Win £100 to spend on Amazon and help Sheffield Hallam Careers and Employability Service at the same time

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Everyone at Sheffield Hallam Careers and Employability Service needs your feedback to continue to give you excellent careers support. This year we’re taking part in the trendence survey, one of the UK’s largest student surveys, and their reports will tell us how satisfied you are with your careers support and the wider university experience, as well as which employers you aspire to work for. Take the survey and you’ll be giving us valuable feedback.

In return for your help, trendence are giving away…

  • a £100 Amazon gift card (given away every week – 14 to give away!)
  • an iPad Pro (two given away at close of survey)

Click here to enter the competition!

Tell us what you think of your university course, which employers you like, and how you’re feeling about your future career. trendence will continue to use the results to put together research reports to help universities and employers across the UK, so that they know what kind of job you want.

It only takes 15 minutes (and you can take it on your mobile!)

Take the survey now: www.trendence-gradbarometer.co.uk

 

Would you like to know more about trendence? Here’s some extra information: 

The trendence Graduate study is the UK’s most comprehensive piece of research into students’ views on graduate careers and recruitment: over 62,000 UK students took part last year. trendence also powers The Guardian UK 300, so ranking your favourite employers is a great way to influence their status in the publication.  

trendence is an excellent tool for helping students to think about graduate careers: the questions require you to rank employers in a variety of ways, helping you to think laterally about your career options and why you like, or don’t like, certain companies.

Your answers are completely anonymous. You are welcome to read our data protection policy.

trendence abides by all MRS codes, ESOMAR codes and ISO 20252. We are conducting this survey in partnership with your Careers Service.

This week in the Careers & Employability Centre

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Have a look and see what is taking place within the Careers and Employability Centre this week.

To book, please visit the Careers and Employability Centre or visit: https://unihub.shu.ac.uk/

 

With our help… the future is yours

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Final year student? Then it’s not too late to access the Careers and Employability Service.

We’ll help you to: Create winning CVs and application forms, ace interviews, assessment centres and psychometric tests and find jobs and internships.

Future is yours plasma

 

Check out these six exciting steps to take control of your future: 

  • Careers Focus – attend sessions to help you become more employable
  • Enterprise – Want to become self-employed? We can offer you support to do so
  • RISE Internships – six month salaried jobs with local employers
  • SHU Internships – access quality, paid work experience
  • Spring Fair – speak to employers about their graduate schemes on Thursday 23rd March, 2017
  • UniHub – search hundreds of vacancies and find the right job for you after university

What do you need to do now? Book an appointment to access our help and support.

Online: unihub.shu.ac.uk

Over the phone: 0114 225 3752

In person: Careers and Employability Centre, Hallam Square (next to the entrance to Owen Building)

With our help, the future is yours.

What do Graduates do? Using Labour Market Info to kick start your search for the perfect career

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By Anjlee Gupta, Employability Adviser

It is that time where after much procrastination and trying to avoid the endless barrage of questions from friends, and family asking ‘What are you going to do after graduation?’, that you finally decide to join in the search for your graduate career.

To answer the question above for some people is a piece of cake. These people are the go-getters who know what they are good at and what they want to do and let’s face it they will probably ace their first interview.

But what if you are in the ‘I have no idea what I want to do’ category? Where do you start? Well firstly let me put you straight, there are no magic answers. You have got to put in the work.

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You can start by looking up graduate labour market information. This research will come in handy when you are preparing for interviews, networking and during your employment.

Take a look at some key facts taken from The Graduate Market in 2017;

  • Did you know that over 800 graduate roles were unfilled in 2016?
  • A growing number of vacancies in 2017 are expected to come from public sector organisations and online retailers.
  • Opportunities for internships, work shadowing and taster or open days are increasing with at least three quarters of employers offering students to have an opportunity to build their work experience.

So how can facts and information like this help? To help you kick start your journey, I have put together a few tips;

  1. Firstly find out your likes, dislikes, strengths and weaknesses, preferences – use the prospects career planner – a quick and simple quiz to get you thinking.
  2. Research the opportunities available with your degree. Prospects has a great list of jobs by sector to give an idea of what you can do with your degree. Keep your options open and don’t be afraid to look at roles outside of your degree subject. Questions to find answers to include; what roles are out there, what jobs have other graduates done, which industries are growing and what roles are there demands for.
  3. Use LinkedIn to search for and make connections with alumni and industry professionals. Join the SHU Alumni Connect Group and use the LinkedIn alumni connections tool. For information on using LinkedIn come along to one of our workshops.
  4. Do a placement, internship, work shadowing or volunteering – trying different types of roles and gaining a variety of experiences will help you build key skills and shine on your CV whilst also helping you to make decisions about potential career paths. Use Unihub to start your search.
  5. Start applying! – start making applications, attend interviews and get the ball rolling! The key is to be persistent and to try. Even if it’s not your ‘forever’ job, it will shape your development both personally and professionally which will continue as you progress in your career.

Hallam student blogs about the Careers and Employability service

Laura Burden final year media student and one of the Hallam Insiders who provide an insight to students about life on campus, recently penned a great blog about how students can get the most out of the careers support on offer at Sheffield Hallam University. 

Why don’t you take five minutes out of your day to read her blog which gives some great careers advice from the perspective of a current student.

To read her blog, click here

Laura enjoying a brew. Why don't you do the same when reading her blog?

Laura enjoying a brew. Why don’t you do the same when reading her blog?

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Award-winning Niall is a ‘volley’ good fellow

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A Sheffield Hallam University student was celebrating last week after coming third in an awards ceremony held by the sporting body Volleyball England.

The organisation hosted its first ever Work Experience Celebration Evening at SportPark, Loughborough, part of Fair Train’s National Work Experience Week, which celebrated the achievements of the 29 fantastic interns who have undertaken work experience placements in the last twelve months at Volleyball England.

Throughout the evening, interns and college and university staff heard about the growth of the work experience programme at Volleyball England, as well as hearing from key note speakers from Fair Train and the Youth Sport Trust.

Niall Robertson celebrating after winning his award

Niall Robertson celebrating after winning his award

The inaugural “Intern of the Year” award was also decided, with three very capable finalists taking part, including Sheffield Hallam’s Niall Robertson, who was delighted to have been chosen in third place in the awards.

Niall joined Volleyball England on a six week placement in February and became a vital part of the Business & Finance Team. Providing key administrative support for the Finance Team, Niall has since taken on the role of Higher Education Volleyball Officer at Sheffield Hallam to continue his involvement within the sport.

Niall said: “Being an Intern at Volleyball England gave me a great insight into how sport works at National Governing Body Level. It’s been a really valuable experience and I have learnt a lot from my time there.

 “The staff made me feel welcome and the work they set for me wasn’t just made up for the interns so you really are a part of the business whilst you are there. I would recommend it to anyone who is thinking about a career in sport.”

Hannah Winsbury, Membership & Business Support Officer, thanked the interns for their willingness to get stuck in and their capacity to learn and develop during their placements.

“This is the first time we have chosen to run an event like this, and it is because 2016 has been a year of fantastic growth for the work experience programme. Volleyball England had 29 students participating in work experience over the last twelve months, contributing a total of over 1,400 hours to the organisation.

“The standard of interns has never been higher either. This year we had a number of standout students, and they deserve a huge amount of recognition for the role they play in ensuring that Volleyball England works, and works well.”

Real World Workshop – tackling CVs and applications

Sarah Gledhill, Final Year Events Management with Tourism student, on the challenges of CV writing!

Approximately one month or so ago, we (all students on Events Courses, Level 6) received an email from the Event Management Hub, inviting us to a “Real World Workshop focusing on CV & Applications”.  I confirmed my attendance because I was eager to gain tips and knowledge from others about how it is really quite vital to show the best of yourself in a professional, yet creative way.

We’re paying X amount for the fees, so why not sign up to anything that is remotely beneficial to you whilst you’re here?  That’s how I see it.

After being on a placement year, I’d felt I had stuffed about a gazillion and one name badges and delegate packs so it was really nice to be greeted with one.

The evening was held on the 12th floor in the Owen building; I had never been up there before so that was pretty exciting.  There were 24 other like-minded students who attended and we were welcomed into a professional atmosphere. The evening consisted of presentations, speeches from people in the industry, as well as useful hints and tips.

Overall, I grasped that there is no right or wrong way to write a CV or a cover letter, but it was so useful to find out about other people’s views and their experiences.  We were joined by some people in the Alumni group, who are people that have graduated from University and are out working in the big wide world.  It was so interesting to hear their views too, as they are sifting through people’s CVs every day – for example, have you ever heard of a skills based CV?  I hadn’t…

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Here is a bit of a ‘To Do’ list for me to look into after the workshop:

  • Link my CV to my LinkedIn profile
  • Get my CV down to two pages, rather than the three that it is currently
  • Make a base CV and then have five or six other versions ready to mix and match to fit job descriptions

 

For Event Students, this workshop is being repeated again in mid-November for anyone that is interested and another workshop focusing on Interviews is planned for February.

Editor’s note: don’t forget, there is support for all students in CV writing and making applications both through central workshops and one to one appointments available both in faculty and in the Careers and Employment Centre.  Make sure you take up the support available, and use the resources on line too (Careers Central via the Employability Tab in SHUspace)!

Insight into career mentoring and new LGBT initiative

by Linda Wilson, Senior Careers Adviser and Career Mentoring Scheme Coordinator

A couple of weeks ago we told you about our event celebrating the partnerships created with our students and their mentors. Today we’re telling you a bit more about this scheme, how our students can benefit, and about the new LGBT initiative we’ve rolled out this year.

What is the Career Mentoring scheme about? The Career Mentoring scheme gives you the chance to meet with a professional from an organisation or in a job role that interests you. Your mentor can give you the benefit of their experience in a particular occupation, and an insight into the knowledge and skills you need to enter into and progress within that occupation. If you have questions about a career route that interests you, mentoring provides the opportunity to get the answers. There can also be considerable benefits in having a mentor in a non-related field. You maintain the partnership over the academic year during which time it is suggested you will arrange to meet up three or four times.

How can I benefit?  Mentoring can be highly beneficial. You have chance to discuss your career options and gain an insight into what’s required of you in the work place. You may also have the opportunity to visit a workplace, research or confirm your career ideas, gain ‘insider’ advice on the application and job hunting process, find out about specialist skills/knowledge or training required, make contacts and meet people, possibly arrange future work shadowing or work experience or get the support you need so you can face your job search with confidence.

How can I think about who I am “going to be” in the future? Whatever stage you are at with planning your career, thinking about the next stage of entering professional life can be daunting. Much of it has to do with your “professional  identity”,  that is, who you are going to be, at your workplace and with your colleagues. This is going to be much easier for you, if you can be open about who you are, and to feel comfortable (to be your true and authentic self), at work. Having a career mentor who is a strong role model, can be an enormous help in this process.

How might this affect LGBT students? If you are a lesbian, gay, bisexual and / or transgender (LGBT) student, you may be dealing with “coming out” at University, and you may well already be making decisions about who it feels OK to tell. You might also have concerns about how to be yourself in new situations, such as starting a new job in the future.

But, isn’t everything much better now that LGBT people have equal rights? New polling commissioned by Stonewall, (the lesbian, gay and bisexual charity) shows that LGBT people continue to expect to face discrimination in almost all walks of life. The report, “Gay in Britain”, (Stonewall 2013) demonstrates that, in spite of huge advances in legal equality, people still expect to face poor treatment … because of their sexual orientation. The poll also showed that over a quarter of lesbian, gay and bisexual people are not at all open to colleagues about their sexual orientation. Furthermore, in the last five years 2.4 million people of working age have witnessed verbal homophobic bullying at work.

However, on the plus side, many LGBT people work in supportive workplaces, and also enjoy the many positive aspects of being able to be “out” at work. Many of the larger organisations in both the public and private sector, have made a massive commitment to supporting their LGBT staff. Some people choose to work in the LGBT field, supporting other LGBT people with a range of issues such as employment and welfare rights, housing or health. So, if you are LGBT, having an LGBT mentor who has experienced many of these issues, may be able to help you with some of the decisions you will be faced with when planning for a career that feels right for you.

Can you tell me more LGBT Career Mentoring at Sheffield Hallam? In a new initiative this year, Sheffield Hallam University’s Career Mentoring scheme offered LGBT students the opportunity to have a career mentor who is also LGBT. The mentors are from a range of professions including Law, Engineering, IT and Community Work, and were matched with student mentees who are planning  their careers in a similar area.

Here is an extract from a conversation between Linda Wilson, Career Mentoring coordinator, with Matthew, about his experience of LGBT Mentoring:

Matthew re lgbt mentoringI’m Matthew, and I am final yearWeb Systems Design student and I study project management within IT, e-learning, and online learning and enterprise…and I’ve got a career mentor with IBM.

Linda: When you first applied for the mentoring scheme, you expressed some worries didn’t you, about how you were going to come out, when you start work? Can you tell me about how you were feeling a few months ago?

Matthew: “I had a placement with a City Council.  In my placement I found it hard to share experiences related to being gay. I found it difficult to confide in my peers when it came to my sexuality. This affected my relationships with my colleagues as I didn’t get to know them on a social level; and the whole experience with that led me to doubt myself and not feel confident with my sexuality in work.

So, from that experience I composed the application form about how I felt about coming out at work. In it, I said that I hoped that seeing someone else so confident in their own sexuality within the workplace would change my perception, in regards to gay people being accepted at work. ”

Linda: Can you tell me why you applied to have an LGBT mentor at IBM?

Mathew: “I wanted to see what it would be like for an LGBT person working in a big organisation, especially such as IBM. I wanted to know from (my mentor) Michael, what was involved with it all, how he found it, whether he was comfortable with his situation. And, at first he actually told me that he didn’t come out as LGBT. He was actually ashamed of it, and he explained to me how he developed the courage to speak about it, and how he accepted it, as being normal. That has helped me to develop myself, and now I can see that people can work together with an LGBT person, and it is just accepted in the workplace as being normal.”

Linda: Did he talk to you about the support he’s got from IBM, from being in an LGBT staff group?

“Joining this group has helped him come out, and helped him appreciate himself, so then other people, can appreciate him as well, so I think it’s definitely helped him. Now he works on a scheme with Stonewall in London, and does projects and group work with other IBM employee, around LGBT and diversity issues.”

Linda: What do you say when people say that you shouldn’t get special treatment, just because you are gay?

“I do think you do need that support there, to start with.. .even though some people might think you don’t. But I definitely think you do need that support. I felt as if I needed help, needed some guidance, needed someone’s experience to draw from… and this has definitely helped me with that.”

“People perform better when they can be themselves”

Sheffield Hallam University is currently working with Stonewall, the country’s leading LGBT charity, to become a Stonewall Diversity Champion employer.

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 careermentoring@shu.ac.uk

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