Hallam Achieve is a career readiness programme dedicated to international students to help build confidence through a series of workshops, events, and a practice interview.

Benefits of taking part in Achieve

Students who participate fully with the programme will gain more confidence and understanding of their valuable contribution to work and studies in the UK. 

Through completing Achieve, you will not only gain invaluable skills and build relationships with your fellow international students, you will also:

  • Receive a Certificate of attendance, outlining the workshops you have completed
  • Have gained confidence in how to apply for degree-specific jobs
  • Know how to articulate your strengths to a potential employer
  • Have developed important soft skills that employers look for in graduates

How to apply

Applications open on 15 January 2024.

Achieve Sessions

All elements of the Achieve programme are as important as each other, and students will gain the most benefit from attending the full programme. If your application is successful, we will give you sign-up details to the sessions. The majority of the programme is available online. However, some sessions are offered in person, should you prefer to learn that way. We recommend you do one workshop per week, as suggested with the week commencing dates below: 

Welcome event and Workshop 1: Finding work in the UK

You only need to attend one of these workshops. You will be invited to sign up for your workshop via Handshake.

  • Tuesday 20th February 2024, 13:00 - 14:00 (In Person)
  • Wednesday 21st February 2024, 15:00 - 16:00 (In Person)
Workshop 2: Developing employability skills and confidence
  • We suggest completing this workshop during the week commencing Monday 26 February 2024 (Online)
Workshop 3: Producing a CV and cover letter
  • We suggest completing this workshop during the week commencing Monday 4 March 2024 (Online) or attend our face-to-face workshop on Wednesday 6 March 2024, 15:00 - 16:00
CV checks
  • Wednesday 13 March 2024, 09:00 - 13:00 (In Person)
Workshop 4: Interview preparation and techniques
  • We suggest completing this workshop during the week commencing Monday 18th March 2024 (Online) or attend our face-to-face workshop on Monday 18 March 2024, 15:00 - 16:00
Mock interviews
  • Wednesday 20 March 2024 (In Person)
Workshop 5: Psychometric testing
  • We suggest completing this workshop during the week commencing Monday 25 March 2024 (Online)
 Achieve celebration event
  • Wednesday 10 April 2024, 16:00 - 17:30 (In Person)

If you are really unable to attend 1 of the core workshops, your final certificate will only note the workshops that you did attend.

Contact us

If you have any additional questions after reading the above, please email

Frequently Asked Questions

Does it matter what I am studying?

Hallam Achieve is open to eligible international students from all colleges on undergraduate or postgraduate courses. Information covered is relevant and transferable to a wide range of industries. If during the Programme you have a query relating to how the information might relate to your specific course or industry, we will be happy to chat with you individually.

I have already attended some of these workshops in my course module or through the Central Careers Workshops Programme - can I still attend?

Yes, although many of the learning points may be the same, so think carefully before applying. One of the benefits of ‘Achieve’ is meeting other international students and learning from each other. The Programme also hopes to have frequent representation from employers.

Where are workshops held?

Sessions will be held in person on our city campus or online. Venues will be confirmed upon acceptance onto the Programme.

What is the cost of participating in Hallam Achieve?

Hallam Achieve is totally free and available only to eligible current Hallam international students.