Have you ever visited a career fair? You can use these type of career advancing events to get a clear picture of the sector, get application advice and extend your network with job seekers, speakers, recruiters and other employees, in just one day. In this article we’ll tell you more about BCF Career Event, the largest Life Sciences-specific job fair that will take place on 22 November in Ghent.
One of the strengths of BCF Career Event is the scope and diversity. The fair is aimed at the Life Sciences, and welcomes all kinds of levels, from those with a Technical Secondary Education (TSE) to PhDs and Postdocs, and from starters to professionals with years of experience. The exhibitors present at BCF Career Event are very diverse, so there will be a good match for everyone.
BCF Career Event enables employers and job seekers to connect, but it is more than an ‘exhibitor meets job seeker’ type of career fair. If you are looking for a new job, then there will be ample opportunity. However, if you are still a student, or happy at your current job, a visit to BCF can still improve your career. For example, you can talk to a career coach for free, and figure out how to get even more satisfaction out of your job. There is also advice for dressing professionally, a LinkedIn photographer and an interesting programme filled with sessions to learn more about leaving academia, how to network and an inspiring keynote from Tim Van Hauwermeiren, CEO of argenx, one of Belgium’s biotech pearls.
Focus on company culture
For an outsider, one of the hardest things to predict in an organisation is the culture, and incidentally, that is often also one of the most important things that have to match for an employee to feel at home. So when at a job fair, let go of the inner introvert and make sure you talk to different organisations. You just have to ask the right questions.
For example, you can talk to a recruiter from main sponsor Johnson & Johnson and ask about the company culture, what do they expect from employees? Should you be preparing for a lot of challenge and also late nights or does everyone go home at six p.m.? You can also meet different recruitment organisations and figure out which one is the best match for you. For example visit sponsor PRIMER Professionals and question their application process, what’s their follow up, will they give you notice before sending your CV to employers? It’s so much easier collecting this kind of information during a job fair. Imagine if you had to call every organisation!
Have a look at the participating organisations of BCF Career Event right here, and figure out which organisations are interesting to speak to.
New this year is a collaboration between BCF Career Event and the OPINNO BioBizz Cafés of flanders.bio. During BioBizz@BCF you can join small table discussions and ask questions to a diverse selection of experienced professionals to find out more about different career paths. This is one of the best ways to figure out which career paths are interesting for you, you can ask questions directly and sample different professions.
As a (soon-to-be) professional in Life Sciences, you can improve your soft skills, figure out which organisations you would like to work for, which career paths are interesting for you, and mingle with recruiters and employees of our exhibitors. So don’t miss this valuable day and register for BCF Career Event here.
How can BCF Career Event help your employer brand
BCF Career Event has 16 successful editions on its track record combined both in Belgium and the Netherlands, and visitors from all over come and join this valuable day. Organisations looking to meet this treasured group of job seekers should look no further. Send a message or give the organisation a call to discuss exhibition options available. Please find more details and our contact information here: www.bcfcareer.nl/for-employers-event.
Move your career forward! Interested to join? Register for free here.
Last modified: June 8, 2018