Speed Networking: Chemical & Biological Engineering

9th December 2014, 34 students, 10 alumni.

Speed Networking events allow students to talk to alumni from a variety of industries and sectors to find out more about the career options open to them. The event also aims to boost the confidence of students and develop their networking and communication skills.

Chemical & Biological Engineering speed networking

Chemical & Biological Engineering speed networking

Alumni involvement

Alumni spoke to students in small groups for 10 minutes at a time before rotating to the next group of studnets. Alumni discussed their own career paths and provided advice to students. The “speed networking” was followed by informal networking, allowing students more time to ask additional questions.


Students found out more about their options post-graduation and gained valuable experience of networking in a friendly environment.

Students said:

“Thank you – it is motivational to hear about the success of Sheffield alumni.”

“I feel inspired – thank you so much for your time.”

100% of students enjoyed the event and would recommend it to others

100% of students felt motivated to take action regarding their career and are now more confident when talking to professionals

100% of students said that talking to professionals who had studied at Sheffield was helpful, and felt that a wide range of careers were represented.

“Seeing the energy, willingness to learn and enthusiasm from the undergraduates was great. To play a small part in motivating and inspiring them in their future careers made attending the event worthwhile and rewarding.”

Owen Whitfield,
BSc Chemical Process Engineering & Fuel Technology 1980
Licensing & Projects Manager (now retired), BP

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