Rebuilding graduates’ confidence

Future Careers Fair 2021, for hospitality, travel and tourism students, to be held on 28th May, aims to rebuild collective confidence after the trauma of covid.

For those undertaking diploma and degree programmes in hospitality and tourism, lockdown has been particularly challenging. As well as their educational experience moving online, post-graduation employment opportunities have been limited, and prospects for the future remain uncertain, despite the sector now reopening.

Future Careers Fair 2021 (online) provides an opportunity for leading employers and industry sector representative bodies to reassure graduates that their investment in education still provides them with outstanding career opportunities.

Up to 500 students will participate in the event, from universities and specialist hospitality and tourism schools in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. There are places for 30 exhibitors: employers and representative bodies seeking to connect with graduates.

The event is being co-hosted by the Oxford Cultural Collective and Representation Plus. In the words of Don Sloan, Chair of the OCC: “Our aim is to send a really positive message to students and graduates, that the future success of our sector is dependent on their contribution. Yes, these have been challenging times, but employers will welcome graduates’ commitment to building careers in hospitality and tourism and as the sector rebuilds there will be no shortage of opportunities.”

Keynote speakers at the event include Kellie Rixon MBE and Robert Richardson, both recently appointed to the Institute of Hospitality as Chair and CEO respectively; Eugenio Pirri, Chief People and Culture Office, The Dorchester Collection; and Linzi Boyd, Founder of BoB Earth. Others will be added in the coming days.

As well as having direct access to 500 enthusiastic graduates, companies who choose to participate in the Future Careers Fair 2021 will be seen as looking to the future to provide positive environments within which graduates can flourish. They will all have opportunities to communicate, in advance of the event, with a wide audience of prospective recruits.

Companies and representative bodies who would like to have their own dedicated exhibition stand and presentation/meeting room, should visit: Future Careers Fair 2021 – Hospitality, Travel and Tourism (28th May) – Oxford Cultural Collective