First virtual Career Fair connects 300 students and 34 companies
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The first virtual HTH Career Fair was held on 8 October and was a success. With around 300 students participating online and 34 companies representing a selection of the placement opportunities for HTH students, the Career Fair was a hive of activity despite being digital.
"The event was very well organised and the website looked amazing. I think a great alternative to a 'normal' fair." - Leonie Lepoutre, W Amsterdam
Meeting each other online doesn’t have to be a barrier. The Career Fair has been going strong for many years on both campuses and is a highlight for many but this was the first-ever virtual edition. The online platform was carefully designed to offer a full experience. It was easy to connect with companies via one-on-one interviews, there were keynote talks and allocated time for breaks. The placement office aimed to create a meeting place for students, partners and staff to connect and explore internship and research opportunities and to be able to discuss future trends and developments.
"The students we spoke to were very enthusiastic, well-prepared and representative, so overall we think it was a successful event!" - Ellen Hoogeveen, Van der Valk
"It's been a very smooth experience, I appreciate the landing page created and am impressed with the calibre and passion from the students." - Ricky Cheung Rosewood Hotel Group
The aim of the Fair is for students to find actual placements and research assignments that possibly launch their career. The fair is also a recurring moment for all parties to gain exposure. Beforehand there were concerns that there would be less international companies that were inclined to join this year. In fact they did join, participants included international hotel chains, independent hotels, M&E organisers, start-up companies with a focus on gastronomy, consultants, travel industry, FMCG, and Membership clubs. The feedback we received confirmed that it was definitely worth it and a great replacement to offline.
"The career fair was very well organised. The platform was clear and everything worked very well. A good replacement during these times." HTH student