The German Embassy Career Fair took place on Monday, 20 November 2017 at the London School of Economics (LSE) in London. The Fair was again jointly organised by the German Embassy London and the German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce in an exclusive collaboration with the LSE.
The annual Fair aims to provide an ideal environment for pupils, students and graduates to find out more about the opportunities Germany offers to school and university graduates and gain insight into the importance of language skills for today’s careers.
Around 600 visitors took the opportunity to meet representatives of German companies as well as British companies with important business links to German speaking countries. Participating companies and organisations included:
Allianz / American Express / BMW Group / Boston Consulting Group / Commerzbank AG / The European Commission Representation in the UK / European College of Business and Management / Lidl / LSE German Society / Non-Stop Recruitment / Peirene Press / Robert Bosch / Siemens / The Embassy’s partner organisations – Goethe-Institut, UK-German Connection and DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) – were also on hand to offer information and advice to the visitors. Furthermore the German Embassy Career Fair was organised in partnership with the Greater London German Network.
Company representatives and visitors vividly discussed – in most cases in German – the importance of German language skills as a valuable asset for companies during the Fair.
Pupils and students were able to test their language skills in specific job training sessions, offered by staff and students from the LSE and Queen’s University Belfast. In addition they had the opportunity of winning fantastic prizes in a quiz on German, Germany and the represented companies.
Germany is Europe’s economic powerhouse and the United Kingdom’s most important goods trading partner, ahead of the United States. German companies account for over 500.000 jobs in Britain and are looking for highly-qualified young professionals who are interested in pursuing a career in the UK, in Germany or elsewhere abroad. According to the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) 47% of British employers rate German as useful for their business, thus students and graduates with German language skills are highly sought after.