In the latest destinations survey over 96% of our graduates entered employment or further study within six months of graduation*. Our graduates are sought after by employers world-wide who recognise that our students have excellent transferable skills.
Our courses are outward looking with a focus on people and places, and our students regularly engage with real-world contexts, undertaking projects in Sheffield or beyond. Employers value our students because of this approach as they graduate with skills that have been developed in real settings. Our graduates are very successful in gaining employment after their studies and our aim is to fully prepare them for their future career throughout their course.
The University’s Careers Service works closely with the School to help students build on the excellent range of skills which they develop throughout our courses and to support them in seeking graduate employment.
Tailored careers advice is provided within the School to guide students on the production of CVs, portfolios and how to approach interviews in the architecture profession. We support our third year students before they undertake their year in practice placements by identifying employment opportunities and providing an insight on what to expect. We also offer support to students throughout their placements to help them make the most of their practice experience.
Here you can find careers information specifically aimed at architecture students including graduate jobs, understanding your skills, vacancies and options available to you.
Find out about upcoming events organised by the Careers Service. These include application and interview workshops, careers fairs, industry networking events and employer presentations.
The University offers opportunities for students to develop skills that will benefit their studies and enhance their employment prospects.
Global Learning Opportunities in the Social Sciences (GLOSS) aims to provide students with unique opportunities to understand their courses in an international context, actively engage with international policy makers, stakeholders and partners, and be involved in international research. GLOSS also allows students to develop their skills which will enhance their employment prospects.
Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) offers undergraduate students in their penultimate year of study the chance to be directly involved in research activity at the University of Sheffield, working in partnership with an academic staff member on a dedicated ‘real life’ research project during the summer vacation. The scheme allows students to gain practical research experience and to develop transferable skills that will benefit them in their studies and their future careers.
The Postgraduate Advantage Scheme provides students with a financial bursary to undertake an internship which is flexible around their studies. This scheme is designed to provide valuable opportunities for masters students in the Faculty of Social Sciences to work in organisations such as charities and public services, allowing them to put theoretical knowledge in to practice.
On Campus Placements are an opportunity for students to work with an academic or professional services department on a project based, 100 hour placement. The aim is to give students the chance to use their up to date knowledge and skills on a real project and also be supported in their development.
We work with the Royal Institute of British Architects on the RIBA Mentoring Scheme which gives second year students the opportunity to make professional connections and gain insight into working in architectural practice. Engagement between our students and their architect mentors occurs in the workplace and can include visits to construction sites, attending client meetings or visiting completed projects.
Our students can also participate in e-mentoring with Sheffield graduates within the field of architecture or in other disciplines for which an architecture degree is relevant. Graduates provide students with insight into their job, the skills it requires and also give advice on CVs, interviews, networking and getting ready for employment.
We have excellent links with the architecture profession through our industry partnerships and our network of graduates. Our students benefit from regular tutoring and guest lectures by practicing architects whilst our Visiting Practice Professors, who lead some of the UK’s top architecture practices, participate in Studio Reviews and provide feedback on final year projects.
Our students are also encouraged to build their own industry networks through our Summer Exhibition employer’s event where final year students meet architects who are looking to employ our graduates. We also hold regular Alumni gatherings where former graduates can keep in touch with one another and the School.
"BDP shares a socially progressive design approach with the Sheffield School of Architecture. The school clearly supports, stimulates and inspires their students to want to make the world a better place.
We continue to recruit a strong cohort of graduates from the Sheffield School of Architecture each year. They are collaborative, creative and supportive of their colleagues; recognising that to make the world a better place we all have to work together. A number of recent graduates are progressing through our practice and have played key roles on several wonderful award winning designs. We are fundamentally committed to continuing our important links with this outstanding School and its University.”
Sheffield Alumni are shaping the future of our cities and communities...
* Figures above for UK, Full-time, First degree cohort in the 2016/17 Destinations survey