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Published: Tuesday, 31 May 2005   Category: Career Advice

We're calling it (tongue in cheek) the greatest show on earth, but next month's Guardian Summer Graduate Fair at London's Earls Court will certainly be the largest graduate jobs fair of the summer, providing information on employers, postgrad study and gap year options.

More than 80 exhibitors will be there on June 7 and 8, including blue-chip employers like Accenture, Barclays, Bloomberg, KPMG, Microsoft, P&G and Qinetiq which are actively recruiting to fill graduate positions. You can pre-register, and enter a competition for a Piaggio Fly scooter, by visiting summergradfair.co.uk

But this free event will also offer insights into different industry sectors, job-hunting workshops and a special Guardian 'Inside Story' programme of debates and panel discussions on a range of issues:

Tuesday, June 7th

Midday: Scoop - getting a job in journalism

1pm: Mind the gap - the pros and cons of taking a year out after uni

2pm: Making a difference - is the public sector the only employer offering 'good' work?

3pm: Into the den - starting up your own business

Wednesday, June 8th

Midday: Media movers - getting ahead in advertising, marketing and design

1pm: Drop the debt - will student loans and overdrafts blight your career?

2pm: Not fair - overcoming prejudice and discrimination

And on both days at 3pm we'll be running a 'Grad Idol' competition, where final year students and recent graduates will pitch themselves to a panel of CV, interview and presentation experts for the chance to win a pair of tickets to this year's Glastonbury bash.

Entry to these Guardian sessions is free on a first-come, first served basis. But we're also looking for a handful of final year students and recent graduates who will take a more active part in these sessions. So...

1. Have you had a particularly good or bad gap year experience?

2. Are you weighed down by an unusually high level of debt?

If you can answer 'Yes!' to either of these questions, email rise@guardian.co.uk to be considered.

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