Destinations of recent Sheffield Hallam graduates
- Assistant Contract Manager for Network Rail
- Assistant Engineer for Vinci Construction
- Project Manager for Hillside Builders
In addition to having specialist knowledge relevant to the particular role common skills and qualities typically sought after include:
- a creative and innovative approach to problem-solving
- excellent interpersonal skills to work with staff at all levels
- excellent organisational and planning skills
- good oral and written communication skills, including presentation and report writing skills
- accuracy and attention to detail
- strong numeracy and financial management skills and the ability to learn sophisticated IT packages
- the ability to write clear and precise reports and to relate complex information in a simple way to a diverse range of people
- negotiating and team-working skills and the ability to motivate and lead those on site
- detailed knowledge of past and current building and construction technology, processes, materials, health and safety, business and legal matters
- ability to work under pressure and make decisions
- commercial awareness and ability to ensure you are adding maximum value to businesses
You can develop these skills through study, experience and personal interests and achievements so think broadly when giving evidence in applications.
Finding experience and jobs
You can find jobs and work experience opportunities and a wealth of information and advice about job/ work experience search and applications, interview techniques and employer insights on TARGETjobs. Don't forget to check out the Finding A Job section for general advice about job hunting, applications and networking/social media. Our own jobs and events database UniHub advertises relevant graduate vacancies and summer internships and the D&S placement blackboard site advertises undergraduate sandwich placements. The key links section also has a few more ideas to get you started.
However, many opportunities (particularly work experience and opportunities with smaller firms) are not always advertised so a proactive approach is often effective. Approach employers directly to enquire about opportunities.