Do you have a network of professional contacts?
If not, take advantage of our Career Mentoring Scheme, which gives you the chance to meet with a professional from an organisation or in a job role that interests you. Your mentor can give you the benefit of their experience in a particular occupation, and an insight into the knowledge and skills you need to enter into and progress within that occupation.
Do you have people to encourage and support you with your career?
Life can be hectic sometimes and it might feel like you have lots of challenges to juggle. One graduate care leaver said "I had too much going on to access careers support," and it's easy for other things to take priority over planning your future. This is why the careers team will contact you individually, if you have identified as a care leaver, before you enter your final year, to discuss careers advice, events and programmes that would be helpful to you.
Getting encouragement from fellow students can help you stay focused in your career planning and job search. Our Career Impact programme is designed to bring together a community of like-minded students who can offer you peer support when applying for graduate schemes; it also includes employer guests and exclusive networking opportunities.
What next after graduation?
Even though your time at Sheffield Hallam may have come to an end, you can continue to have support from the Careers and Employability team. You can access one to one appointments, job vacancies and events via UniHub up to five years after graduating, including via Skype or telephone if you are away from Sheffield. You also have free IT access at our Careers and Employability Centre. We can offer advice on funding for further study and refer to appropriate help if you have questions about claiming benefits or securing accommodation. Remember that if you decide to continue in education or training, your Local Authority has a legal responsibility to support you, if requested, up to until the age of 25.
Want support with other aspects of university life?
Sheffield Hallam can support you with all aspects of university life, e.g. funding issues, accommodation, study skills, support for a disability. Telephone 0114 225 3813 to book an Initial Guidance Appointment or email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for Emily or Robin. For more information see this blog from the team in Student Support Services.