The Digital Senior Guide to the Galaxy (of Career Fairs)

If you’re in your penultimate or final year of university, you’ve probably started thinking of what lies ahead of you (if you haven’t, there’s no harm starting earlier). Or maybe you’re not quite there yet, but are curious about what options you have. No matter what stage you’re at, career fairs are good places to suss out the jobs out there. You might just discover career paths you’ve never realized were open to you, or a dream company that you want to work for.

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Looking for a career fair to visit? Look no further; Digital Senior has compiled a list for you right below!

*List updated yearly: last updated Nov 2017

General

Chances are, you’ve used JobsCentral’s portal to find internships or part time jobs at least once in your life. Go one step further in your search by heading down to their job fair! Held since 2006, the fair brings both employers and educational institutes together over 2 days of events. Fair highlights include a Career Summit with talks held by top professionals, covering topics like how to future-proof your career or the types of perfume you can wear to work, and info sessions for those keen on pursuing further studies. Do note that registration is necessary, and that the first three hours are exclusive to Singaporeans and PRs.

Singapore’s largest career fair with over 100 participating companies, previous runs have included free career coaching booths and workshops for self-improvement in organized zones, as well as resume clinics! Previous employers include companies such as DBS Bank, MBS, and MNCs. Boasting thousands of job openings ranging from entry to mid-career levels, across various industries such as engineering and nursing, the first day is open only to Singaporeans and PRs. Admission is free.

  • Work in Okinawa Fair

Want to broaden your horizons and embark on an international career? Head down to fairs such as the Work in Okinawa Fair! Part of the Okinawa Prefectural Government’s 2017 Global Talents Platform Project, explore jobs in Japan for foreigners; companies at the fair welcome both fresh grads and working professionals proficient in conversational Japanese (JLPT N1 level).

While this fair has passed, do keep an eagle eye out for more fairs like this one (which usually tend to be one-off events). The NIN2 (Nippon New Network for INnovation) job fair, for instance, brought together companies such as Yoshinoya and Softbank, with job opportunities available for those looking to work in Japanese companies either in Japan or Singapore.

Media

Specifically open only to recently graduated students (including polytechnic students) and undergraduates, the IAS Career Fair is the fair to go to for those keen on a career in Marketing and Communications as copywriters, account directors, and so on! Exhibitors include leading agencies such as Publicis, Saatchi & Saatchi, and Oglivy& Mather – and what we find particularly interesting is an open house event that allows you to have first-hand experience of the day-to-day roles within the organization you are eyeing. Marketing & Communications is an industry that is fast-paced and exciting, so if you thrive under pressure do head down to explore what’s open to you!

Do note registration is required.

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Engineering

Engineering students, look sharp! Organised by JobsCentral and BrightMinds, the upcoming Engineering Connect Fair is just for you. Details have not been fully released, so keep an eye on this post and the fair’s website for updates! Registration is necessary.

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Built Environment

Singapore is always changing and developing. More BTO flats and housing are being built to accommodate a growing population, and urban planning is always happening to build a more sustainable Singapore, for example. The Built Environment industry is thus robust and challenging. Being one of the clusters slated for Industry Transformation by the Ministry of Trade and Industry Singapore, you can anticipate more exciting opportunities to be opened up to you. If this piques your interest, look out for the annual fair! Held both physically and virtually, the event includes talks by industry insiders, schools, with over 30 participating firms such as Sembcorp, Otis, and Keppel.

Aviation

More at home in the sky than on the ground?Or just passionate about planes, and their ins-and-outs? Head down to the Aviation Open House to see how you can turn your passion into a career with companies such as Singapore Airlines and ST Aerospace! Get a small taste of the knowledge and skills you’ll need through interesting interactive workshops on Flight Science and D.I.Y Air Rocket Making! Sit in on workshops conducted to bring you the latest insights and trends on the industry, and have fun at the interactive game booths after – the fair promises visitors an eye-opening experience.

Finance

Actuarial Science (the application of mathematical and statistical methods to assess risk in financial situations) is a fairy niche industry. If you are a business undergraduate considering becoming an actuary, the fair organises breakout sessions where companies introduce their professions by discipline/areas of focus (life/consulting/general insurance) – get insider knowledge of the industry to help you decide!

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Check back regularly, or sign up for updates sent right to your inbox, so that you’ll be up-to-date on upcoming fairs! If you’re not quite at this stage of life just yet, and happen to be a pre-U student, feel free to check out our overseas university fair list!

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