Employment extravaganza

Issued: Fri, 27 May 2005 00:00:00 BST

The University of Glasgow's Careers Service will bring together over 70 employers, training organisations and educational institutions and approximately 5000 graduates and students in The Summer Graduate Fair in Scotland on 6 and 7 June at the SECC.

The fair will allow employers and potential employees to meet face to face to discuss current employment opportunities. Employers and training providers will have the chance to promote their opportunities to the next generation of employees and the graduates will have the chance to market themselves in person.

A wide range of organisations will be represented, all of whom are vying for the cream of graduate talent to fill immediate vacancies. These range from large corporations with international opportunities, voluntary organisations and universities offering postgraduate opportunities. A stand promoting the Scottish Executive's Fresh Talent Initiative will be of particular appeal to students and graduates from overseas.

Jane Weir, Director of the Careers Service, University of Glasgow, says: " We are delighted to have been able to attract so many prestigious organisations to this fair. There is a strong demand for graduates and companies are using this event to help them meet their recruitment targets. Similarly, the universities attending are coming along to promote postgraduate opportunities for 2005/06.

"These days, the transferability of a degree is increasing as we see organisations changing and new types of graduate opportunities emerging. Graduates really need to explore the range of jobs available with companies as they might be surprised how many career pathways are possible."

Open to students and graduates from all of the Scottish higher education institutions, the event will also appeal to those who have already graduated and are looking for a new challenge. Those attending will be able to hand in CVs, fill in application forms and could even find themselves being interviewed on the spot!

University of Glasgow student, Kate Richardson, says: "The Graduate Fair is a great idea. I've recently finished my finals and to be able to speak to employers in person would be really helpful in terms of finding out what opportunities are available and what employers are really looking for."

Sponsored by The Herald, AGCAS (Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services) and Graduate Prospects, the fair will run from 11.00-6.00pm on Monday 6 June and from 10.00-3.00pm on Tuesday 7 June. For more information visit The Summer Graduate Fair in Scotland homepage at www.gla.ac.uk/careers/fairs.htm or contact the University of Glasgow Careers Service on 0141 330 8784

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