In January and February, students from the Faculty of Science and Engineering had the chance to network with a range of employers offering placement and graduate opportunities through a series of ‘Meet The Employers’ events.
Employers shared their tips on what they expect from applicants, their recruitment methods and gave insights into working in their industry. Students used the opportunity to find out about placements, internships and graduate schemes, as well developing their networking skills.
Marina Matosic and Nicola Critchlow (Careers Consultants) delivered networking workshops to help students brush up on their skills before the ‘speed networking’ element of the events.
117 students attended the School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology Meet the Employers Networking Café. The event on January 16 saw collaboration between the School, the Faculty of Science and Engineering Placements Team and Careers and Employability Service. Thirteen employers took part in the event, including Amaze, Avecto, Barclays, Cake Solutions, CDL, FDM, Fujitsu, IBM, QA Consulting, Quanticate, Sysrepublic, TOPdesk and Web Applications UK.
Students commented that:
“It was fantastic to meet employers, especially people who have been in the same position as me”
“It was informative and was a great opportunity to meet employers in a relevant field”
Dr Alan Crispin, Principal Lecturer in the School, said: “This was a great opportunity for students in the School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology to engage with employers with graduate jobs and placement opportunities.”
Katharine Francey, FDM Group, said: “It was probably one of the better events we’ve been to in the end! Really great attendance and generally speaking the students seemed really engaged and interested in developing their careers.”
151 students from the School of Science and the Environment networked with employers at the School’s Meet the Employer Networking Café. Fifteen employers took part in the event, including AECOM, Chester Zoo, Graduate Talent Pool, Greater Manchester Police, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, LiCa Scientific Recruitment, Manchester Climate Change Agency, Museum of Science and Industry, Natural England, Network Rail, RPS Group, Simply Ecology, The Conservation Volunteers, Vita Liquid Polymers and VRS Recruitment. The event on January 18 was organised by the Science and Engineering Placements Team in collaboration with the School.
“Good information on how to be more employable”
“Useful being able to talk to employers directly”
Luke Williams, VRS Recruitment, said: “Students were very inquisitive and eager to learn”
127 students attended the School of Engineering Meet the Employers Networking Café. Eleven employers attended the event on January 25 including AECOM, the Army, Cavendish Nuclear, Engineering Analysis Services Ltd (EASL), Greater Manchester Police, JN Bentley, Joovuu, the Royal Navy, TOPdesk, Unilever and Wind Prospects Operations. The event was organised by the Science and Engineering Placements Team in collaboration with the School.
“Provided a lot of insight into different jobs and industries”
“It was helpful to get direct contact with potential employers”
Dave Fraser, EASL, said: “Good opportunity to share with the students what we do and who we are”
106 students attended the School of Healthcare Science Meet the Employers event on February 8. This was the first ‘Meet the Employers’ event to be organised for the School and it was a great success. Twelve employers attended on the day, including AstraZeneca, Concept Life Sciences, McCann Complete medical, Carrot Pharma, NHS Blood & Transplant and Pathology at Wigan & Salford. The event was organised by the Careers and Employability Service in collaboration with the School.
“Great, feel a lot clearer about what I want to do after my degree”
“I liked the group discussions so I could learn from other people’s questions”
Dr Lisa Coulthwaite (MSc Biomedical Science Programme Leader) commented: “A very popular and enjoyable event! It was great to see so many students developing their networking skills and engaging in discussions with employers. Thanks to everyone in Careers & Employability for all their hard work making this event such a success.”
Genomic Diagnostic Laboratory commented: “A good opportunity to make students aware of careers pathways that they previously would not have been aware of”
Students can search for employment opportunities with the organisations who attended, and many others, through My Career Hub
The Science and Engineering Placements team can be contacted for more information about placements on firstname.lastname@example.org.