Career Impact: Aiming High

by Kayleigh Gray, Graduate Intern, Careers & Employment Team

Career Impact is a university-wide programme run by our Careers and Employment Service. It aims to provide quality support, industry insight and networking opportunities for students who are high achieving, motivated and ambitious, in their search for employment on a graduate scheme. It also aims to enhance the impression employers have of Sheffield Hallam students, in focusing on employers who seek a high UCAS tariff and may previously have campaigned solely at red brick universities (High Flyers 2014). The scheme also supports students who share these ambitious aims, but may face additional barriers in their transition to work, such as those with disabilities.

Career impact students at the employer networking breakfast, 2013

Fortnightly skills sessions led by careers professionals or employers, focus on aspects of graduate recruitment such as assessment centres, application forms and networking techniques and include an opportunity for participants to share their experiences. Personalised one to one support is also offered, along with networking opportunities. Contact with employers is also facilitated; last year an employer breakfast led to two participants meeting the employers they now work for. Students have progressed onto graduate schemes with employers such as for Transport for London, Nissan, Birdseye and PFK and our current students have already secured places with Tesco and DHL.

A Twister challenge for the mock assessment centre with L’Oreal

This year’s Career Impact students have been attending our regular workshops, benefiting from sessions such as Making Your CVs and Applications Stand Out, with guests from BGL undertaking CV checks; alongside this our students have also experienced a Practice Assessment Centre with L’Oreal, the adventures of which can be seen captured in the photo to the right. The focus of the group is to ensure that Sheffield Hallam University students feel confident applying for graduate schemes.  As a result we encourage employer engagement but we complement it with professional development sessions like Effective Networking and Navigating Your First Graduate Job.

We are currently starting a Level 5 Career Impact group so that students are ready to apply for the graduate schemes which often close before Christmas. If you know any Level 5 students that are motivated, enthusiastic and well-suited to the Career Impact group then please email the Career Impact lead, Caroline Hanson at or the group administrator, Kayleigh Gray at: