City Connections 2018
City Connections is an employability programme for current Faculty of Social Sciences undergraduate students, from under-represented backgrounds in Higher Education.
It provides an opportunity for students to engage with University of Sheffield alumni and the organisations they work for, developing their professional skills and knowledge of how businesses operate. In 2016, City Connections was nominated for a Times Higher Education Award for 'Outstanding Support for Students' - an award which recognises UK institutions that help students to gain the maximum benefit from their studies.
Students who are selected for the programme gain an insight into three high profile London organisations, from architecture practices to law firms, and enjoy an evening networking with senior and successful Sheffield alumni. Students are given a tour of each organisation as special guests and take part in arranged activities designed to build professional skills and confidence, all of which will be beneficial throughout their studies and future careers. During their visits students learn about the organisations; the different roles that exist, potential routes into the organisation and about the career paths of graduates.
Students are fully supported throughout the programme with a pre-event workshop highlighting key networking skills and commercial awareness activities to increase their confidence for the day. The trip to London itself, which took place on Wednesday 21 March 2018, is then followed by a post-event workshop, designed to provide students with useful tips about how to follow up with their connections and how to put into practice the skills they’ve learnt throughout in order to enhance their employability.
The City Connections 2018 cohort visited AHMM Architects, DLA Piper and EY, where they experienced workshops and talks from several University of Sheffield alumni in key roles within the businesses. The day provided students the opportunity to experience different professional environments and the exciting hustle and bustle of the City of London. It ended with an alumni networking event allowing the students to fully utilise the skills learnt in the pre-event workshops and make vital connections in the city.