The Careers Fair

This year's Careers Fair will be held on Thursday 2 November, from 10am – 3pm on our thriving Colchester campus.

Recently ranked as one of the Top 30 Universities in the UK (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017), and with nearly 14,000 students and ambitious growth plans for the future, Essex is the one to watch.

The fair is open to all our students and graduates and provides you with a unique opportunity to:

  • raise your brand profile on campus
  • meet our diverse population of students
  • promote your organisation to generate a recruitment pipeline for the vacancies you want to fill both now and in the future

More students and more interaction

Our Careers Fair is our biggest and best event for large scale graduate recruiters. With space for 60 exhibitors in our Sports Centre, and approx. 1,500 students attending, it’s your chance to raise your brand profile and promote your graduate schemes, internship and placement year opportunities to our students.

In addition to your stand at the fair you will get:

  • an A4 page listing your opportunities in our Careers Fair guide
  • widepread on-campus and digital promotion including comprehensive social media coverage
  • free parking, wifi, and refreshments including a hot lunch
  • limited additional sponsorship opportunities will also be available on request from

The Essex graduate

At Essex we are:

  • championing social mobility

    At Essex we believe that where you’ve come from shouldn’t restrict where you can go. With high numbers of Essex students coming from low socio-economic backgrounds, we are serious about diversity and social mobility because we know how far they’ve already risen to get here.

    With innovative programmes like Rising Stars, backed by PwC, Civil Service Fast Stream and other top recruiters, we are working to remove barriers of entry and to prepare the brightest and the best of our students to become the kind of candidates you need, regardless of background, and giving them the chance to shine.

  • uniquely international

    Essex is a genuine global community. With more than 140 countries represented within our student body, and nearly 40% of our students from overseas, we are one of the most internationally-diverse universities in the UK. We are also ranked in the world's top 20 universities for international outlook by Times Higher Education.

    Essex students are globally aware and prepared for the future. They can bring diversity, an enhanced cultural awareness and a truly international outlook to your business.

  • developing your future workforce

    We’ve been busy investing in our students – recognising what they have already achieved and nurturing their drive, ambition and talents to help them continue on to where they deserve to be. We’ve built placement years and career development learning into our degree programmes, working closely with employers and alumni to enrich students’ learning, broaden their career perspectives, and instil professionalism.

    We are working to ensure students are ready to enter the graduate job market as confident and resilient practitioners who bring valuable skills and fresh thinking to the workplace. Essex students graduate with a sound awareness of the skills that employers are looking for and the ability to develop, articulate and demonstrate them. They’re ready to enter your workplace.

How to book

To apply for a place please complete the booking form and send back to us with a high quality jpeg of your logo and a copy of your public liability insurance certificate (to the value of at least £5 million).

Our current rates are:

  • Early Bird (available until Friday 28 April) - £60 + VAT
  • Standard Rate (available from Saturday 29 April) - £125 + VAT
  • UK Registered Charity / Armed Forces Rate - £30 + VAT

Please make sure you select the rate you are applying for by clicking inside the box on the booking form (.pdf) and selecting from the drop down menu. We recommend you save the PDF booking form before completing it.

2016 Careers Fair

Find out about last year's fair and listen to some of the exhibitors.