Virtual Employer Events – Autumn Term 2020

The Careers and Employability Centre offers employers and organisations a range of opportunities to connect with our students and recent graduates; whether you simply want to raise the profile of your organisations or you have particular vacancies to promote, we can help.

Dates and Timing

Our Autumn Term employer events take place during our teaching period from Monday 5 October to Friday 4 December. Events will not take place on Wednesday 21 October (Law Fair) and Wednesday 4 November (Careers Fair).

For optimal student attendance, typically we recommend holding an employer event between 11am– 4pm. We can organise events outside this time, if required. We also advise keeping your event to a maximum duration of 1 hour.  

The events programme

We aim to deliver a varied and valuable events programme to our students, and we can support you by recommending suitable delivery methods and activities. Our Autumn Term events programme will be delivered entirely as online webinar via the video call platform Zoom. We can discuss alternative platforms with you, if necessary. 

Please note be we do not charge employers to hold events.

Your event options

Here are the main virtual activities we will be offering this term:

Recruitment webinars

A presentation provides an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of your organisation with University of Sussex students. These sessions can be used to provide a company overview, promote existing opportunities, as well as provide hints and tips on your application processes. They can also include interactive polls and breakout sessions where students can for example, discuss various issues in small groups, practise parts of your selection process.

If you have a recent graduate working in your organisation who can be included in the delivery (and even better, if they are a Sussex graduate), we find this is particularly valuable for the students attending. 

Employer skills workshops 

Whilst raising your organisation profile, a skills workshop allows you to offer employability skills to our students. A strong learning outcome to your session is a useful marketing hook for students to book.

These sessions can focussed on certain aspects of your selection process or based around the skills or values essential to working within your organisation. Possible workshop topics may include application forms/CVs, interview techniques, mock assessment centres, leadership, commercial awareness, resilience, or presentation skills. Your workshop can be made more interactive by the use of polls or breakout rooms. 

Ask the employer-panel skills events

Take part in a panel event, with a small number of other employers, and offer tips and advice on stages of the job application process. We will offer three events during the term covering: Interviews; Application Forms/CVs; and Assessment Centres. We envisage each panel member giving an overview of their own process with advice for students, followed by a Q & A session. These events will be hosted by a Careers Consultant and dates are to be confirmed.

Mock interview sessions

Speak on a one-to-one basis with possible future candidates whilst also testing the interviewing methods of your organisation. Mock interviews should be aimed at providing students with a realistic interview in addition to providing them with useful and constructive feedback.

One-to-one sessions

As an alternative to mock interview sessions, you can connect with our students one-to-one with a general meeting. This could be to, for example, share general information and answer questions, or to offer informal mentoring. One-to-one sessions could be a supplementary add-on to a webinar or skills workshop.

Alumni panel events

In collaboration with the Development and Alumni Relation Office, we regularly arrange events which feature on Sussex graduate speakers focusing on a range of career areas and sectors. 

If you have a Sussex graduate working in your organisation, we would be very pleased to hear from them.

How will your event be promoted?

Your event listing will be advertised via CareerHub and our student-facing website: www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/events

We have a complete marketing strategy in place for our events programme which includes email campaigns, social media, blogs, posters and screens round campus. For further targeting, we will share with relevant academic departmental staff and student societies.

Please do let us know if there is a particular group of students (e.g. year group, degree subject) you wish to target.

Other ways of raising your profile

As well as events, you could also consider:

  • Using our free vacancy advertising service on CareerHub.
  • Inviting a group of students to your work place.
  • Sponsoring a student society.
  • Organising a student competition, for example. law firms often get involved with mooting competitions in the Law School; quiz organised by an employer.
  • Become an exhibitor sponsor at our Careers Fair or Law Fair.
  • Offering student projects or mentoring.
  • If you are a Sussex graduate, join our professional networking and mentoring platform Sussex Connect for alumni and students.

What next?

If you would like to find out more, or discuss any ideas you have, then please get in touch.

Contact details 
Jocelyn Owen
Events and Marketing Manager
Careers and Employability Centre, University of Sussex, Brighton,
BN1 9QL
Tel: 01273 678429
Email: Jocelyn.Owen@sussex.ac.uk

For full details of all our services to employers, including free vacancy advertising see: www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/employers