Students energized by inaugural engineering and tech careers fair

Students energized by inaugural engineering and tech careers fair

The diverse array of careers in tech, science and engineering were showcased earlier this month when the University hosted its first Energy, Engineering and Tech Careers Fair.

Organised by the School of Natural and Computing Sciences, the School of Engineering and the Careers and Employability Service team, the one-day event attracted 17 employers and nearly 300 students to the Science Teaching Hub at the Old Aberdeen campus.

Attendees were able to connect with industry professionals who shared their insights and answered questions, network with a range of employers who are actively seeking students and graduates to fill their vacancies; and discover career opportunities like internships and graduate vacancies that fit their skills and ambitions.

Assistant Director and Head of Careers at the University, Tracey Innes, said: “We are grateful to all of the participating organisations for spending their valuable time with our students during the fair.  It was wonderful to be part of the vibrant atmosphere and see so many productive conversations taking place on the day.”

The event sought to highlight the wide range of career pathways open to students. Organisations including TotalEnergies, the Royal Navy, Genesis Energy, Halliburton, BV Solutions M&O, Oceaneering, Net Zero Technology Centre, David Smith Contractors Ltd, SLB, Apollo, HonuWorx, Hydro Group Ltd , Accord Energy Solutions Ltd, Dell Technologies, Fugro, Arcadis and Ocean Installer were on hand with information on entry points and recruitment opportunities.

Head of the School of Natural and Computing Sciences, Professor David McGloin, said: “This was a really great event with a good range of employers both local and national. These events are important to help support our students into interesting careers, allowing them to connect directly with employers and to learn about current opportunities such as internships and graduate vacancies, as well as broadening their understanding of what kinds of jobs are available based on their knowledge.

“The School of Natural and Computing Sciences will continue to support these events and we are looking forward to collaborating with the Careers and Employability Service, other Schools within the university, and employers to bring more exciting opportunities to our students.”

The event garnered a lot of positive feedback from attendees. One student said: “This was an excellent fair. So grateful for the opportunity to meet prospective recruiters.”

Another added: “It was great to speak to companies with roles in Aberdeen.”

Head of the School of Engineering, Professor Ekaterina Pavlovskaia, added: “I am delighted to witness the success of our Energy, Engineering, and Tech Careers Fair. This event exemplifies our commitment to provide our students with exciting opportunities to explore the diverse landscape of careers available to them both while they study with us and after their graduation. Such events allow them to connect with industry professionals, network with prospective employers, and discover internships and graduate vacancies. They play a crucial role in bridging the gap between academia and industry, ensuring that our graduates are well-prepared to contribute meaningfully to the ever-evolving field of engineering.”

A second sector fair is planned for later in the year. Potential employers interested in finding out more about future careers fairs and other ways to promote your vacancies and connect with students can email employers@abdn.ac.uk for more information.

We recommend students check the event calendar in CareerConnect regularly to see what events are on offer. Students can also sign up to daily or weekly automated reminders from CareerConnect as events are published. You can change this in your profile settings under the ‘I would like to hear about new events’ section.

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