The Careers Fair

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careers fair

Student and Graduate Recruitment Fair

This Fair is for recruiters and their representatives with insight opportunities, placement years, summer internships, graduate schemes and other graduate jobs and opportunities relevant to our student body, as well as professional/membership bodies able to provide careers information, advice and support to our students.

Our main annual Careers Fair has now taken place for academic year 2020/21 but if you would like to be notified about future events please email

Why Essex?

Studying at Essex is not just about getting a degree, it is also about getting an education. Our students have come a long way just to get here, and whilst here we encourage them to make a difference to the lives of others, grasp opportunities that will help further their careers, and find creative ways to enrich their university experience. We instil in them the Essex Spirit and the belief that where you come from should NOT limit how far you can go.

A diverse cohort of students

Our students come to Essex from a range of backgrounds, including 30% from areas that typically send very few students into Higher Education. A staggering 37% of our students come from households with incomes of less than £25,000 and a significant proportion of those are the first in their family to come to university. Having taken this bold step, 77% of our graduates gain good degrees at Essex.

Award-winning education

Crowned University of the Year 2018 in the Times Education Awards 2018 - recognised for our commitment to equality, social mobility and diversity.

Rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017.

Top 15 for the seventh year running for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey (2019).

Proud to be the twenty first in the world in international outlook with our cohort of over 16,500 students.

Last years' Fair was our biggest and best yet with over 1900 students and graduates through the doors in the space of five and a half hours, who knows what the interaction will be with a virtual event removing all barriers to engagement – there still really is no better way to raise your brand profile on campus!

Join us at our first Virtual Fair

Essex Virtual Fair 2020 Description  Standard  NfP 
Static Company Profile Company profile with branded look and feel and link out to own content £75 (+VAT) £50 (+VAT)
+ Webinar* Live Webinar with Q&A £25 (+VAT) £25 (+VAT)
+ Drop-In Slot* Live Drop-in for students and graduates £25 (+VAT) £25 (+VAT)
+ Bookable Slots* 1-2-1 bookable appointments with students and graduates £25 (+VAT) £25 (+VAT)
  Total (all options) £150 (+VAT) £125 (+VAT)

*All live sessions will be hosted by the external organisation. Further information can be found on the booking form.

Advertising and Promotion   Cost 
Social Media Included in price Free
+ Targeted Email Via GradIntel to specific cohort £25 (+VAT)
+ Fair Landing Page advert Static advert on landing page (TBC) £25 (+VAT)

Please note: All bookings are subject to approval and availability of places.

Who the Fair is aimed at

This Fair is targeted towards recruiters and their representatives with insight opportunities, placement years, summer internships, graduate schemes and other graduate jobs and opportunities relevant to our student body, as well as professional and membership bodies able to provide careers information, advice and support to our students and third party student and graduate recruitment service providers.

We are mindful of providing a good variety of opportunity for our students and therefore need to ensure a wide variety of sectors and job roles are represented. For this reason we reserve the right to decline any bookings that we feel do not fulfil this remit or provide a good match.

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.

Virtual Law Fair and Virtual Teaching Fair

We are also running a specialist Virtual Law Fair, and a specialist Virtual Teaching Fair on 4 November 2020, with live session running from 10am – 6pm.

Should these targeted events also be of interest, you can find out more and sign up to take part in them by clicking on the links above.

If you have any questions please contact us.

Get in touch
Student Development Team University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 872494