The Careers Fair

Raise your brand, recruit new talent

careers fair

Raise your brand profile and meet our diverse population of students at our biggest annual recruitment event.

Save the date! Our next Careers Fair is Friday 18 October 2019. To register your interest in attending, email

Essex Careers Fair 2018

This year’s Careers Fair was our biggest and best yet with over 90 exhibitors in attendance and over 1800 students and recent graduates passing through the doors in the space of just 4½ hours.

Our University

We've recently gained our highest ever ranking as No. 22 of the Top Universities in the UK in the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. We've also been awarded the highest rating of Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017 and have been recognised as the 15th most international university in the world with our cohort of nearly 14,000 (and growing!) students. So if you think you knew Essex, it's time to think again.

With student and graduate employability so key to our success, our commitment in this area is backed by the fact that this year's Careers Fair was the biggest recruitment event that we have ever held on campus. Having invested £12 million in the brand new Essex Sports Arena we can now house double the number of employers and students at the event!

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.

2016 Careers Fair

Find out more about our careers fairs and listen to some of the exhibitors.

Get in touch
Employability and Careers Centre University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 872494