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Thursday 15 and Friday 16 October, 11:00-15:00

This fair features organisations recruiting for graduate and internship schemes, and placement years. Check each employer's entry ‌requirements and be aware that many companies may recruit from any degree discipline.

15 October  Day 1 information and book your place in Handshake

16 October  Day 2 information and book your place in Handshake

Prepare for the fair

How to prepare

Watch our Prepare for the fairs webinar from Wednesday 7 October.

This year's fair is a virtual event, so it is even more important to spend some time preparing well before the fair day. You'll be able to book to attend group sessions and even have 1:1 conversations with employers you're interested in - all without having to queue at a stand and with no distractions. You'll get much more out of the recruitment fairs (and make a great impression!) if you prepare in advance:

  • Check who is coming - read the exhibitor details in Handshake and identify which companies interest you the most
  • Research companies' websites so you can talk with their representatives about what interests you and ask relevant questions
  • Think about the questions you'd like to ask in a 1:1 or group session, possibly including
    • roles available
    • the recruitment process
    • skills, experience and qualities sought
    • career development, training and qualifications you might study for
    • company ethos
  • Think about yourself, your skills and what interests you so you can answer employers' questions about
    • what attracts you to a particular role
    • your relevant skills and experience
    • what you know about the sector/industry
  • Update your profile in Handshake to reflect your experience and interests; add your CV in your documents and make it public to employers. (Make use of our CV resources and CareerSet first!)
  • Look at our Networking page for tips on talking to employers, and get the employer's view from How to talk to employers at careers fairs by RateMyPlacement
  • Read our Careers Blog: Careers fairs - what are the benefits?

If you'd like to chat with one of the Careers and Placements team before the fair, come to a drop-in (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 11.00-13.00) or send us a question via Handshake (message the Careers Information Team in the public staff list in career centre).

Find out more in the section below about how the fair will work in Handshake.

Fairs in Handshake

Find out what the fairs will be like by watching the Handshake videos below (created for a US audience, but the principles will be the same for our fairs). Remember to log into York Handshake at

Virtual careers fairs

Preparing for virtual careers fairs

Careers and Placements video: What to expect from virtual events

Booking a session with an employer

To see available group and 1:1 sessions and make your bookings:

  • Go to the fair event listing on Handshake
  • Click the 'Available sessions' tab to see what group and individual sessions employers are offering
  • Select the session you want to attend and click 'Confirm' to book
  • The booking will appear in your schedule.

On the day

  • Be ready in good time, dressed appropriately - it's a good idea not to be too casual, even for an online event.
  • Keep your camera on (if at all possible) when talking with employers. It shows you're interested and engaged and makes a good impression.
  • Plan to be in a quiet place with neutral background if possible to avoid distractions.
  • Check your technology (including video and audio) in advance of any sessions you have booked; you will be able to do this 10 minutes before the session starts.
  • Smile and introduce yourself when meeting the employer’s representative
  • Ask questions and be prepared to say a bit about why you are interested in the organisation / that career; try to keep your conversation focused (don't ask something you could easily find out from the company website).
  • Keep notes of who you talked to and any useful information to refer to later.

International students

Visa Options

If you hope to stay on to work in the UK after your degree or Masters, please read the information on our pages for international students (Working after studies section). We recommend you read this information before the fair. UK visas will be changing in 2021 to include a Graduate Route visa, for students graduating summer 2021 or later, and the points based Skilled Worker Visa from January 2021; further information will be on the international students' pages as it becomes available.

Think about what you can offer a UK employer, your strengths and motivation: as well as skills acquired through your course, you might bring cultural knowledge and awareness, language skills, understanding of global markets…

Talking to employers

Be aware that asking about salary and visa sponsorship is not the best way to start a conversation with an employer at the fair! They want to hear something about your skills, experience and enthusiasm, and to see that you have a genuine interest in their organisation. You could say something like:  I am studying International Management here, and am really interested in opportunities in xxxx – could you tell me a bit more about the xxxx programme on your website?  Ask questions about the company’s values and culture, projects and training.  Some of the people on the stand are probably recent graduates so ask them about their experience of the graduate training scheme.

Think about what you can offer, your strengths and motivation: as well as skills acquired through your course, you might bring cultural knowledge and awareness, language skills, understanding of global markets…

The employer representatives at the fair are unlikely to be immigration experts and are probably not the best people to talk to about visa sponsorship.  So do your research, decide which companies you are most interested in (see the section above, Prepare for the fair) and leave questions about visas and sponsorship until later in the recruitment process (interview or job offer).

Organisations attending the fair

The organisations attending are listed below. Many of these are recruiting to a range of roles and will have vacancies for students from different subject disciplines. To find out more detail about the employers attending, and to book individual or group sessions with them, please see the Grad Jobs and Placements Fair events in Handshake:

Organisations attending

  • ACIN
  • Amadeus Software Ltd
  • American Business Association, Inc.
  • Analytical Careers in Government
  • Anson McCade
  • Ark Teacher Training
  • Asda
  • Aviva plc
  • AWE
  • BAE Systems
  • British Army
  • Cambridge Consultants
  • Capgemini Invent
  • Covance
  • Creative Access
  • Croda International Plc
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • EY
  • FDM Group
  • FinancialForce
  • Frontline - Changing Lives
  • FTI Consulting
  • Gartner
  • Gearset
  • Global Programmes, University of York
  • Government Operational Research Service
  • Greensill
  • G-Research
  • Groundwork
  • Harrogate Family Law
  • Hermes
  • IBM UK
  • IDEXX Laboratories Ltd
  • Innovia Technology
  • Jacobs
  • John Sisk & Son Ltd
  • Leeds Community Healthcare
  • MBDA Missile Systems
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Morrisons
  • National Audit Office
  • NERA Economic Consulting
  • Network Rail
  • NFU Mutual
  • nucleargraduates
  • Office for Communications
  • PA Consulting
  • PMSI
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Prospects
  • PwC
  • Researchers in Schools
  • RSM UK
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council
  • Sky UK Ltd
  • Softwire
  • TARGETjobs
  • Teach First
  • Teem
  • The Mid Yorkshire Hospital NHS Trust
  • The Phoenix Partnership
  • The PSC (formerly 2020 Delivery)
  • The Royal Air Force
  • THG
  • Think Ahead
  • UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)
  • Unlocked Graduates
  • Womble Bond Dickinson
  • Yorkshire Graduates
  • Zuhlke Engineering