then check out this handy article from TARGETjobs.

Have fun: Possibly the most important point. This is a unique opportunity, make the most of it, be yourself and enjoy!