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Connected Futures is the University's annual careers festival which usually takes place on campus.  This year, due to Coronavirus, and in line with social distancing recommendations, we will be hosting our first ever Digital Connected Futures. Your safety as always is our prime consideration, however employers still want to talk to you!

This year the week is broken down into career-related themed days, with a series of workshops and presentations taking place every day.  All the events are open to all students to attend, although we’ve made some recommendations on what level of study, they may be particularly suited to.

Schedule of sessions

Monday – Self-employment and Entrepreneurship

Tuesday – Personal Transformation

Wednesday – Work Experience

Thursday – Networking and Employability Skills

Friday – Applying for and Securing Opportunities

Each day there will also be a live chat with the University’s Career Coaches.

Booking Instructions

  • The sessions will be delivered in MS Teams or Zoom
  • You need to book a place for any event you are interested in by clicking on the relevant ‘Book your place here’ link for each session in the Connected Futures programme.  This will take you to the booking form on MyCareer.  If you’ve not used MyCareer yet, it’s the University’s career portal with jobs, opportunities and career events.  The first time you go in you are asked to fill in some registration information which will enable the systems AI to filter relevant information for you.
  • You will receive an email with a link to the events you’ve signed up for closer to Connected Futures

At the end of the employer-led sessions there will be a chance to ask questions.  You might want to prepare for these sessions by researching the organisation – look at their website, Google them and see if they’ve been in the news.  That way you will be able to ask well informed questions and make a good impression.

Hot tip: The Digital Career Studio is available to help you with all things career-related, like:  compiling CV’s, interview preparation and assessment centres.  To speak to one of our Career Coaches drop us an email at careers@staffs.ac.uk or book an appointment via MyCareer.

Do your research

Recruiters at the event will be busy and your time with them may be short. Prior research means you can quickly get beyond the basics. You'll also create a much better impression. 

The absolute minimum research you should do: 

  • Visit employers' websites to find out what they do and to find out more about their roles, skills and qualifications required and recruitment processes.
  • Prepare questions to ask recruiters and representatives. These can be about the recruitment process, what skills and qualities are needed, trends in the profession, and so on - take these with you.
  • In the days leading up to a fair, check the newspapers and industry sector pages of news websites to get a feel for what's going on in the sectors that interest you.

What to wear 

The jury is out on how you should dress some say suited and booted, while others say smart casual  - it can depend on the profession. Smart casual is usually fine; clean and tidy is vital. It's important that you are comfortable, but also be professional. How you look is only one part of the presentation package.