GradVantage is our lifetime support offer to Sheffield Hallam University graduates. We are here to help you make that change from studying to entering the world of work and beyond. You can come to us at any time in your life, not just after you have finished your studies, for support such as managing a career change, considering further study or even just working out what you want to do.
Support available to you
Handshake - search for jobs and careers events
Handshake is our brand-new careers platform where you can search and apply for graduate opportunities, attend employers events, careers fairs, and book skills workshops to help you with your career.
As a Hallam graduate, you have access to Handshake. Follow the instructions below to set up your Handshake profile for the first time and connect with Sheffield Hallam University to see the opportunities available on our platform:
- Go to 'Register new Handshake account'
- Use a personal email address to set up your account (a personal email address is required to verify your Handshake profile, as you no longer have access to your student account)
- Make sure you choose Sheffield Hallam University when a university is requested - this will ensure your request to connect to the University comes to us. Once we have verified your graduate status, your profile will be approved by the Careers & Employability within 3 - 4 days of your request
Once you have followed these instructions, you must then use the 'You can also sign in with your email address' option (underneath the Current SHU Students login button) to login to Handshake as a graduate.
Graduate online career tools
Our online career tool platform, Career Centre 360, contains career support resources and practical tools to help you prepare for the recruitment process and think about your next career steps; we have created a dedicated GradVantage section especially for graduates using the platform. In order to access Career Centre 360, please follow the instructions on the Alumni login page.
The Graduates First Portal allows you to practice psychometric tests, video interviews, and more. If you have graduated within the last three years, you can contact careers who can provide you with access to the portal. We will register you on the system and send you your login details. If you have previously registered with Graduates First as a student, you will still be able to access the portal as a graduate.
Our Advisers offer one-to-one appointments to support you with reflecting on skills you have developed throughout your life and university experience to provide tailored advice, and feedback on relevant CVs or job applications. We also offer later appointments on a Wednesday between 4-7pm so you can still see an adviser around your work and home schedule. Please note: As a graduate, you are advised to contact careers via phone on 0114 225 3752 or email us directly to book an appointment. You will then receive confirmation to your chosen personal email address.
You can practice your interview skills with our bespoke practice interview sessions, receiving detailed constructive feedback to help you improve and be the best candidate you can be for your next interview. Please note: As a graduate, you are advised to contact careers via phone on 0114 225 3752 or email us directly to book a practice interview. You will then receive confirmation to your chosen personal email address.
Working for yourself
For those wanting to venture into working for yourself, you can access our Hallam Graduate Start-ups offer from The Enterprise Team. This support includes access to funding, one-to-one appointment, online interactive webinars and mentoring support.
You may want to expand your network but you may not be sure where to start. Below are two options which can help you connect with your fellow Hallam alumni:
- LinkedIn alumni tool - search for other alumni and see what kind of industries they have gone into
- Hallam Collective - keep up with your fellow alumni, have the chance to become a mentor to our current final years, and even sign up to become a mentee yourself
What do Hallam Graduates do?
Our 'Graduate Outcomes Survey' page explains how you'll be contacted 15 months after you complete studies to check where you are at, and where to find the data afterwards.