Last week the Careers and Employment Service held the first Career Impact awards ceremony. Level 6 students who had participated in and contributed to the programme were invited to an awards ceremony to celebrate their progress. Career Impact aims to coach, inspire and support high achieving students throughout the process of their applications to graduate schemes, in connection with employers and professionals.
The ceremony was hosted by head of Careers and Employment, Pat Quinn, who assured the students that their efforts and achievements would have a direct impact on their future career. Each student was presented with a certificate and spent time sharing their experiences as part of the programme, and in their job search.
Two graduates who had previously participated in Career Impact returned to share their experiences and advice for current students: Matthew, now a Learning Technology Developer at Capita, and Kayleigh a Graduate Management Trainee at Sheffield Hallam University. Current students also presented, including Alana, who emphasised the importance of choosing an employer who matches your values and Lizzie who has recently secured a place on the graduate scheme with Microsoft. The evening closed with refreshments and networking. A number of students commented on the encouragement they had gained through peer support from others in the group, and on the friendships and networks they had formed through the programme.
Feedback from students on what they learnt from Career Impact
“It boosted my confidence so much! Seeing others go through the process has helped me, comforted me and likewise put pressure on me”
“It was increased my confidence in my own ability”
“It has enhanced my employability skills but has made me realise just how competitive the job market is and how much work is needed to obtain a job,”
“The group sessions have also been useful, especially with practice assessment centres and interviews and listening to other student’s experiences.”
Advice for students considering being part of Career Impact:
“Very much worth it, you will learn a lot, gain confidence and get practical experience,”
“Join, in order to build your confidence and gain a network of friends and employers”
The programme is currently accepting applications from level 5 students who are aiming to apply for graduate schemes. More information application details can be found here: https://careerscentral.shu.ac.uk/finding-job/career-impact