Career Expo for Students
A statement from the Career Services team
On 13 March the Federal Government announced non-essential organised events of 500 people or more should not go ahead. While many of our events on campus will be able to continue as planned, we advise that the University of Adelaide Career Expo 2020 has been Postponed – due to the scale of the event.
We understand that you may have questions as a result of this notification. We would like to reassure you that the Career Services team at the University will continue to engage employers over the coming weeks and months for activities through various forms including flexible virtual events. The Career Services team remains committed to assisting students and recent graduates to connect with industry.
Careers Expo brings graduate employers to campus across two days for students to discover opportunities, career pathways and connect with industry.
Careers Expo 2020 will be held in March over two days. Each event day focuses on different target disciplines.
First Day: Wednesday 18-March 2020
Event Time: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Disciplines: Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematical Sciences, Architecture, Construction and Sciences
Location: North Terrace Campus, The University of Adelaide (Bonython Hall and Ingkarni Wardli)
Second Day: Thursday 19-March 2020
Event Time: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Disciplines: Business (Commerce, Finance, Economics, Marketing), Law*, Psychology, Health Sciences, Education, Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
Location: North Terrace Campus, The University of Adelaide (Bonython Hall)
This event provides a chance for employers and recruiters to exhibit and showcase their opportunities to students and is a place for industry to meet their next round of talented graduates. Most companies and organisations will have applications open for students to apply for around March so make sure to check application deadlines before coming along to the event. Visit CareerHub to stay updated on graduate programs and jobs as they are listed.
Being prepared for Careers Expo will ensure you stand out from the crowd. You can prepare by:
- Career Fair Plus App - Download the official event app on iOS or Android (coming February 2020).
- Prepare for Expo workshop - Book yourself into a workshop ahead of the event for insights and advice (coming February 2020).
- Download the Careers Expo Student Guide 2020 - Review the guide and know what to expect during Expo (coming February 2020).
- Research other industry events - Industry visit campus throughout the year and upcoming events are on CareerHub.
Which employers will be at Careers Expo?
The list of employers and companies that attend Careers Expo changes every year, however there are some important things to note:
The event is held across two disciple specific days and so employers choose which day to attend based on the student cohorts they are looking to recruit, while others will attend both days as they may have more versatile opportunities available. It is important to do your research and know which employers will be there so you can be prepared!
The full list of employers will be updated on the Career Fair Plus app so be sure to find out what disciplines they are targeting and what opportunities are available.
Exhibitors at Careers Expo 2020
Day 1 - STEM & Architecture: Accenture, Adelaide Brighton Ltd, Adelaide Graduate Centre, Arup, ASC PTY LTD, Atlassian, Aurecon, Australian Government Department of Human Services, Australian Taxation Office, BAE Systems Australia, Beach Energy, BHP, BMD Constructions, Capgemini, Career Services, Codan, Data Action, Defence Force Recruiting, Deloitte, Department of Defence, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, DXC Technology, GHD, Golder, Government of South Australia - I WORK FOR SA, GPA Engineering, GradAustralia.com.au, IMC Trading, Immigration SA, Infosys, KPMG, Leed Engineering and Construction, LIFELENZ, Lockheed Martin, Lucid Consulting, McConnell Dowell, Myriota, Navy - Civilian Engineering Development Program, Newcrest Mining, Northern Star Resources Ltd, Palantir Technologies, Professionals Australia, Project Everest Ventures, RAA, Rio Tinto, SA Power Networks, Saab Australia, Santos, Schlumberger, SIG Trading, SYNERGY CONSTRUCT, TBH, Tonkin, University of Adelaide Internships, Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec - (WGA), Woodside
Day 2 - Arts, Business & Health: ACCA Global, Adelaide Graduate Centre, Auditor-General's Department (South Australia), Australian Taxation Office, Career Services, Chartered Accountants ANZ, Coles, CPA Australia, Defence Force Recruiting, Deloitte, Department of Defence, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Dynamic Creative, EY, Government of South Australia - I WORK FOR SA, GradAustralia.com.au, Hood Sweeney, Immigration SA, Moore Stephens, National Disability Services, Perks, Project Everest Ventures, Shelter SA, SOUTHERN CROSS CARE (SA, NT & VIC) INC, TeamViewer Pty Ltd, University of Adelaide Internships, Westpac Group (BankSA), William Buck
What do I bring on the day?
Remember to bring your Student ID Card as well as your phone (with the Career Fair Plus app downloaded!) some note paper and a pen if you need. It might also be a good idea to bring a small bag like a canvas bag as exhibitors often give away brochures and small items.
We encourage students to leave backpacks and larger items in lockers or at home for the day. Food and drink is also not permitted inside the event venue.
Recruiters and employers will not accept resumes at the event and applications must be made online.
What should I ask recruiters?
It is a great idea to research the companies you are interested in before coming to Expo. This way the recruiters will know you are genuinely interested in what they do and working for them. Recruiters will be very impressed by your research and it will absolutely help you stand out.
By doing your research you will also come up with your own unique questions to ask. There may be a project they are working on, some news that has been released or a part of the graduate rotation program you are interested in.
Other things you may want to ask recruiters include:
- What is a standard day like for a graduate?
- How can I make my resume or cover letter stand out?
- What kind of work experience can I do while at Uni that will be beneficial for working for your organisation in the future?
- What kinds of projects might graduates get to work on in the first 1-2 years?
- Is there further training or opportunities available?
- What key attributes do you look for in graduates (academic results, personal achievements, extracurricular activities, work experience, references)?
- Does your organisation offer internships or work experience?
- How did you achieve your position?
- What projects do you enjoy working on most?
Remember to be confident, prepared, shake peoples hands and keep eye contact!
Can I attend in my first or second year of Uni?
Students from any year level or discipline are welcome to attend Careers Expo and you might be surprised by the opportunities available.
While Careers Expo is likely to be most suitable for final year students or those who have recently graduated and are looking for career options, each year level will find something to take away from the event.
Final year students will hear about the range of graduate jobs and programs that are open for applications, career paths that are available and what it is like to work in each organisation. You will have the chance to speak directly with recruiters about your applications and even with some graduates who are now working for them and ask questions around how they stood out. Practise your networking skills, explore your options and prepare for life beyond graduation.
Penultimate year (second or second to last) students can better understand the opportunities that exist for both internship and vacation programs, and future jobs and graduate programs. Speak with recruiters about the available and upcoming opportunities and what kind of experience you can be building now to become an ideal candidate for them in the future. Begin to plan for your final years and ask specific questions around preparing your final year applications.
First year students should be researching the kinds of industries and organisations that exist, and where your degree and interests can take you. If you're not too sure about your study direction yet or want to plan for future internships and work experience you can ask recruiters and graduates at the event about what they would recommend. Try to keep your questions brief and to the point and even just attend to have the chance to look around and learn about some new organisations you may not have heard of.
What are graduate and internship programs?
Generally, graduate and vacation programs are structured programs that help students and graduates navigate the working world and entering a larger organisation with ongoing support.
The organisations that offer these programs are usually larger ones that you have probably seen or heard of before. They usually recruit large numbers of students and graduates and offer great opportunities for students early careers.
More information about graduate programs and other opportunities can be found in the Jobs and Graduate Programs Guide.
How can I make the most out of Careers Expo?
There’s definitely some points we recommend to make the most of this once a year event.
- Download the CareerFair Plus app to view the floorplan, mark employers as ‘favourites’, add notes, receive alerts from employers and more. Download on iOS and Android.
- Do your research before the event to understand what each exhibitor does, the jobs and career paths on offer and how you might use your skills as part of their team. Use the app to do this!
- Think about which event day suits your discipline and make sure that you attend both if you have broader career interests.
- Consider the timing of your classes so you can fit in as much time at the Expo for the 3-hour event each day.
- Think about what you will wear and bring with you (first impressions count).
- Attend a Prepare For Expo workshop.
What other industry events happen during the year?
Many career-related events run throughout the year. We host employers on campus almost every week (including the holiday breaks) for different disciplines as 'open' events and then some events and panel sessions are embedded into your classes. While Careers Expo only happens in March annually, you can stay updated on all other open and extra-curricular events through CareerHub.