I first heard about the Future Female Engineer event through an email sent out by TARGETjobs , as I had signed up to their mailing list in my search for events and placements. It seemed like a good opportunity to meet some top graduate employers (some of which I was very interested in working for), find out what they were looking for in candidates and to ask any questions. In order to attend the event, I filled out an application form, which led to a twenty minute phone interview on why I chose engineering, my passion for the subject, and my reasons for wanting to attend the event. It was an opportunity for the team at TARGETjobs to find out a little about me, but also a chance for me to find out more about the event and if it was for me or not. Once I had been invited to attend, I carried out research on the attending event partners, the graduate roles available and their core business , and prepared some potential questions in order to make the most out of the event.
The event itself I found to be very useful and informative, there were opportunities throughout the day for networking with potential employers, an ‘insider insights’ session where we could chat to current graduates and find out about their experiences, and also sessions that worked on enhancing our skills and application techniques. This included a group activity which paired us with one of the group partners (in my case, Siemens) to carry out a group activity in the style of an assessment centre. We were given constructive feedback on the activity, our strengths and weaknesses as a group and how we could apply these skills to future assessment centres. One of my favourite parts of the day was a panel discussion, where we had the opportunity to ask questions of senior female representatives from the partnering organisations. Overall it was an excellent event, really well organised by TARGETjobs, who all were extremely helpful and supportive of all the attendees. It was like a personalised career fair with extra flair, with lots of aspects that were beneficial to everyone that attended.
After attending the event I applied to several graduate roles, assisted by TARGETjobs sending out a copy of all our CVs to the attending employers, which was a useful tool to get ourselves seen by recruitment teams. I had applied to Arup prior to attending the event and was invited to an interview a few weeks after the event. I had previously completed a summer placement at Arup, which in addition to attending the Future Female Engineers event, helped me secure a graduate role within the company. I used skills and techniques talked about at the event in the interview and attending the event itself was a good conversation point to discuss with the interviewers. Arup was my first choice of employer; I am very happy and excited to be starting a mechanical graduate role in their London office in September.