How can I use it?

As a student at the University of Sheffield you have access to a wealth of different opportunities to make your university experience unforgettable. Coming to university isn't just about seminars, lectures and exams. It's also about developing as a person and gaining experience and skills to help you succeed in your studies, and with whatever you choose to do after university.

The University can now help you to demonstrate all the valuable experience and skills you have gained, by giving you official recognition for not only your academic achievements, but also your wider engagement and learning, by recording this in your HEAR.

Get involved - and make yourself more employable at the same time!

Take advantage of opportunities to gain recognition for activities undertaken outside the curriculum. This will help you demonstrate how you have made the most of your time at university, and gained valuable skills and experience that will enhance your employability and help you achieve your potential.

Remember – when you are applying for work experience, jobs or postgraduate courses, organisations will expect you to demonstrate that you have taken advantage of the whole University experience.

Opportunities to broaden your experience and learn new skills may never be as abundant and available again, so make sure you don’t miss out! Look up what we can verify for your HEAR now:

HEAR Activities Database

Identify what you're achieving

You can view your HEAR at any time via My Services in MUSE, which means you can use it to help you review your progress and plan for your personal development.

Your personal tutor and staff in the Careers Service, 301 and the Students’ Union will be able to support you in this process. Talk to staff about what's in your HEAR, to help you identify the range learning and achievements you are acquiring, and reflect on what you will need to achieve your future goals.

Employers tell us that using the HEAR to increase self-awareness in this way is the best way to make yourself more employable, because it will help you identify and articulate what you as an individual have to offer, and assist you in planning how to build on this.

So have a think about what you’ve got and where you want to go, and use this to plan how you make the most of your time at Sheffield.

Hear what some other students have to say about their development:

Show and tell - let others know what you've got to offer

You can share your HEAR with employers and others to provide evidence of your university achievements, using our secure online ShARe (Sheffield Authorised Records) system. You can start doing this as early as March in your first year.

If you leave the University before completing your course, you will continue to have access to your latest HEAR snapshot in ShARe, so that you have a record of the achievements you gained whilst at Sheffield.

Remember!

  • The HEAR is not a replacement for application statements and CVs. These documents are still the key to explaining to employers exactly why you’re the best person for the job.
  • Employers are just as interested - if not more so - in the academic information in your HEAR, as they are in the extra-curricular information in Section 6.1, so focusing on your studies is really important.
  • You will not be disadvantaged if the University cannot verify all your activities and achievements (e.g. activities you have done at home in the summer), because you can still refer to these in CVs and application statements. Employers would not expect the University to be verifying these activities.
  • There may be very good reasons why you may not be able to/may not wish to participate in activities that can be verified for the HEAR. The opportunity to gain recognition for extra-curricular achievements is not intended to make you feel under more pressure. The University simply wishes to help evidence wider learning where it is possible to do so. Employers understand that a blank Section 6.1 does not mean that you haven't undertaken valuable activities alongside your degree, and would not want students to undertake extra activities for the sake of it.

But the HEAR can help you in lots of ways:

  • Use the content in your HEAR as a starting point for answering job application questions, writing personal statements or preparing for interviews – especially where you are asked for examples of where you have developed particular skills/gained particular types of experience.
  • Explain the skills and experiences you’ve gained from your academic studies using the course description in Section 4.
  • Identify some of the transferable skills you have gained from extra-curricular involvement using the descriptions in Section 6.
  • Remember the specific scenarios you wrote about in reflective accounts you completed to obtain extra-curricular HEAR recognition. Use these in application statements/interviews when you are asked to talk about previous experience/achievements.