International Women’s Day 2018


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

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

Insight into publishing


Post by Laura Kerley, Employability Adviser for Humanities

I recently attended an ‘Insight into Publishing’ event, run by Hachette UK, the UK’s most diversified trade publishing group. The Hachette UK group includes many autonomous publishing companies, whilst providing some group level support. This combination of big and small proved a fascinating context to gain insight into the publishing industry.

Over the course of the day 60 students from across the UK heard from people working in a range of roles at Hachette and beyond. Speakers ranged from the very experienced (eg. the founder of inclusivity focused Dialogue Books ; and the literary agent of best seller ‘Girl on a Train’), to more recent graduates. But it wasn’t all chalk and talk. In groups, students were given a book genre and in between talks were set tasks to ultimately “create” a book and pitch it at the end of the day. This wasn’t as scary as it may sound – see our very own student view of the day from first year SHU English student, Kate Whittle. The day was rounded off nicely with drinks, socialising and a chance to get CV advice, with quite a backdrop view from the rooftop terrace!

Some key (and sometimes surprising) points about the publishing industry

  • It is thriving and the book isn’t dead!
  • There is an exciting array of roles available that are open to graduates from any subject. Although editing is critical (and popular), think beyond this to lesser known roles such as Design, Production, Rights&Licensing, Sales, Marketing&Publicity, Distribution and Finance.
  • There can be chances to work internationally, particularly in Sales and Rights&Licensing.
  • Competing for the ‘leisure pound’ with giants such as Amazon has led the industry to speed up, with distribution working at a particularly high pace.
  • There is no set path into the publishing industry. You can certainly spot some patterns (see tips below), but many atypical paths exist. One example is an Animation graduate turned Digital Marketing Manager with a background mainly in music promotion. Another is the founder of a Dialogue Books, who got there via bookselling/being a Production Runner/studying Politics&Anthropology as a mature student and more!

Tips to get into publishing

  • Be persistent in trying to get some industry experience via formal work experience/intern schemes and approaching publishers speculatively. However, extended periods of unpaid work experience/shadowing is not expected.
  • Paid work that is particularly valued is book selling and office experience outside the publishing industry. Blogging, using Twitter well and reading industry press are also valued.
  • Have an open mind about which work experience opportunities and entry level roles to go for. The less glamorous sounding will attract less competition and still be very useful experience.
  • Commercial awareness, organisation, team work and communication/negotiation skills are valued for all
  • When applying for opportunities don’t waste too much space telling the publishing company how awesome they are; tell them how you can help them be even more awseome!


How to find out more

Start by getting a fuller view of the publishing industry and roles on TARGETjobs; the Publishers Association and Creative Skillset.

Join the Society of Young Publishers (not just for young professionals – student membership is £24/yr); they run great events, an online advice forum, a magazine, a jobs database and more. They have a Northern branch that runs fantastic and reachable events.

Get some industry experience. Hachette UK run a work experience scheme and also Fresh Chapters internships. For other opportunities, follow publishers on Facebook/Twitter (the ‘Publishing’ list on @SHUCareersHums is a good place to start). Try a speculative approach with smaller publishers, including those outside London. For help with finding free accommodation for one week in London, visit the Spare Room Project. There is also help from the Book Trade Charity on offer for people looking to get into the industry.

REMEMBER, you can book an appointment with an Employability Adviser for practical support with job search and applications.

Everything you need to know before the Hallam Careers Fair


Post by Sam Burton, BA Journalism student

Sam Burton

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


“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.

So you want to be an artist…..?


The Moor, SheffieldAs part of Departure Point Yorkshire, a creative venture to support emerging theatre companies the Moor Theatre Delicatessen is currently offering a series of free public workshops for early career artists (and those wanting to work in the arts industry). As the new Employability Adviser for Humanities (including Stage & Screen), the opening session was unmissable.

Led by Jess Brewster, Co- Artistic Director of Theatre Delicatessen, this engaging discussion was about what it means to be an artist and how you might become one. The panel of four speakers includedSheffield Hallam University graduate Sarah-Jane Parker, a visual artist and founder of Muriel Design; Terry O’Connor, a creative member of Forced Entertainment and Professor of Contemporary Theatre and Performance Practice at the University of Sheffield; Nina Segal, a playwright/producer and Malaika (‘Max’) Cunningham, Artistic Director of local theatre company, The Bare Project.

Like the panel members, this event did not lend itself to being pigeonholed! Not only did it tackle issues that artists grapple with, but it also offered insight that could also be applicable outside of the arts industry, particularly if you are interested in freelance work and/or a ‘portfolio career’. A number of themes and useful tips came out:

Don’t be afraid of a fluid career and practise articulating the value of what you do

The pressure to focus on a particular role to be remembered and taken seriously was acknowledged, but the most important thing is to have an inner conviction that you are an artist. One tip was to focus on a form of work rather than an individual role; something which Nina, as both a writer and producer, has embraced.

As many people are unfamiliar with non-play based theatre, Terry finds explaining what Forced Entertainment does a challenge, but suggested that perseverance can pay off!

Departure Points

Avoid direct comparison with others

It was recognised that it can be a struggle not to compare yourself to others, particularly those who secure certain high status venues and reviews etc. ‘Look for value in your own work rather than competing with others’ and ‘resist following trends for the sake of it; stick to what you want to do,’ advised Max.

Persevere to strike the balance between financial survival and your artistic development

Working outside of the industry is common, particularly in early careers, but aim to choose roles that leave you the energy to continue developing your art. Sarah spoke of her long term determination to become financially independent rather than relying on external funding. She has gradually built up a wallpaper design business (supported by our very own enterprise team). ‘This allows more time for my individual art work than previous jobs have done,’ Sarah added. As it is a creative business, it feels part of her artistic life consisting of ‘interconnected strands’, which can be individual or collaborative; commercially focused or not.Departure Points 2

Be aware of the realities of the market but maintain a positive perspective

To some extent, both the panel and audience acknowledged that trends and marketing can sometimes lead to being pigeonholed by funders and venues. However, there is a flipside to this coin, as branding can also be useful to sustain a career. There is no easy answer, but the consensus was to compartmentalize different aspects of the industry; ‘get perspective – distance yourself from the parts of the industry you don’t like and focus on those that you love!’ advised Max.

There are three more public Departure Point workshops; see full details here – 

Post written by Laura Kerley, Employability Adviser for Humanities (including Stage & Screen) at Sheffield Hallam University.

“I don’t think I would reach as high in the jobs I am looking for, if it wasn’t for all the additional help from SHU”


Natalia (right) networking with recruiters from Enterprise Rent-a-Car at the recent Careers and Employability Awards evening.

Natalia (right) networking with recruiters from Enterprise Rent-a-Car at the recent Careers and Employability Awards evening.

Post by Level 5 Digital Media Production student, Natalia M Wesniuk.

I am a mature, Level 5 Digital Media Production student and I have been out to the ‘real world’ only to come back to the University and finish my degree. It’s a challenging world out there and the problem is that you can be qualified for the job but if you don’t know how to cope with complicated and demanding recruitment process, you may just fall short of getting your dream position.

On top of computerised, test based, long and tiered process, there is always a stress and fear factor. It’s not easy for us students out there; it’s not easy for anyone. Luckily Sheffield Hallam University offer a special preparation for its students interested in applying to large graduate recruitment schemes called ‘Career Impact’, in which Level 5 and 6 students can gain the inside full knowledge into the process of getting their dream jobs and becoming ‘graduates with more’.

For me personally, I feel like the workshops boosted my confidence and enhanced my employability skills. I had a chance to speak to the employers and realise that they actually do want us to succeed and get the job, but we just need to follow their procedures to do so. I learned a lot about graduation recruitment practices, as well as making my CV and applications stand out. Receiving guided support, helped me get my own CV up to scratch before all the careers fairs in March. I was taught about leadership development and applying for management roles. I also attended a workshop about effective networking, which enabled me to learn how to use social media into my advantage and how to extend my network in a professional manner. Most importantly I was able to face so called Psychometric Tests. Career Impact advisers gave all of us plenty of links, where we could practice and prepare before the real test itself.

I feel like I can effectively face the whole recruitment process now and a bit more practice after this boot camp could get me far. I still have the other half of the course to undergo and I am confident that with support through Career Impact I will secure a place on a Graduation Recruitment Scheme and I really do I hope I will get my dream job in the end. I would not have that much of a prospective view if not the extra help from Careers and Employability staff and their reassuring support. I really don’t think I would reach out as high in the jobs I am looking for if it wasn’t for the employability fairs and workshops and all the additional help that SHU has for its students.

Frankly knowledge is power but knowing where to apply it, in order to benefit from it and how to get where we want to be, is certainly a whole new chapter. I really do recommend all students to check their emails frequently and to sign up to additional workshops such as Career Impact as it can work a long way and make things easier.

Career Impact will open to new applicants in the autumn term, current students can find out more about Career Impact here:

What’s coming up?

This is a busy time in the Careers and Employability Centre. We have lots of events and activities coming up which give you the opportunity to meet employers, develop your employability skills, and help you to find out about a range of career options.

First of all, our big Spring Careers Fair is next week, on Thursday 12 March.

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This exciting event takes place in the Careers and Employability Centre and Hallam Hall, from 10.30 til 3pm. Employers will be here who are looking to recruit Sheffield Hallam students for their placements, internships, and graduate roles. Come and meet them, find out what they have to offer, and pick up tips for making a strong application to work for them. Organisations attending include Coca-Cola, the Government Operational Research Service, Civil Service HR Faststream, IBM and Enterprise Rent-a-Car.

Careers Workshops running over the next month or so include our fabulous “Routes into…” programme. Have you ever thought about a career in Law, or Journalism, or Finance, or Marketing….but aren’t sure how to get in from the degree you are doing? Come and find out how by booking onto one of our sessions.

What else? Need some quick advice on your LinkedIn profile? Come to one of our weekly drop-ins in the Careers and Employability Centre. Got an interview coming up? Book one of our practice interview slots, and get feedback on your performance to boost your confidence. These are popular and can get booked up, so plan ahead!

Are you interested in self-employment?


Ever wondered if you have got what it takes to run your own business? Are you thinking about freelancing but don’t know where to start? Have you got a great business idea but want to know what your first steps might be?


If you have answered yes to any of these questions, our self-employment workshops might be just what you are looking for. A series of six self-employment workshops will run over the six week period from Wednesday 11th February – Wednesday 11th March. 

If you would like to learn more about the content of these workshops, and find out what previous participants have gained from taking part, come along to our information session on: Wednesday 4th February in Cantor 9003 at 16.00 – 17.00

The session will cover:

  • Aims of the workshops
  • Overview
  • How it works
  • Feedback from former student participants
  • Expectations of you

If you would like to attend this session please book on at:

shuspace – employability – events and then click on: self-employment workshops – information session.

Thumbs up from students for our hands-on sessions

A recent presentation for Camp America

It’s always good for us to hear that the sessions we run are worthwhile. If you’re a student and need to know a bit more, ask a few questions, and hear about the application process, then have a look through our up and coming events and book onto one that suits your needs. You just book via the Employability tab on shuspace.

There is even a session next week (4pm on Wednesday 4th December) entitled Help! I don’t know what to do! – Lots of students are unclear about what they are going to do after university. If this is you then book in for this session. It’ll look at the factors that will influence your career plans, help you to clarify and research your career ideas and enable you to plan your next steps.

We try to offer a mix of employer presentations, skills workshops and hints and tips. Some days we’ll help you with interview skills and answering tricky questions, others we may focus on helping you get onto a graduate scheme.  Here’s just a bit of feedback from last week’s events:

‘good, informative… I learned a lot and will now apply to them’

‘Informative- successful- all good’

‘Helpful- good to speak to people who are graduates working here, can relate.’

‘Great, gave me a lot of information- helped with application process.’

‘Helped me with application, I now know the process they take and what I need to do.’

‘it was great… useful’

‘really useful… will now apply’

Workshops and Employer Presentations for students 18 – 22 November.

Monday 18th November

12.00 – 1.00pm – How to look for Graduate jobs – Explore where and how to look for graduate level jobs. Book in to this session in order to: increase your awareness of job search methods; identify steps forward you can take now; enable you to become a ‘savvy’ job seeker.

1.30 – 3.00pm – Lets get Britain selling – employer delivered skills session, challenging the myths around a career in sales. Find out more about this challenging, rewarding and lucrative profession and explore some of the currently available graduate opportunities.

2.00 – 3.00pm – Jaguar Landrover presentation –  presentation exclusively for SHU Final Year students. This will be an informal presentation aimed at providing information on our various schemes, information on our application process and particularly Situation Judgement Tools. The event is designed to provide undergraduate and postgraduate students the opportunity to ask any question they may have.

3.00 – 4.00pm – Jaguar Landrover- drop in /Q&A session – This event is designed to provide undergraduate and postgraduate students the opportunity to ask any question they may have. No need to book, just pop in!

3.00 – 4.00pm – International Student workshop – Identify your personal skills and attributes for job seeking.

4.00 – 5.00pm – a mini mock assessment centre – A lively & interactive workshop to give you a taste of what to expect and how to succeed!

Tuesday 19th November

12.00 – 2.00pm – Abercrombie & Fitch – Abercrombie & Fitch are coming to present to you on the 19th November 2013. They are looking for students from all disciplines to apply for their Manager In Training scheme. Opportunities are not just in retail, they are also in head office functions such as Human Resources, Finance, Purchasing, Textiles, IT and so on. Book on now to secure your place on the presentation so that you can find out more about their management scheme and have the opportunity to meet the key decision makers.

Wednesday 20th November

Legal Fair – Sheffield Universities Recruitment Fair – The Sheffield Legal Fair is a unique opportunity for anyone with aspirations to work within the legal sector.

Come along and find out more about working within this profession. Meet with over 60 law firms, including magic circle global law firms and locally based Yorkshire solicitors, as well as recruiters from a range of institutions; you can really begin to plan your career at this exclusive event. You can also attend invaluable talks, presented by employers and law experts who will be sharing tips and advice to get you started. The Sheffield Legal fair is the ultimate destination for a career in Law. A free shuttle bus will operate throughout the day from Sheffield Hallam City Campus – see website for details.

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12.00- 13.00pm  – USA Summer Camp – USA Summercamp are coming in to talk to you about spending an amazing summer in the USA working at a summer camp. Whatever your passion is: Sport, Music, Performing Arts, Watersports, Arts & Crafts there is a place at camp for you. We also work with traditional summer camps, special needs camps, Christian camps & Jewish camps.

Thursday 21st November

Science Fair – Sheffield Universities Recruitment Fair – This fair is aimed at students wishing to persue a career in science.  We’re bringing you innovation, discovery, research, development and evolution all in one fair – we’re bringing you Sheffield’s Science Fair!

This is a unique event for undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as graduates who want a career in science. We’re bringing together a wide range of organisations covering pharmaceuticals, healthcare, oil, energy, environment, research and more, providing you with an overview of the career paths that you can take with a science degree. There will also be a programme of talks, led by industry professionals and careers advisers to help you get the most from the day.

A free shuttle bus will operate throughout the day from Sheffield Hallam City Campus – see website for details.

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Friday 22nd November

11.00am – 12.00pm – IBM Graduate Scheme and work placement

12.30 – 1.30pm – IBM CV workshop

1.30 – 3.30pm – IBM Assessment Centre workshop

3.00 – 4.00pm – Using Social Media to find work – Do you know how you’re presenting yourself online? Is it aligned with how you want to be seen by others, including employers? if you’re interested in these questions, come along to this session to learn how to market yourself online. In this session, we will assess your current situation and help you decide what to do next to build a professional presence.


Business as usual

Now the launch week is over it is business as usual in the Centre with a range of careers and employment advice and related events on offer.  Our team is there to offer you advice, help you plan your career, apply for job and show you how to access hundreds of part-time and graduate vacancies.  Events for the rest of this week include:

Graduate programmes: Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (Weds 12-1)

Skills workshops: Interview success (Weds 4-5), ‘Are you LinkedIn?’ social media workshop (Thurs 2-4), Getting on a graduate scheme (Thurs 4-5), and International Students Workshop (Fri 10-11).

For further details about events and jobs go to shuspace.