As part of National Careers Week on 6-11 March 2023, we hosted our annual Next Steps Fair with an engaged online crowd of thousands of students!
What is the Unifrog Next Steps Fair?
This event brought together 60 universities and employers and apprenticeship providers to help students compare post-school options and pathways. Our employers and university partners led a total of 16 sessions on topics including what it’s like to study law and linguistics, how to find the right apprenticeships for you, and what it’s like to work in marketing, banking, engineering, and healthcare.What were some of the highlights?
Throughout the event, there were over 6,400 visits to the university and employer booths!
Sophie Pender opened the event with an inspiring talk about her journey from growing up on a council estate and creating a Facebook page to connect students from a similar background at university, to creating The 93% Club—the largest members club for state school students at university in the UK. Sophie, now a lawyer, has even been recognised internationally on the Forbes’ ‘30 Under 30’ list for Social Impact!
Our most popular live session was ‘How to ace your CV and written applications’ with over 350 student attendees. Dominique Whitefoot from Edwards Vacuum explained how employers spend just seven seconds on average looking at CVs, and together Dominique and Shereen Benjamin from Experian shared helpful tips to make students’ CVs more concise and impactful.
What else did students learn?
Ayushi Khetani, an apprentice at KPMG, shared her apprenticeship journey. She explained that she’s already been part of creating an online banking app, and that now she’s working in cyber security as part of the incident response team!
Ashurst Trainee Solicitor Banu Hammad gave a helpful overview about the difference between competency-based, commercial awareness-based, and logic-based questions during interviews. And this was followed up with practical advice from David Ramsay, recruiter for Armstrong Watson, on how to implement the STAR technique.
Last but not least, Shoshanna Davis, founder of the Fairy Job Mother platform, gave students her ‘Careers advice you haven’t heard but need to know’. Her insights on networking and how to use LinkedIn to land the job you want are well worth checking out!
What are students, employers, and universities saying about the Next Steps Fair?
“The Personal Statement session was really helpful as I'm currently writing mine now.”
“I found the fair really useful and well-planned!”
“I really liked the fair and the concept of it was really easy to access and navigate the site.”
“Thanks for hosting a fantastic event! The webinar was well attended and we got lots of questions at the NHS booth” - The NHS, Unifrog Employer Partner
“The sessions were great. Short and punchy which seemed to hold the audience's attention without being too long.” - The University of Chichester, Unifrog HE Partner
Missed out on the Next Steps Fair this year? Don’t worry; you can join us next year! If you’re a current partner, talk to your Area or Account Manager.
If you’re not one of our school, college, employer, or university partners,