Students estranged from their family

Students estranged from their family 

Are you studying without the support of your family, i.e. you may say you’re ‘not on speaking terms’ with them, or you may feel you’ve been ‘disowned’, ‘fallen out’ or ‘lost contact’ with family members? At the Student and Graduate Employability Service we provide tailored support to help you build your skills, experience and contacts, and progress into a graduate job or further study. Sheryl Cruickshank ( is the named contact for estranged students, so do contact her directly with any questions or to arrange an appointment.

Are you aware of the career options open to you?

For any student, navigating next steps and choosing a career direction can be challenging. However, if you don't have networks to rely on and gain insight from, you may particularly benefit from talking through your ideas with a careers adviser. This can help ensure you are aware of the range of options open to you and assist with your decision making. You can find useful information to begin your research and career exploration in Career Planning for Beginners and Options with your Subject sections of this site.

Do you have relevant work experience?

Seeking a part-time job? You can access campus jobs and part-time jobs through UniHub and there are also regular opportunities for "Ambassadors", which involve sharing your experiences at university with young people and representing the University at events. If you do not have time for a part-time job, you can seek out other ways to build your experience, such as one-off volunteering with Hallam Union and opportunities within your course through Venture Matrix.

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. It's easy for other things to take priority over planning your future and this is why the Student and Graduate Employability Service work closely with Student Support Services to promote events and programmes that would be helpful to you. 

Estranged Students 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 team. You can access one-to-one appointments, including via SKYPE or telephone if you are away from Sheffield, and job vacancies and events via UniHub for 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. 

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 For more information see this blog from the team in Student Support Services.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - 15:02