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Be more employable

Today's employers are looking for more than a degree. To be employable, you need hands-on experience and work-ready skills. And that's exactly what these amazing opportunities will give you.

Get valuable work experience

Go on a work placement

A lot of our courses include an optional, paid placement year. This is a fantastic opportunity to get significant experience within an industry related to your course. Many other courses also involve shorter placements. Find out more.

Take part in an internship

An internship enables you to apply and demonstrate the transferrable skills you've gained - in most cases by working on a specific project. But because it doesn't have to be in an area related to your course, it's also a great opportunity to try out something new. Find out more.

Get part-time work

We can help you find part-time work that fits around your studies, either on or off campus. Which means you can earn money and get experience while you learn. See the University Life tab on MyHallam or call into the Careers Connect.

Volunteer with Hallam Union

Volunteering is an excellent way to get work experience and go further with your degree. You’ll develop desirable transferable skills to impress employers and show yourself as a well-rounded individual. With Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union Volunteering, you’ll be making your mark on the local community, giving you a sense of pride and fulfilment as you take part in our fun and exciting opportunities. Find out more.

Become a mentor for Culture Connect

As a returning student, you can help a new student from a different country settle into Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield. It’s a great way to gain volunteering experience for your CV, whilst developing valuable employability skills including cultural intelligence. All students can take part – any nationality, course, level of study and college! Find out more and apply.

Volunteer for SHU GoGlobal

We offer a range of projects and activities for you to take part in during your time at Sheffield Hallam University. You will meet new people, experience different cultures and develop your personal and professional skills. Find out more.

Join our award-winning employability scheme

You can gain business experience on an increasing number of our courses through our Venture Matrix scheme. This is a great opportunity to work on real-life projects and experience running a company. 

Develop sought-after skills

Learn a second language

You can study a language through our University Language Scheme. A skill highly valued by employers, giving you a competitive edge in a global employment market. Find out more.

Go on a leadership course

We offer fantastic opportunities to take part in leadership courses delivered by the international organisation Common Purpose. Find out more through the Careers Connect.

Become a student rep

The Students' Union runs a Student Representative Programme with the University to improve the educational experience of students. Student Reps gather feedback on any academic issue from their fellow students and work together with University staff to solve problems and make changes for the better. By representing your course or college to the University, you can develop your communication, leadership and organisational skills. Find out more

Get involved in clubs and societies

If you join one of the 100 Students' Union societies you can gain administration, marketing, team work and organisational skills as part of the society committee. Find out more.

Get the edge

We give you the edge so you become more employable. We offer free training opportunities and a skills recognition award to help you develop your life skills for when you graduate. Find out more. 

By getting involved in these activities from day one, you'll have an impressive track record by the time you graduate.

You can read the University's employability statement here

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