CAREER & Competence 28. October 2020

West Austria’s largest job and
career fair for students, graduates
and (young) professionals

Date: 01. January 1970
Opening hours: 9:00 – 16:00
Location: Congress Exhibition Centre Innsbruck (Halls – Dogana + Foyer)

CAREER & Competence West-Österreichs größte Karrieremesse

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Recruitment and employer branding at the university location Tyrol

West Austria’s largest job and career fair – CAREER & Competence – has been offering employers a professional platform for the past 12 years to get to know students, graduates and young professionals from the fields of economics, technology, natural sciences and the humanities from the University and universities of applied sciences in Tyrol.

With about 30,000 students, 125 fields of study and about 4,000 graduates per year, the University of Innsbruck represents a significant Austrian market for employers to find potential future employees. In addition to the University of Innsbruck, there are 7 other higher education institutions in Tyrol (Medical University of Innsbruck, UMIT – Private University of Health Sciences, Medical Computing and Technology, University of Applied Sciences MCI – Management Center Innsbruck, University of Applied Sciences Kufstein, University of Applied Health Sciences, Teacher Training College Tyrol, Ecclesiastical Teacher Training College – Edith Stein), which number about 10,000 students. The 8 Tyrolean higher education institutions form Campus Tirol.

The CAREER & Competence has taken place annually every spring since 2008 and attracts around 2,000 visitors to the 55 exhibiting employers. This makes it the largest job and career fair in Western Austria and it has now established itself as a benchmark in the job application process for Tyrolean students. But for numerous national and international employers too, CAREER & Competence has become a very important event for recruitment and employer branding in Tyrol.

Exhibitor Statements

Hofer KG

For us as a company, CAREER & Competence offers a good opportunity to exchange ideas with students and graduates and to present ourselves as an employer in an authentic way. Owing to the large number of trade fair visitors, we can make many valuable contacts each year and hold promising talks about the career prospects at HOFER.

Maria Eder M.A.


The fair was a great success this year too and a great platform to get in direct contact with dedicated students. We had very good discussions and received interesting applications for positions at various Deloitte locations in Vienna and Tyrol directly at the fair. The students asked very specific questions and discussed career opportunities extensively with us. It was a great pleasure to see how many dedicated students are interested in starting a career in counselling. We are looking forward to the next time!

Sonja Chadha

Porsche Holding Salzburg

The CAREER & Competence is a great forum for the successful dialogue between businesses and students. Congratulations to the organisers. Everything was well arranged by the organiser. We were also thrilled about how professionally many of the visitors were prepared. So we were able to hold several interesting discussions and occasionally even clear important points for further job interviews. C&C was therefore a great success for Porsche Holding.

Career fair highlights for employers

In order to present oneself as a top employer for employees with an academic education in western Austria, CAREER & Competence offers numerous services and benefits.

  • Online Company Profile on the C&C website
  • Access to the C&C online job exchange for 1 year
  • Print company profile in basics. Special supplement (circulation 243,000)
  • 3 vacancies in the print JobWall of basics. Special supplement
  • Company presentation on the C&C blog
  • Placement of your job offers on the fair’s JobWall
  • Chance to participate in the stage program

Top Performer – highly qualified students

Since 2007, the three best students from each course (at the Faculty of Business and Management) have been entered in the SoWi-Holding’s Top Performer Pool. The Top Performers represent a pre-selection of highly qualified students whose achievements go beyond the requirements of their specific field of study. Top Performers distinguish themselves from their fellow students both in terms of subject matter and in terms of communication and are therefore sought-after dialogue partners among the participating exhibitors.

The CAREER & Competence is strongly advertised to this target group. As a premium partner, you also have the chance to get in direct contact via the SoWi-Holding’s Top Performer Newsletter.

About the career fair visitors

In 2016 1,968 students, graduates and (young) professionals attended the 9th CAREER & Competence. Of the visitors, 25% were graduates / young professionals and 75% students, and 40% of them were to graduate in less than a semester. Through targeted marketing measures, the proportion of STEM students / graduates has increased in recent years to almost 30%, which has helped to meet the great demand for skilled workers in these areas. Present your company as an attractive employer to your target group and get to know qualified and well-prepared future employees.

Details about the visitors to the fair 2016:


    Status of visitors

      About 40% of the students finish their studies in less than 1 semester and 70% in less than 3 semesters

      Study program

        Marketing and media cooperation

        The CAREER & Competence is advertised at university sites in Tyrol with several flyer campaigns, focussing on the SoWi (social and economic faculties), the technology campus and the main university location. This ensures that there is a fair balance between the fields of study of the visitors at the fair. These measures are accompanied by the placement of some 100 posters at the universities and other student hotspots. In addition, from one month before the fair C&C is present at all important university campuses with mobile 16/1 sheet billboards.
        In addition, all students at the University of Innsbruck are informed several times via newsletter about the CAREER & Competence and a separate Top Performer Newsletter is sent to a selection of highly qualified students. Additionally to these direct channels, numerous online marketing measures are set up and the advertisement of the fair via Facebook plays a special role in the process.

        Through numerous successful cooperations with student organisations (e.g. AIESEC, Club Alpbach, GLOBART …) the fair can be advertised to specific target groups.

        Media cooperation with basics. Media

        With the newspaper basics. the CAREER & Competence has a strong partner which has a circulation of 243,000 copies delivered to every household in Tyrol every two weeks. One of the main topics in the journal is careers (and job offers), which is why the articles on C&C published there are particularly effective. As early as 9 months before the fair, editorial contributions on the fair are published in regular intervals. In the intensive advertisement phase, short editorial profiles of the exhibitors are published and highlights of the fair are features. Depending on the media package, you have the opportunity to position your company here as an attractive employer.

        Exhibitors of the fair 2018

        Participation opportunities for employers

        Would you like to present your company at CAREER & Competence on 3 April 2019? Then we will gladly provide you with details on how to participate and detailed information about the fair.

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        Contact person / organizer

        Maximilian Egger Geschäftsführung

        Maximilian Egger

        Managing Director SoWi-Holding

         +43 (0) 676 3342859

        SoWi Holding

        Association for the promotion of practical training and research

        at the Faculty of Business and Management of the University of Innsbruck

        Office: Universitaetsstrasse 15, A-6020 Innsbruck

        Fair: Congress and Exhibition Centre Innsbruck,
        Rennweg 3, A-6020 Innsbruck