On Tuesday 10th February we held our first ever project management careers and job fair in London. Registration for the event closed a few days prior to the event due to reaching the maximum number of delegates. We had a fantastic turnout, with over 160 people in attendance.
The event was held by Wellingtone and the Association of Project Management as a part of our exclusive alliance to provide high quality career development advice for the profession.
At 5.30pm, people started filtering in and they had the chance to have some refreshments and the chance to do some networking. We invited some companies to advertise some of their own job roles. In total, including our own job vacancies, we had over 170 job roles on the night.
Companies that exhibited:
- Transport Research Laboratory (TRL)
- Raytheon Systems Ltd
- Lend Lease Consulting
- K2 Consultancy Ltd
- National Nuclear Laboratory
- Rhead Group
The presentations started at 6.30pm, after everyone had arrived. Up first to talk to the crowd of Project Management Professionals, was Director of Wellingtone, Vince Hines with his presentation titled ‘What am I Worth?’. This was particularly exciting for us, as we were able to reveal the results of the recently conducted Salary Survey we did with the APM.
The survey was sent out to all of the APM members and APM contacts and we were overwhelmed with the response. With 2,717 people taking the time to complete it, it made it not only the largest ever APM survey, but it was also the largest ever project management profession salary survey so thank you to everyone that participated.
Next to take to the stage was Director of Recruitment & Talent Management at Wellingtone, Gordon Dewar-Mckay. In his presentation, he focused more on how to prepare and optimise your CV for job boards and gave his best advice and tips on using social media to secure a role.
The last presentation of the night was from Luke Streeter, winner of the Young Project Professional of the Year award 2014, although he is only at the start of the career, he has already gained so much experience and taken on a lot of work. His presentation was based around how his graduate scheme helped him to be where he is now and gave good advice for others in his position.
After the presentations had finished, the buffet has been laid out and there was a chance for attendees to speak to members of our recruitment team and have a one to one session to discuss job vacancies they had seen or about our recruitment services, which includes permanent and contract.