Student involvement key to launch week success

We had a fantastic time last week at the launch of the new Careers and Employability Centre at City Campus. A key theme for the week was having the opportunity to hear directly from Hallam graduates and current students about how they’ve improved their career and employment prospects.

At least 20 past and present students gave presentations during the week on topics as diverse as setting up your own business and studying overseas, or undertaking a placement year in SBS, to providing business support to Kenyan entrepreneurs. The employer presentations also involved our students; with a Hallam graduate and two current placement students talking to their peers in the IBM sessions.

Social media workshop

All the workshop participants were encouraged to tweet their thoughts using  #GradWithMore.

Prizes of a £50 amazon voucher were awarded for the best tweets – amongst which were:

@Lukewhite91: Just improving my LinkedIn profile at a workshop in the new Sheffield Hallam employment centre #gradwithmore

@turbovause: really useful and informative session about social media today! Thanks to the SHU employment and careers team #gradwithmore

The employer presentations and skills workshops were a sell-out.  Over 200 students attended the workshops, including sessions on using social media, setting up a business and presentation skills.  The employer presentations by IBM on Wednesday, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Thursday, and Morrisons on Friday were fully booked.

Alice with the V-C

The launch week was organised by Alice Kilner an MSc student in the faculty of Health and Wellbeing. Alice said “until I got involved in arranging the launch week I didn’t know just how much support was on offer from the University to help students to improve their skills and their employability. I shall certainly encourage my colleagues to use the new centre, and to access the support in our faculty.”  

Pat Quinn, Head of Careers and Employment service said “I’m delighted how successful the week has been and I’m looking forward to seeing how the new centre can help to raise the profile of employability amongst students and to improve their chances of employment once they graduate.”

With student ambassadors promoting the events around the University, and on hand each day to meet and greet visitors and careers and employment staff staffing the reception desk to deal with drop-ins, queries and appointments, the Centre was well and truly buzzing.

There were also opportunities for other parts of the University to showcase their support during the week. And while the Centre is managed and staffed on a day to day basis by the Careers and Employment service, staff from faculties, the Research and Innovation Office, Venture Matrix, and International Student Support along with officers, staff and student reps from Hallam Union were all involved in launch week.  And they’ll continue to deliver support from the new building in the future.