Lydia Makin, Resourcing Coordinator visited MCR Digital, one of the biggest career events in Manchester to represent ITL…


In February, I organised for ITL to attend the MCR Digital event – one of the biggest career events that runs in Manchester aimed at ‘tech savvy’ students. In 2016, the event had around 1,500 students attend so it was inevitable to expect the same or more this year!Living local, I travelled via the Metrolink and met my colleagues Tom, Resourcing & Talent Manager, and Jim Franklin, Embedded Software Engineer, at the venue in time for the set up. The event was held in Manchester City Centre at the Town Hall. I was pleasantly surprised when I entered as the décor was amazing and the hall was huge!

Once we had registered and checked in, we located our booth – which was ideal, right by the entrance. All hands were on deck to get the stand up and running before the event started at 11.30am as we knew it would be extremely busy! The next task was to set up the products which we had taken. Luckily, I had Jim and Tom to help me connect them up correctly but we still called James, our technical support engineer to confirm everything was done correctly.

As predicted, from the moment the doors opened to the moment the doors closed, our stand was extremely busy. We were overwhelmed with the amount of interest we received with students wanting to know more about the company and what we can offer them. We were so busy we didn’t even have a chance to eat our lunch!

I spent the whole day interacting with students who were mainly studying Computer Science and Software Engineering as well as a few Data Science students, which proved to be a great opportunity to discuss our 2017 – 1 YR Placement, Summer Internships and Graduate positions.

Towards the end of the day when the event was quieting down, I was able to have a look around to see what other companies had to offer and I was impressed with Dream-R who had a virtual reality basketball game set up!

Although the day was very tiring, I really enjoyed attending the event to promote our company vacancies and of course, meeting the students and hearing about their skills and experience.

For our next recruitment fair, we will be attending Liverpool Spring Careers Fair on Wednesday 22nd March 2017 at The Crypt Hall, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.