Your career: realise your dreams

Helen Monk

A Sheffield degree is a preparation for life and the world of work.

Our relationships with employers enable you to gain work experience from the start of your degree and connect you to more opportunities when you’ve graduated.

We work hard to help make sure you get as much work experience as possible, whether that’s short-term placements, a full year in industry, an internship or all three. Our aim is to enable you to take your place in the world, working alongside the brightest and best from across the globe.

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Careers support

Right from the first year of your degree, our dedicated Careers Service can help you work out what you want to do and how to get there. We'll continue to support you you in your career planning for up to three years after you graduate.

Our specialist advisers will show you what employers are looking for and how to market yourself – not just your skills and subject knowledge but your personality and your achievements outside the classroom. We also provide opportunities throughout your course to meet employers offering placements, jobs and work experience.

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Organisations that have recruited our students into graduate-level jobs recently include the BBC, Oxfam, Google, Ernst & Young, Rolls-Royce, Cancer Research UK, Amazon and Sky.

Of course, Sheffield graduates also secure jobs with a wide range of other employers across all industry sectors.

As well as recruiting our students and graduates, employers like these engage in the curriculum and help students develop their skills in a real-world context.

We'll help you tell employers about your achievements

When you graduate, you’ll get a Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) as well as a degree certificate. The HEAR highlights your academic achievements and your extra-curricular activities, so potential employers can see what your strengths are.

We’ll make sure you have plenty of chances to shine. Right from the first year, we’ll work with you to find challenges that will stretch you and teach you new skills. We’ll also provide you with snapshots of your HEAR to help support job applications that you make during your studies.

The Sheffield Graduate Award has been created to recognise your commitment to personal development. You can achieve the award by doing activities not directly included in your HEAR such as volunteering, work experience and international activities. If you gain the award you’ll receive a certificate on graduation and it will be included in your HEAR.

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Active citizens

Every Sheffield student gets the chance to work on projects that make a difference to people's lives. Often linking directly to your subject, this might mean working on an engineering challenge with health professionals, helping refugees, inspiring local school children, or an architecture project in the community.

Our outward-facing ethos prepares you for the world beyond the classroom and makes you more employable.

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Sheffield's volunteering programme is one of the biggest and best in the UK. It helps more than 200 local charities and voluntary groups.

There are hundreds of opportunities to work with the community and the range of things to do is very broad.

We can also help you develop your own volunteering projects from scratch.

Work experience and placements

Work experience can take the form of vacation work, internships, part-time or temporary paid work, or placements and projects.

Short-term, summer or year-long opportunities are all a great way to gain experience and make contacts, and can help you decide what you want to do in the future.

Why do a placement?

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You could spend a year on a work placement as part of your course. Complete your placement successfully and we amend your degree title to reflect your experience, for instance: BA English Literature with Employment Experience.

Most placements are paid – on average £14–19K.

While it’s up to you to apply for placements, the Careers Service Placements Team will help you to find opportunities and will work with you through the recruitment process.


Recent placements include: AstraZeneca, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, ESPN, Fujitsu, IBM, the NHS, Rolls-Royce and Unilever. Some are in Sheffield, some in London or elsewhere.

You can also spend your placement year working overseas.

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Entrepreneurial skills

If you have an idea for a project of your own, or you want to start a business, we can support you. University of Sheffield Enterprise is dedicated to facilitating this kind of activity.

You can take a module in enterprise as part of your course: Making Ideas Happen. This is open to most second and third-year students, with some exceptions, for example medicine students.

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Develop a global outlook

There are many ways to develop your global competence both at home and abroad. You could study or work abroad, do international research, attend a summer school at one of our partner universities or learn a language. You can even combine all of these. We offer a range of scholarships for many of our global activities.

Find out about global opportunities at Sheffield.


Making Ideas Happen is mostly taught online, with some face-to-face sessions, so it’s easy to fit around your other commitments. The focus is on generating and developing ideas. You join a project team made up of students from different departments and work together to solve a real-world problem.


The Career Management Skills module is open to most students. It’s taught by Careers Service staff and designed to give you valuable insight into the job market – how it works and what employers are looking for.

In a series of workshops, you’ll learn how to plan your career, how to spot opportunities, and how to market yourself. You’ll also learn how to write a strong application and how to prepare for an interview.

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Achieve More

Unique to Sheffield, Achieve More is your chance to work alongside students and academics from a range of disciplines to develop potential solutions for global issues.

You’ll take part in activities in most years of your course, working collaboratively to research, explore and innovate.

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Student Jobshop

Our student Jobshop will help you find part-time work to fit in around your studies. You can find hundreds of local and international opportunities on our online jobs database, including voluntary, part-time and vacation work. Our Taste of Work scheme is ideal if you have little or no work experience.

The Careers Service was so helpful, especially for students studying Humanities. It helps you to work out how to be employable and gives you encouragement on how to use the skills you’ve learnt at university and practically apply them in the real world.

Something I’d recommend is to get involved in everything you can and do everything you can. It’s only three years so make the most of being in this place where everything is available to you. It’s a chance to work out what you’re good at, what you love and what you thrive in.