Students and Employers Celebrate Mentoring Success

On the 8th May, the Careers and Employability centre celebrated the achievements of this year’s students and their career mentors, on the University’s Career Mentoring scheme.

Sheffield Hallam’s Career Mentoring scheme is well established and is accredited by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation. The celebration, hosted by the Careers and Employment team which runs the scheme, marks the end of its 11th successful year.

Students and mentors came together and shared their experiences at the celebration event; an evening which began with tea, cakes and networking, an introduction by the director of QESS, Paul Helm, and the Head of the Careers and Employment service, Pat Quinn, who reflected on the value of mentoring:

“One of the strengths of the scheme is that the meetings take place face to face which the students find invaluable, and they experience first-hand, the mentor’s work environment.”

Five students then read out the accounts they had written towards the end of their mentoring experience, reflecting on their experiences, and sharing them with the audience.

Jacob, a Business Management student whose mentor is Alex Buchanan, Marketing Manager at Thornbridge Breweries in Bakewell, Derbyshire.

Jacob recounts how he was encouraged by Alex to get really involved in some hands-on product development, and the result was the Happy Hamper”, pictured below.

“I actually took Career mentoring to the next level, and developed my final year project at Thornbridge Brewery for my module: Entrepreneurship and Innovation”.

Every participant received a certificate and acknowledgement of their work throughout the scheme, and it was particularly apparent that the students and employers alike enjoyed the opportunity to talk to one another, networking outside of the Career Mentoring partnerships.

Adwoa Ofori-Mensah, a Banking and Financial Management student, and her mentor Russell Robinson from Symmetry Medical Sheffield.

All photographs taken at the Celebration Event were by Vicky Appleton, Student Ambassador, Careers and Employment Team.

Congratulations to all of the students and employers that participated in the scheme. If you would like to know more about the scheme please email the Scheme Coordinator Linda Wilson Alternatively, if you think you would like to be a mentor, or know someone suitable as a mentee, please email

Here are some of the comments that were left on the night!


Students prepare for launch date

Zoe promoting launch week

With launch week (7-11 Oct) for the new Careers and Employability Centre approaching fast, student ambassadors have been out and about on both campuses to spread the word. Armed with promotional materials, they’ve been telling our students all about the events next week and encouraging them to attend.

We even have 20 of our students coming along to tell their stories about the service, share their experiences and give tips to current students on how to become more employable.

A full week of workshops is planned for 7th-11th Oct and highlights include:


Monday 7 October
Theme: Using social media for finding work
All day from 10.30am Welcome to the new centre       Come and have a cupcake and see what’s on offer.
12-1 and 1-2pm (two workshops) Are you LinkedIn? This practical workshop gives you the chance to create, edit, and improve your LinkedIn profile, and learn how to use Twitter and Facebook for job seeking.
2-3.30pm How to make your mark – building a professional online presence Improve your use of social media.


Tuesday 8 October
Theme: Boosting your CV
10.30am-12.30pm Top tips on becoming an employable graduate       Student ambassadors share their experiences of gaining employability skills.
1-3pm The Global Graduate Scheme Find out how current students have gained experience working with people from different cultural backgrounds both abroad and in the UK.
3-4.30pm Presenting yourself positively This light-hearted, interactive session provides advice about building confidence in interviews and presentations.


Wednesday 9 October
Theme: What employers are looking for
All day from 10.30am Drop in to find out how the Careers and Employment Service can help you.
12noon-1pm, 1.30-2.30pm, 2.30-4.30pm (three workshops) IBM graduate schemes and work placements Including a CV workshop, a presentation and a guide to IBM assessment centres.


Thursday 10 October
Get creative – self-employment
10am-12noon Civil service fast stream: Foreign and Commonwealth Office Find out about the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and where you might fit.
1-2pm Innovation workshop with Gordon Macrae from Gripple
2.30-3.30pm Meet the entrepreneurs Current students discuss how they set up their own business or social enterprise and answer your questions.


Friday 11 October
Selling yourself – making the most of you!
10-11am International student workshop: how to look for part-time and voluntary work
12-2pm Morrisons graduate schemes Find out about the wide variety of schemes on offer.
2.30-4.30pm ICE Club Xtra session – the pizza game A fun simulation to test your business acumen and practice your employability skills.


Opening times Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9am–5.15pm Wednesday 10.30am–7pm (5.15pm during vacations) Friday 9am–4.45pm

How to find us We’re next to main Owen Building entrance in Hallam Square, City Campus.

more information about all the events is on the website at: by following the link to the Centre.