As part of our service to students, we organise many different sizes and styles of events during term time. Take a look below to see the types of activities we host, and how we support the wider University...

List of activities

  • Spring and Autumn Careers Fairs
  • Employer presentation evenings
  • Industry networking events
  • Headquarter and site visits
  • Employer speed-dating sessions
  • On-campus recruitment activities
  • Guest spots on pop-up careers stands
  • External industry expert workshops
  • Group Design project presentation support
  • University open days
  • Welcome week
  • Graduation

Anushka“Today’s Careers Fair was helpful… because what I was looking to get out of it was… talking to the people, understanding their culture… and what their attitudes are. I don’t think you would get that from just looking at the website.”
– Anushka Padhye, MSc Management (2018-19)

In the academic year 2018/19 alone, we held all of these employer presentations on campus:

  • Airbus
  • Alten Ltd
  • Consulting Insights by Don Leslie
  • Ecolab
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • KPMG
  • LinkedIn Masterclass
  • Lockin China
  • Mott MacDonald
  • Royal Aeronautical Society
  • Student Circus
  • The Kraft Heinz Company
  • Visagio Ltd
  • Wayfair

Upcoming events

Check this page regularly for updates on future careers events at Cranfield...

Team news

Alexis Drake“Going to the HE marketing and communications conference meant I could bring back the latest insights and apply them directly to our initiatives.”

– Alexis Drake, Marketing & Communications Manager, Career Development Service (2019)

External activities
As a team we are very active in the outside world, attending industry events and networking with others to gain insights into Higher Education careers service provision. Here is just a sample of the initiatives where we have represented Cranfield University:

  • Public Sector social media conference, Manchester – September 2018
  • MBA CSEA Asian conference, Singapore – March 2019
  • Enhancing international student experience in UK education, London – April 2019
  • Marketing in Higher Education conference, London - May 2019
  • Social Media in Higher Education conference, London – June 2019
  • Society for the Environment annual awards, London – June 2019
  • AGCAS Psychometric assessment training - June 2019
  • MBA CSEA global conference, Boston USA – June 2019

Personal development
Cranfield is invested in developing their own staff. Read about two of our team who are currently studying for Master's level qualifications:

Helen Dalling“This qualification will allow me to have deeper knowledge of career coaching, theory and the psychology of our students’ career decision-making processes. In addition, I will learn how to overcome challenges of providing a diverse and supportive Employer Engagement service to enhance student experience.”
– Helen Dalling, Head of Employer Engagement, Career Development Service (2019)

Master’s in Careers Education, Information & Guidance in Higher Education, Warwick University
CEIGHE courses are delivered in collaboration with AGCAS and lead to an award by the University. All the courses are approved by AGCAS and provide evidence in support of the National Occupational Standards for Career Development. The MA is also approved by the Career Development Institute (CDI) as meeting the qualification requirements for the UK Register of Career Development Professionals.

Urszula Jukes“Learning from the Executive MBA will enable me to build on my current management knowledge and experience, develop new skills, and prepare me to carry out more senior roles. As a result, I hope to make a stronger contribution to the strategic planning and operations of the team, the wider unit and the University as a whole.”
– Urszula Jukes, Employer Engagement Manager, Career Development Service (2019)

Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), Cranfield School of Management
Cranfield’s Executive MBA programme
, delivered in partnership with Grant Thornton, combines the best of academic insight and commercial application. It aims to develop leadership and management skills with a specific focus on business growth and innovation. This is a world-class university programme delivered by a business school famous for innovation, career-enhancing services and world-renowned faculty.

Katrina“I was totally overwhelmed when I heard my name called, and consider it a great compliment to receive this award. I do what I do because I really care about our students reaching their potential; my aim is always to complement their academic achievement and empower them with the best support I can give.”
– Katrina Armstrong, Career Development Manager, Career Development Service (2019)

Katrina Armstrong, one of our Career Development Managers, recently won the Student Choice Award for ‘Best Support’. This well-deserved award recognised her outstanding contribution to student coaching.

Recruitment trends

We are constantly on the lookout for the latest information about recruitment trends. It is vital that we pass on this information to our students, to help increase their success. Take a look at just a few of the new methods we have unearthed this academic year:

Robot recruiters
Artificial Intelligence has seen a surge in popularity for taking over the traditional ‘human role’ in candidate selection procedures. The problem with using humans for large recruitment campaigns is that it costs more in man-power, they can make mistakes and be biased. For many companies the future solution is all about robot recruiters, which means the next time you apply for a job, it could be a machine reading your CV Read more about Artificial Intelligence and recruitment methods.

Bizarre interview questions
Research reveals that conventional interviews are not always the best way for candidates to demonstrate what they do well, so from time to time interviewers may choose to ditch the task-focused questions and opt for something more light-hearted. This gives them a break from concentrating and offers interviewees the opportunity to be creative and show their skills and personality.

Check out TopJobs’ top five bizarre interview questions and how to answer them.

Mobile phones for job applications
Another major development in the last couple of year is the amount of job seekers using mobile phones to apply for roles. This boom has seen Recruiters having to ensure their websites are mobile-friendly, and application processes are streamlined to make it quick and simple to respond to a vacancy alert. We would always recommend that students take time and care when applying for vacancies, especially competitive graduate schemes, to ensure you give yourself the best chance of getting through to an interview.

Watch this video to discover the five top apps for job seeking.

Strengths based interviews
Graduate recruiters, such as Aviva, Standard Chartered, Ernst & Young, Barclays, Nestlé, Royal Mail, BAE Systems and Unilever all now use strengths-based interviews in their graduate recruitment process. This style of interviewing has a simple aim: to find out what you actually enjoy doing. Big employers have started moving away from traditional competency based methods, as applicants are understanding the required ‘formula’ and rehearsing their experiences just to get through the interview.
See what recruiters and candidates think of strengths-based interviews. is a fabulous new resource that Cranfield have signed up to. Here you can select videos that are relevant to your career journey, find out further information and even create your own playlist. Find out more and access this resource.

Video CVs
During 2018, a small number of students were requested to send their CV via a recorded (video) presentation. This is still a very unusual method of application, and really only applies to people in our design-led or marketing courses. However, if you do get asked to record yourself on film as part of a job application process, please contact Alexis Drake on who will arrange some studio time for you on campus.

What is your weakness?
"Tell me about your weaknesses" is a commonly asked interview question, but if you answer it poorly, you could ruin your chances of a job offer. Here we draw upon Vault's video resource, one of our paid-for-subscriptions, to bring you the latest tips in constructing effective replies to this classic trip-you-up question.

Improve your body language
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Get tips from social psychologist Amy Cuddy, on how to create an impression of confidence and influence your chances of success in interview or whilst networking.

Gamification is an emerging trend in recruitment, Airbus have recently adopted this approach to enhance their own processes of graduate search and selection. Read this article to find out more about what this could mean for you and your job applications.

Google Career Videos
Discover a range of free learning content designed to help grow your business or jump-start your career. You can learn by selecting individual modules, or dive right in and take an entire course end-to-end. We've cherry picked the best videos for you to start watching:

Develop your personal brand
How to structure your jobs search
Effective networking
Deliver a professional presentation

Facial Recognition Technology
Whatever next? Artificial Intelligence can now monitor candidates’ facial expressions during the selection process!

There are plusses and minuses to this new approach, and it’s gathering high profile followers such as Unilever and IBM. During a recent student recruitment conference in Singapore, our Head of Employer Engagement Helen Dalling, discovered more about this emerging Technology:

"IBM Global Technology Services (Pallavi Srivastava – Talent leader for Asia Pacific & Greater China) presented how they are using similar technology. IBM have given this the humanoid name of 'Watson', to create a fun first engagement for their candidates - but more importantly, removes all human bias from the selection process."

Read about IBM Watson Recruitment and Candidate Assistant.

If you are a student who is about to submit a video interview, then read this article.

What NOT to say at interview
Vault shares tips on what interviewers don't want to hear you saying!

Careers Development Service events and activities