A record number of employers’ groups and recruitment companies are due to attend this year’s GMIT Careers Fair, which takes place on Monday October 6, seeking to fill a broad range of jobs in a variety of sectors.
More than 80 organisations representing business, finance, the medtech industry, ICT, hospitality, the retail sector, and the construction industry will take part in the event at the institute’s Dublin Road, Galway, campus from 12 noon to 3pm.
Organisations signed up for the event include Intel, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Construction Industry Federation Medtronic, Boston Scientific, SAP, Musgrave Group, Smyths, Lidl, Ericsson, and Cisco.
A number of third level colleges will also have stands at the fair along with local and international recruitment companies and agencies.
According to Bridie Killoran, GMIT careers officer, changes in technology and communications have resulted in a trend towards online interviews and online applications, but companies still like to meet students before the formal recruitment process begins.
“The event is extremely beneficial for students as it presents opportunities to network with employers and exchange email addresses and contact details,” Ms Killoran said.
“We ask our students to focus on a number of tasks on the day of the fair. They have to make at least five company contacts, and follow up after the careers fair with at least three of them, get their CV reviewed by a professional on the day, attend a presentation on job interview tips, and speak to employers about competency based interview questions and ‘star’ answers,” she added.
“Valeo Vision Systems and Hewlett-Packard Galway, two of the many companies attending the event, say they are looking forward to discussing future prospects with our students.
“Valeo Vision Systems are bringing a test vehicle to the college so that students will see innovative technology in action, while Hewlett-Packard Galway, who have a long standing relationship of hiring GMIT graduates, will also be looking for final year students, graduates, and interns from the technical, engineering, and business disciplines in the college.”