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

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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.

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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

Opportunities to work in Mental Health

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As part of the Degree+ programme of careers events run by the Psychology, Sociology and Politics department and the Careers and Employment Service, national employers Alpha Hospitals and Cambian Group visited us to discuss the roles and opportunities they offer. Close to 80 students attended the event, seeking to gain insight into the sector and to apply for full and part time roles. Professionals from each organisation began by sharing about their own career journeys and healthcare services, and this was followed by a networking opportunity where students asked individual questions and presented their skills to the employers. Both companies are continuously recruiting for a range of roles including nurses and support workers.

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Alpha Hospitals have three hospitals within the UK including one in Sheffield, providing low and medium secure mental healthcare, and are continually seeking to recruit new staff. Throughout the year they hold a number of open days for newly qualified nurses. Students from other courses such as psychology can apply for support worker roles to gain insight and build experience. Alpha Hospitals’ HR director emphasised this role as a way into the organisation, with opportunities to progress and gain responsibility for those who impress. Assessment days are held once a month, which include a talk with a current employer about their role and responsibilities followed by candidates completing an aptitude test. Following the Degree+ event a special assessment day was arranged especially for Sheffield Hallam students! One particular bonus is that support is offered to successful applicants to any role regarding accommodation, as the company own a number of houses within their hospital area.

Cambian Group are the largest providers of specialist behavioural health services for children and adults in the UK. They offer over 249 services and employ over 6000 people. The jobs they offer include; nurses, therapy co-ordinators, support workers, occupational therapists, psychologists, assistant psychologists and social workers. They have three sites in the South Yorkshire area. They are particularly seeking mental health nurses at present but regularly have opportunities for candidates from other disciplines. For jobs linked to psychology, their assistant psychologist highlighted the importance of demonstrating volunteering on CVs, to stand out from other applicants.  Cambian at times is able to offer work experience opportunities, and interested candidates should contact their local sites. There is also opportunity to work as a bank support worker on a casual basis to build experience whilst studying.

Both employers were impressed with the quality of the candidates at Sheffield Hallam and hope to return for future events. Overall, both companies offer great opportunities to enter and succeed in a career within mental health. For more information on these companies visit their websites at;

www.cambiangroup.com/

www.alphahospitals.co.uk/

by Grace Ellis – second year Sociology student who has completed an 8 week placement with Careers and Employment Service, supporting the team with careers fairs and events, and edits by Caroline Hanson, employment adviser

Braving the Snow to Volunteer!

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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

www.rotherhamhospice.org.uk

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.

www.roundabouthomeless.org

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!

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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