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Engineering a career: businesses visit Imperial to recruit the bright stars of the future

By Laura Gallagher
Wednesday 19 October 2005

Imperial College engineering students are looking to the future today as engineering businesses visit the College to give students a taste of the working world.

26 engineering companies come to Imperial to talk to students about their possible career options

The Engineering Careers fair is being held for the first time this year and 26 engineering companies have come to Imperial to talk to students about their possible career options. Many of the stands, from businesses including Arup, Network Rail, Rolls Royce, Shell and BP, are manned by alumni of the College.

The fair has been organised by the Careers Advisory Service and the Engineering Student Union after engineering undergraduates asked for more exposure to engineering companies.

Professor Julia King Opens in new window, Principal of the Faculty of Engineering, said: "We think the careers fair will be a great success and we hope it will encourage lots of our students to consider careers in engineering when they leave Imperial. Our graduates are much in demand. So many companies wanted to take part in this Careers Fair that we have had to put some on a waiting list.

"We're really pleased to see some of our alumni on the stands. It gives the current students a glimpse of the exciting future ahead of them when they see what our previous students have gone on to do," she added.

At 18.00, final year engineering students are invited to meet alumni delegates attending the fair, as well as other engineering alumni visiting the College, at a networking reception held in the Sherfield Building Ante Room. The reception, organised by the Engineering Chapter, is intended to give students an informal opportunity to meet and talk to alumni from many branches of engineering. Students will have the chance to ask anything about professions and companies that might help them decide what to do in the future.

For further information about the event, please visit the Careers website at