Posted in All things 301, Intern advice, Written by Jenny

Why become a 301 intern?

The real question here is why not? This job has huge benefits and is, in my opinion, a very good student job in a friendly environment. You won’t be dealing with drunk people trying to get a discount on drinks in Pop Tarts and you won’t have to deal with bosses that don’t understand that you have to go home during the holidays.

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So without any further hesitation, here are my top 10 reasons (in no order) for applying.

  1. You get workplace experience. Trust me this is important: I recently went to a graduate scheme open evening where they said that having any job puts you at an advantage as you learn how to work in a team, juggle responsibilities and deal with people effectively.11620132302147 
  2. You learn more about how the University works as a whole. I have seriously learnt so much more about how the University operates as a whole, the idea of internal post was something I hadn’t even thought of before!
  3. You get a lot of experience in a customer focused role. Unless you are working alone in the Arctic or something you will have to interact with people. This job will give you those examples to put in job applications and on your CV. Thinking about it even in the Arctic you would need to communicate to get supplies, so ha every job!
  4. You can use your social media skills and develop them further. I have learnt so much already about using social media for promotion! Hootsuite is absolutely amazing I now use it for Women’s Cricket! These skills are key in a world that relies on social media.Image result for twitter people
  5. Everyone here is really lovely. Like seriously. Everyone. There isn’t anyone that I dislike. It’s a fun working environment.
  6. You develop a good telephone manner. This will come in handy for those call-backs and telephone interviews.Related image
  7. You learn about all that 301 has to offer and wish you’d come before. I personally did not know that 301 also ran the SURE scheme.
  8. The pay is above the national minimum wage. This helps a lot as a student the extra pounds an hour make a big difference.
  9. They get that you are a student. If you have deadlines they understand, you go home at semester holidays, you can swap shifts with other interns.student jane the virgin study studying grad school
  10. The working hours will still allow you to have fun at Uni! 4 hours will give you that extra £35.72 (to save you doing the maths) + holiday pay a week. Which is more than decent. Whilst only taking up part of one day of your week.giphy (2).gif

So get that CV, cover letter and blog post in ASAP. Hint- use pictures and diagrams in the blog post and don’t forget to draw from your own experience.

Posted in Intern advice, Written by Jenny

Making the most out of your time at University: Thinking forward

University an odd one in my opinion. You make the transition into a proper adult (at least legally), and have to deal with a whole host of new problems! What is budgeting? Who will I live with next year? What is a seminar? As a Master’s student approaching her 4th Christmas as a student the time sees to have flown by! So here are some top tips to make the most of all that Sheffield has to offer! (We are the #1 student union for a reason)

  • Visit the Careers Service. It is never too early or too late. They offer a whole range of help from looking over CVs to having a career meeting to discuss your future. You might as well pop in between lectures, you’ll be thankful later on!


  • Look for opportunities targeted at students at the University and do them, whether it is networking with employers on campus, taking part in the SURE scheme or becoming a campus guide. Build your skills and experience.
  • Start noting skills and experiences down. This is so underated. You could do it in a notepad, write ideas on post it notes, create a spreadsheet, just make sure you do it! So much time would have been saved on job applications and postgraduate applications if I had done this! What have you learnt? What skills does it show?


  • Do some volunteering. It can be doing something you enjoy, a chance to gain some experience (e.g. working with children, conservation) or simply a chance to give back during some free time! It looks great and feels even better!


  • Join a society! This is honestly the best decision I’ve made at Uni, you make friends for life and have a lot of fun with a shared interest.
  • Explore Sheffield! Sheffield has loads to offer from scenic areas, cute shops and amazing food places (the Peddlers market is an absolute fave). You might as well get to know the city you’re living in, who knows where graduate life will take you!

Oh and don’t forget to have fun before the 9-5 life becomes yours!