Students who are carers

Are you studying whilst managing caring commitments? Do you spend time looking after or helping a friend, partner or family member due to illness, disability, frailty or addiction? At the Careers and Employability Service, we provide tailored support to help you build your skills, experience and contacts and progress into a graduate job or further study. Philippa Fairfax (p.fairfax@shu.ac.uk) is the named contact for students with caring responsibilities, so do contact her directly with any questions or to arrange an appointment. If accessing a face-to-face appointment is difficult, you can book a telephone, email or SKYPE appointment.

Are you aware of the options open to you?

For any students, navigating next steps and choosing a career direction can be challenging. However, if you haven't had much time to explore and investigate ideas, you may particularly benefit from talking through your ideas with a careers adviser. This can help ensure you are aware of the range of options open to you and assist with your decision making. You can find useful information to begin your research and career exploration in Career Planning for Beginners and Options with your Subject sections of this site.

Do you have relevant work experience?

As a carer, you may struggle to gather extensive work experience or find work that is flexible enough to fit around your caring responsibilities. You can access campus jobs and part-time jobs through UniHub, many of which are for one-off events. If you do not have time for a part-time job, you can seek out other ways to build your experience, such as one-off volunteering with Hallam Union and opportunities within your course through Venture Matrix.

Remember that your caring responsibilities, and managing the challenges they present, are evidence of your character that can make you stand out to employers, if you choose to share this.

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 in a 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 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. It's easy for other things to take priority over planning your future and this is why the Careers and Employability Service work closely with Student Support Services to promote 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 for five years after graduating, including via SKYPE or telephone if you are away from Sheffield. You also have free I.T. access at our Careers and Employability Centre. We can offer advice on funding for further study and refer to appropriate sources of help if you have questions about claiming benefits or securing accommodation.

Want support with 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 transitions@shu.ac.uk and ask for Emily or Robin. For more information, see this blog from the team in Student Support Services. 

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 11:41