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Please check below for the latest volunteer opportunities at The University of Sheffield.

Discover Postgrad 2018-19

Status: Registration open

Date: 7th September - 2nd November 2018
Time: Various
Location: Various
Volunteers required: Arts and Humanities undergraduates who went on to study a Master's degree in any subject area and Maths undergraduates who went on to study a Master's degree in any subject area

Role: Discover Postgrad is a programme of events and activities to help students decide whether to pursue a Master's degree. This includes offering prospective students the opportunity to engage with postgraduate students, make informed decisions about their academic futures, and increase the diversity of students applying to certain courses. Alumni volunteers are invited to attend a networking event, record a short video for our website, or both. Filming will begin from 7th September until 14th September, and the networking event is to be confirmed for an evening between 22nd October and 2nd November.

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Why Do a PhD? Chemical and Biological Engineering Information Session

Status: Registration open

Date: Wednesday 10th October 2018
Time: 1.00pm -3.00pm
Location: Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Volunteers required: PhD graduates of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Role: Many of our students are interested in PhD study and often lack sufficient information about whether it's the right choice for them. We're looking for enthusiastic PhD alumni with a genuine interest in further study to meet with a small group of current students to give an honest and balanced opinion of their PhD experience. For this event, alumni will prepare and deliver a 10-15 presentation about their PhD study at Sheffield and subsequent career journey. Alumni volunteers will also support our academic staff in answering questions, followed by a networking lunch. 

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Understanding Engineering Career Options

Status: Registration open

Date: Tuesday 16th October 2018
Time: 10.00-11.00am
Location: The Octagon Centre
Volunteers required: Engineering alumni from any discipline who've graduated within the past 10 years.

Role: We're looking for Engineering alumni working in a variety of industry sectors to deliver a five-minute presentation to current students. Your presentation will include information about what is exciting about your sector, what is happening within the industry right now and why students should consider a career in this area. Following the presentations there will be time for students to network informally and ask their own questions of you, before the opening of our annual 'Placements and Graduate Jobs for STEM Subjects' careers fair.

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Northern City Connections - Networking Event

Status: Express Interest

Date: Wednesday 21st November 2018
Time: 6.00-8.30pm
Location: The Crucible Theatre Sheffield
Volunteers required: Arts and Humanities alumni working in Sheffield and the wider Northern region from a range of careers

Role: This is a brand new event based on the success of our London City Connections programme. We want to replicate this model to show our students some of the fantastic companies and career opportunities available to them in the North. Your role is to provide a supportive and friendly environment for students to develop their networking skills. The event aims to raise the confidence and aspirations of students, develop their career interests and introduce them to a network that they may not otherwise have access to. 

The student participants are the first in their family to attend University, from areas where few people progress to Higher Education, are on financial aid to attend University, or are from under-represented groups such as black and minority ethnic, disabled, young carers or have experience of being in care.

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Global Engineering Challenge 2019

Status: Express Interest

Date: Wednesday 23 January 2019
Time: 9.00am - 4.30pm
Location: The University of Sheffield
Volunteers required: Engineering alumni graduating 2008-2018, now working in Engineering roles. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate alumni currently undertaking further study for this activity.

Role: We're looking for over 30 Engineering alumni working in industry to participate in our 8th Global Engineering Challenge. Alumni will give a short presentation about their career to a "hub" of students, work with inter-disciplinary student groups to develop their project and team working skills, and also participate in a "Boardroom" to feedback on student presentations. Help develop the next generation of Engineers, promote your company and contribute to your chartership.

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Engineering You're Hired! Industry Mentors

Status: Express Interest

Date: Wednesday 30 January 2019
Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm
Location: The University of Sheffield
Volunteers required: Alumni and industry contacts from any discipline with an understanding of engineering project design and implementation.

Role: Bringing your real-world expertise, students will be able to "consult" you about their projects in the morning, followed by informal discussions in the afternoon. The event will close with "boardroom" sessions in which students will present their project and, along with an academic and PhD Facilitator, you will provide feedback.

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Engineering You're Hired! Industry Assessors

Status: Express Interest

Date: Friday 1 February 2019
Time: 11.30am - 5.00pm
Location: The University of Sheffield
Volunteers required: Alumni and industry contacts who are in senior leadership and management positions.

Role: Industry Assessors will join a member of staff and PhD Facilitator to form a panel as part of the "Pitch for Funding" finale event. Students will present their project and pitch for hypothetical funding from you.

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Social Sciences City Connections – London

Status: Express Interest

Date: Wednesday 13th March 2019
Time: 5.30-7.30pm
Location: Central London (venue TBC)
Volunteers required: Social Sciences alumni in a range of careers

Role: City Connections is a unique employability programme for students from widening participation backgrounds. The student participants are the first generation in their family to attend University, from areas where few people progress to Higher Education, are on financial aid to attend University, or are from under-represented groups such as black and minority ethnic, disabled, young carers or have experience of being in care. It aims to raise the confidence and aspirations of students, and increase their skills and commercial awareness. Following workshops in Sheffield and a day visiting alumni businesses in London, alumni are asked to join the students at a networking event, enabling students to find out about different roles and sectors, and develop their networking skills.

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Careers Service eMentoring

Status: Expressions of interest for Oct-Dec scheme

Date: Two schemes per year; Feb-May and Oct-Dec
Location: Online
Volunteers required: eMentors from a range of occupational areas

Role: Offer insight into your job, the skills required, the challenges you face, and your advice for students wanting to pursue a similar role to yours. Communication by email and/or Skype. Typically one exchange per week with your mentee for 8-10 weeks.

For more information and to register your interest click here

v i s t a PhD and post-doctoral researchers resources

Status: Recruiting

Date: Throughout the year
Location: On campus, Sheffield
Volunteers required: PhD alumni in non-academic careers

v i s t a is the University of Sheffield's suite of resources for supporting post-PhD transitions into careers beyond the academy. It comprises seminars, blogs and mentoring, and draws on the vast experience and expertise of our PhD alumni. We are now recruiting volunteers to work with us on three v i s t a opportunities:

v i s t a seminars: Could you give a 10 min lunchtime career talk? Broadly, you would be asked to talk about:

Your career journey post-PhD, how you came to do what you do, and the key decisions you made
What your job/organisation is and what tasks it involves
What skills and attributes are required to do the job
Opportunities, recruitment and selection factors

v i s t a mentoring: A secure, e-mentoring platform for careers beyond academia that allows researchers to connect with you online to ask questions about your line of work. You simply create a profile and choose when and to whom you are available for e-Mentoring. Mentor training is provided through the sign up process.

v i s t a blogs: Each Friday at 9am we post a new v i s t a profile, a career beyond the acadmeiy story in about 500 words. Currently each post is getting ~100 views, but the more that are posted, the greater the readership will become.

To express an interest in working with us on any the above v i s t a initiatives, please Register your details here or email k.guccione@sheffield.ac.uk

Management School Careers Discovery Series

Status: Expressions of interest

Date: Throughout the academic year
Location: On campus, Management School, Sheffield
Volunteers required: Management School alumni working in all aspects of Finance, Marketing, HR, Logistics at all levels of your career.

Role: The Careers Discovery Series is four separate week-long events focusing on different areas of business. Each week consists of workshops, talks, and drop-in sessions hosted by alumni, employers and professional bodies, open to Management Students across all levels. A typical session will be 50 mins long (30-40mins presentation with 10-20mins) aiming to provide students with an introduction to your current role and organisation, your own career journey from graduation, and any advice you would give to students about entering the graduate market.

More details: Visit the Management website or register your interest via email to mgtalumni@sheffield.ac.uk

School of Law Employability and Skills Initiative

Status: Expressions of interest

Date: Throughout the academic year (during term time)
Location: On campus, School of Law, Sheffield
Volunteers required: School of Law alumni working in all aspects of law, criminology and non-law at all levels of your career.

Role: The School of Law runs its own programme of careers workshops, talks, presentations and drop-in sessions. Weekly sessions are hosted by alumni, teaching staff, and employers for the benefit of School of Law students, across all levels and degree programmes. The duration of each session varies depending on the activity, but a typical alumni session will be 50 minutes long (30-40 minutes presentation, plus 10-20 minutes for Q&A), aiming to provide students with insight in to your current role and organisation, your own career journey, and any careers advice you would give to students. Local, regional, national and international employers are also welcome to present and offer first hand advice on applications, assessment centres and interviews.

Register now or register your interest via email to law-marketing@sheffield.ac.uk

Psychology Alumni Profiles and Student Testimonials

Status: Recruiting

Date: Ongoing
Time: Throughout the academic year
Location: Online
Volunteers required: Psychology alumni in a variety of roles

Role: We are looking for alumni volunteers to write a short paragraph describing your student experience, career, and any advice you would give to prospective psychology students.
Your student experience may include (but not limited to)
● Why you chose to attend University of Sheffield and study psychology
● Your University experience (courses, societies, part-time jobs, placements, social life)
● How your degree has helped you in your career
● Your advice for prospective psychology students

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Faculty of Science – International Alumni Case Studies

Status: Expressions of interest

Date: Ongoing
Location: Online expression of interest form
Volunteers required: International alumni who’ve graduated within the past ten years (2007 onwards)

Role: Provide a short update of how your career has progressed since graduation and about the job you’re doing now, so that current students can learn about the opportunities that are open to graduates of the Faculty of Science. The Departments within the Faculty of Science are:

Animal and Plant Sciences
Biomedical Science
Chemistry
Mathematics and Statistics
Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Physics and Astronomy
Psychology

Register your interest now


Other ways to get involved...

Write a career profile

Location: Online
Volunteers required: All alumni 

Role: In just 15 minutes you can help students by sharing your university and career experiences and advice. Prospective students can visualise where their time at Sheffield may lead them, and current students can ensure they gain the relevant experience through your advice.
More details: Submit a career profile 

Provide a job opportunity to a student or graduate

Location: Worldwide
Volunteers required: All alumni

Role: If your organisation can offer part time work, internships, placements or full time roles to our current students or graduates, we would love to advertise them for you.
More details: Advertise your vacancies

Recruit student volunteers for your non-profit organisation

Location: Sheffield
Volunteers required: Alumni working for local non-profits

Role: If you are a voluntary group, charitable organisation, statutory body, social enterprise or other not-for-profit organisation operating in or around Sheffield, you can promote your volunteering projects to current students. 143 local charities and voluntary groups benefited last year – don’t let your organisation miss out!
More details: Sheffield Volunteering website

Fundraise for us

Location: Worldwide
Volunteers required: All alumni

Role: The University is a registered charity and staff, students and alumni have all volunteered to raise money for causes close to their heart, ranging from student scholarships to medical research. We also have a Just Giving page if you would like to fundraise online.
More details: University of Sheffield Fundraising

Volunteer for a local charity

Location: Sheffield
Volunteers required: All alumni

Role: Join current students and staff who volunteer for a whole range of not-for-profit organisations in Sheffield. You can browse the Student Union’s Sheffield Volunteering database to find an opportunity that suits your passion and availability.
More details: Sheffield Volunteering website