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Throughout the year we host careers fairs and festivals themed by sector

Whether you are at the start of your career journey or ready to apply, careers fairs & festivals are a great way to meet managers, recent graduates & recruiters in an informal setting to:

  • develop insights into company cultures, working practices and career paths, and compare what they offer
  • discuss career paths and job roles and where you might fit
  • gain information on hiring and selection processes
  • build your network

University of Cambridge Careers Festivals

Longer series of in-depth events and opportunities to explore a sector

Focus on Fellowships

Ever wondered if a fellowship might be right for you? 

Creative Careers Festival

This programme includes a series of panel events, insights and resources to provide an overview of the roles and routes available into the creative sector, from publishing; the performing arts and production, to gaming; museums and the media.

Life Sciences Careers Week

Life Science students have a huge range of post-study options. From the lab to industrial research via finance, policy and consulting, your skills and knowledge are an asset in a diverse and changing landscape. But how to navigate the options? Gain ideas and inspiration for your next steps through our panel and networking events, video content and resources.

Policy, Charity & International Development Festival 

This festival is your essential starting point for the sector. You can attend  a speed networking event ,a series of panel discussions with representatives working in the sector and other resources to help you move on in the sector. 

Green Careers Festival

Led by our flagship Green Careers Fair, this festival focuses on helping you discover possible career paths and opportunities in sustainability and environment-related organisations. Organised in collaboration with Cambridge Zero.

Tech Festival

Highlights include a Careers in Tech Networking Panel and Tech Careers Fair and networking events.

I'm a Researcher, what next?

A series of events for PhDs and Postdocs to support you to explore what you want from your next career step.

Navigating the academic job market

A series of events for PhDs and Postdocs to support you to explore next steps in academia.  The programme includes keynote discussions, workshops and panel events.

Finalist Focus

A programme of activities to help you prepare for what comes next on the completion of your course. Includes the Graduate Jobs Fairs where you can meet organisations from a range of sectors with graduate-level roles with immediate, autumn or early winter start dates.

Are you an employer interested in these events? Go to our employer site.


Postdocs: If you haven’t signed up to Handshake yet and would like to register for this event, complete this short registration form on Qualtrics and we’ll set up your personal Careers Service Handshake account.


University of Cambridge Careers Fairs

One-off events to meet employers.


Graduate Jobs Fair | Monday 17 June 2024

Michaelmas: Click on the links to visit past fairs.

Graduate Schemes and Internships Fair |  October 

Consultancy Fair | October 

Banking & Finance Fair |  October

Engineering Fair | October 

Tech Fair |  October 

Life Sciences Fair | October 

Law Fair | November

Maths & Quants Fair | October 

Economics Fair | November 

Barrister Fair | November 

Lent: Click on the links to visit past fairs.

Green Careers Fair | January

Careers in China

Employers in finance, consulting, energy, technology and education take part in this programme which supports students looking to work for international and Chinese organisations based in Mainland China and Hong Kong (SAR). Organised with LSE Careers and Imperial College Careers Service.

How to make the most of a careers fair 
  • Join our Making the Most of Careers Fairs Q&A session
  • Watch our YouTube Playlist: Making the Most of Careers Fairs
  • Read our Careers Fair Blog
  • Do your research
  • Complete your Handshake profile and update your CV. Follow employers on Handshake to get notifications when key activities occur
  • View company profiles on Handshake to find out what roles they are advertising and events they are running for Cambridge students and graduates
  • View company recruitment websites, social platforms
  • Research news and articles
  • Ask questions
  • Dress appropriately and if joining a virtual event, consider your background
  • Take notes - they might be useful in future applications
  • For in-person fairs, if you would benefit from talking to an employer in a quieter environment you can ask to see them in a 'quiet room' next to the main fair
  • Follow up after events
  • Follow speakers on Linkedin
​​​​​​​Top Tips
  • Search job postings on Handshake and save your searches, so relevant vacancies arrive in your inbox all year round - not just from firms at the event.
  • Select your industry interests on Handshake to receive targeted emails from employers regarding their events and vacancies.
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