Sheffield Connections - Mike Anderson

Sheffield Connections offers students, including those from a widening participation background, the chance to meet inspirational and successful alumni. A small group of students meet the graduate in an informal, relaxed setting over tea and cake. Students are then able to ask questions about the graduate’s time at Sheffield and career, as well as discussing their own career options or University choices.

Alumni Involvement

Mike Anderson, BA History 1985, Managing Director and Wealth Manager at Coutts Co. volunteered his time to speak to students and offered them valuable, personal advice on the baking and finance industries, as well as sharing information about his own career path and interests. 

The Results

Students found out more about a career in private banking, whilst increasing their confidence of networking in a friendly environment. The meeting with Mike also gave the students the opportunity to seek advice on their own career choices, including applications for graduate posts in banking. Following the event, Mike exchanged details with a number of students and has continued to support them with personalised careers advice.

If you would like to find out more information about volunteering at the University, please visit the Volunteering web pages or email

Mike Anderson with students