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Careers and Employment’s upcoming events

Over the next few weeks there are some fantastic events being held by the Careers and Employment team at SHU, here’s a sample of what’s going on:

11th November – USA summer camp – employer presentation
Location: Careers and Employability Centre
Time: 12:00 – 13:00

Come and find out more about USA Summer Camp. Learn about the program, hear our stories and ask questions.

USA Summer Camp is a company set up by people who have been to camps in America for many years. From our experiences we believe that we can place you at a camp that will give you the opportunity to have the best summer of your life. There’s a place for everyone at camp, whatever skills and talents you have. You can apply to be a counsellor, activity leader, specialist instructors or support staff. Whatever role you apply for, you’re guaranteed to enjoy the amazing experience that camp provides.

13th November – Camp Leaders – presentation
Location: Careers and Employability Centre
Time: 12:00 – 13:00

Camp Leaders provides opportunities for people from around the world to work at summer camps in the United States and to travel afterwards.

They need people with a wide range of skills, experiences and talents to work either with children or ‘behind the scenes’ as support staff. Whatever it is you do then there is most likely a job for you.

17th November – Working abroad
Location: Careers and Employability Centre
Time: 15:00 – 16:00

Want to work abroad? Employers love candidates with international experience and this session will take you through the benefits of working abroad, different types of work and some useful websites to help you find your way.

If you’d like to find out more about any of these sessions, then please visit the Careers and Employment team’s even diary: shu.ac.uk/cecdiary

Oli Porter – Working Abroad

My advice to anyone contemplating doing something like this is: do it! Get there as soon as you can. Africa is a fantastic place: the people are so friendly and will help you with anything. I would love to go back and see how sustainable my projects have become in the community. It is an experience of a lifetime and a memory you will never forget.

Having the opportunity to have my university work placement in Tanzania has made me more self-assured about applying for sports teacher jobs in the future, developing my personal and professional skills.

I spent two months coaching rugby and football teams in a variety of age groups in Arusha. I was with a group of other students, also from Sheffield Hallam University and we would spend most of our time within the community.

I visited orphanages, primary, secondary and disabled schools in the area, introducing mini activities and coaching multi-skill and fundamental sessions in a variety of sports. I also coached sport sessions in international schools around Arusha throughout the eight weeks, as well as leading HIV/AIDS Awareness sessions, hosting leadership programmes and teaching

The work placement was fantastic, I was able to meet new people and enhance many of my skills. I had the opportunity to go on safari, go to Zanzibar (an island off the east coast) perform for Arusha’s first team and much more.

The hardest part of my trip was that I had to leave; it’s safe to say I caught the Africa bug, I loved my experiences there and I made some great friends who I really want to see again.

The best thing about it was the challenge; I was in a country I had never been before, with very little knowledge of Swahili. I had to push myself to ensure that I got the most out of the opportunity and was able to develop my skills. I feel like the trip enhanced my cultural awareness and my independence hugely.

Having this Tanzania experience written on my CV and having worked with a variety of different organisations, any application I make for future roles would instantly stand out as distinctive and unique.

Oli Porter is a final year student on the Sport Development with Coaching degree. He spent eight weeks in Tanzania working at a school as a sports coach with young people.