Spring Careers Fair this Thursday!

This Thursday sees one of the big events of the year for Careers and Employment at SHU – the Graduate and Placements Careers Fair. This year, 53 employers will be attending, offering placements, graduate schemes and jobs and summer internships.

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Many of the employers attending are interested in students from any degree background, and so there will be opportunities for students from a wide range of courses.

The employers attending are:

  • Army Careers
  • Avis Budget Group
  • Baxter Storey
  • Bayford Group
  • Bright Futures Society
  • Campus Industries
  • Careers & Employment Support & Research & Innovation
  • CIMA- Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • City Electrical Factors
  • Civil Service HR Fast Stream
  • Coca Cola Enterprises
  • Colas Rail
  • Cummins Ltd
  • Decathlon
  • Educate Teacher Training
  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • FDM Group
  • Fischer’s Baslow Hall
  • Government Operational Research Service
  • Greencore Food to Go
  • Hambleton Hall Hotel and Restaurant
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • Home Instead Senior Care
  • IBM UK Ltd
  • InternChina
  • Jacobs UK LTD
  • Kinspeed Limited
  • Learndirect
  • Morrisons
  • Network Rail
  • Parexel
  • Pendragon
  • Pricecheck Toiletries
  • PwC
  • Reading Rooms
  • Royal Mail
  • Sagar Wright
  • Sheffield Hallam – x 4 Internships
  • Sheffield Hallam Students Union – Enterprise
  • Specialised Canvas Services- Banner Box
  • Speedibake
  • Speedibake – Finance
  • Teach First
  • The Conservation Volunteers
  • The Dearne Advanced Learning Centre
  • The Derby Conference Centre
  • The Keystone Group
  • Transport for London
  • Travis Perkins
  • Valspar
  • Yummy Jobs
  • RISE

You can meet the employers in both Hallam Hall and the Careers and Employability Centre, from 10.30 until 3pm.

What’s coming up?

This is a busy time in the Careers and Employability Centre. We have lots of events and activities coming up which give you the opportunity to meet employers, develop your employability skills, and help you to find out about a range of career options.

First of all, our big Spring Careers Fair is next week, on Thursday 12 March.

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This exciting event takes place in the Careers and Employability Centre and Hallam Hall, from 10.30 til 3pm. Employers will be here who are looking to recruit Sheffield Hallam students for their placements, internships, and graduate roles. Come and meet them, find out what they have to offer, and pick up tips for making a strong application to work for them. Organisations attending include Coca-Cola, the Government Operational Research Service, Civil Service HR Faststream, IBM and Enterprise Rent-a-Car.

Careers Workshops running over the next month or so include our fabulous “Routes into…” programme. Have you ever thought about a career in Law, or Journalism, or Finance, or Marketing….but aren’t sure how to get in from the degree you are doing? Come and find out how by booking onto one of our sessions.

What else? Need some quick advice on your LinkedIn profile? Come to one of our weekly drop-ins in the Careers and Employability Centre. Got an interview coming up? Book one of our practice interview slots, and get feedback on your performance to boost your confidence. These are popular and can get booked up, so plan ahead!

Advice from Graduate Employers…


On 3 February, Jenny Cole, Graduate Employment Co-ordinator, and Sheryl Cruickshank, Employment Adviser, attended the AGR Student Recruitment Trade Show in London (AGR is the Association of Graduate Recruiters).  This event brought together employers, recruiters and universities from around the country and provided a great opportunity for SHU to showcase our talented students and graduates.  We exhibited alongside ten other Modern Universities of the North, and spoke to many employers about the skills, talent and experience SHU candidates can bring to their businesses.

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Key messages from graduate recruiters

Alongside showcasing SHU talent, we spent time networking with graduate recruiters. This is what they said about the graduate labour market:

  • graduate vacancies are up 11.9% this year
  • there are around 70 applicants per vacancy
  • top 5 growth areas are IT/Telecoms, Public, Construction, Engineering/Industry and Investment Banking

We also spoke to employers to find out what they are really looking for in applicants during the application process.  This is what they said:

We need a balance of knowledge and employability skills”

“Students need to demonstrate drive and resilience”

“Show energy and enthusiasm in interviews”

“Awareness of the scope of roles within the sector”

“Extra-curricular activities bring breadth to applications and provide more interesting examples at interview.”

“If you get to assessment centre, rest well and be yourself.”

Overall students navigating the graduate recruitment process should do lots of research and be prepared.  The Careers and Employment service is here to help you throughout the application process, so make the most of it! Follow this link to find out what the service offers: http://careerscentral.shu.ac.uk/see-adviser/types-appointment