“I wouldn’t have a job in the Criminal Justice Sector without volunteering!”

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Olivia, Criminology & Psychology graduate, is now a Case Worker at Remedi, where she initially volunteered as a student. For more information about Remedi, and their work in restorative justice, visit  www.remediuk.org/

Hi Olivia, how did you get involved with Remedi?

I had a meeting with Sheryl, my Employability Adviser, and after talking about my interests she suggested that I contact Remedi to enquire about volunteering. The Derbyshire team offered me three sessions a week working on the Victim Support Programme.  I was responsible for making telephone contact with victims of all different types of crime and offering them help and support.

After about 5 or 6 months Remedi offered me some paid work on a temporary basis and then in June 2017 I was offered a permanent job on the Restorative Justice project!

Tell me a little bit about your current role

There are two strands to my job; one with young offenders and the other with adults. In my work with young offenders, I deal with people who have been referred from the Youth Justice Panels.  We have one-to-one sessions based around their conviction and we might do things like sending a letter of apology to the victim.  I also get to sit on Youth Justice Panels, which means I get to be part of the decision making process about what happens to an offender.

On the adult side my referrals come from Witness Care; if a victim shows an interest in restorative justice they are passed onto me and I make contact with both parties. Initially, I meet with the victim and the offender separately and then we decide what happens from there.

How did your degree prepare you for this role?

When I first started there was a lot of training based around theories of psychology and I was already familiar with most of it. Also, my degree gave me prior knowledge of community sentencing and the terminology used in Youth Justice Panels

What is the best part of your job?

I really like working with young people, and if I’d not volunteered I don’t think I would have considered it as a career option

What do you see yourself doing next?

More work with young people, maybe Case Management with young offenders

What advice would you give to new students starting at Hallam this semester?

Start volunteering in your first year! I left it until my final year and it was really difficult to fit around my academic study.

Thanks Olivia!

International Women’s Day 2018

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Our event is on Thursday 8th March at 12pm in the Careers and Employability Centre and is called ’Women Leading Social Change’.

Women Leading Social Change is part of SheFest and is hosted by Sheffield Hallam University and the Sheffield Social Enterprise Network www.ssen.org.uk

On International Women’s Day we will be hearing from successful social entrepreneurs. They will talk about why social enterprise is changing the face of the business sector, as well as the challenges and successes they have faced along the way.

There will be time for networking after the panel discussion. 

The speakers are:

Sangita Basudev is a founder member of Sheffield Live! the local community media organisation. She has spent a majority of her working life in social enterprises, co-ops and the community voluntary sector.

Jo Hercberg is the founder and co Director of The Real Junk Food Project Sheffield, a social enterprise saving food from being wasted and doing amazing things with it. The project began in 2015 and now runs 2 cafés, the Sharehouse Market, an ethical catering operation and an educational program for schools with 180+ volunteers and 6 employees.

Sophie Maxwell founded the Really NEET Project back in 2011, she wanted to develop a college where young people who had complex needs including mental health issues, care-leavers, young people on probation, young parents, young people with learning disabilities and other such barriers could learn in a safe environment, most of Really NEET’s young people have struggled in all previous education placements including school. Really NEET works with a 160 young people a year across Rotherham, Barnsley and Sheffield. Sophie was driven by her own experience, she was pulled out of school at 14 to escape domestic violence and ended up homeless at 16. She has won many national awards for the work she has done including the high sheriffs award for devoted services to the community and the Duke of York Award. 

Students can book their place via UniHub https://unihub.shu.ac.uk/students/events/detail/579242

Everything you need to know before the Hallam Careers Fair

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Post by Sam Burton, BA Journalism student

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Employers from across the nation will be coming to Sheffield Hallam University next week for its first Careers Fair of the academic year.

A great opportunity to meet some leading employers and have a clearer view of what happens after university. To help you prepare Gradtime has all the details, expert tips, and trade secrets you need.

The fair will be at 11am – 3pm on Thursday 26th October. Almost 150 employers will fill several locations across the city campus including: The Careers & Employability Centre, Hallam Hall, Hallam Central, Heartspace, Cantor Building, and Hertha Ayrton Building.

“This will be an amazing chance to find out about a wide range of opportunities,” says Maggie Bamford – employability adviser for Photography, PR, Media and Journalism students. “They will be here to talk about graduate vacancies, placements and internships. You can find out about things you may already be interested in and also opportunities that you didn’t know existed.”

“There will be some recent graduates who were in the same position as you not so long ago, who are now working and can tell you about why they chose those companies and give advice about how to search for jobs and make successful applications.”

On the list of companies to impress at the fair is Asda, Royal Air Force, Citrix, IBM, Royal Mail, and many more organisations from across many industries.

For a full list of the companies attending, as well as directions to the fair click here.

“Build your confidence by speaking to employers who interest you less initially, and then approach your favourites”

According to Prospects.ac.uk, employers are most looking for leadership skills, good communication, planning and research skills, resilience, self-management, team working skills, and work experience.

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“A positive attitude, being polite and a friendly manner, all this and knowing something about the organisation is a huge advantage,” Bamford adds, “employers are interested in students, they are giving up their time and it costs them money to come here, so try to have something interesting to say to them.”

Before coming to the fair, Kent Roach, a careers and employability consultant at Hallam University, said students should “update their CVs and cover letters and prepare their elevator pitch. Just a 30-60 seconds speech on you, your key selling points and the role/sector you are interested in.”

And on the actual day “Present yourself well, dress comfortably but smart and professional. A smile, good eye contact and a hand shake is all you need to introduce yourself to an employer. A good starter is your name, year and subject. Tell them why you might want to work for them. Be ready with your elevator pitch”

If you don’t feel confident about approaching employers “build your confidence by speaking to employers who interest you less initially, and then approach your favourites,” said Bamford, “or attend preparatory events such as ‘I want to be more confident to talk to employers at the careers fairs’.”

You can search for workshops by clicking here.

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.

Choosing the right digital marketing role for you

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This post was written by Samantha Condliffe – Digital Marketing Exec at Infinities Designer Menswear.

Graduates with marketing degrees often don’t realise just how many different roles are available to them, especially down the digital route. This is because huge developments in technology and culture have completely changed the landscape of marketing over the past ten years, creating a demand for a whole host of new roles which are not yet being taught in our education system.

Each role within digital marketing is vastly different, requiring a different set of skills and a different type of individual.

In this post I will run through the main digital marketing roles in order to help you determine which is most suitable for you.

PPC

PPC is short for ‘pay per click’. PPC adverts are placed on the results page of search engines such as Google or Bing with the aim of driving traffic to your website which will then convert into a sale or another form of conversion for non-e-commerce sites. A PPC exec will carefully chose the search terms which ads are visible for and bid on those terms. This role requires somebody with a mathematical and analytical mind to ensure that the company achieves the highest possible return on investment.

SEO

SEO stands for ‘search engine optimisation’ which refers to the process of developing a website to become naturally visible in search engine results pages. Again the aim of this is to increase traffic to your site and in turn increase conversions. To rank well an SEO exec needs to ensure the website is technically well built as well as providing all of the information the user desires from their search, presented in an easily digestible manner. This role mixes technical web knowledge with creativity and is therefore great for anyone who wants variation in their job.

Affiliate

Affiliate markers place adverts on third party websites in order to attract people to their website and increase conversions. They carefully chose websites which have a cross over in target audience and agree commission rates with the sites. This role demands somebody with great communication skills as well as string maths and analytical skills. 

Email

If you are a little more creative and have some design skills then email marketing may be for you. The role includes creating great looking emails using ‘subliminal’ marketing tactics to be sent out to a database of subscribers. The end goal is to get people to take a particular desired action off the back of reading the email, whether that is to visit your website, make a purchase, sign up to an event, enter a competition and so on. You will also need some degree of analytics to review what tactics provide the best results.

Social Media

The usage of social media has grown rapidly over the last few years providing companies with a means of speaking directly with a huge proportion their target audience on a regular basis. The majority of companies with an online presence include social media in their overall marketing strategy. This role is really popular with outgoing and creative people although it does also require some degree of analysis to define a strategy which achieves a constant increase in followers, likes, shares etc.

Social media provides companies with a regular means of speaking directly with their target audience.

Social media provides companies with a regular means of speaking directly with their target audience.

 

If there is more than one role which you would like to pursue or you don’t want to limit yourself to one area then you will be glad to know that some companies combine two roles together. For example you may see some adverts for SEO/PPC exec where time is split between the two or alternatively you could opt for a digital marking assistant role where you will gain a small amount of experience in each area and then go on to decide which area you wish to specialise in. 

LinkedIn: Five tips for a great profile

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Most students who come in to use the Careers and Employment service have an idea of what LinkedIn is, many have started to create a profile…but most say they aren’t sure what to put on their profile, or how they should be using LinkedIn.

So, in this first post on LinkedIn – five tips for a great profile!

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A full head shot is best, rather than an arty picture of you in the distance. Your photo will appear as a thumbnail in any search results for instance – where a full head shot will be easier to see. Aim for a reasonably professional-looking photo ie not one that is clearly of you on a beach, or in a bar…

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LinkedIn will set the headline under your photo by default, and it will often say “Student at Sheffield Hallam”. While this is accurate, it does nothing to help you stand out from the other thousands of Sheffield Hallam students. Possible alternatives include:

First Year Software Engineering Student

Final Year English Student with Marketing Experience

Media Graduate | Range of Work Experience | Social Media Expertise

 

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A good summary will entice viewers of your profile to carry on reading the rest of your profile. However, a summary can be difficult to write – after all, how do you sum yourself up?

Refer to your key strengths and skills, and the most important things you want to say about yourself. If you have a clear career in mind, include the keywords that employers in your industry look for. Refer to particularly relevant work experience, or key achievements. It is helpful to say what you are looking for – maybe: “…currently looking for a graduate management role in the UK retail industry”, or “seeking summer work experience in the advertising industry in the north of England “.

Avoid cliches and general statements. Get a friend to read your summary – do they recognise you, or could it apply to anyone on your course? If it’s the latter – change it!

 

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Most students don’t write enough on their profiles. LinkedIn gives you more freedom than a CV where you are limited to two sides of A4. Give details of the work experience you have, and the skills you have developed. Don’t just write your degree title in the “Education” section, but add some information – don’t expect employers to know about the content of your degree. Write about particularly relevant modules, or modules you feel are a strength, projects and achievements, and your research project/dissertation.

 

 

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The privacy settings can be found by clicking your tiny profile photo at the top right of the black header bar. You might want to keep your profile completely hidden while you play around with it and get it looking how you want to – go to “Edit your public profile”, then “Make your public profile visible to no-one”. Don’t forget to make your profile visible again, once you are happy with it!

Need more help?

Come to one of our weekly LinkedIn drop-ins, or an “Are You LinkedIn?” workshop: https://careerscentral.shu.ac.uk/finding-job/social-media or book an appointment with an Employment Adviser.

Top tips from employers at today’s Careers Fair

Employers at today’s Business, Finance and Languages Fair took time out to pass on some top tips to any students thinking of applying to them. You will notice there are some common themes to what they said!

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Preparing for an interview and job hunting tips in PR

by Louise Railton, final year PR and media student

The CIPR’s latest research gathered the views of approximately 400 CIPR student members. The research reveals how internships fail to provide consistent learning and development opportunities for PR Interns.

As a PR student who’s months away from graduating, I know all too well how intense final year can be. Final year isn’t easy anyway; but having the extra worries of finding a job in public relations, getting interviews, and impressing potential employers can be stressful. Here are some tips for PR students who are job hunting and wanting to prepare for interviews.

  1. Social media profiles: Spend some time going through your social media profiles to make sure you represent yourself accurately as the fun but professional person you are! If you don’t have LinkedIn, definitely sign up. LinkedIn is a great platform for networking online.
  2. Accounts on Twitter: This follows on from the previous point, have separate accounts for different audiences. For example: create a professional account as well as having a personal account.
  3. Key influencers on social media: Think about who you follow/admire on Twitter and why. Some companies such as Tesco are really clever with the things that they post.
  4. Join in and #chat: Use Twitter to your advantage by joining in with relevant chats, such as #PRStudChat and other chats by the CIPR which cover different but important topics. It’s a good way to network and share your opinions on relevant issues. Cision have compiled a list of relevant PR Twitter chats.
  5. Start up a blog: Having a personal blog is brilliant experience, and a great way to showcase what you can do. Also having a professional blog, or contributing to a professional blog will look great on your CV. Professional blogs are regularly looking for contributors. Blogs are a great way for you to show employers your writing style and interests.
  6. Do your research: Make sure that you thoroughly research the agency/company, who their clients are and the company ethos. Being well prepared will show that you are enthusiastic and serious about working for them.
  7. Practice your interview skills: Prepare some questions which you might be asked and ask a family member or friend to go through them with you. This will help you to not get flustered or go off topic during the real interview. Be clear and stay calm.
  8. Demonstrate media awareness: Become aware of bloggers, editors and feature writers in the industry. Knowing the name of a journalist will look impressive.
  9. Read the papers: Author Sarah Stimson of ‘How To Get A Job In PR’ says “Common questions in PR interviews include “what news stories have caught your eye recently?” and “tell me about a PR campaign you’ve seen in the last six months which impressed you/didn’t impress you”. In order to answer both of those questions you need to be fully aware of what’s been in the news.”

Top Tips for interviews:

  • Be prepared – be on time, know your route and look up people who work at the organisation on LinkedIn
  • Be professional – appearance and the way you are dressed
  • Be enthusiastic and available
  • Be flexible
  • Demonstrate that you are willing to learn new things
  • Be positive – smile!
  • Show confidence
  • Bring samples of work with you so you can explain them in further detail
  • Know your strengths and weakness, but focus on your strengths
  • Talk about where you have work experience but also what skills you used and how you used them. Giving good examples is important for interviews
  • Ask your own questions – prepare some questions for the interviewer. A good question to ask: “Is there anything else you would like me to demonstrate?”
  • Show you can use your own initiative and think on your feet
  • Follow up by sending a thank you email if possible

Editor’s note: Congratulations to Louise for this blog post being selected as Pick of the Week by Behind the Spin, an online magazine for public relations students and young PR practitioners.   Here’s her moment of glory! http://tinyurl.com/kpsqrkg – very well deserved too.