Employability

The University’s Learning & Teaching Strategy 2011-16 establishes the principle of an institutional Employability Strategy ‘to be adapted by each Faculty to suit disciplinary contexts’, and the need to to assist students ‘to identify and address skills development needs through actions within their programmes and in other activities.’

This includes broadening students’ understanding of how their attributes can be applied to the career opportunities available, and how and when to make effective applications in a competitive jobs market.

University employability strategy

There are a number of experiences in Higher Education that can contribute to students' employability. In addition to the formal elements to their course, they can develop relevant skills through:

  • Work experience and volunteering.
  • Involvement in various leisure activities.
  • Activities within the University.
  • General life experience.
  • Engaging with careers events and the career planning process.

It is valuable for students to reflect upon both formal and informal learning, for example through personal development planning via the Sheffield Graduate Development Programme (SGDP) or the Sheffield Graduate Award. In particular, it is important that students are encouraged from early in their course to consider their future, to engage with activities offered through the Careers Service ‘What's On’ events, and to take opportunities throughout their time at university to enhance their employability through the types of experience described above.

Faculty employability strategies

Arts and Humanities

Engineering

Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Archaeology
Biblical Studies
English
History
Languages and Cultures
Music
Philosophy

Aerospace Engineering
Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
Bioengineering
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Civil and Structural Engineering
Computer Science
Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
Mechanical Engineering


Clinical Dentistry
Human Communication Sciences
Human Nutrition
Medicine
Nursing and Midwifery
Orthoptics - Vision and Strabismus
Translational Neuroscience

Science

Social Sciences

International Faculty

Animal and Plant Sciences
Biomedical Science
Chemistry
Mathematics and Statistics
Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Physics and Astronomy
Psychology

Architecture
East Asian Studies
Economics
Education
Geography
Information
Journalism
Landscape
Law
Management
Politics
Sociological Studies
Town and Regional Planning

Business Administration and Economics
Computer Science
Psychology

The Careers Service can assist faculties and academic departments to develop strategies to address students’ employability. Contact your department’s link Careers Adviser in the first instance. A list is available in the downloads section on the right hand side.

The Higher Education Academy

The topic of employability is explored more fully on this website where there are links to employability resources and access to their employability network.