Sunderland graduate fair hailed a success

Carl Taylor, President of Sunderland Students Union at their first ever Graduate Jobs Fair.
Carl Taylor, President of Sunderland Students Union at their first ever Graduate Jobs Fair.
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A GRADUATE Fair has been hailed as a huge success by university chiefs.

The day-long event at Sunderland University attracted more than 800 students and 47 companies to Chester Road’s CitySpace campus.

There was a mix of local, national and international companies in attendance, which included Sunderland Football Club, Gentoo, Premier Inn and the Royal Navy.

Carl Taylor, the president of the Student’s Union, said: “It was a fantastic success as far as myself and the team are concerned. With over 800 students attending and 47 companies being there, with a good mix of local, national and international firms.”

All students and former graduates of the university were invited to the event and it gave them the opportunity to find out more about a range of job opportunities and network with potential future employers.

Kirsten Black, director of student and learning support at the university, said: “The Graduate Recruitment Fair gave students the chance to hook up with organisations and employers who can readily use their talents and knowledge – a great way to add experience to their CV.

“Going that extra step and bringing companies into the University who are ready to offer Sunderland graduates an opportunity to land that all-important first job, giving the students and the employers the space to talk to each other directly, has been really successful.”

The companies who attended also praised the event.

HR generalist and recruitment specialist Joanne Cameron, of Remote HR Solutions, said: “I have really enjoyed my day at the event; it’s very rewarding talking to students and offering practical recruitment advice.”

Following this year’s success, the university are hoping to make the Graduates Fair an annual event and possibly move its location to the Stadium of Light in the future.