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

Northern City Connections - Evening Networking Event

Status: Expressions of interest

Date: Wednesday 20 November 2019
Location: Sheffield city centre
Volunteers required: Arts and Humanities graduates in a variety of roles, in any sector

Role: The Northern City Connections programme was created in 2018 based on the success of our London City Connections programme. Following its own success last year, we are pleased to be running the event again in 2019! We aim to show our students some of the fantastic companies and career opportunities available to them in our own city and the North.

We're looking for enthusiastic Arts and Humanities alumni, working in a variety of careers in the North, to attend our evening networking reception. Your role during the networking reception will be to provide a supportive and friendly environment for the students to develop their networking skills, and find out more information about different career paths and sectors.

The student participants are all studying an Arts and Humanities degree, and are the first in their family to attend University, from areas where few people go on to further education or from low-income households. After a day of visiting local Sheffield companies they will join you for the evening networking reception at a venue in the city centre.

Read about Northern City Connections 2018 here.

Register now

ScHARR PhD Transition Testimonials

Status: Registration open

Date: Throughout the year
Location: Online
Volunteers required: ScHARR PhD graduates

Role: We're looking for ScHARR PhD alumni to give feedback on the transition period following completion of their PhD, in order to improve the support offered to the future generation of graduates.

Register now

Careers Service eMentoring

Status: Expressions of interest for Feb-May scheme

Date: Two schemes per year; Oct-Dec and Feb-May
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

Medical School Careers Talks 

Status: Registration open

Date: Throughout the 2018-19 academic year
Time: Tuesdays at 5pm
Location: Online
Volunteers required: Medical School MBChB alumni who've graduated within the past 10-15 years, in medical or non-medical careers

Role: We're looking for alumni volunteers working in medical careers to give a 20 minute presentation and talk followed by a 10 minute Q&A. We're also interested in alumni who've chosen a non-medical career to show the variety of options available to our MBChB graduates. Our aim is to provide students with a weekly inspirational careers talk featuring a different alumnus each time, to take place every Tuesday at 5pm, online via Adobe Connect. To register your interest, contact Adina Timofei via email at a.timofei@sheffield.ac.uk.

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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. 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


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