Virtual careers fairs step by step student user guide

Careers Connect User Guide

Welcome to fair season! During October and November Careers Network will be hosting three Virtual Careers Fairs on Careers Connect. Virtual Fairs are online events that allow employers and students and graduates to meet in a virtual environment through 121 video meetings and group chats.

These events will provide you with the opportunity to meet a wide range of employers from a variety of sectors and industries to discover internship, placement, and graduate opportunities, get crucial recruitment insights and build your networks.

This guide will take you through how to register to attend and book your 121 slots and group chats for the following Virtual Fairs:

Autumn Careers Fair – 6th & 7th October

Engineering, Science & Technology Fair – 20th October

Law Fair – 10th November

If you experience any issues with the Careers Connect platform or require further adjustments or support to access virtual fairs, please email us at recruiters@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Top Tip

Read this guide to get ahead and be prepared. Research the exhibitors. Book your 121 slots in advance

Booking virtual events and 121 meeting slots

Step 1. Log in to your Careers Connect account and select Book > Events on the navigation ribbon. Current students simply log in with your UoB credentials. Graduates log in using the graduate option. If you don’t have a graduate account, you can apply for one via the link above.

Step 2. Use either the Quick search menu or the Events calendar to find the event you wish to book a place to attend. Alternatively you can access the event from the direct links on p.2 of this guide.

Top Tip

Visit our Events guide to see what’s on this term.

Browse event details and industry sectors

Step 3. Once you have selected the event, you can browse the Event page to view event times, exhibitors and what to expect. Here you will also be able to filter the employers exhibiting by industry sector. To register your place to attend simply click the register button.

Top Tip

When browsing exhibitors don’t be put off by their core industry sector, employers will have many functions across their business so keep your options open!

Register to attend a virtual event

Step 4. Select register

Step 5. If the event is taking place across multiple days, this will be shown in the bookings section.

Please note: that our Autumn Careers Fair takes place across two days, we recommend booking a place a both days to maximise your opportunity to meet with a wide range of employers.

Top Tip

You need to register for the event to enable the options for booking 121 chats and attending Group Chat sessions.

Explore the Event Hall

In the Event Hall you will find details about the Careers Fair and other events Careers Network will be hosting along with hints and tips to make the most of the event.

Step 6. Enter the event hall at any time before by clicking ‘Enter event’.

Step 7. Take your time to familiarise yourself with the information provided. From here you can also access the exhibitor tab to begin creating your schedule for the day.

Step 8. Selecting Leave event takes you back to the main event page.

Booking 121 meetings with exhibitors

121 meetings are not formal interviews, do your research and be prepared with some questions to ask the employer before you meet

Step 9. Select the employer you wish to book a 121 meeting with by clicking their logo, then click chat to team.

Step 10. Here you will be able to see all the available slots and some information about the employer representative. Select a time and click ‘Book’ to book a slot.

Top Tip

Click My scheduleto view the 121 meetings you have booked for the event.

Joining group chats

Group chats allow you to drop-in and chat with employer in a more informal setting. Please be aware that you will be joining other students and graduates in the room so please be patient as the employer will need to take the time to respond to everyone.

Step 11. Click Join group chatswith the exhibitor. Please note:Group chats are not bookable in advance.

Top Tip

You can drop into a Group chat at any time during the time slot given.

Viewing employer opportunities

Step 12. Select the View opportunities tab to see the current opportunities published by the exhibitor.

Top Tip

Click on any opportunity to save it for later or apply now

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