Why You Should Go To A Careers Fair

There are plenty of careers and job fairs out there, and there are even careers events designed just for school-leavers to learn about their career options.

With the world slowly getting back to 'normal', there are a mixture of in-person and virtual events for you to choose from. We're even hosting our very own Virtual Careers Event this October!

They're out there for you to visit, but why should you go?

Meet employers and universities

Yes, you can learn a lot from a company or university webpage. But you'll learn a lot more from talking to those who already know what it's like to work or study there, either in person or on a chat box.

If you have any questions, you can get them answered immediately. It's also a great way to make a first impression before you even apply.

You could be speaking to recruiters, which is great. Use the opportunity to learn more about what they're looking for and the application process.

Sometimes you might be speaking to a current student or apprentice, and you'll be able to hear what it's really like. They've been in your shoes and might be able to give you some tips for applying. 

Take part in extra activities

There's often more than just employers, recruiters and unis. You might be able to hear talks on a wide range of topics, get advice from impartial advisors, take part in employability workshops and much more. 

These are usually FREE, so be sure to take advantage of as much as you can. Where else could you learn so much in just one room, or one screen!

Learn about all your options

You might already have a specific career in mind. You might not have a clue what you want to do. A school-leaver careers event will help you anyway, no matter how prepared you think you are.

A careers fair is an opportunity for you to discover jobs, universities, courses, skills and career paths you may never have never known existed. you could be surprised by what you find - and it could change the course of your career forever. 

If it only confirms what you want to do, all the better! It's nice knowing you're right.


Go to a school-leaver fair! Book your ticket, check out the guest list, plan your journey, pick the right outfit and... take the first step in your career. Or if you're attending online, all you have to do is register! Simple.

There are a number of events taking place across the UK for you to visit. What Career Live? & What University Live? is a school event for 15-19 year olds. It takes place virtually on the 12th & 13th November 2021, and is back in-person in March 2022. 

If you want to chat to employers from the comfort of your own home, the RateMyApprenticeship Virtual Event is a great place to start - find out more info and sign up here.