Virtual careers fair for new Kilkenny graduates of 2020

Employers invited to share advice with graduates of 2020 via Instagram WIT careers fair

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Angela Collins

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) Careers Centre is giving employers the chance to both market their companies and help final year students through an upcoming virtual careers fair.

Instagram is the platform of choice for the WIT Careers Centre Virtual Careers and Employability Fair which began this week and runs until Friday, May 22 when students finish their summer assessments.

Business owners and HR staff across a range of companies from start-ups and SMEs to indigenous and multinational companies are invited to take part.

Angela Collins, Head of Careers at WIT says the most basic option is for participants to provide answers to four questions which will help graduates.

“This is a strange time for everyone especially those just graduating so to give them help with your own knowledge or tips and tricks you picked up along the way is invaluable,” she says.

Employers can submit written answers or a video of them answering these questions .

“It is a fantastic opportunity to market your company/opportunities you may have and to share some employability hints and tips with our students. You will also be providing an invaluable service to our students and graduates in these unusual times,” says Ms Collins.

Another option is for company representatives to participate in 15-30 minute live stream Q&As on Instagram. This facilitates students asking questions during the stream.

“Due to the Covid-19 we are looking at different ways of engaging with employers and we feel collaboration now is more important than ever. As an employer you can play a key role in shaping our understanding of where we are now recruitment wise and what the WIT Careers Centre must do to position itself and our students for the recovery,” she says.

Employers who would like to participate can email: acollins@wit.ie .
Follow @WIT_careers_centre on Instagram.

Four key questions
Question 1 Who you are and what you do?
Question 2 From what disciplines are you looking to recruit from?
Question 3 How do students /graduates apply? CV? Application form? Telephone interview?
Question 4 If I could give an applicant one piece of advice what would it be? Or
What advice would you give an applicant when applying for jobs?

The WIT Careers Centre is also open to adding questions that employers want to answer.