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

Get ahead. Get International Experience

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By Nikki Abbott, Employability Adviser.

Research has found that students who have spent time abroad studying, working or volunteering during their degree are more likely to be in a higher salary graduate job, are more likely to attain a first or upper class second degree and are less likely to be unemployed.

In addition you will develop many skills sort after by employers and will gain valuable experiences to add to your CVs. By matching opportunities with your motivations and objectives, gaining experience abroad can help give you an edge.

There are a range of international experiences that could be open to you including: internships and exchanges; temporary and seasonal work; teaching English as a foreign language, and volunteering. If you are a first year student you may be able to apply to the Cantor Bursary for up to £500 to help with travel costs, accommodation and living expenses for the duration of the period of work experience.

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Look at international internships, summer work experience and volunteering opportunities offered by companies such as those referred to on Careers Central and advertised on the Careers and Employability Services’ UniHub website.

New opportunities will be added regularly up until the end of term so remember to keep checking the site.

To find out more about the wide range of opportunities open to you, visit Careers Central or speak to an adviser.

Make the most of your Summer – The Future is Yours

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What will you be doing this summer? Now’s your chance to shine and give yourself the best possible opportunity of starting a successful career by taking control of your future.

Log onto UniHub, search the jobs field with the words Summer 2017 and start building a standout CV.

Summer to remember

You can change your summer by:

  • Volunteering – Get involved in local and national opportunities which make a real impact for charities, festivals and events as well as equipping you with real world skills and experience.
  • Global Internships – Get stand-out global work experience through summer internships with organisations worldwide.
  • Cantor Bursary – Your chance to apply for a flexible bursary of up to £500 to help you experience living and working overseas.
  • Summer Campus Jobs Earn cash in a flexible and familiar environment on campus here at SHU. Be an Ambassador, a Shelver in the library, a Mentor for fellow students or a crucial part of an administration team.

This is your opportunity to get employability experience and give yourself the best possible opportunity of finding a career you love, whatever your year of study.

Be employable and make this year the one where you gain new skills and make an impact locally or globally to stand out from the crowd. 

To view these opportunities, please click here or log onto UniHub and type Summer 2017 in the jobs field.

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/

 

Come to our careers fair on Thursday 23rd March

With our Spring Fair taking place on Thursday 23rd March, this is your chance to meet with dozens of local, national and international employers who are offering graduate recruitment, internship and placement opportunities.

If you want to hear five great reasons why you should attend our careers fair, have a look at the video below:

To book your attendance at the fair, please click here.

If you’re already attending, then here’s some great student tips on how to prepare for the fair!

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday 23rd March between 11am – 3pm in Hallam Hall and the Careers and Employability Centre.

Five weeks into my internship, a whole host of experience under my belt, and 0 coffees made for anyone but myself!

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What the intern saw

Post written by Hayley Adams, a BA Public Relations graduate. 

Five weeks into my internship, a whole host of experience under my belt, and 0 coffees made for anyone but myself! What more could I want? Aside from a huge, comfy chair of course…

I arrived in Halifax (from Sheffield, England) just five days before starting with Ammp (A Million Moving Parts), and with a homemade coin chart in hand, Chris and Ben had everything set for me from the get go. When trying to tailor my experience, they asked exactly what I wanted to learn in my time with them. I listed a few things before stopping and thinking ‘actually, I just want to try everything’ and so that’s the way it’s going.

There’s no denying that I have been a bit of a Bambi – needing the reassurance that what I am doing is right, good enough. However, beyond their eye-rolls at my panics, their laughter, patience and growing belief in the skills they drill into me daily constantly reinforces my confidence.

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Ammp’s consideration of my opinion when it comes down to major business approaches and actions makes me feel less like an intern, and more like a valued team member – something that just doesn’t happen when you’re trying to gain that always necessary experience.

Lastly, and most importantly to me is their willingness to let me go out and exercise the entire purpose of the business – being creative. Getting stuck in there with my own ideas is the sort of experience that is invaluable to my future.

With only three weeks left, I fully intend on making the most of my time with Chris and Ben, so get yourself prepared for more panic and simple questions, guys. You won’t be getting rid of me at the end, that’s for sure!

TravelBird Scholarship

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Travelbird Scholarship

Travelbird have an exciting opportunity for one student to win a €3,000 scholarship prize to go towards their travel experiences, work placement or studies, based on a creative project. The most successful applicant will also have the chance complete an internship at their Headquarters in Amsterdam for 3 to 6 months, and students are now eligible to enter.

What’s the Opportunity?

  • The TravelBird Scholarship will enable a talented and motivated student to work at their Amsterdam office for a period of 3 to 6 months based on the winning project about a travel experience.
  • The benefits don’t stop at the invaluable insights you’ll gain during your time there, or even the €3,000 prize you’ll receive for having been awarded the scholarship. You can also look forward to delicious, healthy lunches, free wine and beer at the end of a great week and the use of your own Macbook Pro.
  • In addition to this, you will also receive an intern allowance of €350 per month. Sound good? Then they want to hear from you!

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How to Apply?

To apply for this scholarship you need to be a current student and answer the following question:

“What has been your most inspirational travel experience?”

  • There are no limits as to how you can approach the question, we would actively encourage you to think carefully about and approach the question from as wide, creative or inspiring a perspective as possible! You are also free to choose which format you want to answer the question with, please go to the Travelbird website for more details and how to apply.
  • The application deadline is at 23:59 (CET) on May 31st, 2016, and the winner will be announced on June 15th. The internship will last for 3 to 6 months and you can choose when you want to start, as long as are you are still a university student aged 18 and over (ie, have not yet graduated) at the point at which you begin.
  • This is open to all national and international students, however only entries in the following languages will be accepted: English, German, Dutch, French, Swedish, Danish, Finnish and Norwegian.

Benefits of working for small firms during your 20’s

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liam-solomon-1Post by 2015 BA (Hons) Marketing graduate, Liam Soloman

I graduated last year (2015) from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in Marketing. It was extremely daunting seeing my class mates beginning to get jobs and the pressure was building to jump into a career and start paying back those student loans.

I explored the possibility of working for a start-up after watching an inspiring talk from Jack Ma on career paths (click here to view video). In the video, the founder of Alibaba gives a powerful speech on the benefits of working for small firms during your 20’s, to learn a range of new skills, gain valuable mentoring and to be submerged in an environment of passion and desire to succeed. I can honestly say that working for a start-up has ticked all the above and more.

I had briefly worked for two large corporate entities (one in my placement year and one after graduating) and found I was very limited in regard to challenges I faced. I felt I wasn’t regularly learning new things and found it hard to make my mark in an already established company.

With this in mind, I applied for a paid internship in an exciting start-up. I was fortunate enough to get the role at Love the Sales, a company that aggregates all retail sales and displays them on their website. They have a completely unique idea which has been eye-opening to work on. The innovation and creativity in the team is contagious and you get a real sense of achievement from the effort you put into the business.

liam-solomon-2I have always worried about making mistakes when starting a new job, however, working for a start-up is a world apart from the corporate pressure and office politics you find at larger companies. In a start-up, learning is key. Knowing what works and what doesn’t is essential to improving the businesses position. So, if you do something and it doesn’t work you have still learnt something. The atmosphere in the office is always very relaxed and encouraging, the ideology of testing ideas, learning and building from them if they succeed or fail is great to be apart of.

It’s funny, when you’re sitting in a lecture half listening, wondering whether you’ll use this information at all, well, you do! It’s scary how much you recall and put in to practice when brainstorming or trying to figure out a solution to a problem.

If you’re like me and you worry about the possibility of cementing your career choice in the first job you take, then a start-up is a perfect solution to give you time to decide what you like and don’t like and where your skills lie.

Learning something new everyday, no matter how small, is so important at the beginning of your career. Since the start of my internship I have worked on social media, copywriting content, building SEO, email marketing and writing code to name a few. In this internship I’ve been able to gain an array of skills in different areas of the business, not just within a specific silo.

What’s surprised me most since working in this start-up though, is the amount of time my bosses have dedicated to teaching me new skills and enhancing my learning. It’s a very motivating feeling to have bosses that really invest in your personal development.

Now half a year on from graduation, I have progressed from an internship to an SEO executive with the company, learning valuable career skills and enjoying every minute!

Hallam helped me gain the confidence to apply for internships…

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Post by Emily Jefferies

I study BA English Language at Sheffield Hallam and as part of second year we all take part in a module named ‘Work-based Project’. This is where we are encouraged to contact various organisations and companies to gain some work experience. At the end of the year, we compile everything we have learnt, from both the successes and the failures, into a folder to present for assessment. I am still currently involved in this module and, although it has not been completely straightforward or without its problems, the key thing I have picked up from it is how to deal with each set back and move forward from it. This has built up my confidence as the idea of things failing doesn’t seem so daunting anymore; I am learning how I can manage complications and overcome obstacles.

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This spurred me on to take some initiative and investigate possible opportunities for work experience in summer. I worked on creating a new CV and this is when I realised how important every little bit of experience I had gained over recent years was; every bit of volunteering, employment and writing I had done as it all came together to produce an impressive body of work. I then began researching internships and workshops that I could apply to, and asked around if anyone knew of anything I would be interested in. I cannot emphasise enough how surprisingly useful it is to simply talk to people and enquire about any experiences available that they know of; this is how I discovered both an internship and a workshop that appealed to me. The internship was for ‘Now’ magazine in London and I got in contact with one of their employees and sent in my CV. I then had a phone call in which we discussed further details and I was informed I had got a place on the internship for four weeks in May.

The workshop is with a company called ‘The Writer’; it spans over two days and is targeted to second year undergraduates each year. They offer some experience of writing in a professional environment, and ask that applicants send in a short piece of writing explaining why they want to take part in the workshop and why they should be chosen. I am awaiting their response but, regardless of what they say, I am pleased I tried for it anyway. I often used to not give things a go in fear of being unsuccessful, however since working on Hallam’s work-based project I have learnt that there is no harm in contacting people and sending in applications. If you are reading this and are also a student looking for some experience then I urge you to just do a bit of research, whether it be online or communicating with people, and just give the applications a go. Also, when working on your CV try to make it appeal to the areas in which you wish to work in or apply to. A bit of perseverance and initiative can go a long way, and it will be worth it.

 

Why I chose an internship

Meet Kayleigh. She’s one of our graduates who decided to take up a one-year placement as an intern to help improve her employability. Here’s her story:

Degree: English Literature BA, graduated in 2013 with First Class honours

Current job title:  Careers and Employment Graduate Intern for Sheffield Hallam

Early on in my studies I realised that leaving university and getting into a graduate job should not be viewed as a right for a graduate: I had to consider my employability throughout my degree. English DOES make you employable because you will leave university with analytical, negotiation and communication skills (to name a few).  But only a small number of graduates will appeal to employers if they only draw upon skills that they have acquired academically. You should show that you have developed these skills and have gained new, complementary ones in other roles, whether that’s through part-time work, volunteering, joining a society or taking part in other extra-curricular activities like sport.

For example, during my first year at university I worked as a Student Course Ambassador and an Exam Invigilator whilst also volunteering as a Student Course Representative and a Faculty Representative. As a result, I developed my communication skills in a variety of ways and had interview experience under my belt just from that first year. There is an extra-curricular activity to suit everyone, so I’d advise you to visit the Careers and Employability Centre or the Students’ Union to find something to suit you.

Here are some of the tasks I’ve been working on as a graduate intern:

  • I undertake a variety of roles within the Careers and Employment Centre. Primarily I help organise and deliver the Career Impact Programme, am the Career Mentoring Scheme administrator, write tweets for the @SHUCareers account, manage the Career Impact LinkedIn page, organise meetings and work on both the Employment team and Information team for the Careers and Employability enquiry desk.
  • Alongside this I have also been involved with the launch of our new Careers and Employability Centre, including meeting the Vice Chancellor, contributing photos and feedback to the ‘SHU employability blog’, promoting the events and building relationships with relevant and important employability organisations, such as Hallam Union, the Sheffield Universities Recruitment Fairs (SURF) and the Research and Innovation Office.
  • I have created a strong relationship with the Students’ Union, conducting presentations with them to present a united employability front to the students; I have developed this further by starting a Students’ Union drop-in in the Careers and Employability Centre for students to talk to a Students’ Union representative every week about volunteering, joining a society or applying for the Hallam Award recognition scheme.
  • I supervise the Employability Ambassadors on a daily basis to review their role, conduct focus groups for the Careers and Employment service and am their first contact when they have any work-related queries.
  • Although I have developed a social media specialism within my job I also regularly use my English Literature skills to analyse data, write reports, articles and training documents for my colleagues and the service.

I’m three-quarters of the way through my internship now, and during that time (and the other experience I gained as an ambassador, rep and invigilator) I’ve upped my skills in so many ways. I’m an experienced organiser, event planner, and supervisor now. I’ve worked with a huge range of people – from students to employers to senior academics at these events and have used those opportunities to promote the services we offer.

I’ve learned to listen to feedback, conduct focus groups, to collate it and present it, and to present it to help influence change and improvement. And yes – I still love literature (as a staff member I can still use the learning centres here to borrow books!).

My internship finishes in July so I’m now focussing on the completing my employability journey and I am hoping to continue working in Higher Education- at Sheffield Hallam if I can!.  Here are my top tips for yours…

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                Reflect upon your potential career and find a few graduate jobs that you would like to do

Look at job applications for that sector and identify any skills that you’re missing

Consider how you may use those skills in your current paid and unpaid work

Locate some volunteering, activities or societies so that you can develop the missing skills

Regularly reflect upon the work that you’re doing and make a note of when you have excelled, faced challenges and/ or brought about a change

When you’re in your final year at university continue your paid and unpaid work because it shows organisational and time management skills

However alter your workload so that you do less work and if you’re volunteering, ensure that it is flexible so that you can do less during important academic periods

Consider doing work-based learning modules so that you get experience, skills and personal professional reflection whilst gaining academic credit

Remember your large amount of experience and employability skills when applying for jobs during both the application stage and the interview

Never give up. If you’ve put the effort in to make yourself employable then you will get a graduate job, so don’t get disheartened if you have a few unsuccessful interviews

Utilise the help available to you. The Careers and Employment service offers help to all SHU students and are still here to help for up to three years after you graduate. The whole graduate recruitment process can be confusing, so use the professional advice that the Careers and Employment Advisers offer. Come into the Careers and Employability Centre to the left of the Owen building entrance or ring 0114 225 3752.