Support for students and graduates

Our services

Need some help?

Find the answers to your career questions in the relevant sections of our website:

  • Explore your options – make choices about careers and postgraduate study/research
  • Develop your employability skills – ways to add to your university experience
  • Jobs, placements and work experience – find opportunities in the UK and in countries around the world
  • CVs, applications and interviews – successful application and interview technique
  • Information resources – detailed articles on different careers, international work and study, links to specialist websites, and more.

You can also call in with your questions.

The Careers Service, Edgar Allen House, 241 Glossop Road Tel 0114 222 0910 (Find us on the map).

We are open Monday - Friday 9.00 - 5.00 pm (except Tuesdays when we open at 11.00 am).

Book to see an adviser

Our individual advice sessions help you consider your options, find and apply for jobs or study, handle job offers and everything in between.

Book via Career Connect. Sessions are available Monday - Friday and can be booked from 8.00 am, up to three working days in advance. They take place in the Careers Service, or via email, telephone, or Skype where appropriate. Please attend appointments on time - if you are more than 5 minutes late we will not be able to see you as this causes delays for other students.

If you graduated from Sheffield in the last three years, you just need a Career Connect account. Follow our simple guide on how to register.

Note: University of Sheffield graduates who have subsequently registered at another UK Higher Education institution should use the services available at that institution.

Student Jobshop

Looking for a part-time job? The Careers Service runs the Student Jobshop in the Students' Union, advertising jobs on campus and in the local area, as well as providing advice on finding work experience.

For more information, visit our Student Jobshop webpage

Employers offering part-time work for students can contact the Jobshop on 0114 2220940 or studentjobshop@sheffield.ac.uk.

Events

Careers events take place throughout the year. These include sessions on exploring career options; finding jobs, placements and further study; succeeding at applications and interviews; and more.

We also run major careers fairs and bring employers onto campus to meet students like you. For more details go to Our events, and view forthcoming events on Career Connect (via Muse).

Graduates

As a graduate of the University of Sheffield, you can continue to use many of our services for up to three years*, including access to appointments and vacancies. A number of our events are also open to you, including our Careers Fairs and workshops specifically designed for recent graduates. Details of all the above are on Career Connect, so register for a graduate account now.

In addition to our advice on finding graduate jobs, we have information on graduate internships in the UK, as well as master’s courses and PhDs, and taking time out. See the relevant sections of our website via the left-hand menu.

A number of our website services require a University username and password. These include our interactive careers programme ‘How to choose a career you’ll love’ and the ‘Graduates First’ psychometric practice tests. Please contact us to arrange for graduate access.

*Please note: if you’ve registered on a course or research programme at another UK Higher Education institution, you will need to use the services available at that institution.


Postgraduate / Master’s students

Studying on a taught postgraduate course may mean you have limited time when it comes to planning what to do after your course. However, coupled with your undergraduate degree, a master’s may mean you can offer something extra to employers and open up extra opportunities. So it’s important to make the most of your time and your talents.

Our website is designed to help you plan, find and apply for jobs or PhDs, but in addition we provide Maximise your Master’s, our career management programme exclusively for University of Sheffield postgraduate students.

Look out too for our ‘PGT Fast Track’ event at the beginning of the academic year, to help you explore the postgraduate job market and make the most of your master’s degree.


International students

We understand the many opportunities and challenges that being an international student presents, so we provide additional support to our students from overseas. Whether you plan to look for work or further study in the UK, in your home country, or another country entirely, we can support you to investigate all the options. Use our website for information on your options and how to find jobs and placements, including advice if you're looking for work in the UK.

Global Careers Programme

We have a programme of employers from around the world, delivering workshops and presentations. Some events take place on campus and others are online. Sign up through Career Connect (via Muse).

International careers and Going Global

Our International careers resource has information on opportunities outside the UK, including jobs, further study, work experience and voluntary work. Many of the countries also feature on our Going Global database with detailed career guides, jobs and placements, visa information and an employer directory.

Visa information

We can discuss options for finding work in the UK after your studies. Further information about this is also available in International options.

For individual immigration advice, please visit the Students' Union Advice Centre.


First Generation+ students & Mature and BAME students

We provide additional services to UK undergraduates who are either:

  • in the first generation of their family to go to University
  • or are in receipt of a University maintenance bursary
  • or meet other ‘widening participation’ criteria, including mature entrants and black and minority ethnic (BAME) students

Additional services include exclusive access to a Careers Consultant, an email bulletin to let you know about opportunities, plus Work Experience bursaries to support vacation work placements.

See Discover your future for more information and to check your eligibility for these services.

If you are a mature student, you are likely to have a wealth of experience, e.g. from your work history and/or general life experience. However, you may also value support with exploring your career options, based on the opportunities your degree will open up. Using our website and arranging an appointment with one of our advisers will help guide you through this process.

See the ‘Equality issues’ section of our Information resources for careers information for mature students and for students from an ethnic minority background, plus a list of graduate schemes and placements exclusively for BAME students.


Disabled students

We understand that students with health issues or a disability may need support with career planning at various stages of their studies. If you have a disability, including a long term health condition, a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or a mental health condition, we can support you with career planning at any stage of your studies.

Information and advice pages are available on our website and students are able to book a one-to-one advice session where you can discuss:

  • when and how to disclose a disability to potential employers to help ensure that have access to reasonable adjustments during the application process and in the workplace
  • finding placements and graduate jobs exclusive to disabled students and graduates
  • career choice and making the most of the opportunities open to you
  • how to demonstrate your skills and qualities in applications and interviews

If you have a Learner Support Plan or Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA), ask the Disability and Dyslexia Support Service (DDSS) to refer you directly into one of our longer careers appointments. 

We recognise that not all students who have a disability access DDSS, or have a Learner Support Plan/DSA. If you feel you require additional support, please contact us to arrange a longer appointment.

If you think you need adjustments to any part of a recruitment process (for example needing additional time in written tests), or that your impairment could have an impact on your ability to perform a job role, you may want to arrange an assessment through the University’s Disability and Dyslexia Support Service.

See our advice on disclosing a disability to an employer.

The ‘Equality issues’ section of our Information resources has a list of graduate schemes and placements exclusively for disabled students, plus links to careers articles.