Everything you need to know before the Hallam Careers Fair


Post by Sam Burton, BA Journalism student

Sam Burton

Employers from across the nation will be coming to Sheffield Hallam University next week for its first Careers Fair of the academic year.

A great opportunity to meet some leading employers and have a clearer view of what happens after university. To help you prepare Gradtime has all the details, expert tips, and trade secrets you need.

The fair will be at 11am – 3pm on Thursday 26th October. Almost 150 employers will fill several locations across the city campus including: The Careers & Employability Centre, Hallam Hall, Hallam Central, Heartspace, Cantor Building, and Hertha Ayrton Building.

“This will be an amazing chance to find out about a wide range of opportunities,” says Maggie Bamford – employability adviser for Photography, PR, Media and Journalism students. “They will be here to talk about graduate vacancies, placements and internships. You can find out about things you may already be interested in and also opportunities that you didn’t know existed.”

“There will be some recent graduates who were in the same position as you not so long ago, who are now working and can tell you about why they chose those companies and give advice about how to search for jobs and make successful applications.”

On the list of companies to impress at the fair is Asda, Royal Air Force, Citrix, IBM, Royal Mail, and many more organisations from across many industries.

For a full list of the companies attending, as well as directions to the fair click here.

“Build your confidence by speaking to employers who interest you less initially, and then approach your favourites”

According to Prospects.ac.uk, employers are most looking for leadership skills, good communication, planning and research skills, resilience, self-management, team working skills, and work experience.


“A positive attitude, being polite and a friendly manner, all this and knowing something about the organisation is a huge advantage,” Bamford adds, “employers are interested in students, they are giving up their time and it costs them money to come here, so try to have something interesting to say to them.”

Before coming to the fair, Kent Roach, a careers and employability consultant at Hallam University, said students should “update their CVs and cover letters and prepare their elevator pitch. Just a 30-60 seconds speech on you, your key selling points and the role/sector you are interested in.”

And on the actual day “Present yourself well, dress comfortably but smart and professional. A smile, good eye contact and a hand shake is all you need to introduce yourself to an employer. A good starter is your name, year and subject. Tell them why you might want to work for them. Be ready with your elevator pitch”

If you don’t feel confident about approaching employers “build your confidence by speaking to employers who interest you less initially, and then approach your favourites,” said Bamford, “or attend preparatory events such as ‘I want to be more confident to talk to employers at the careers fairs’.”

You can search for workshops by clicking here.

Disability Confident Employers


Disability Confident Employer

Sheffield Hallam University is proud to be a Disability Confident employer

Sheffield Hallam’s Careers and Employability Service recognises some of the employers taking action to increase diversity in their workforce

With over 31,000 students Sheffield Hallam University is the 7th largest university in the UK. We have a diverse student population that reflects the make- up of many major cities. It is essential therefore that we encourage employers who make a public commitment to reflect our diverse society in their workforce to attend our recruitment fair. One of these commitments is to the disability-confident-campaign

Ten of our visiting employers have pledged a commitment to their current and potential employees. An example of some pledges include – supporting positive and inclusive recruitment  –  being offered interviews. This is great news to the 12% of Sheffield Hallam students who have a long term medical condition or disability who feel encouraged to apply to such companies.

The ‘disability confident’ employers attending are: 3Squared, Dunelm (Soft Furnishings) Ltd, EY,Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Millbrook Venues, PKF Cooper Parry, QHotels, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – Finance Department, Twinkl Educational Publishing. The Fair Guide for students will identify this charter.

Lisa Cameron from EY explains why it makes business sense for them to reflect and take action to support employees with disabilities.

Employers attending the recruitment Fair on 26th October can find out more about this scheme and others that help promote diversity in employment from the Careers and Employability Service.

Karen Allan, Sheffield Careers and Employability Service 16/10/17

Students wowing employers amongst other visitors at the Sheffield Hallam Nutrition Fair

by Karen Allan, Careers and Employability Service

The Nutrition Fair organised by Sheffield Business School’s Nutrition course leader Anna Hall is in its 13th year and was held last month at the university. The creativity and knowledge on show from the students this year was outstanding and more than kept up the reputation from previous years. The fair is a regular feature in the calendar of visitors from Totley Primary school and now it is becoming a fixture for employers keen to attract these talented students.

Karen Allan, Employability Adviser at Sheffield Hallam contributes to the list of companies invited to the event. Students who are keen to speak with employers are asked to submit their contact details to Karen beforehand.

She said: “I then supply the companies with a list of potential candidates and their stall number. This resulted in a number of conversations and offers of follow up meetings. Fairs like this are much more interesting for employers who are looking for people with specific knowledge and skills. They get the chance to see students in action, such as advising the public about nutrition issues, explaining health benefits and explaining the ideas behind their product development.”

Leading from the front and an eager attendee on the day was Sheffield Hallam University Vice Chancellor Professor Chris Husbands who commented on how the content of the day had made all attendees reflect on diet and nutrition.

He said: “The Nutrition Fair was great fun – engaging, informative and revealing, whatever your previous knowledge about foods and nutrition. It made me think hard, and it made the pupils from local schools who had been invited think hard about diet and nutrition. It covered so many bases: challenging established wisdom, inventive and imaginative and reaching out to diverse audiences.”

Sheffield Hallam Vice Chancellor, Chris Husbands

Sheffield Hallam Vice Chancellor, Chris Husbands attended the Nutrition Fair

Tom Balchin of Barker Ross Food attended the Nutrition Fair and said: “Myself and my colleague Harley attended the Nutrition Fair 2017 at Sheffield Hallam University recently and left feeling more than impressed. We made our way around each project, enticed by the amazing products they had put together and the thought process behind it.

Tom Balchin

Tom Balchin

“It was clear all students had taken a real insight into current market trends and thought about what consumers want. All students were approachable, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I learnt things from each project with a vast array of handouts for me to take home (including some great recipe cards!)

“A fantastic selection of students with bright futures ahead, great to meet the next generation of professionals within the industry and we will 100% be back next year!”

Thomas Tucker Ltd. will be holding a graduate recruitment event based on the presentations at the event. Gary Durant, Finance & HR Manager added: “This was a true insight in to the calibre of up and coming talented food professionals and we are looking forward to working with the university and its students later in the year.”

Here are some pictures of the fabulous projects on show

Elise Ollerenshaw advising the public

Elise Ollerenshaw advising the public

Pupils from Totley Primary School, Sheffield

Pupils from Totley Primary School, Sheffield







Esther Smith, Freya Harrop, Hannah Van Hest Callender. "Don't Berry your Head" won the prize for most innovative stall sponsored by food ingredient specialists Ulrick and Short.

Esther Smith, Freya Harrop, Hannah Van Hest Callender. “Don’t Berry your Head” won the prize for most innovative stall sponsored by food ingredient specialists Ulrick and Short.

Kamila Bashir and Shumila Hassan

Kamila Bashir and Shumila Hassan

For more information about the Nutrition Fair, please email: k.allan@shu.ac.uk

Make it Personal – Be a Health and Social Care Personal Assistant


Do you want to know more about one of the fastest growing professions in the country for both full and part time employment?

If so, come along to an information event and learning session run by Disability Sheffield and start a career in health and social care.

The event is being held in Sheffield Hallam’s Heart of the Campus building (room HC.0.29) on Wednesday 15th February from 3:00pm to 5:30pm.

This event will give you an opportunity to increase your knowledge and understanding of the role of the Personal Assistant within health and social care.

Disability Sheffield are aiming to increase the recruitment and retention of those working in the PA role by giving you access to the information and resources required to gain employment in this line of work.

There will be opportunities to chat to those who not only employ their own Personal Assistants, but also people who are currently working as PAs themselves. Individual Employers and Personal Assistants will also be on hand to share their knowledge and experiences alongside informal learning sessions for you to get involved in.


The event will feature three key sessions which are a must for any student wanting to get into Health and Social Care work;

Session 1 – Terminology and Differences
This session is a short exercise that will help you understand the differences between the care roles in the Health & Social Care industry.

Session 2 – What is the PA role?

As well as covering what attributes an ideal PA would possess, this session also involves a short Q&A that will help to dispel any myths you may have heard about the role of a Personal Assistant. We will also present you with a number of scenarios that will lead you to question what a PAs values, attitudes, beliefs and behaviours might be.

Session 3 – Being a PA
This session will be an informal discussion around what it might mean to support an employer in the various roles that a PA may encounter.

Alongside this, there will be audio and visual information running that will detail real life experiences of Employers and their PAs. There will also be lots of resources available on the day for you to take away with you.

Read Francine’s PA journey here.

Read Lucy’s PA story here.

Find part-time jobs to fit around your timetable at the Work While You Study Fair


Our Work While You Study Fair takes place on Wednesday 22nd February from 11am – 2pm in the Careers and Employability Centre and gives you the opportunity to meet employers offering part-time jobs, including evening and weekend work to fit alongside your study.

Employers are here to see you so bring your CV, talk to great local and national companies and make yourself more employable.

Our fairs can offer you the vital work experience needed to gain a competitive edge once you’ve graduated. In today’s job market, recruiters will be looking for stand out work experience and this fair is the ideal opportunity for you to find the right job to fulfil your potential.

No need to book a place; just arrive on the day ready to meet companies and secure work to earn cash whilst you study.

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We also advertise hundreds of part time jobs via the following link: Part Time Jobs

Don’t miss this opportunity to talk to companies and make an impression. You might be talking to your future boss!

Companies booked on so far include;

  • Apple
  • British Army
  • Crew Clothing Company
  • Explore Learning
  • G4S Events
  • Global Security Stewarding Ltd
  • HCS UK
  • Magna
  • Master Class Education
  • NHS Professionals
  • Rotherham United Community Sports Trust – NCS
  • The Challenge
  • The Leadmill

Look out for more great local and national employers booking on in the run up to the fair.

Join Samuel from The Apprentice at an all day Enterprise bootcamp


Now’s your chance to join Samuel Boateng, Sheffield Hallam graduate and star of BBC One show The Apprentice, to learn how to turn an idea into a viable concept in just one day on Thursday 2nd February. 

Do you think you have what it takes to be the next Hallam Apprentice? Based loosely on the TV show, students will work in groups to compete against each other in an Apprentice style task.

At the end of the day each team will pitch their idea to the panel of experts, including Samuel and a member of staff from CADS (Creative Arts Development Space).

This will be a unique chance to combine your skills with students from other faculties, build upon your professional networks, and challenge yourself to come up with creative solutions.

The Hallam Apprentice

This will also be a fantastic opportunity to hear from Samuel about his time studying at Hallam, his entrepreneurial journey and his advice for students on the first rungs of the career ladder.

The event is for any student, of any level or course and not just for those looking for a career within business.

To register for this one-off opportunity, search ‘Hallam Apprentice’ on UniHub (unihub.shu.ac.uk) or click here.

Deadline for applications is Tuesday 31st January.

A Year 10 student’s thoughts on Creative Media Pathways


Madison Lever is a Year 10 student from Yewlands Academy, who has been on placement with the Employer Partnerships team this week. She attended the Creative Media Pathways event on Wednesday, and here are her thoughts:

My role at the event was to take notes on the event as a whole and go to some of the talks to have an idea on what the students would benefit from the entirety of the day. I also had to take pictures during the careers fair, of the employer stands and the event as a whole.

CMPI attended Olly Mann’s talk. During the talk, Mann spoke about his career as a broadcaster, podcaster and columnist and how he felt he generated his career himself. He mentioned a few tips for students wanting to pursue a profession in the media, one of them being, “Have confidence to push yourself and your own abilities”. Overall, Olly Mann provoked self-confidence to the students and was honest about himself and his career.

The event was quite full and every stand seemed to have students asking them questions on what their company has to offer them now and in the future. While walking around I overheard some students discussing about how useful the workshop and talks were that they attended, which shows that the event was successful.


 To the students it seemed to be very beneficial. They seemed to enjoy being able to talk to people that are in the positions they want to be in later in life and discuss how the speakers got there and the barriers they had to face. The employer stands had students at each one while I was going around, showing that students were taking the opportunity to go to the careers fair and think about future prospects.


Lawyer in London 2015


During this year’s summer break, twenty 1st and 2nd year students from the Law and Criminology department, took part in “Lawyer in London 2015”.  Selected students spent three days experiencing and exploring the different routes they could take with a law degree.


On day one the group toured the Royal Courts of Justice and took part in a mock criminal trial.

Day two was spent at Magic Circle firm, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.  The students met with partners, the recruitment team and current trainees, took part in a negotiation exercise and toured the impressive offices (they have hotel-style bedrooms, an onsite dentist and a restaurant!!).

Day three had a Human Rights focus and was spent at the trendy Shoreditch offices of Amnesty International.  The students debated the importance of preserving international human rights and also heard from the Prisoners’ Advice Service.


The three days provided an insight into different career areas and all students felt that their career aspirations had developed as a result of the trip.  In fact, two students have subsequently set up a SHU Negotiation Society, inspired by their experience at Freshfields.

Feedback from the trip included:

“Great experience – I am so grateful! Definitely learnt so much and it has fulfilled everything I wanted to gain from the trip”

“I would definitely recommend this to others as I know it will help my career development and CV for the future”.

Sheryl Cruickshank, Employment Adviser, Law and Criminology


Networking Success for Psychology Students


This month the Psychology department, working alongside the Careers and Employment Service and Alumni office, hosted their first alumni networking event. The purpose of the event was to celebrate the achievements of graduates from the department and maintain relationships with alumni, encouraging them to network with each other and hear about other opportunities to stay involved with the university. Over 30 current students also attended and were given the chance to gain insight into the real life experiences of recent graduates and develop their networking skills through discussion and questioning the graduates in small groups.

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Start your Christmas shopping!

Next Thursday, students from Art and Design courses will be exhibiting and selling their products at the very first Hallam Hand Made Craft Market, Cantor Atrium 11am – 3pm

Craft professionals will be exhibiting and selling their products alongside the students. The event has been organised by Caroline Nouvellon, our Employment Adviser who works with Art and Design courses, with the assistance of local not-for-profit gallery All Good Stuff on Arundel Street.

The idea behind the event was to provide students with first-hand experience of selling their products.  Caroline hopes that the group will gain an understanding of the planning and preparation that is required, of how to price and display their products, and of how to engage with customers and make sales! Students will have the opportunity to work alongside and learn from craft professionals who will be able to share their own experiences of starting out as independent practitioners.

So, come along and support Hallam students in their venture, and buy something nice for someone special this Christmas!