An interesting article written by a student - well worth a read. Highlights:
- Students are being offered a vast array of stuff from pizzas to afternoon tea and champagne - one company even putting on a 10 min private performance with a famous comedian - so with lectures, dissertations and loads of reading to do, they have to be selective
- Employers offer an equally vast array of 'events' - the most useful ones are where you learn something, eg how to code
- According to this students any event labelled 'networking event' will turn many students off - they often worry that unless they have read up on companies in advance and prepared intelligent questions they won't come across very well - and for final year students time is an issue
- Having recent graduates at events and careers fairs is a real plus
One of the best ways recruiters can ease the pressure is to have recent graduate appointees on hand. At fairs, they tend to attract the most students, probably because the graduates themselves are not senior enough to be judging you based on your questions and are already in the job for which you might be applying. You are not under pressure to give the impression that working for their company is your one goal in life, plus you are more likely to trust their advice.