Some of our projects and events are open to any students in the faculty, others are offered to specific groups of students, for example if funded by alumni gifts.
Below gives some examples of our main projects ranging from industry challenges to 70 hour internship opportunities.
- Employability as part of your course
We work with your department to embed skills/learning into courses. Our team works across the Faculty and with stakeholders to develop a curriculum that enhances skills, attributes and abilities to secure the outcomes you seek and manage your onward careers with confidence. We help to align programme and curriculum developments with the changing employment landscape.
- Workplace Insights - Easter Internship programme
Our short-term Internship programme enabling our students to make a real contribution to a business, charity or public sector organisation. On Workplace Insights (WI), students work on a project submitted by a partner organisation - one of our trusted and respected student employers - over the course of two weeks to gain work experience. Students will complete the project during the Easter vacation period, supported by a bursary payment paid by the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Students- Applications for the 23/24 academic year will open in due course.
- City Connections - Business and networking visits in Sheffield and London
City Connections is an event designed to support students from under-represented backgrounds to develop their networking and communication skills, commercial awareness and enhance their career prospects. The project provides students with the opportunity to build connections with alumni of the University of Sheffield who have reached senior positions in major organisations, and who generously give their time to support the project. Students taking part gain an insight into a wide range of career sectors and hear first-hand from alumni how they have got to where they are today. Click here for details of previous visits.
City Connections will be running in 2024 and further information for students can be found here.
- Meet the Professional's Speed Networking Events
Meet a range of professionals (including Sheffield University Alumni) at our informal events to find out more about careers in a particular sector. Some of the themes we have ran previously include Working with Children and Young People and Careers in International Development.
Over this academic year ‘Meet the Professionals’ running are:
- ‘Tech’ Careers for Non-Tech Students
- Green Careers
- Working in Mental Health
- Business and Industry Challenge days
Challenge days are a opportunity to work with a business to develop your skills and understanding of a particular sector through team challenges and 'taster' workshops. In the past we’ve ran themed events that have included 'Marketing' and ‘Policy’.
Policy Industry Challenge - The Faculty of Social Sciences runs a Policy Challenge Day with Sheffield's own Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).
Students gain practical experience of real-world policy decision-making and insights into careers across a range of Government departments including Education, Health, and Justice.
The challenge involves students working in small groups while representing Government departments in a bid to win funding from the "Chancellor". Groups are encouraged to agree cross-departmental bids and proposals are presented to the "Chancellor" who allocated funding to the winning bids.
When a student was asked about the highlight of the event:
Collaborating with individuals from different backgrounds to collectively decide and evaluate effective policy decisions and their impact on the specific department and also wide reaching impact on the lives of ordinary individuals.
A first year Economics student
Marketing Industry Challenge with Pricecheck
Pricecheck are a global wholesaler and distributor and are located locally here in Sheffield! They work closely with many recognisable brands such as L’Oreal, Adidas, and Disney.
Marketing is much much more than advertisement and you may already have the transferable skills needed in this industry such as creativity and problem solving! Most marketing roles are available for students from any discipline.
- Events for Law Students
The Susan Crosbie Leaders in Law Programme is part of a gift by Mark Crosbie, made in memory of his sister Susan Crosbie. The programme aims to support law students and students from other disciplines who are interested in a career in Law and support students from under-represented backgrounds. The main elements of the employability programme involve Coach Café and The Firm.
Coach Café: A University wide online networking series for students to meet successful Alumni and Professionals. During the event you'll be randomly matched with four different Coaches and chat to them with a small group of other students and an informal networking session will follow.
The Firm- an in person series with business visits to leading Law Firms in the North. Students will have the chance to have a tour of the firms offices, work on case studies, attend Q&A Panels with recent graduates and attend Professional Networking Sessions with members of each firm.
This is a unique opportunity to learn about firms, see their working environment and find out about their different roles and application routes available. A great chance to develop your commercial awareness, previous visits have included a tour, presentations, a case study/ commercial awareness exercise, a Q&A with recent graduates and a networking opportunity with a range of professionals at the firm.
Throughout the Susan Crosbie Leaders in Law programme you'll have the opportunity to attend employability workshops and personal development events which will help you take part in the programme with confidence.
The programme aims to:
Support School of Law students and students from other disciplines interested in pursuing law as a Career Support students from under-represented backgrounds. Build your knowledge and awareness of different job roles. Increase your confidence and aspirations Develop key skills and attributes required to progress in your academics and early career Build a professional network.