A VIRTUAL careers fair has proved to be a huge success.

The University of Bolton was unable to hold its annual large careers fair on campus this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

So instead it was beamed online

The virtual event featured a mix of live employer presentations, Q&A sessions via virtual stands, a wide range of careers resources and pre-recorded videos for students and staff to access.

Around 61 employers took part, including the police force.

Julie Bateman, Head of Careers and Employability at the University of Bolton, said: “We had to think more creatively this year and it was the first time the University of Bolton has delivered such a large, online careers event,” she said.

“But it was really important that students were not disadvantaged by missing out on interacting with employers as a result of the Covid-19 situation.”

A spokesman foLancashire Police, said: "The students were well prepared with specific questions which felt far more valuable for the hour than a full day at a standard careers fair."

Other employers who attended the event on November 12 included Amazon, Bentley, Bolton Council, HM Prison Service, NHS Lancashire, Lancashire Police, AO.com.

The careers team provided support for students who needed extra guidance and a unique microsite was created to host the event.

Julie added: “It is more important than ever that we provide the careers and employment support for our students and graduates and demonstrate that there are still opportunities out there.

“The more they can network and engage with employers, the easier the transition will be when they leave us.”