Did you know that you can get involved with many schemes for free through the Careers Service at our University? These include trying out what it is like to work part time (Taste of Work), through to building up your work experience and developing skills that would be of use in your future career.
Well, there are plenty more as I found out browsing through the Experience Sheffield website. I am very keen on making the most of my experience
at the University; when you're paying thousands of pounds for the
education, why not use all the advice and services available to you?
Anyway, that is my way of thinking but I will try to show you how varied your
As I arrived
in Sheffield, I knew I needed to find a part-time job to support myself. Not
having much motivation at the beginning, I popped in to the Student Jobshop in the Students' Union and
asked for advice. Very quickly, I found out about the jobs on offer and applied
to work as a Jobshop assistant. A week later, after applying online and getting
through an interview, I got an offer confirmation! This was a good beginning to
my new year and I started a great job with a very friendly team of people.
moved on to developing other skills and signed up for the Sheffield Graduate Award and Skills for Work Certificate. The first one is a very prestigious
award that will go with your degree, showcasing all your non-academic skills
that you have developed throughout your time here at Sheffield. The latter, helps
you to record the experience and skills you learn whilst working part time or
during a summer placement. Both of them will be excellent for the CV and will
help you to maximise your chances on the job market. And don’t worry – you are not left on your
own – there is plenty of support from the Careers Service from start to finish and they will answer any questions you may have.
schemes started, I decided to focus on developing my entrepreneurial skills
through Skill Build and Social Innovation Lab – both schemes offered by University of Sheffield Enterprise, and again – they are free to attend! Both of these aim at
developing skills for running a business and setting up your own which is now
much easier than I thought at the beginning. Not only will this go on my CV but
it will also tick the boxes in completing the Sheffield Graduate Award.
I am just
about to sign up for the Skills for Success sessions – they are run by big
companies, giving you a chance to network and gain an insight on what skills
employers want from you. Could there be anything more useful?
just a few examples of what University has on offer as I simply ran out of time
to attend all of them at once! So make sure you check the website and choose
something for yourself. Enjoy!
Monika (First Year Civil