Record-breaking jobs fair highlights London Met’s career-focus

Unprecedented numbers of students attend Placement and Jobs Fair

Date: 23 March 2017

More than 700 London Met students took advantage of the University’s Spring Placement and Jobs Fair on 21 March, which offered the chance to network with potential employers.

Held in London Met’s historic Great Hall at Holloway campus, the fair was organised by the Careers and Employability Service, which helps students improve their employability through a combination of skills workshops, advice and events.

London Met is committed to helping students become highly employable, with initiatives such as the Work Related Learning Module guaranteeing work-orientated learning to all students on all courses. The fair was another way to boost students’ employability.  

Fiona Tracey, Senior Careers Consultant at London Met, said: “We were delighted to welcome an astonishing 762 students to the fair. Students queued down the stairs and across The Rocket reception area to get into the event, and a good natured sense of excitement and energy was palpable.

“The event had something for everyone, from placements to part-time roles and graduate opportunities. It was good to see London Met students working the room like the dedicated and organised job seekers they are. Noise levels were high as students asked their questions, discussed possibilities and gave out their CVs.”

With a total of 41 employers taking part, the fair was a perfect event for students to meet employers, network, and find out about opportunities where they could develop skills, extend their experience, and earn money to support them through their studies.

Employers were also impressed with the London Met students, with comments including: “Lots of bright students, relevant to our industry”; “warm and friendly atmosphere”; “lots of space and well attended”; and, “great staff”.

The vibrant atmosphere was captured by different groups of staff and students filming, interviewing employers and students, and generally adding to the energy, buzz and immediacy of the event.

The employers who were interviewed had nothing but praise for the enthusiasm and determination of the students, while the students themselves were delighted with the range of possibilities open to them.  

Comments from students included: “very helpful and great timing before I graduate”; “I got everything I expected and more! Extremely helpful advice from careers visitors as well as London Met staff”; “keep it up, London Met”.

Way to Win – London Metropolitan University’s annual employability conference - will take place on 13 June at Holloway.