Getting Experience

Hallam AwardGetting experience is vital in todays competitive job market, with more than half of the leading graduate employers stating they would not employ someone without work experience. Employers ask for certain skills which they believe will enable graduates to perform well in their companies. The most successful Hallam graduates have gained a variety of experience and skills throughout their studies.

Working part-time

Working part-time is something most students consider.  You can find flexible work that fits around your studies, earn some money, and gain lots of vital skills and experience. Campus Jobs is a great place to start, working in places you probably know and often without needing any previous experience.


An internship gives you the opportunity to find out more about a role or company that interests you. It can be for a few weeks or a longer period of time. It can give you a real insight into the business and the chance to meet people who might be able to help you with your future career path. Find out more about internship opportunities


A substantial proportion of vacancies with leading graduate employers, in some cases up to 75%, are filled by those candidates who did placements with the company as students. Find out more about current work placement vacancies on UniHub.


Volunteering is a great way to gain new skills and there are many different projects to get involved with, or you might have ideas about setting up your own project to help local communities. Find out more about volunteering, including Hallams' own volunteering team.

Careers and Employability offer an award winning Career Mentoring Scheme, where you can benefit from the experience of a mentor and learn more about the skills and attributes needed for a successful career.

Career Impact is a programme for motivated, ambitious students who are aiming high. The workshops and coaching will help you prepare to really sell yourself to the big graduate recruiters.  

Another award winning scheme is Venture Matrix, where you work on real life projects with organisations to gain work experience.

There are further opportunities offered through the Hallam Award.

You may also gain experience and skills in your social life through clubs, societies and community projects. Think about everything you are involved in. If you are unsure how to put this all together to sell yourself in a CV or application then book an appointment with an adviser.

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Friday, November 9, 2018 - 12:58