Careers in Information

The Information School at the University of Sheffield is the leading school of our kind in the UK. Our courses prepare you for a wide range of careers and the skills which you gain will equip you to work in the fast paced and evolving field of information and library management.

We are committed to the success of our students. Our close links with the Careers Service help to improve our students’ employability and we offer support and guidance to our students on the next steps after their course. Visits from employers also give our students insight into industry and career options.

Find out about the career path that one of our graduates, Sam, has followed in this video:

Your skills and your career

Studying at the Information School means that you will develop a strong skillset which will be valued by employers around the world. These are some of the skills that you will gain from your studies, and examples of how you have applied them during your studies. Evidence of your use of these skills will help make you stand out to prospective employers.

Communication You have demonstrated oral communication skills through group work and presentations and written communication skills through written essays, reports, posters and website content.
You have also learned about effective professional social media and online communication.
Problem solving and creativity You have demonstrated creative approaches to challenging problems in completing open-ended coursework on web design, database design, group work, individual research projects.
Flexibility You have shown a flexible approach to learning by completing varied forms of assessments, for example briefing papers, essays, business reports, reflective assignments and client specifications.
Working and learning independently You have worked independently, particularly when designing and carrying out your dissertation research, and organised your own time when completing individual assessments.
Team work and interpersonal skills You have demonstrated working effectively with others by negotiating plans and resources in group work and overcoming problems in groups.
Time management You have shown that you can manage resources and competing deadlines by completing your assessments within deadlines.
Learning and reflection Your ability to reflect on learning and how to improve your performance has been demonstrated through reflective elements of modules and assessments.
Research skills Your research skills can be demonstrated by your data collection, analysis and production of recommendations during assessments.
Information literacy You can demonstrate that you have developed information literacy through your ability to filter through volumes of information to find, evaluate and present information from varied sources during assessments.
IT and digital literacy You have demonstrated IT and digital literacy through using multiple applications during modules and assessments, including Microsoft Office, websites, search engines, videos, flash presentations, databases, content management systems.
Information management Your knowledge of information management is demonstrated by your understanding of the importance of information policies and governance, demonstrated through skills in finding, organising, storing and presenting information.

As an international student, studying in the UK can help to enhance your employment prospects and develop the skills and experience that employers look for. Research from the British Council has highlighted the benefits of studying in the UK for international students. Studying in the UK enhances your skills in problem solving, cross-cultural communication, creative thinking and use of the English language. It also helps you to develop an international outlook. The experience of studying in the UK and the outlook which you will develop will make you more employable if you return home after your time in Sheffield.

Planning your career

Support in the Information School

The Information School’s Careers Liaison Officer is Pam McKinney. Pam is available to provide advice and guidance to students in the Information School students about jobs and careers in the information management and library sector. You can contact Pam by emailing p.mckinney@sheffield.ac.uk or on 0114 222 2650.

You can also follow Pam on Twitter where she posts careers information and news using #infocareers.

You can access a timetable of career planning events from our Planning your year page.

Careers Service

In addition, as a student at the University of Sheffield, you have access to our excellent Careers Service which is on hand when you start to plan your future. The Careers Service provides information and support tailored to taught postgraduate students on their Make it Count website.

Students can speak to any Careers Adviser on duty in the Careers Service - careers advisers do not only work with finalists or those with a clear idea about what to do after graduation but can offer a range of advice. Some students may want help with applications and interviews or have specific issues to tackle before job seeking. Others may be unclear about the future and need help with career planning, work experience, skills development or entrepreneurship. The Careers Service also supports graduates for up to three years after graduating.

Career Connect is a brand new way for you to connect with your Careers Service. As a student or graduate you can search for jobs, browse events or book appointments.

See the Careers website for the services available. If you have any queries or you want to book a careers appointment then you can call the front desk on 0114 2220910 or use the email query form on the website