School of Civil Engineering Spring Careers Event

Dates
Thursday 21st February 2013 (13:00-17:00)
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School of Civil Engineering Spring Careers Event

The School hosted its first ever Spring careers event throughout the afternoon of 21 February and welcomed 18 organisations who were keen to tell students about places available for the summer, year in industry, further study and graduate jobs.

The doors to the Shell Lounge opened at 1pm and almost immediately the room was full, with a hubbub of conversations, freebies being given out and interested reading of careers literature. With jobs ranging from engineering consultancies to construction and contracting, temporary works design to energy generation and efficiency, and environmental engineering to project management, there was something to interest every one of the 200+ students who visited.

Two “Question Time” sessions took place in parallel to the careers fair: representatives from 12 of the companies attending took part in one of two panel-style discussions: each person was introduced with a potted history of his or her career to date before telling the audience about their companies and the opportunities they currently have for students and graduates. Thereafter, the students asked questions which ranged from prioritising applications, interview techniques, opportunities for combining research/further study with work, international applications, the route to chartership and which entry route is best for a Phd.

During the Spring term many final-year and MSc students looking for graduate jobs worry that they are too late to secure a job. The event served to encourage those not yet holding a graduate offer that there are still plenty out there to be considered, and that there is a huge range of career options open to civil engineering graduates.  Questions on international applications and visas were answered with a resounding: if you’re the right person for the job, you usually shouldn’t have a problem obtaining the necessary work permits for the UK. The challenge is to make a great application: demonstrate your enthusiasm and skills, and show you’re the best person for the job!

As the afternoon drew to a close the tea and cakes, sponsored kindly by Hyder Consulting, Atkins and the Midlands Energy Graduate School reinvigorated everyone and drew in a final flurry of interested students! 

To reach students and graduates for your vacancies, please contact Jenny Illingsworth, Industrial Liaison Manager, on 0121 414 4165 or email to j.s.illingsworth@bham.ac.uk. Opportunities exist for sponsorship, placements, graduate jobs, projects and personal mentoring.

The School thanks the following organisations for supporting this first event and we look forward to continuing working together:

  • AECOM
  • Amey
  • Arcadis
  • Arup
  • Atkins
  • Birmingham Employment Access Team
  • BWB Consulting
  • Careers Network
  • Carillion
  • EDF Energy
  • C2HM Hill
  • Hyder Consulting
  • Midlands Energy Graduate School
  • Rhead Group
  • RNP Associates
  • School of Civil Engineering further study
  • URS
  • WillmotDixon