Your career prospects

A Sheffield degree is a preparation for life and the world of work. We’ll support you throughout your course and after you graduate.

Postgraduate alumnus

It’s all about you

Our students come from all kinds of backgrounds. Our aim is for every single one of them to reach their full potential. That’s why the support we offer is personal, built around you.

We want you to be able to work anywhere in the world, to make your mark among the brightest and best. To reach the top in your profession, if that’s your goal. To redefine it, if necessary. Or to create something completely new.

Through the curriculum and using online resources, you’ll learn how to manage your own development. We encourage you to reflect on what you’ve learned so you understand what your strengths are, and how you can do even better.

Helen Monks
Helen Monks starred in the Channel 4 comedy series Raised by Wolves

The Careers Service was so helpful, especially for students studying humanities. It helps you work out how to be employable and learn how to apply the skills you've learned at university in the real world. I’d recommend getting involved in everything you can and doing everything you can. It’s a chance to work out what you’re good at, what you love and what you thrive in.

Helen Monks

Graduate and professional actor - BA English & Theatre

You're going to do great things

Explore new opportunities

We’ll help you explore all your options, including employment, entrepreneurship and further study. You will also have the chance to connect with big private sector employers, SMEs and third sector organisations, finding inspiration and building a network of contacts.

Our job fairs are the biggest in the region, covering a wide range of industries and sectors. Employers regularly visit campus, meeting postgraduates, sharing expertise and recruiting for potential opportunities.                         

Learn from experience

We offer degrees with a year’s work experience built in. We can also help you find shorter placements, vacation work and part-time jobs. Recent placements include: AstraZeneca, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, ESPN, Fujitsu, IBM, the NHS, Rolls-Royce and Unilever. Some are in Sheffield, some in London or elsewhere.

Through our volunteering programme, you can take part in projects that give you invaluable insight into how organisations work and why.

Work placements

Placement student

During my year in industry at Cummins, I had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects of different sizes. All of this taught me how to manage my time and prioritise as I was usually in charge of my own personal projects throughout the year. All in all, I believe it to be a truly life-changing experience which I am sure will open many doors in the future.

Godwin EDI Okojie

Mechanical Engineering with a Year in Industry

PricewaterhouseCoopers building

PwC have had great success working with the University of Sheffield and recruiting their students into our undergraduate and graduate opportunities. We recruit University of Sheffield students from all degree subjects and value the range of skills and experiences that they bring to a diverse firm such as PwC.

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

Our global outlook

You could study or work abroad, do international research, attend a summer school at one of our partner universities or learn a language. You can even combine all of these. We offer a range of scholarships for many of our global activities.

We offer additional support for international students who want to find work in the UK, overseas or in your home country.

Further study

As an undergraduate student, we’ll help you consider postgraduate study so that you can carry on a subject you love, learn new skills, or change direction. And if you’re a postgraduate student who is interested in a PhD we can help you find and apply for opportunities.

Our graduates

Sheffield graduates achieve amazing things across the globe, using their degrees to make a positive impact on society and change the world for the better.

A global reputation

Sheffield is a research university with a global reputation for excellence. We're a member of the Russell Group: one of the 24 leading UK universities for research and teaching.