Careers Service

Careers Fair: Volunteering & Third Sector Jobs (2020 date tbc)

Why should I attend?

  • Speak to representatives from a variety of organisations across the Third Sector (charities, not-for-profits, NGOs) and see what it is like to work with them, discover their current and future opportunities.
  • Ask questions not covered by exhibitors websites and gain advice and information on paid and voluntary roles in the UK’s Third Sector.
  • Don’t rule organisations out - the fair has exhibitors offering paid and volunteering. While an organisation may only have volunteering roles at the moment, this often can lead to paid work. 
  • Come and speak to us at the Careers Service and the Student's Association's Activities Team about how you can find out about other opportunities.

All current students and graduates are welcome to attend the Careers Fair. This event is open to all year groups – it doesn’t matter what stage you are at in planning your career come along to find out where your degree can take you.

It was very informative and insightful with new opportunities.

Student attendee 2018

What is different about Careers Fair Day 3?

We are sometimes asked by students which day is best to attend.  Our advice would be to try and go along each day so that you can meet as many different organisations as possible – there is a different line up each day. If you are planning to attend multiple days, you will notice that Day 3 has a different feel and focuses on volunteering and third sector jobs.

If you aren’t sure what the third sector is, take some time to read the related page on our website

Guide to Working and Volunteering in Scotland's Voluntary Sector.

The above visual taken from SCVO’s “A guide to working and volunteering in Scotland’s Voluntary Sector” is helpful in highlighting where most of the jobs in the third sector in Scotland are – you will find this reflected in the exhibitors you can meet at the event.  We are aware that we have a higher number of organisations coming to talk about paid roles related to social care and housing – this is because these organisations offer the most jobs.


More information about talks at this fair will be available closer to the event. 

How do I prepare?

More details about this event will be released nearer the time. For details on how you can prepare for our fairs, please follow our top tips:

  • Watch our video on how to prepare for the fair
  • Attend one of our prepare for the fair sessions. These sessions will be announced in the lead up to the fair.
  • Demonstrate your interest by researching the organisations you want to speak to – their MyCareerHub profiles, websites, social media, and the fair guide are a good place to start
  • Prepare some questions and main points you want to discuss beforehand

Who am I going to meet?

Read more about the organisations attending on our MyCareerHub event pages. Please also see our exhibitor listing pages below.

  • A full list of Exhibitors will be available here closer to the time. Check back here regularly for more information.
  • You will also be able to browse our Fair Guide here to see who will be attending and help you prepare for the fair. This will be available closer to the time.

If you are interested in a range of different sectors, then don't also miss Day 1 and Day 2. 

Do I need to book?

There is no need to book. Please just come along on the day and sign in.

What do I do next?

There is lots that you can do throughout the year with the Careers Service. Below are just a few of the options:


The Careers Service aims to be accessible to all users. If you have any specific needs please contact us on or 0131 650 4670 to make appropriate arrangements


Please be aware that we have been alerted to a scam which is charging students to attend this event. Please be aware that there is NO COST TO ATTEND this fair or any of our other fairs during the academic year. If you do come across similar scams please alert these to the Careers Service as soon as possible.

Oct 08 2020 -

Careers Fair: Volunteering & Third Sector Jobs (2020 date tbc)

Interested in working for a charity or not-for-profit organisation in the UK? Then come along to the Careers Fair: Volunteering and Third Sector Jobs. This is the 3rd day of the Careers fair and is your chance to meet employers offering paid and volunteering roles in the Third Sector.

McEwan Hall
Teviot Place
Central Campus