Your career prospects
A Sheffield degree is a preparation for life and the world of work. We’ll support you throughout your course and for up to three years after you graduate.
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.
of Sheffield graduates are in work or further study within 6 months of graduating
The Which University Guide 2018-19
We're the top university in the north of England for producing employable graduates
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
Top in Yorkshire and the Humber
We're the best university in Yorkshire and the Humber for graduate prospects
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), released in 2020
The statistics from HESA reveal we're top in Yorkshire and the Humber for the percentage of graduates who go on to highly skilled employment. We're also ranked second among all northern universities and 13th in the Russell Group.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"I used the careers service a lot. I went to the careers service repeatedly to get my CV and application answers reviewed on a one to one basis. I also tried to go to all the careers fairs at the University and also the company presentations around campus which were excellent opportunities for networking purposes."
MEng Mechanical Engineering
"I don't think that I would be as confident in the job that I'm doing now had it not been for my experience at university. I had two placements, one in the voluntary sector, one in the statutory sector, and both were crucial to my learning really. And I think the theory side of the course ... was really important because now when we're writing reports we have to refer to research, we have to consider the theoretical implications of our work."
MA Social Work
Social Worker, Doncaster Social Services