The event, running 13:00-16:00 on Thursday 21 October 2021, will connect employers and educational institutions with hard-to-reach young talent interested in technology careers.
Recruiters will meet students, advertise roles and courses and explain exactly what they are looking for, while students and graduates will find new opportunities and discover where their career could take them.
The fair is free to attend and take part. Prospects is looking for employers which have a range of tech graduate and apprentice roles to fill each year as well as educational institutions that offer tech apprenticeship courses and undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
It is also seeking people who are already in tech careers or who are studying relevant courses to talk to students.
The Prospects Discord server, akin to a conference building, has been designed so that the experience is similar to that which students would expect at a physical careers fair. Categories and channels act like smaller rooms, providing useful information as well as spaces for talking and meeting.
The server’s longevity means that it can continue to grow beyond the constraints of a timed event, providing students with a place to find resources and chat longer term.
Discord emerged for gamers but its popularity exploded and it now has more than 150 million monthly active users globally, including Prospects’ target audience of around four million young people aged 16-23 in the UK.
Sarah Brookes, marketing and business operations director for the student services directorate at Jisc, said:
“While Discord is used to build brands it is rarely applied to recruitment. Every year employers are left with unfilled tech vacancies and one of the main challenges they face is many recruiters don’t use the same channels as people in their teens and early twenties.
"Discord is a hot platform for communicating with this hard-to-reach demographic and should provide ripe ground for reaching them.”
Find out more on Prospects Discord.