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20 May 2021

Careers Festival an 'insightful experience' for students

Students were given special insight into the graduate job market and had the opportunity to make new connections and at a Careers Festival hosted by the Department of European and International Studies.

The Careers Festival had a European focus.

The three-day event ran from 4-6 May and saw dozens of students take advantage of a series of talks on key topics such as networking, politics, culture, and finance, with a particular focus on opportunities in Europe and the EU.

The event was organised in collaboration with the Department of German, Department of French and the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.

EIS student Vaishnav Rajkumar, who is studying for a BA in European Politics, acted as a chair for one of the panel events. He said: “Chairing the European Careers in Politics panel was an extremely insightful experience. Being able to ask questions on the hiring process, how we can get started right now in preparation for our career goals, and even current affairs such as the impact of Brexit on the politics job market was very beneficial.

“The panellists came from a wide variety of career backgrounds, and it was very interesting to see the different avenues that EIS students can pursue with their degrees. On the whole, I really appreciated the opportunity to be part of such an informative event.”

Attendees had the opportunity to learn networking skills to help develop careers, meet distinguished alumni and guests working in Europe and learn more about the career journeys that a King’s degree and language skills can offer.

Dr Alex Clarkson, lecturer in German and European studies, said: "The European Careers festival was a fascinating experience which proved very useful for our students. By introducing several possible career paths in Europe through discussion with King's alumnus now working for a range of European employers, our students were able to pursue a range of opportunities that could help them develop their career goals."