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The Hallam Achieve programme ("Achieve") is specifically for international students. It is designed to enhance your career readiness and employability success by helping you to identify and articulate your skills, knowledge, and experience to employers or education providers in the UK.

Through a series of workshops, events and online activities, you will take ownership of your personal career journey, improve your confidence in navigating the recruitment process and shape your future success!


You are only eligible to apply if you are an international undergraduate or postgraduate student during the Academic year 2021-2022. 


Applications are open from 13 December 2021 to 6 February 2022. Applicants will be contacted after applications close and will be advised whether their application has been successful. Hallam Achieve will run from 16 February to 14 April 2022.

It includes the following elements:

Events (compulsory) designed to help build your experience and skills:
  • Welcome event on week commencing 21 February 2022 
  • Mock interview on the week commencing 4th April 2022 
  • Celebration Event on 14 April 2022 (2-4pm)
Workshops (compulsory) for you to gain practical skills that could prove invaluable for your career:

4 core workshops:

  • Workshop 1 - Finding work in the UK 
  • Workshop 2 - Developing your employability skills and confidence 
  • Workshop 3 - Producing an impressive CV and cover letter
  • Workshop 4 - Interview Preparation and techniques
Two optional discussion sessions (which will require some pre-work if students wish to attend):
  • Using LinkedIn, social media, and networking in your job search
  • Coping with Psychometric tests as an international student

Sessions are scheduled for two hours but may not always last for the whole two hours depending on the content to be covered and how much discussion there is.


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

Upon completion of your Achieve personal journey of discovery, as well as the invaluable skills and relationships you will have developed throughout the program, 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 are open from 13 December 2021 to 6 February 2022.

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’ however 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 a mixture of zoom delivery and in-person sessions at the Careers Connect Centre in Hallam Square. You will know in advance of the programme starting where workshops and events will take place. The 4 core workshops run as part of Achieve are all as important as each other, and students will gain the most benefit from attending the full programme.

If you are really unable to attend 1 of the core workshops, your final Certificate will only note the workshops that you did attend. Please note that you must be able to attend the whole session. Arriving late or leaving early will not be permitted, unless prior approval has been given, and may result in you not being marked as having attended that workshop.

What is the cost of participating in Hallam Achieve?

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

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