Taruka secures placement at Manchester United thanks to ‘phenomenal’ Careers service

The Careers and Employability service provides students and graduates help with careers advice, CV writing, application forms, mock interviews, assessment centres, psychometric testing, skills workshops as well as in class lectures as part of your course. 

Students are also able to access a dedicated Employability Adviser as well as a Careers Consultant dedicated to their course.

Taruka Srivastava, International graduate in MA Sports Journalism, was able to fully utilise these services during her time at Sheffield Hallam University.

We spoke to Taruka recently where she updated us on how she’s progressing after graduating, as well discussing how the Careers and Employability Team allowed her to undertake a dream placement at one of the biggest football clubs in the world, Manchester United.

Sheffield Hallam graduate Taruka Srivastava outside Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United during her work placement

Sheffield Hallam graduate Taruka Srivastava outside Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United during her work placement

Where did you undertake your placement year?

“I recently completed work experience at Manchester United Football Club where I worked with their Digital team and with Manchester United TV. I also undertook a lot of Social Media research for their different marketing campaigns. I assisted with and provided operational support for the production of the show ‘Wembley 1990’. I attended and wrote about Louis Van Gaal’s last press conference at Carrington Park before the FA Cup Final. I also generated content for the Manchester United website.

“Here is ab example of my work. http://tinyurl.com/hr4qdpb. I helped to market HCL’s Teamswork app in collaboration with Manchester United FC. I gave inputs in terms of marketing, channel strategies, social media and also helped HCL arrange moderator for the Google Hangout/Twitter which took place at Old Trafford.

“I also used my experience to produce an advert for the Special Olympics Summer Games which are due to take place in 2017 in Sheffield. I met two former Special Olympic Gold medal winners who won in the Los Angeles 2015 World Cup. https://youtu.be/9Cftm3DoafQ.” 

Tell us about your current role

“I’m currently working as a Media Intern with Twitter India (working remotely for now in the UK) my role includes helping them to collate information under their “Moments” hashtag. I have also recently been offered a role at Manchester United Supporter’s Trust.”

How would you describe the support you’ve gained from the Careers and Employability service at Sheffield Hallam University?

“The support from careers was phenomenal! I was able to take advantage of a bursary scheme offered by the Careers Service to help to fund my work experience with Manchester United Football Club. I gained help and support from the service to create an effective skill-based CV, which I now know is just what employers look for. I also worked in a paid role within the University under their Campus Jobs programme.”

What do you think you gained from working on campus?

“I wouldn’t say teamwork was a strength of mine initially, but Campus Jobs helped me to break out of my mould and gave me the confidence and experience to be able to work well in a team. Since I’m inherently an introvert I feel it helped me to open up more to others.”

Would you recommend working on campus?

“Campus Jobs are the best type of part time work there is. Working at the University is convenient but also when you are starting to gain UK experience they are within your comfort zone. Also, you get paid to undertake roles through Campus Jobs, which is great.”

Would you recommend the careers service to current students/recent graduates?

“Yes. It is definitely one of the best services on campus and has helped me immensely and everyone should exploit the great service they provide.”

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