What are your work values and why are they important?

Values are qualities considered to be the most important guiding principles that help set priorities in your career and life. They are highly personal and define what is purposeful and meaningful to you. Though values may change in response to life circumstances, they are generally thought to be enduring and provide a compass for setting goals and making decisions.

Identifying your values can help you identify what activities and environment you might enjoy working in, focus your career aims and understand the motivators that might drive your career choice

Would earning a lot of money make you happy? Despite the phrase, “money makes the world go around” it generally doesn’t lead to job satisfaction. It’s important to consider what you enjoy and what you want from a career while thinking about your future.

Values are the things that are really important to you. They are also the things which are important to organisations and you may see them proclaimed on websites. Many organisations are beginning to recruit people who seem to have values which are in line with theirs.

Here are some examples of things you may value:- Creativity – Autonomy – Justice – Fun – Achievement – Using skills – Continuous learning – Security – Work-Life balance – Money – Status

Some values are likely to be more important to you than others so that, for example, you may be willing to sacrifice ‘security’ in a job for ‘creativity’.

Finding a job which suits you can help to give you job satisfaction and feel happier.

Imagine going to work every day and feeling proud of what you achieve. You are doing something that is important to you and you strongly believe it is worthwhile. You feel at home in your workplace and it’s as if the job were made just for you.

Faith, Hope and (working for a) Charity….. 

Eddie Smith  BSc Mathematics graduate shares his experience of looking for a role in the third sector

As a Christian, I believe that God has called me to leave a positive impact on the world. It is my belief that this calling applies in all aspects of my life, and so when looking for and applying for graduate jobs, it was important to me that this should reflect these values. I decided to focus my search on the third sector. Christians Against Poverty was a charity I had been aware of for a while, and so one day I went onto their website to see if they had any vacancies. It was then that I first heard about their internship and upon application I was successful.

The internship first appealed to me because it will give me valuable experience in an innovative charity (which has made numerous appearances on lists of best charities to work for) and will set me in good stead for a career in the third sector which is my ultimate goal. An internship role rather than a regular job attracted me because of the additional support that will be available throughout the year. This is important to me because I am aware that the leap between full-time study and the working world is large and is something I am somewhat apprehensive about. The goal of Christians Against Poverty is to free people in the UK from the grip of poverty and debt. I will be working as an intern in the Debt Operations team, putting together payment plans and negotiating repayments. This role will enable me to use the skills developed as part of my mathematics degree, whilst helping people and making a positive impact on the lives of those most in need.”

Eddie commences as a graduate intern with Christians Against Poverty on September 3rd.

To explore your values why not have a go at an online questionnaire

 

 

Student entrepreneur celebrates national award success

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A budding young entrepreneur and SHU student who set up his own IT company at the age of 15 has won a national business award.

Harvey Morton, aged 20, from Woodseats, Sheffield, was named Young Freelancer of the Year in the IPSE – Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed – competition.

Harvey juggles the demands of running his home-based IT consultancy full time with his studies at Sheffield Business School, where he has just completed the second year of his BA in Business and Enterprise Management.

He said: “It was a complete surprise when they announced that I was the winner. I still feel quite overwhelmed. It’s a national title and I have had a lot of attention since and I’m not really used to anything on that scale. To be recognised nationally is huge, really.”

Harvey won £3,000 prize money, champagne and a year’s membership of IPSE, which entitles him to free business support.

His firm Harvey Morton IT support (www.harveymorton-itsupport.com) offers a range of services including social media management, web design, app development and media production.

Harvey, who was nominated for the prize by Sheffield Hallam University’s Enterprise team,  is no stranger to award success.

At the age of 15, he set up an on-call IT support firm and later won enterprise prizes while still at school studying for his GCSEs. The firm has grown into a digital marketing agency with clients all around the UK, including The Cutler’s Company, Alton Towers and The Princes Trust.

Harvey said he had no plans to go to university but received help from business experts in Sheffield Hallam’s Enterprise team and after meeting other students decided to take the plunge. He said: “One of the reasons I was attracted to Sheffield Hallam was because I met people studying on the business courses at SHU and I could see how much they enjoyed it. Before that, I had never thought of going to university.”

“I have learnt so many skills which have helped me to run my business – financial management, HR, how to write a proper business plan, customer service skills, and a lot of the theory has helped with the practical element of running my business,” he said.

“The support I’ve received from the Enterprise Team has been outstanding.

“I feel privileged to have been able to access an amazing team of mentors who have given me valuable advice and have helped me to grow my business alongside my studies at Hallam.

“It’s been great to meet so many like-minded people at the university who are also self-employed. To anyone who is thinking of setting up a business whilst at Hallam, do it! The Enterprise Team will support you along the way and it’s a great way to make new friends.”

Caroline Nouvellon enterprise manager at SHU, said: “It has been an absolute privilege to support Harvey in his business venture over the past couple of years. He encapsulates the extraordinary entrepreneurial flair and mindset of many Hallam students and graduates and has been a wonderful ambassador for the Enterprise Team.

“He is a thoroughly deserving recipient of the ISPSE Young Freelancers of the Year Award and we look forward to working with him in the future to ensure the long-term sustainability of his business within the Sheffield City Region.”

Digital Ambassador wins national student employee of the year award

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Ellie Wright, aged 21, can now add winner of the Student Employee Of The Year (SEOTY) award to her growing list of achievements.

The recent English Language graduate was honoured on Thursday evening at a conference in Cardiff, for going above and beyond whilst working part-time for the university’s marketing department.

Ellie, who worked primarily as a digital student ambassador was nominated for the national award for her strong work ethic and her ability to connect online with prospective students about the merits of studying at Sheffield Hallam.

“Ellie has a natural way of illustrating her student life without coming across as a cliché or being over enthusiastic. She is honest, open and authentic. She was always enthusiastic about helping us and very willing to share every ounce of her story,” said Laura Lightfinch, senior marketing officer at SHU, who nominated Ellie for the award.

Each year, university employers are given the opportunity to nominate exceptional student workers who combine study with paid part-time work for the National Association of Student Employment services’ SEOTY Award. The national competition has surged in popularity since its inception in 1998.

This year, Ellie stood-out, despite the roughly 700 nominations that were submitted from over 30 Higher Education Institutions across the country. Ellie competed against all the winners within the North East region (which includes Universities across Yorkshire and the North East) and was chosen as a regional winner. She was then invited to join all the other regional winners, at the national awards ceremony last night in Cardiff where she won the overall competition.

“I was so excited to win the award because so many other deserving students had been nominated too. Working with Sheffield Hallam has been the best opportunity I’ve taken at university and winning this award really highlights how much I’ve been able to do and learn whilst working and studying,” she said.

Ellie, who was already an advocate for the university says the opportunity gave her more confidence to share her insights about ‘The Hallam Experience’ as well as strengthening her marketing skills and knowledge.

“I’m really grateful to have been awarded this achievement to end my time at uni in such a positive way,” she added.

A second Hallam student Leyana Akbani, who is studying at Sheffield Business School, was also a winner at both the regional and national SEOTY 2018 awards. At the conference in Cardiff, Leyana was award the national Highly Commended Commercial Impact Award.

“Internships boosted my confidence and I’m 100% more prepared for the job I want”

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Many students and graduates pursue internships to build experience, but have you considered the broad range of benefits that could be gained? I caught up with Creative Arts Practice graduate, Lydia Jackson, to get her perspective on how she gained her recent internships as part of the Hallam Internship Scheme. During her internships, Lydia acted as Exhibition Coordinator for Platform 18 at Sheffield Hallam Students Union and Assistant Exhibition Coordinator at Cupola Contemporary Art.

Why did you want to undertake an internship?

I came out of University not knowing what to do to start my career, all the jobs I found required experience which I didn’t have. These internships make such a fantastic transition from the comfort of the university to the big wide world of jobs. They’re a great chance to get a feel for a job you like the sound of and for me they have changed my path to what I want as a career; they boosted confidence and give me a world of experience within my field and I now know what I want to do as a career and feel I’m 100% more prepared for the job I want.

What do you think you have added to the business?

At SHSU, I joined the Platform 18 team with a wealth of knowledge and experience in exhibitions, having done so many on my degree and being a selected artist in the previous Platform 17 exhibition. So, I feel I added knowledge to the team in what is required for an exhibition. I’m also a very organised person which was a very important aspect to have when coordinating an event like this, so I added further method to the exhibition. As a young artist fresh from a degree, I was very adaptable to the busy gallery life that Cupola was. I went in everyday with a new task to do and I believe I did so efficiently and rose to everything I was asked to do. I also had great input into their social media posts and adapted to their style of social media to encourage customers.

What has been the biggest surprise whilst completing your internship?

With both, I was very impressed with how capable I became, not only with the pressures of organising an exhibition and working in a busy gallery but using my initiative to think or do things before I was asked. I became independent in both of my internships quickly and made sure I fit in with my new surroundings and colleagues. I’m surprised with how much I’ve grown in such a short space of time and how much more confident I have become both personally and professionally.

What is the most exciting thing you did as part of your internship?

Working on the Platform Exhibition it was amazing how much responsibility they gave me and how much they valued my input. I think when you hear the term intern you expect to be treated differently as a junior, but it was really exciting to be treat as a valued part of the team and trusted so much. I became a vital part of the exhibition process and I think rising to that and having the attitude that you are part of the team and not just an intern really helped me with this. Overall the most amazing thing is that I’ve organised an exhibition that was in the Millennium Galleries that feels like such a big achievement for me. Another exciting aspect that these internships gave me was being asked to be a panellist at the ‘get_in there’, which is run by Sheffield Creative Guild, Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union and the university and attracted over 100 people. It was so amazing to be considered for this and realise how valued my opinion was, giving advice to people just about to graduate who were in my position. This was also great for me as I don’t consider myself a confident public speaker and doing this just helps me evolve in an area I want to improve.

What have you gained from your internship experience?

The confidence aspect is huge for me, It was so amazing to be there with the crowd when the doors first opened on launch day for Platform 18 – being told how well I had done and being thanked for all my hard work in the opening speech and by attendee’s at the exhibition was such a highlight for me, having been there through all the organising and finally seeing that come to fruition was incredible. Not only that, I’ve gained a lot of contacts through my internships and networking events that will be valuable to me from a professional and art world perspective.

Would you recommend an internship to current students?

100% yes! When I left university, I was thrown into this world and was unsure what to do, I was very persistent with wanting to achieve a career in the arts. I constantly sought advice and kept asking for help from the careers department at Hallam and it really paid off. Although I was unsure about what I specifically wanted to do, I was given great direction and now I know what I want to do with my career and I’m excited for my next steps.

Thank you, Lydia, for taking the time to share your experiences.

If you’re a student or graduate seeking an internship, I encourage you to search for opportunities via UniHub and to have a chat with your employability adviser if you’d like further advice.

Recognition and relationships

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Post by James Beighton, Employer Partnerships Officer (Student Employment) at Sheffield Hallam University

There’s an age-old saying “Self-praise is no recommendation.” Proverbs have to start somewhere so at some point, somebody must’ve been willing to shout about their success and it must’ve meant something to someone.

Last week we crowned institutional winners of The Sheffield Hallam University Student Employee of The Year Awards (SEOTY). The Awards themselves are the largest of their kind in the UK and recognise students who successfully combine part-time work with study. 81 of our students were put forward as nominees by their Manager for going above and beyond their job duties, showing leadership or having a commercial impact on a local or national business.

Sheffield once again sits at the top of the table for student employment with the city’s two Universities finishing 2nd and 3rd in the overall nominations table for 2018.

What does this mean for our students? For some, I dare say most, a job fits one purpose, an income alongside study. This year, more than any other, our students are starting to reflect on the skills they are taking from employment. We’ve heard about the competitive job market, being work ready as a graduate, being tech-savvy and digitally orientated. What is refreshing is the way that all our winners reflected on their achievements in their victory speech, with confidence and humility. Soft skills will take you far.

The labour market is increasingly consumer driven. The 2018 employer is open to those with portfolio careers and it’s accepted that stand out workers will likely have exposure to different sectors, jobs and skill sets. Yorkshire’s rich list was released by The Times Newspaper last week and emphasised the trend that fortune is increasingly self-made. The rise to wealth of those setting up their own business or believing in an idea is stark. Proof, if ever it was needed, that graduates will go far with belief and resilience, two distinguishing factors amongst those who work part-time and those who work part-time with distinction.

It is possible to have an impact working as little as 8 to 10 hours per week. Looking at this year’s SEOTY nominations, our students are proving to be a driving force behind some of the bigger issues facing the Higher Education Sector. Our Commercial Impact Award winner won her award for bringing an estimated £1 million of new business to a company specialising in mental health and wellbeing. The winner of the Above and Beyond Award is a true ambassador, promoting the value of getting into further education amongst school children through sports coaching in the community. The ability of our students to apply themselves through part-time work and champion their own experience of higher education is admirable.

Work experience is as much a part of an education as learning a system or reading a textbook. It allows students to build relationships on a professional level and the confidence gained from seeing the reward in working is markable. Our students have to work, it’s no longer a desirable.

On campus, our student casual payroll paid 402 individual students last month. Between them, these students worked over 4000 hours in paid part-time work, working for teams on campus at Sheffield Hallam University. The demand for work is on the increase and through initiatives like SEOTY, the importance of a successful working partnership between students and employers is becoming ever more prominent.

The 2017 national SEOTY winner is a Sheffield Hallam student. At the time, 1st year Law student Nabeela stood out as a clear winner for her work with young people as part of The National Citizen Service (NCS) programme. Students are leading by example and working as advocates for the importance of getting out there and doing something meaningful. They may not identify it at the outset but they are resilient in a time where it’s easy to become insular in an uncertain political and financial labour market. Nabeela featured via video at our awards evening and summed up exactly what a SEOTY Award can do for the confidence of a student, “When I went to interviews I was able to say, I’m student employee of the year, hire me!”. A stand out example that work experience at any level of study is valuable both to the individual and a business.

The SEOTY Awards are now at a regional stage where winners from institutional awards will compete across the country to be named as National Student Employee of The Year 2018.

Winners will be announced at The National Association of Student Employment Services (NASES) Conference in July. For more information, head to www.nases.org.

If you’re a student, look at the hundreds of part-time on campus and off campus job roles advertised on UniHub. You could be the next SEOTY Awards winner!

If you’re an employer, you can benefit from flexible, casual workers and advertise for FREE today.

 

Lawyer in London 2016

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Post written by Helen Cuthbert, Helena Kennedy Law Clinic at SHU

This year’s Lawyer in London trip, which took place from 21-23 June, was a resounding success. During the trip the students, supported by SHU staff, visited the Royal Courts of Justice, Amnesty International and Freshfields.

Each of the days highlighted different aspects of the legal profession, from highflying magic circle lawyers to human rights based charities, showing the diverse range of careers available to Law graduates.

Some of the additional experiences which were not expected included joining with hundreds of people in Trafalgar Square for the Jo Cox MP memorial and seeing the Princess Royal at Amnesty.

Some of the students who attended Lawyer in London have summed up their experiences and highlight the great time that they had.

Lucy says:

‘Lawyer in London was an amazing experience. Throughout the trip I gained many skills that will help me in the future with my career.

Lawyer in London Group Photo

Lawyer in London Group Photo

Spending time at Freshfields was my favourite. Speaking to lawyers and also trainee Lawyers helped to gain an insight into how a magic circle law firm works.

Overall it was an incredible experience and I would encourage everyone to apply next year as it has made me even more determined to be successful.’

 Taylor says:

“The experience overall was interesting, a fantastic learning opportunity and most of all fun.

Selfie at Lawyer in London 2016

Selfie at Lawyer in London 2016

Getting to go to the Royal Courts of Justice, Amnesty International and Freshfields not only provided useful career information but genuinely made me interested in areas of law that I never took interest in before!

From my experience this was a great opportunity which gave useful tips and information for going forward into a career in law. Thanks for a great trip!”

My time working for Careers and Employability

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Olivia – our second year Psychology placement student – has written her final post for us.

We’re already half way through March and I can’t believe my placement is nearly over! During the seven weeks that I’ve been here I’ve experienced so much it’s hard to sum it up in this one blog post. I’ve witnessed an entire week of creativity happening around me. I’ve been involved in successful part-time jobs fairs both at City and Collegiate. At the University’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Day I was fortunate enough to meet loads of companies relevant to jobs that I’m interested in. Only last week I was involved in the organisation of celebrating International Women’s Day which couldn’t have gone any better! Listening to inspirational women talk about their success in careers, which are typically male dominated, was extremely interesting and thought-provoking.

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During my time here I have worked on many aspects of social media, ranging from promotion of events on twitter, creating a campus jobs group on LinkedIn, and producing a short video summary of the Creative Careers Week for Facebook. On a similar note, the videoing didn’t just stop there! In a hope to encourage more students to visit City Campus, so as to not miss out on some of the great opportunities, a colleague and I created a short video to demonstrate just how quick and easy the journey from Collegiate is.

Within my time at the Careers and Employability Centre I was able to complete two small projects. One of which was a spreadsheet and information pack on what psychometric tests are, and what psychometric tests are used by different companies. This will hopefully be useful for future students to use as a way of familiarising themselves with what may be expected of them when applying for specific jobs. Another project I worked on throughout my time here involved thinking of ways to gain feedback from students who don’t utilise the Careers and Employability Service. I wanted to know why this was and ways students believe the Careers Service could be improved. I was able to send a questionnaire to a list of students who haven’t used the Careers and Employability Service and gain useful feedback that way.

centreFurthermore, another part of the placement I particularly enjoyed doing was helping with practice interviews and observing student consultations and business advisor meetings. This really allowed me to interact with the students and gain first-hand experience of just some of the day-to-day jobs the Careers Consultants and Advisers do.

Overall, it has been a fantastic experience with so many things happening at all times. I have been privileged enough to work in an amazing team with some truly wonderful people!

 

Top Tips for Placement Seekers

If you are thinking of undertaking placement year, but aren’t sure where to start, here are some top tips from a student who successfully navigated the journey from placement seeker to placement success!

Thanks to Charlotte, a current final year student of Business and Enterprise Management, for her insights which will help you to ‘stand out from the crowd’.

It can be very daunting entering into the professional world and the highly competitive job market. Here are a few ‘top tips’ to hopefully put you at ease.

BEAT THE RUSH

I began looking at placements in mid-October,  many large organisations close their applications in December. It’s nice to get the process underway before deadlines and the January exam period starts looming. I found that making a list of the employers and roles I was interested in and ordering them by closing date was a good way to keep organised with my applications. Additionally, by starting early there are often more opportunities to choose from to find the right placement for you. Continue reading

“Get involved!”

Find out how one of our final year students has developed her employability…

My name is Laura and I am currently a third year psychology student at SHU. I am interested in Health Promotion and by becoming a Student Ambassador it has enabled me to acquire some of the skills that will be beneficial to my chosen career.

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When I started university in 2012 I was looking forward to studying a subject that interested me and like most first year students I was looking forward to making the most of first year! So I hadn’t even considered the factors that would make me more employable after I graduated.  But over the course of my first year I realised studying Psychology was in fact allowing me to develop skills that would be transferable to my future workplace, for example statistical analysis and presentation skills.

But I was also very aware that Psychology is a particularly popular course so post-graduate courses and jobs in this area are extremely competitive. I decided I needed to develop additional skills outside of studying to show I had good organisational and time management skills.

During the summer before I started my second year I applied to become a student ambassador, although the initial thought of talking in front of lots of people and giving tours scared me a little I am so glad I applied! Since becoming an ambassador my confidence and my verbal communication skills have improved massively. There are also many social benefits to becoming an ambassador. As well as speaking to many prospective students and their families you also met many other student ambassadors which makes the job even more enjoyable. Plus when you work an open day you get a free lunch voucher…what more could a student ask for!!

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Gaining this experience led to the exciting opportunity of working as a tour guide for staff at the Heart of the Campus; which is the new £27 million development at Collegiate, which just opened last month! It was a pleasure to be involved in the fine-tuning of the building as I asked staff for feedback  on the new build and fed this back to the estates team to ensure all students and staff had an easy transition into the new building and to enhance the student experience.

Additionally while browsing SHUspace last year I discovered there was a talk at the university on how to be successful to gain a volunteering place for the NHS at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. I was successful and thoroughly enjoy it as I get to interact with the patients ensuring they’re having a pleasant experience while at hospital and it is warming to know you can make someone’s day … So look out for excellent opportunities to enhance you skills and make your CV stand out!

Finally, becoming a student ambassador is the perfect opportunity for any student who wants to earn extra money without it impacting on their academic studies. If you think you’d enjoy talking to others about your experiences at university and would be able to make others feel welcome and at ease, this would be the perfect opportunity to add something else to your CV… so get involved!

It’s best to start thinking about extra things you can do to make your CV stand out right now! I know I wish I’d started acting on my thoughts in my first year when I had lots of spare time and you certainly don’t want to be cramming it all in in your third year when you will have your dissertation to think about!

A student’s story – Producing a Radio Show

by Kayleigh Gray

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Charlotte Perry is about to graduate from her BA Honours Journalism course. For the last 8 months she’s been co-presenting a hospital radio show in Sheffield and last year spent some time as a Radio Team member at My Student Style.  She’s keen to pursue a career in radio journalism, so it made sense for her final year project to write and present a radio show with a careers and employment theme – talking about interviews, jobs and university. We asked her to tell us a about it and how she’s increased her employability.

Tell me about the radio show that you did, why you did it and what was successful and unsuccessful?

It was part of my applied project, and it had to have an academic side to it, portray some information.  So I went to my academic tutor and he said ‘why don’t you do something on employment because that’s what you’ll be doing when you finish university and it’ll probably help other students too.’ We were given guidelines about what we were meant to achieve with our show and I couldn’t solely do it based on employment so I decided to do it on careers and university as well, and then the ideas kind of built up and up and up and I ended up doing interviews too.

It was really quite interesting actually because I spoke to Maggie Bamford (Employment Adviser in ACES) and got loads of ideas and I ended up doing something that was based around BBC Radio 1 listeners and their age range; we had to write a little bit about what we’d done as part of our project and we had to include an audience, so I thought Radio 1 audience would encompass everything because I interviewed a student, a full-time worker and a graduate. I wanted prospective students to know more about going to university. I interviewed Maggie Bamford and then I had a section about interview clothes, so it had a bit of fun to it.

What is Soundcloud, can you tell me a bit more about it?

You can get a free account and it entitles you to 2 hours of broadcasting but you can than upgrade and see who’s been listening and where from. You can freely put your sounds on it whether you’ve made a radio show or music that you want to put out there, it’s a bit like YouTube but without the video to be honest.

How and where did you record it?

We have a studio in Cantor building, it’s a mix of a TV and radio studio but I also hired out equipment to go and talk to Maggie in her room. I had the student, graduate and full-time worker in the studio and we recorded that there, including what to wear to an interview.

How did you establish your connections with Maggie and then the graduate, student and full-time worker?

The three were people I knew from university, home and school so it was fairly easy to make those connections. But with Maggie I just emailed her through our university email system and then booked an appointment with her at Cantor reception.  Then I interviewed her again because there were a few questions I missed out, but she was happy to do that for me. The employer was actually my mum; she employs a lot of people on a regular basis.

What was the Twitter fashion exercise?  Did people tweet which outfits they liked?

Charlotte Perry emp blog 1My fashion article was about what to wear for an interview. I went out and created 2 outfits for a girl and 2 for a boy.Charlotte Perry emp blog 2 One being appropriate and one inappropriate. I got an employer to comment on each outfit and posted the options on Twitter and invited comment.

Yes, I had a lot of engagement and people were asking where the outfits were from. People did vote which ones were the best and they could see a clear division between the appropriate and inappropriate outfits. I liked the exercise because students don’t seem to know what they should be wearing.

Have you ever experienced people dressing inappropriately at interviews?

Yes, I remember someone wearing loads of jewellery to an interview at Beaverbrook’s and it looked out of place. She clearly felt she needed to wear it because of the company but, as was said in my radio show, too much jewellery doesn’t look professional.

Were there any challenges with the recording?

I had a lot of support and I’ve studied radio so I know how it works but there were a few bits where there are a few jumps. I used music in the studio to set the scene and calm the interviewees because it can be daunting if you’ve never been in there before, so we played some background music but when we came around to editing it my microphone was in the wrong place and we had to record it again, but obviously the music was already there so it sounded a bit jumpy, but that’s something I’ve learned as a result.

If it’s your final year project then how is it submitted? Do you write a report with it?

Yes, I submitted mine on memory stick and we had to do an action plan at the start to say what we’re going to do, you don’t need to be really strict, but you do need to outline a timeline and audience and then you do your actual show and then a bit of a reflective log about how you did things, how you’d do it differently, bits like that.

Why did you choose a radio show?

I want to go into radio, I really really want to do that. I could do a dissertation about radio and listeners but I thought if I go to an employer and they ask what I’ve done in radio then it would be so much better to give them something I’ve actually made than a dissertation on it – they’re not interested, they’re not going to read 12,000 words.

Finally, if you had your time again at university, what would you do differently to progress your career plans?

I don’t know to be honest, it’s pushed me in the right direction, made me realise what I want to do. So I don’t think I’d do anything differently, I don’t think there’s anything I’d change. I’m glad I’ve got a direction because I’d be worried if I was going travelling not knowing what I’m going to do, but I do know.

You can listen to her show at https://soundcloud.com/#charlie-a-perry/the-fix, follow her on Twitter https://twitter.com/charlieaperry and see her profile on LinkedIn.