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Our weeklong Career festival takes place 23- 27 October 2023 and sees over 150 employers come onto campus for a jam packed schedule of career fairs, advertising Graduate, Part Time, Placements and Work Experience roles, as well as networking events, a Mentoring Exhibition and the Ukie Games Expo – so get involved, employers want to talk to you!

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All students are welcome and encouraged to attend any or all of the events to explore multiple career and job opportunities.


Connected Futures Schedule

Location: The Catalyst Building, ground floor, Leek Road Campus

At a glance...
Monday 23 October  11am-2pm  Computing and Engineering Careers Fair  No sign up – just come along 
Tuesday 24 October   11am-2pm Public Services, Education, Sports, Business & Law Careers Fair No sign up – just come along
Tuesday 24 October   3-6pm Digital Marketing Expo No sign up – just come along
 Wednesday 25 October  9.30 – 5pm Ukie Games Conference Sign up
 Thursday 26 October  11am-2pm Part-time and Local Opportunities Careers Fair No sign up – just come along
Thursday 26 October   5pm-7pm  Future Pro Networking Event Sign up
 Friday 27 October  8.30am – 10.30am Creative Networking Breakfast Event Sign up
Friday 27 October   12-3pm Mentoring Conference Sign up


Computing and Engineering Careers Fair

Monday 23 October 11am-2pm, Catalyst

Over 50 employers from the Engineering and Computing sector will be on campus advertising their graduate, part time and placements roles and offering insights into the industry. Come along and find out more!

Meet the teams from: Bet365, Cadent, Caterpillar Inc., CSS, EffecTech, Ikea,JCB, Next, Royal Air Force, RSM, Siemens Gamesa, Sparta Global, Staffordshire Jobs and Careers team, Staffordshire University, Synectics Solutions and The Wrenkin Housing Group. Download our full brochure (PDF).

Career Connect’s CV clinic, Placements and Mentoring team are also available throughout the day.

No sign up – just come along.

Public Services, Education, Sports, Business & Law Careers Fair

Tuesday 24 October 11am-2pm, Catalyst

Come along and speak to over 50 employers advertising their graduate, part time and placements roles and offering insights into the various industries with live offers too! They want to speak to you.

Meet the teams from: Arthur Terry SCITT, Blueberry Therapeutics, Click Teachers, Citizens Advice, DJH Mitten Clarke, GB Recruitment, Hays, ICAEW, I3na, Inspired,New Era, Nuffield Health, PACT, Prospero Teaching, REAch2 Academy Trust, Royal Air Force, RSM, Services for Education, Shaw Education Trust, StreetGames, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Staffordshire University, The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, Thompson Wright, Wincanton, Zest Education. Download our full brochure (PDF).

Career Connect’s CV clinic, Placements and Mentoring team are also available throughout the day.

No sign up – just come along.

Digital Marketing Expo

Tuesday 24 October 3-6pm, Catalyst

The UK is the largest ecommerce economy in Europe, so there’s no surprise that Digital Marketing is booming!

If you have an interest in digital marketing, the Digital Expo is for you! You’ll have the opportunity to speak to our exhibitors and panel of experts, listen to talks on a range of digital marketing topics from academics and hear about our courses and work placement opportunities.

No sign up – just come along.

Ukie Games Conference

Wednesday 25 October 9.30am-5pm, Catalyst

Join Ukie and Epic Games in the Catalyst Building for a fun, free and enriching day of talks and networking with the UK video games industry.

  • Discover top tips from industry experts through a packed line-up of insightful talks – all of which will be available to stream online
  • Meet recruiters and make professional contacts in our Exhibitor Area
  • Have your questions answered in our roundtable sessions and panel discussion
  • Get your CV or portfolio reviewed in a 1-2-1 session with a specialist recruitment agency
  • Play games with developers in our tabletop networking hour

Our full programme of speakers and exhibitors will be announced soon.

Part-time and Local Opportunities Careers Fair

Thursday 26 October, 11am-2pm, Catalyst

If you’re looking for local work to fit around your studies this fair is for you. A whole host of employers are joining us on campus with live opportunities that need students now!

Meet the teams from: The Ambassador Theatre Group, ASB Harmony, Click Teachers, Foodhub, HBL, LA International, Staffordshire University, New Era, North Staffordshire Press, Prospero Teaching, Radis, RTC, Staffordshire Jobs & Careers team, University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, USA Summer Camp, VAST, Zest Education. Download our full brochure.

Career Connect’s CV clinic, Placements and Mentoring team are also available throughout the day.

No sign up – just come along.


Thursday 26 October 5pm-7pm, Catalyst

In conjunction with Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce, Connected Futures is hosting FuturePro 23, an opportunity to meet local professionals, practise and develop your networking skills, and eat free food!

Members of the Future Finest professional networking group from the Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce, which includes workers in the following careers: law, marketing, IT, PR, creative (web design, media etc), accountancy, HR, financial services, architecture…and more, will be available for students to meet and chat to about their career ideas.

Creative Networking Breakfast

Friday 27 October 8.30-10.30, Catalyst

The Creative Networking breakfast is part of ‘Connected Futures Autumn Fair’. The event is designed for the Level 6 Art and Design and Media, Performance students but open to all levels.

Creative industries, professionals and alumni have been invited onto campus to connect with our next generation of Art and Design and Media Performance students. The event is a great way for you to develop your networking skills and build connections with professionals within the creative industry, to learn about projects or possible opportunities, ask questions, and learn more about their experiences of working within the creative industries.

Breakfast included for the first 100 people signed up.

Mentoring Exhibition

Friday 27 October 12-3pm, Catalyst

To celebrate National Mentoring Day on Friday 27th October we are hosting an event to showcase peer and professional mentoring here at Staffs and how this can help you get ahead in your studies and career, build confidence, and connect with others!

It’s open to all and you will get the chance to meet some mentors and mentees who have benefitted from the scheme.