Students and Employers Celebrate Mentoring Success

On the 8th May, the Careers and Employability centre celebrated the achievements of this year’s students and their career mentors, on the University’s Career Mentoring scheme.

Sheffield Hallam’s Career Mentoring scheme is well established and is accredited by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation. The celebration, hosted by the Careers and Employment team which runs the scheme, marks the end of its 11th successful year.

Students and mentors came together and shared their experiences at the celebration event; an evening which began with tea, cakes and networking, an introduction by the director of QESS, Paul Helm, and the Head of the Careers and Employment service, Pat Quinn, who reflected on the value of mentoring:

“One of the strengths of the scheme is that the meetings take place face to face which the students find invaluable, and they experience first-hand, the mentor’s work environment.”

Five students then read out the accounts they had written towards the end of their mentoring experience, reflecting on their experiences, and sharing them with the audience.

Jacob, a Business Management student whose mentor is Alex Buchanan, Marketing Manager at Thornbridge Breweries in Bakewell, Derbyshire.

Jacob recounts how he was encouraged by Alex to get really involved in some hands-on product development, and the result was the Happy Hamper”, pictured below.

“I actually took Career mentoring to the next level, and developed my final year project at Thornbridge Brewery for my module: Entrepreneurship and Innovation”.

Every participant received a certificate and acknowledgement of their work throughout the scheme, and it was particularly apparent that the students and employers alike enjoyed the opportunity to talk to one another, networking outside of the Career Mentoring partnerships.

Adwoa Ofori-Mensah, a Banking and Financial Management student, and her mentor Russell Robinson from Symmetry Medical Sheffield.

All photographs taken at the Celebration Event were by Vicky Appleton, Student Ambassador, Careers and Employment Team.

Congratulations to all of the students and employers that participated in the scheme. If you would like to know more about the scheme please email the Scheme Coordinator Linda Wilson Alternatively, if you think you would like to be a mentor, or know someone suitable as a mentee, please email

Here are some of the comments that were left on the night!