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Richmond Building

Lecture Theatre 2

Portsmouth, England PO1 3DE

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Learn the art of 'speed networking' during this informal, fun interactive evening with friendly local employers. Ask the questions you've always wanted to, hear the answers you need, to understand how to get ahead in employment, business or your future career.

What is it about?

Following last year’s successful event in IMPACT Week, we have once again invited employers keen to meet you so that you can start building your networking skills and experience. This event works most effectively if you have attended any of the networking workshops on Monday and Tuesday so that you can set yourself a strategy and goals for the evening, but anyone is welcome to come along and give it a try! The focus of the evening could be for you to explore job ideas, seek sources of advice and support for your professional development and to build your confidence in talking to business people.

If this sounds a little daunting, we will be helping the conversation flow with wine and canapés. Through the art of conversation you may be able to find out from invited guests what their career experience has been so far; what employers expect of graduates; what kind of opportunities there are; who they know in their networks and advice on your next steps.

Employers may be from large companies to local SMEs, consultants to alumni. They are supportive of student development and eager to meet you.

Ideal for students who want to:

  • develop and practice networking skills
  • meet a range of employers
  • gain an understanding of employability and enterprise from the employer perspective


  • builds your networking skills
  • professional networking allows you to develop business opportunities and realise personal career plans (always follow up your connections!
  • Networking with SMEs - why it's crucial to career planning

Registration from 17:30

Informal Networking Session 17:00 - 18:00

Keynote Speaker 18:00 - 18:35

Speed Networking Session (1) 18:40 - 18:55

Speed Networking Session (2) 19:00 - 19:15

Free-roaming Networking Session 19:15 - 20:00

Keynote Speaker: Jerry Page, Finance & Insurance Director at Mercedes-Benz Retail Group Ltd

Jerry joined Mercedes-Benz in 1996 and has worked for them for 18 years of the last 21 years – a small break to run a debt recovery business! Prior to that he was in private banking and credit management.

In his time with the world’s best known car brand, he has worked for all 3 arms of the Mercedes UK organisation - the car finance operation, the importer and, for the last 10 or so years, the dealerships they own in the UK’s 3 big cities as part of the management board.

His current role is being responsible for the finance and insurance activities that drive care sales and revenue for the business, and directing the van operation in London.

His greatest skill developed through various restructures and corporate changes of direction is that of reinvention, backed up with a serving of ‘adapting to the circumstances’.

As a ‘trusted pair of hands’ but no relevant qualification to do so, Jerry also lead the graduate scheme assessment days for the group for a number of years and mentors a number of senior managers.

What will I cover?

  • ‘Start out with the destination in mind’
  • The recruitment process now, assessment days
  • What do employers want, how do they find it?
  • From education to employment ….. how much does it hurt?
  • 5 year plan and the bumps in the road
  • Preparation, interview do’s and don’ts
  • My five golden rules to get onboard

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Richmond Building

Lecture Theatre 2

Portsmouth, England PO1 3DE

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