Guest blog: How to use Graduate Fairs to your Advantage

Research, research, research!

One of the common mistakes those on our Graduate Development Programme at HedgeServ have said they made was making assumptions about a company. We’ve seen it time and time again at fairs, where prospective graduates are going to all the accounting firms’ stands, and walking past us, because they see the word Hedge and think trading, the Wolf of Wall Street and 50 people in suits climbing over each other roaring about stock prices.  Hedge Fund Administration is vastly different and simple searches will show you that.

“A role as a Fund Accountant is an ideal platform for any Accounting and Finance student to launch their career.”

As part of our commitment to our graduates’ continuous professional development, we fully support and are accredited with, the major Accounting Professional bodies, facilitating a unique career as an accountant.


Talk to the people at the stands.

You’ve made the effort to attend a fair, and it’s not just because you were looking for free pens!  Use that time and speak to the companies attending. They can tell you far more than their brochures will. You’ll get a real sense of the enthusiasm and pride those people have for the company. My team and I craft our Graduate Development Programme very carefully, and are very excited to meet the people who are potentially going to be our colleagues in just a few short months. We want to tell you all we’ve done to enhance our programme. We want to tell you why you should work with us, and we want to tell you what makes HedgeServ an award-winning company.

Attend the talks and seminars.

Plan your day by seeing what events are on and what interests you. The gradireland events app even lets you plan your schedule. If you have spare time, pop in and have a seat, even if you don’t think the topic is for you. You’ll be amazed what you can learn from respected Thought Leaders in graduate recruitment. Our own Director of HR, Deirdre O’Donoghue has been invited to speak as part of a panel on how to shape your career with an Arts degree at the gradireland career fair on October 5th.

Don’t delay in applying.

Some companies have a deadline for applications- we don’t! However, you should still get your application in as soon as possible. Exams will be coming upon you quickly and you don’t want to put something as important as your future on the long finger. It’s even more important when you are tailoring your application for the company, as the recruiter may well not remember meeting you that week. I can’t tell you the number of graduates who now work with us, who applied because of the person they met on the day and used that to their advantage in their application- thanking the person and demonstrating to the company they had done their research. It will really help your application stand out.

This is an exciting time for you as graduates, and companies like HedgeServ are excited to learn more about you. We will be attending all of the major colleges and career fairs in the coming months, and you should take advantage of that to find the company that is going to provide potential for you your career.

Applications for HedgeServ’s 2017 Graduate Development Programme are now open. See for more information and meet their team at the Graduate Careers Fair


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s