Do you have a network of professional contacts?
If not, take advantage of our Career Mentoring Scheme, which gives you the chance to meet with a professional from an organisation or in a job role that interests you. Your mentor can give you the benefit of their experience in a particular occupation, and an insight into the knowledge and skills you need to enter into and progress within that occupation.
Do you have people to encourage and support you with your career?
Life can be hectic sometimes and it might feel like you have lots of challenges to juggle. One graduate care leaver said "I had too much going on to access careers support," and it's easy for other things to take priority over planning your future. This is why the careers team will contact you individually, if you have identified as a care leaver, before you enter your final year, to discuss careers advice, events and programmes that would be helpful to you.
Care Leavers Interview Fund
If you have an interview coming up for a graduate job or placement year, you may be eligible for financial support from the Estranged & Care Leavers Interview Fund. You can use the fund towards additional costs such as travel, accommodation and interview clothes. To find out more and check your eligibility visit the blog here
What next after graduation?
Even though your time at Sheffield Hallam may have come to an end, you can continue to have support from the Student and Graduate Employability Service. You can access one to one appointments, including via Skype or telephone if you are away from Sheffield, and you can view job vacancies and events via UniHub up to five years after graduating, . We can offer advice on funding for further study and refer to appropriate help if you have questions about claiming benefits or securing accommodation. Remember that if you decide to continue in education or training, your Local Authority has a legal responsibility to support you, if requested, up to until the age of 25.
Want support with other aspects of university life?
Sheffield Hallam can support you with all aspects of university life, e.g. funding issues, accommodation, study skills, support for a disability. Telephone 0114 225 2679 to book an appointment or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information see this blog from the team in Student Support Services.