The annual Engineering Careers Fair, originally set up by the CGCU Internship Centre as the Internships Fair, appears to have been completely hijacked by College's Careers Advisory Service.
The Internship Centre established the fair in 2002 to match engineering students with potential employers for summer internships, however it grew from there to a full careers fair. Last year's fair was renamed the "Engineering Careers Fair", with the careers service involved in the organisation. An agreement saw the profits from the event split between the careers service and City and Guilds College Union, providing a welcome boost to the Union's finances and reducing some of the workload.
The Careers Advisory Service seems to have taken the event over completely, with no money at all set to come to CGCU from the fair - putting a hole in the CGCU finances of some £4,000-£5,000. Furthermore, posters designed for the event by the Internship Centre were modified by the Careers Service to replace "City and Guilds College Union" with "the Engineering Student Union", part of the College's continuing drive to wipe out the last elements of its history still in plain sight.
The Careers Service is providing its own paid "volunteers", however some members of the CGCU Internship Centre will be offering their services for free.
It is believed that negotiations are ongoing about the future of the fair, with Guilds keen to claw back both control and profit.
The fair takes place tomorrow, 18th October 2006, from 11am to 3pm in the Tanaka and Mech Eng foyers.