Career fairs and employer presentations

Wondering what you’ll do when you finish your degree? Head along to career fairs and events to gather information, ask questions, network, and build conversations with company representatives to be better informed about employers and opportunities.

Get the most out of our fairs and events

Check out the list of exhibitors a few days before the Fair or Event. Identify the organisations that appeal to you and do some research on them.

Make sure you have a good understanding of what they do and prepare some specific questions. You will impress the organisation by your knowledge and genuine interest in them.

Dress appropriately

First impressions count. Make a little effort and dress up for the event. You don’t have to wear a suit, however “smart casual” is recommended. This will send a positive signal to your potential future employer that you are serious about finding a job.

If you can, come in early. When it is less crowded exhibitors will be more relaxed to take their time in answering all your questions.

Prioritise the employers you are most interested in

If you can, first visit the employers that you are the least interested in and work your way up your list.

This gives you time to hone your introduction and approach before you visit the employers you are most excited about, and will help you to make a confident impression.

You may have to wait to speak with some employers.

Think of an introduction that works for you. It can be as easy as shaking the employer’s hand, stating your name and your field and year of study. You can then ask – in general – what opportunities they have for someone with your degree.

If you have done some research, this is the time to ask your questions and impress the employer.

Ensure that the valuable information that you receive regarding job opportunities and closing dates or any other company information is not lost. Take leaflets and brochures when provided. Have a pen and notebook with you so you can write down any additional information.

Ask for a business card

If you are really interested in a particular company and you had a good conversation with the representative, ask for their business card. This will provide you with all the contact details, and gives you a link within that organisation.

Send them a little ‘thank you’ email to acknowledge the help you have received on the day of the Fair. You’ll give a very professional impression.

Event details

Date: Wednesday, 10 March 2021
Venue: Undercroft, Puaka-James Hight building
Exhibition hours: 1.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Current registrations

  • A Verkerk Ltd
  • Audit New Zealand
  • Baker Tilly Staples Rodway
  • BDO Christchurch Limited
  • CA ANZ
  • Christchurch City Council
  • CPA Australia
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Fulton Hogan
  • KPMG New Zealand
  • M2IE Consulting Limited acting for Oneworld Education Limited
  • Mainfreight Limited
  • Ministry of Business, Innovation & employment
  • New Zealand Defence Force , Directorate of Recruiting
  • Nexia New Zealand
  • PACE
  • PwC New Zealand
  • Reserve Bank of New Zealand
  • Ryman Healthcare Ltd
  • Te Tai Ōhanga - The Treasury
  • The Department of Internal Affairs Te Tari Taiwhenua
  • Volunteering Canterbury (registered charity)

Event details

Date: Wednesday 10 March, 2021
Venue: Undercroft, Puaka-James Hight building
Exhibition hours: 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Current registrations

  • Anderson Lloyd
  • Bell Gully UC career fair
  • Buddle Findlay
  • Chapman Tripp
  • Community Law Canterbury
  • Community Law Canterbury
  • Corcoran French
  • Crown Law Office
  • Deloitte
  • DLA Piper NZ
  • Duncan Cotterill
  • EY
  • Harmans Lawyers
  • IPLS - Institute of Professional Legal Studies
  • Kimberley Sewell
  • Lane Neave
  • Mortlock McCormack Law
  • New Zealand Defence Force, Directorate of Recruiting
  • Parry Field Lawyers
  • Reserve Bank of New Zealand
  • Ryman Healthcare Ltd
  • Saunders Robinson Brown
  • Simpson Grierson
  • The College of Law New Zealand
  • Wotton + Kearney
  • Wynn Williams

Event details

DateThursday, 6 May 2021
Venue Engineering Core Building
Exhibition hours 10.30 am - 3.00 pm

Current registrations

  • A Verkerk Ltd
  • Abley
  • Auckland Transport
  • Aurecon New Zealand Limited
  • Beca
  • Boffa Miskell
  • Catalyst IT
  • Cook Costello
  • Datacom
  • Davis Ogilvie & Partners Ltd
  • Engenium Limited
  • Engineering Design Consultants Ltd
  • Ergo Consulting Ltd
  • Fast Enterprises, LLC
  • FNZ
  • Fulbright New Zealand
  • Fulton Hogan
  • GHD
  • HamiltonJet
  • HEB Construction
  • IMC Pacific Pty
  • Jade Software Corporation
  • KPMG
  • McConnell Dowell
  • New Zealand Defence Force, Directorate of Recruiting
  • OceanaGold
  • Oji Fibre Solutions (NZ) Ltd
  • Optiver
  • Pattle Delamore Partners
  • Planit testing
  • Plant & Food Research
  • Populous People (representing the Regional Council River Management Special Interest Group)
  • Powerco Limited - Research & Development
  • Quoin Structural Consultants
  • Randall & Associates Ltd
  • Richards Consulting Engineers
  • Riley Consultants Ltd
  • Rocket Lab
  • Schick Civil Construction
  • Scott Technology Ltd
  • Seequent
  • Silvester Clark
  • South Pacific Sera
  • Stantec New Zealand
  • Structex
  • Summer of Tech
  • Tonkin + Taylor
  • Transportation Group, Canterbury Branch
  • Transpower
  • Trimble
  • University of Canterbury
  • WSP
  • Wyma Solutions
  • Xero
  • ZOZO NZ Ltd

Each year the University of Canterbury and Volunteering Canterbury ( partner host a Volunteering Expo for registered not-for-profit organisations here on campus. 

This event provides an opportunity for organisations looking for new recruits to showcase the opportunities they have available and the benefits of volunteering. It also provides our students and staff who are keen to get involved in their community a chance to connect.  

We have experienced strong attendance numbers over the past few years. 


Event Details:


Date: Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Venue: Undercroft, Puaka-James Hight Building

Exhibition hours: 11:30 - 2:30pm 


If you have any questions please contact our Kairuruku Rapumahi | Employment Coordinator

Robyn Cummins

03 369 3359