16 April 2018

Opportunity to Meet with Talent at Top Careers Convention

Students and graduates will have the opportunity to meet face to face with major employers from the South’s key sectors including: Solent NHS, Ordnance Survey and Carnival UK

Taking place on Thursday 26 April at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, the second Opportunity Meets Talent event will see the region’s top businesses, educators and students coming together with the aim of matching talented students to real career opportunities.

Organised by Business South, and sponsored by Southampton Solent University, Old Mutual Wealth and Willmott Dixon, Opportunity Meets Talent is unmissable for both employers and students in the region. At last year's event over 900 jobs and apprenticeships were being promoted to the 600 students visiting on the day.

Students from the South’s colleges and universities are invited to register for free to attend on the day, giving them a unique opportunity to meet with potential new employers including: Hampshire Fire & Rescue, Southern Co-op and South Western Railway.

Colleges and universities will also be on hand to offer their expertise about apprenticeships and further and higher education. The event also offers a programme of Insight Into Talks, providing students with in depth information into career opportunities in niche sectors relevant to the region including: Travel & Tourism, Leisure & Hospitality, Maritime & Shipping, Professional Services and Construction & Regeneration.

Trudy McKenzie, Careers Advisor at Eastleigh College said 'The Opportunity Meets Talent event provides rare and invaluable opportunity for students to meet directly with employers offering some exciting career prospects. Employers on the day will be recruiting for entry level, graduate, internship and degree apprenticeship opportunities. I would encourage students from across the region to attend, to showcase yourself to employers, share your CV, gain industry knowledge through the Insight Into Talks and workshops and receive expert careers advice, all in one venue and on one day. Attendees can expect to come away with a confidence in knowing how to pursue their chosen career ideas and an awareness of the opportunities available, locally.’

One of the students attending in 2017 commented on the value of the event: ‘I really enjoyed the Opportunity Meets Talent event, it gave me the chance to speak to potential employers in person, to ask questions and to make an impression. When I apply for jobs, I now have a direct contact with a variety of employers, and they will hopefully remember my enthusiasm in speaking face to face with them at the event.”

Event Details:

The Opportunity Meets Talent Convention is taking place on Thursday 26 April 2018 from 10.00am until 4.00pm at Southampton Football Club, St. Mary's Stadium, Britannia Road, Southampton, SO14 5FP

Students can register to attend for free at

Exhibiting Employers:

• ABP Southampton
• Army
• Bluebird Care
• Brymor Construction Ltd
• Carnival UK
• Cobham plc
• Eastleigh Borough Council
• Eastleigh College
• Hadland Care Group Ltd
• Hampshire County Council
• Hampshire Fire and Rescue
• Kier
• Lester Aldridge LLP
• Lidl
• McCarthy and Stone
• New Forest District Council
• Old Mutual Wealth
• Ordnance Survey
• Portsmouth College
• Red Funnel
• Ship Safe Training Group
• Solent NHS
• Southampton City College
• Southampton City Council
• Southampton Football Club
• Southampton Hoteliers Association
• Southampton Solent University
• Southdowns College
• Southern Co-op
• South Western Railway
• University of Portsmouth
• Willmott Dixon
• Womble Bond Dickinson UK LLP

Insight Into Talks:

10:30 Insight into… Travel & Tourism
11:00 Insight into… Leisure & Hospitality - Speaker from: Southampton Harbour Hotel
11:30 Insight into… Maritime & Shipping - Speaker from: Associated British Ports (ABP)
12:00 Insight into… Construction & Regeneration - Speaker from: Willmott Dixon
12:30 Insight into… Finance & Banking - Speaker from: Old Mutual Wealth
13:00 Insight into… Professional Services - Speaker from: Lester Aldridge
13:30 Insight into… Digital & Technology - Speaker from: Ordnance Survey
14:00 Insight into… Media & Creative - Speaker from: Carswell Gould
14:30 Insight into… Aviation - Speaker from: Virgin Atlantic
15:00 Insight into… Public Services


11:00 A Day in the Life of an Apprentice: Southampton Football Club, James Ford
12:00 Creative Portfolio Review: Have a media & creative industry professional from Solent Creatives, Carswell Gould & Glow review your portfolio for useful constructive comments and feedback
13:00 A Career in Leisure & Tourism: Visit Winchester, Sarah Davis
14:00 Video - The King of Content: BECG, Mark Darlington. Video is the fastest growing medium to present content - discover best practice examples and how you can use the medium to help with your career development

Top Tips Work Ready Zone:

10:35 Resilience and overcoming setbacks - Ursula Tavender
11:05 Personal Leadership - Jay Carlin, Emerge UK
12:05 Body Language - Debbie Anderson, Enable Excellence
13:05 Looking Great Online - Ed Gould, Carswell Gould
13:35 Resilience and overcoming setbacks - Ursula Tavender
14:05 Personal Leadership - Jay Carlin, Emerge UK
14:35 Body Language - Debbie Anderson, Enable Excellence

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