University of Sheffield
Please comment on the support you’ve had from the careers services, the type of employers that present and recruit on campus, the effectiveness of the alumni network, as well as fairs and on-campus recruitment activity.
"We had a dedicated careers focus group for my course to outline what students wanted and they acted on it. There are careers fairs hosted and the opportunity to speak to alumni. There was a wide range of employers there, as well as dedicated recruitment services such as TARGETjobs. There is a dedicated careers service that offers things such as CV sessions and practice interviews and runs events such as mock assessment centres. Lots of people do industry placements during their degree at a wide range of places."
"We have a careers hub in the management school where you can book appointments and get advice. We have links with many well-known businesses (IBM, KPMG, Ernest & Young, Deloitte) and I can go on a placement year in my third year of degree, Sheffield encourages this."
"I've had meetings in which I receive help with my academic CV and for writing cover letters for specific jobs/internships. There are also regular alumni network events where you can engage with previous students. The university is very good at advertising placements and internships, especially for years abroad and industrial placements. They are keen to help you with your application, references and cover letter. Most often the employers that come on campus the most are teaching, law and financial firms."
"I had lots of help writing a CV and cover letter from the university careers service, which helped me to secure a placement for my year in industry. There is also a lot of support for me while I'm on the placement. The university has a lot of links with industry and a very good reputation, so it's fairly easy to get a job anywhere."
"The university tries to encourage you to get a part-time job or volunteer during your studies in order to allow you to improve your CV and make you more employable after your degree. They are quick to respond to queries and are available for one-to-one meetings."
"Many Top 100 companies come in to deliver assessment centres, interviews and Q&As; with the careers service to help prepare students for the workplace. The alumni programme is fantastic and is currently extending further. For example, the alumni scholarships are awarded to students who show academic excellence. They work hard to maintain the relationships with the alumni."
"The university is very helpful in giving advice and guidance on careers by regularly emailing me about work opportunities and networking events etc. There is a job shop and student advice centre to help with CVs etc and you can get career guidance with ease. I had a mentor matched with me by the university for a few months, which was an opportunity to learn more about a field I was interested in and I think would be even more beneficial for someone who knows exactly where they want to go after uni as it is possible to build a one-two-one connection with your mentor that can continue after the scheme ends."
"Lecturers are incredibly supportive and are always open in their office hours to give both academic and personal advice if that is what you need. The law fair is great for finding out about firms and meeting their employees. There is always lots of information at such events as well as via emails from the law school and careers service. Regarding work placements and experience, everything you need to know is on the careers website, even allowing you to narrow down results to what jobs would interest you the most."
"There are various good fairs and the careers service offers good support."
"The careers service is very helpful and sends out regular updates on jobs or companies coming into the university. There are job fairs for each faculty where 50+ companies come into the university to talk about graduate jobs and placements. The engineering department has alumni events and talks including question and answer sessions with recruiters. There is a lot of help on writing CVs and covering letters or online application forms. Many departments have links to industry and can help to arrange placements."
"There have been quite a few faculty-specific events that you can attend, which is really helpful, and I've been to the science jobs events. While some of them are more aimed at final year students, anyone is always welcome, which is good."
"There's a great careers service offering CV checks and practice interviews etc. Sheffield is a highly sought after university to hire graduates in engineering, which definitely reflects the calibre of employers on campus at engineering-specific careers days."
"The careers service was very good in helping me to improve my CV and they showed me some resources to help me decide what roles I would be the best fit for when applying for jobs. They were always present at fairs so I was always aware of the services."
"The careers service has events every week and appointments lasting from 20 minutes to an hour are bookable every day."
"The careers service has been extremely helpful in reviewing my CV, covering letters and job applications. The careers service have done all they can and provided an excellent and reliable service."
"We have many networking events that allow us to meet people and make contact with professionals."
"We have a CV workshop to help students before a job application. Plenty of part-time jobs are offered to help students gain experience. The effectiveness of the alumni network, fairs and on-campus recruitment is undeniable. I've worked with the careers service on one of the on-campus careers fairs and a lot of job opportunities were offered by a range of different companies. They ensure all students get chances to meet the employers by having good publicity around the campus. For the engineering faculty, some classes even got cancelled to give students time to attend careers events when those big companies come to the university."
"The careers service is great and the employers' fair showcases a vast range of employers. The events usually span three or four days."