Maryah’s schooled for career success

The quest for students to secure themselves a graduate job can either be straightforward, or a period of time which takes perseverance.

It may be that it’s a challenge filling in an application form, ensuring a CV is up-to-date and accurate or when it comes to an interview, a student needs additional support to ensure that they can answer questions confidently in order to secure that all important job.

The advice and guidance offered by the Careers and Employability team – in particular Employability Adviser Nikki Abbott – helped final year BA Hons Youth and Community Work student, Maryah Hussain, secure herself an offer to undertake a teaching course, when she was previously unsure of which direction she needed to take for her future career.

Maryah was able to secure a place on a teaching course thanks to Nikki from the Careers & Employability Team.

Maryah was able to secure a place on a teaching course thanks to Nikki from the Careers & Employability Team.

Maryah said: “Nikki originally helped me to apply for a PGCE in primary education. However, I later decided I didn’t want to do this course, but I had used up all my choices via UCAS.

“She then helped me to apply through apply for a PGCE in secondary education, after which, she arranged a mock interview for me and gave me feedback on the way I answered and how to expand and improve upon these answers. This was very useful and all these techniques were used in my real interview which led me to securing a place on the course.

“The Careers and Employability team were supportive throughout and answered all my questions and helped me feel at ease applying for new courses. 

“The service they provide is excellent and I would recommend if you are struggling with an application for a job or course to go and see the team. I was reluctant to ask for help at first but they were very supportive and provided me with the skills I needed to be successful. I would definitely see them again.”

The Careers and Employability service is available to all currently students, as well as graduates for up to five years after leaving Sheffield Hallam University.

To see how we can help or to book an appointment, click here.