How you can get the most out of careers support at Hallam

For current students and recent graduates, the Sheffield Hallam University Careers Central pages are an invaluable resource. As a student at Hallam, I’ve used the vacancies page to gain crucial experience in roles both within the University and outside of it.

Graduates have access to the careers pages, recruitment fairs, one-to-one advice sessions and guidance for self-employment and entrepreneurial ventures for up to five years after they complete their course. With such amazing resources on offer, you’d be a fool not to regularly check the for advice, guidance sessions, events, vacancies and one-to-one appointments.

Up-Coming Events

Here are some of the great events coming to your University, Students Union and Careers and Employability Centre over the next few months, check back regularly to keep up to date with new event announcements.

Hallam Freelancers Briefing Workshop

Friday 3rd February 9.30am – 11.30am

This is a monthly workshop you can attend to gain access to the Hallam Freelancers programme, enabling you to work on a freelance basis, with the help and guidance of the SHU Careers team. Develop your professional skills by working on short-term projects with a range of clients, build contacts and earn some extra cash!

SHU Internship Scheme Session

Friday 3rd February 12-1.30pm

This informative event could give you valuable guidance for applying to the SHU internship scheme. I took part in this programme last summer and completed a 5-week internship with a Sheffield based company, gaining experience and knowledge in my field. And all through the SHU Careers centre!

Creative Careers Week

Monday 6th February – Friday 10th February

A week-long event full of workshops and information sessions based around working in the creative industries sector. Sessions include; Have you thought about teaching art and design and using your creativity outside of the creative industries.

Work Ready Wednesday – Drop-in Sessions

Every Wednesday!

This key event is on every Wednesday at the Careers and Employability Centre, this session is an hour-long drop-in, so students and graduates can pop-in and ask questions on any careers related topic. Handy!

Hints and Tips

Before I go, here’s a few quick-fire hints and tips for managing your career whilst you study!

  1. Regularly check the Sheffield Hallam Careers Central page – UniHub for vacancies both on and off campus, there’s full-time and part-time positions, graduate vacancies, summer placements and internships and more, it’s updated daily and also features a calendar of upcoming events you can book onto, appointment slots you can book and important campus news! Find it all at:
  1. The events listed above are just a taster of what’s coming up at the University but, there’s much more on offer so, always keep up with the goings-on at the Careers and Employability Centre, in the way that best suits you – I tend to check Twitter quite a lot, so I follow their page for easy updates – @SHUCareers. You can also check for all the news and updates you can handle!
  1. Always keep a CV that’s ready to go! You never know when a great opportunity will come along, so keep a CV handy that has a template of what’s needed on there – your personal profile, a bit about your education etc. so you can add relevant employment experience to it nice and quick, and apply for that dream job. If you’re in doubt about your CV, visit the Careers centre drop-in sessions dedicated to CV’s and cover letters, book an appointment with a member of the Careers and Employability team or take a look at the CV Builder tool on the UniHub page at:
  1. Think about your extra-curricular activities and how they enhance your CV. If you’re not sure what to get involved in, head over to your Students Union and have a look at how you can get involved. You could join your Sheffield Hallam sports team, volunteer with a local school or college, take part in an RSPCA day, get involved in enterprising events, complete your Hallam Award, report the news with the H Magazine team and if none of that takes your fancy, there’s much more on offer at:
  1. Also consider the skills you have that you can add to your CV. There are plenty of opportunities through the University and Students Union to gain new skills and hone your existing ones. Visit the Skills and Opportunities page of the Students Union for workshops and guidance sessions on things like presentation skills, emergency first aid training and negotiation skills. All of these things add to your CV and attending these workshops not only gives you these skills, but adds credibility to your CV.

And that’s all from me this time. Remember, you can pop into your Careers and Employability Centre at any time and have a chat, book an appointment and get some valuable, free advice!