Networking day will give job hunters a head start

By Marcus Dysch, March 18, 2010
UJS chair Adam Pike

UJS chair Adam Pike

The Union of Jewish Students is holding its first career networking conference.

Students will have the opportunity to meet professionals from industries including law, education, property, marketing and finance.

A speed-dating format will give participants a chance to make useful contacts with high-fliers from the wider Jewish community.

Monday's event will end with a talk by tycoon Gerald Ronson.

UJS chair Adam Pike explains here how his own struggle to find a job helped inspire the event:

"Over the past six months I have experienced first-hand just how difficult it is for a graduate to get a job.

"Even with two years' experience at the helm of UJS I was knocked back and rejected at every turn.

"The contacts that I made were critical to finally securing a job. Their recommendations helped me clear hurdles and guided me through the lengthy recruitment process. Without their help I would still be searching.

"This event is an opportunity for current students to explore their career options, make contacts in their chosen industry and get a head-start on other graduates.

"Many professionals from the Jewish community will be attending and come from a range of industries and sectors.

"I wish I'd had this opportunity while at university. Perhaps then the past six months might have been less stressful.

"University career services offer excellent advice but are no substitute for meeting real people who will take an active interest in you and are prepared to give their time to advise and guide."

Adam will take up a consulting role at Deloitte in September

Last updated: 2:21pm, March 18 2010