Want to work with people? A week of events just for you


Hi all! I’m a second year Psychology student, currently on my work placement with the Careers and Employability Service, writing to you about the fantastic opportunities available to you as students of Sheffield Hallam.


An entire week has been designated to allow you to gain insight and advice on a variety of job roles involving working with people. Events are based at Collegiate and planned to be specifically relevant to Psychology, Sociology, Politics and Criminology students, but open to students and graduates from all courses. Commencing Monday 8th February, there will be a wide range of speakers from different professional backgrounds, coming to speak about their careers in supporting, advising, educating and counselling others. If you are, like myself, undecided about your future career path, then this week is the perfect opportunity for you to gain awareness of the diverse possibilities. There is something for everyone, ranging from insight into careers in a prison setting, to different job roles in education. If you are interested in forensic psychology or social issues these opportunities are perfect for you.

As a Psychology student I often have an interest in a certain area but am unaware of the routes into it and how competitive it is so I’m looking forward to finding out more. Special guests will be discussing the different routes into areas such as health psychology and human resources and their own personal journeys, also providing opportunities to network and make new connections. Many people pursue careers in teaching. However, if that isn’t for you but the education sector is something that interests you then, one event will allow you to explore other roles such as family support worker and learning mentor which may be perfect for you and would utilise your course specific knowledge.

Follow the link to book your place for events during the ‘Working With People’ week. Places are filling fast, so don’t miss out!

Olivia Royston, second year Psychology student

Braving the Snow to Volunteer!


Last week saw the annual Volunteering Fair run by the Psychology, Sociology & Politics and Law & Criminology departments, in connection with Hallam Union Volunteering and Careers and Employment Service. Despite the snow and wintery conditions, eleven external organisations attended to showcase their opportunities and share about their good work. 160 students from across the departments attended to find out more, network with guests and explore their career options. The Criminology Society and Psychology Society stands proved popular as students learned about talks and social events they could attend relevant to their course.

Of the students who attended 60 completed a short evaluation form:

  • 2/3 of respondents stated they were planning to begin volunteering with an organisation they had met at the fair
  • 68% of respondents felt that the opportunities were relevant to their course and career aspirations
  • 85% of respondents were level 4 or 5 students, indicating that many were considering volunteering early on in their degree

Students who missed the event but are keen to volunteer, are advised to contact Hallam Union Volunteering http://hallamunion.org/volunteering/ or the organisations using the weblinks below.

A big thank you to all our guests for being involved!

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Organisations who attended and a brief summary of their opportunities are listed below:

ESCALEvery Sheffield Child Articulate and Literate www.sheffield.gov.uk/escal

Volunteers will be supporting primary school children with their reading on a one-to-one basis which also develops their self-esteem and confidence. You will receive full training and all resources will be provided by the school.

Sheffield Liberal Democrats are looking for volunteers who are wanting a different kind of volunteering experience on their C.V.s. Typical volunteering opportunities can include: Helping to produce political literature, creating social networking content, coordinating ground communications, leading doorstep teams, community outreach and organising campaigning events for Councillors, MEPs and even the Deputy Prime Minister!  www.libdems.org.uk/volunteer

Sheffield Labour Party www.laboursheffield.org.uk/

Sheffield Labour Party covers the area represented by the 28 council wards that make up Sheffield – and the 6 constituencies that send MPs to Westminster. We’re also part of the Yorkshire and the Humber Euro Region that elects 6 MEP’s – and the areas in the north of the city that have parish councils. You can join or volunteer via this site…. or just come back and see what we are up to.

Silent Cities work with anyone without a voice in mainstream society and teach individuals and community organisations the skills to get their voice heard. Anyone with an interest in media activism, supporting vulnerable people, or just wanting to know more about social enterprise would make a suitable volunteer.  www.silentcities.org.uk

Rotherham Hospice is not just a building – it’s a way of caring for people both in the Hospice and the community. Our care places the patient and not the illness at the centre of everything we do. Opportunities include Hospice Good Neighbours, Community Volunteering, Patient Care Volunteering and Bereavement Support


TimeBuilders is an exciting and innovative project based at St. Mary’s, sandwiched between the City Centre and Sharrow. TimeBuilders enables people to transform the community in bite-sized chunks. Our main focus at the moment is finding and developing volunteer leaders or organisers to plan and deliver projects, social events or one-off activities. http://timebuilders.wordpress.com/

Roundabout Roundabout is Sheffield’s local youth housing charity, providing shelter, support and life skills to young people. We give emergency accommodation for homeless young people at our direct access hostel and support young people to live independently. Roundabout also offers young people a comprehensive programme of training and involvement which breaks the cycle of homelessness and develops long term independent living skills.

We have voluntary opportunities in advice, admin, peer education, fundraising and befriending.


ASSIST helps destitute asylum seekers in Sheffield by providing accommodation, food and support to those in most need or distress. We’re a charity and we’re totally reliant on volunteers, grants and the generosity of the people of Sheffield and the surrounding area. We require volunteers who would like to provide face-to-face support to asylum seekers, plus volunteers to support our admin, finance, events and fundraising activities. www.assistsheffield.org.uk

 South Yorkshire Community Foundation aims to improve lives in our communities. We do this through raising funds from businesses, philanthropists, trusts and statutory bodiesand using them to meet the needs oflocal people facing economic hardship and other barriers to aspiration.  Our organisation is always seeking individuals to join our team on a voluntary basis to help up with ongoing project and grants admission. Those include: research and data analysis, including face to face interviews and writing case studies. Furthermore, active volunteers help out with creating and managing our regular events and conferences.  www.sycf.org.uk

Inova Consultancy Ltd is currently involved delivering on a number of UK-based projects covering our interest areas of diversity, mentoring, enterprise, career development and coaching.  More information is available at www.inovaconsult.com

 Sheffield Volunteer Centre  advertise volunteer roles on behalf of third sector organisations, and run an advice service for people interested in volunteering. We match people to roles and advise both individuals and organisations on expectations, new ideas and good practice.  You can look at current voluntary vacancies at www.sheffieldvolunteercentre.org.uk

Volunteering with Hallam Union exists to provide students and staff at Sheffield Hallam University with the opportunity to contribute to the community through a variety of enjoyable community projects in and around Sheffield. There are lots of opportunities to choose from and you can volunteer as much or as little as you like. The staff team are based in the Activities Pod in the HUBS (Student’s Union). You can drop in any time to find out more about the opportunities available. http://hallamunion.org/volunteering/

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Calling all Psychology, Sociology, Politics and Criminology students!


Degree+ Career Talks are for students on Psychology, Sociology, Politics and Criminology courses, and are aimed at giving you an insight into a range of careers. Many of the talks will be by external speakers – professionals with direct experience of these varied career areas. Booking is essential, go to shuspace>employability>events.


The full programme is here:

Working in the Charity Sector Mon 2nd Feb, 2pm- 3pm

Careers and Employability Centre, City

Routes into Teaching aimed at L4 and L5 students Thursday 5th Feb, 11-12pm

Main Building, D011


Routes into Nursing

with nurse and course leader David Wood

Wed 11th Feb, 1pm – 2pm

Main Building, D011


Routes into Social Work

with social worker Lee Pollard

Mon 16th Feb, 1- 2.30

Main Building, D104


Non-Teaching Roles in Education Thurs 19th Feb 11-12.30

Heart of Campus HC 0.15

Forensic Psychology and related careers with guest speakers Mon 23rd Feb, 12noon – 1pm

Main Building, D008

From Social Sciences to Business with SHU Politics graduate Sam Douglas-Cregan Friday 27th Feb, 1pm – 2pm

Main Building D007

Routes into Journalism  with Philo Holland, Radio 5 Live Broadcast Journalist Mon 2pm Feb, 12-1pm

Careers and Employability Centre, City


Careers in Mental Health Services with employers Cambian, St Andrews, Alpha Hospitals Tues 3rd March,3- 4.30pm

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Working with Young People at risk of Sexual Exploitation Mon 9th March, 4pm – 5pm

Heart of Campus, HC0.29


Routes into Counselling with guest speakers


Thurs 19th March, 4pm – 5.30

Main Building D014


Working for an MP, Supporting People with Substance Misuse Issues


To be confirmed



“Get Involved!” Advice from Politics graduates

In November, five recent Politics graduates returned to Sheffield Hallam to share about their next steps after university and to offer advice to current students.

Henna began the event by sharing about her current role in recruitment as part of the Civil Service Fast Stream. This involves completing a Masters in Business Management and Human Resources. Prior to entry onto the scheme she completed an internship with the Civil Service, working on projects to promote equality and diversity throughout the service and in their recruitment. Following this she worked for Oxfam and Morrisons in management roles, emphasising her aim to gain a breadth of experience across the public, private and voluntary sectors. She is now assisting with recruitment on the Fast Stream (www.gov.uk/faststream) including the planning of assessment centres.

Postgraduate students Matt and Oliver shared about their postgraduate courses in Politics and Contemporary Studies at the University of Sheffield. Both highlighted the step up in the workload and difficulty at Masters level. On Matt’s course he is required to prepare a presentation for every seminar and undertake extensive independent study. He shared an example of one student being sent out of a seminar because they hadn’t done the required reading! From speaking to professionals within counter terrorism, Matt’s career area of interest, he understood that a Masters would be useful to deepen his knowledge. On the course he has had the opportunity to join research groups, assist lecturers with research, and network with relevant professionals.  His view is that:

“You have to make a serious decision if you choose a Masters. It’s an amazing experience, but it’s a lot of work.”

Both graduates highlighted the value of meeting a diverse range of people and sharing seminars with a large number of international students, with individuals from Kazakhstan, Afghanistan and Australia, bringing a different perspective to discussions. Oliver had found the Masters application process straightforward, but highlighted the importance of investigating funding options including the Professional Career Development loan. He is also heavily involved in the local Labour party and recently become chair of the Broomhill ward. He encouraged the students to

“Get involved with local politics as much as possible, this gives you the opportunity to apply the knowledge form your degree on a practical level.”

Next, Apryl spoke about her varied activities since graduating,including her current role as young person representative on the executive committee of the Bakers Food & Allied Workers Union (www.bfawu.org/).  This involves making decisions about what the union does and what campaigns they get involved in. She travels a lot, campaigning and speaking to groups of people and is currently campaigning for a minimum wage of £10 per hour within the fast food industry.  Her interest in this area stemmed from her undergraduate dissertation and interviews with trade unionists and politicians. She is also on the board of directors for the BFAWU Credit Union, which involves working on accounts and approving loans at a fair interest rate. During the summer, Apryl spent 3 months participating in an international development project in Honduras which was funded through the Department for International Development  (http://www.volunteerics.org/ ).  She will also be visiting Vietnam to conduct research on trade unions to contribute to her future career goal of becoming a researcher for a trade union or left leaning think tank.  Apryl encouraged the group to:

“Get involved in anything political,” as her previous involvement in the SHU Politics Society, Labour Society and Peoples’ Assembly whilst at university had been crucial in developing her political ideas and experience.

Finally, Grace shared about her role as Marketing and Communications Coordinator at product and service design company Great Fridays (http://greatfridays.com/about/ ). She secured the role after hearing about it through a friend, emphasising the importance of networking.  She is solely responsible for managing the company brand through social media, highlighting the value that a graduate can bring to an organisation through use of new media. She has injected personality and current news into their social media presence through their blog, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn and travels frequently between their different offices. In the future she is keen to progress within the company and undertake further training.



Networking in practice, as Politics graduates Henna and Grace exchange business cards

Following the talks, there was a period of networking where students had the chance to chat to the graduates, find out more about their experiences and gain insight. A big thank you, to all our Politics graduates for sharing their experiences.

Caroline Hanson

Employment Adviser, Careers and Employment