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Summer internships for engineers

Hello everyone! Over the summer I had a 12 week internship so I thought I would share some tips with you.

  • Start early

I know this is just the first week of the University year but it is never too early to start getting prepared. Look for companies that you are interested in and see what kind of internships they provide. Most job offers will be available starting November but it is better if you know what options you have. University of Sheffield organizes the Engineering Graduate Recruitment & Placement Fair on 17th October where over 60 organisations will take part in. You have the chance to meet and talk to various employers and find out more about their offers and expectations.

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  • Getting your CV ready

Writing your CV in the proper way for the first time can be a bit difficult. Look online for examples of CVs and see what suits your needs best. The Careers Service has some tips on how to make a good impression with your CV. You can check this on their website here.  If you want to get your CV checked by someone, you can book an individual appointment at the Careers Service and they can give you more advice.

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  • Study for the interview

If you will be called for an interview, there is a big chance you will be asked some technical questions. Depending on the type of role you are applying for, the topics of the questions can vary. Researching the company is a good way to find out what kind of questions you can expect. If it is a bigger company you might find past interview questions online.

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  • Don’t give up

Applying for an internship for the first time isn’t always easy. Some employers might look for some more experienced students that have more knowledge about the role. If your first few applications are rejected, don’t panic! Apply for as many jobs as you can and don’t be discouraged by rejection. One good idea is to look for smaller companies. Even though they are not very famous, they provide the perfect environment to start your engineering career.

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The application process might differ from company to company (e.g. various tests, number of on-site interviews) but if you prepare well beforehand, you will be successful!

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Posted in Intern advice, student life, Written by Sophie

Get involved in Social Sport!

No matter what your year of study is, Social Sport (in association with Residence Life and Sport Sheffield) is a great way to get active, make friends and have a laugh. Since being a Residence Mentor, I have found out a lot about getting involved in casual sport which does not require any commitment. It’s free if you live in any of the University Residences (Endcliffe, Ranmoor or City) and it’s really cheap if you don’t – often £2-£3. It doesn’t matter which level of ability you are for any of the sports, just go along and try it out!

You could relive a sport you enjoyed during school, build on your existing skills, or even try something completely new. It’s an excellent way to relieve stress and anxiety, to get involved in something if you’re not sure what interests you, and meet like-minded people who want to get active and have fun. If your course is anything like mine, you might want to fill up your hours during the day, or blow off some steam after a long day of lectures in the evening.

Here are some examples of the Social Sport you could get involved in soon, and cater for lots of different interests:

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Amazing for combatting the typical student tiredness, releasing tension or concentrating on your breathing. There’s no need for previous experience, as the experts will take you through all of the correct techniques.

Quidditch

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A unique mix of rugby, dodgeball and tag! Obviously taken from the Harry Potter series, so it is definitely something that caught my eye. It’s exciting to both watch and play so go along and check it out!

Mountain Biking

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Off-road cycling, with a women’s beginners session too! Qualified leaders take you on basic off road trails around the Peak District and all bikes and safety equipment are provided. You will need to be able to ride a bike to get involved.

Ultimate Frisbee

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A fast-moving team sport, played with a flying disc and no referees. Sounds interesting! Some compare it to Soccer or American football, but it definitely has some unique features to set it apart.

Mindfulness and Meditation

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Similar to yoga, but are centred around helping people switch off from hectic student routines. There is a focus on achieving the best results to help you relax, and there is lots of practical advice and tips.

To get involved and book onto sport, visit http://www.residencelife.co.uk/how-to-book-residence-life-sports-and-activities_34103 which tells you all about booking. It’s important to do it a week in advance, as they get full really quickly!

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And so it begins…..

Monday was the start of lectures here at Sheffield and the official start of the academic year. So, it’s time to get organised! – If you’re not already.

Make sure you request the books you need from the library and remember you need to pick them up within two days of your request being authorised.

Now is also a good time to think about any academic skills you need to brush up on. It’s always best to stay ahead, don’t wait for things to become a problem. If you have concerns about any of your academic skills book yourself onto an Academic Skills Workshop at 301. Workshops run throughout the academic year and cover various subjects: Time Management, Academic Writing, Mind Mapping and Presentation Skills are just a few of the subjects covered. You can book here https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/301/services/workshops

It’s also important that you don’t allow yourself to become overwhelmed or stressed by your workload. The counselling service runs weekly sessions on stress reduction and mindfulness that are really helpful. The sessions are designed to help you relax and also equip you with techniques to control your stress levels. The sessions are also a drop in, so you don’t need to book. More info here, https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/counselling/services/workshops/relaxation

 

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A To-Do for your first month at University

Congratulations to everyone who has recently found out they’ll be starting at Sheffield Uni this year. You’re going to love it! As a veteran student having now undertaken 4 years at uni (with another one to come) I’m going to give you a to-do list for your first month at uni so you can make sure you’re making the most of it!

Sheffield as a city, and the university itself, is absolutely fab for social and extra-curricular activities. There’s easily enough things available for you to do something different every day for a month, if you’ve got the energy! From the peaks to the restraurants, and the freshers fairs to the nights out – get ready for a very fun month!

1. Attend the Freshers Fair

If you’re new to the whole uni thing, the freshers fair is basically when companies come to ply students with freebies and competitions. If you’re not already sold there is FREE dominoes.

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2. Attend the Activities Fair

If you go to the activities fair you will have the chance to find out more about the 300+ societies Sheffield uni has to offer, and sign up for as many as you like.

3. Try out places to eat around the University

If you’re ever struggling for something to do in your first month why not check out one of the places to eat in the SU? There’s Bar One, Interval, Grill and Go, New Leaf to name a few! Also within a couple of minutes walk from the SU is Notty House which does 10/10 pies, Harley for burgers, Street Food Chef for mexican food. So many options!!

4. Go on Sheffield Uni nights out

Sheffield Uni has won best SU in the country countless times and for good reason. Some of the nights out run by the SU are incredible. With Pop Tarts for cheesy old school music, ROAR for the sports teams, Tuesday Club for house/electro dance music and Climax the LGBT night there is definitely something for everybody. On top of these Sheffield boasts other infamous nights out at Leadmill and Corp.

5. Attend a Give it a Go session

If you’re not ready to commit to a membership with a society or sport you can attend one of the Give it a Go sessions where you attend a one of session on a pay-as-you-go basis. Previous Give a Go sessions included things like Boxing, BBQs, trips to Alton Towers etc.

6. Watch a Film at the SU Auditorium

Sheffield uni has it’s own Film Unit society which organises loads of films to be screened in the SU Auditorium for only £3. Examples this year were Beauty and the Beast, The Edge of Seventeen and the Seventh Seal.

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Balancing part-time work/activities alongside your studies!

For many of you, getting part-time work or undertaking extra-curricular activities is really important for developing your skills and getting that extra cash alongside your studies. Working at the 301 skills centre and as a Residence Mentor has made me realise the importance of balancing various deadlines and shifts, and how much employers value this. Here are a few tips that I have put together which have helped me throughout my few years at University, and how you can reduce stress-levels during exam periods.

  • Find a student-friendly job or activity with managers that understand how important your studies are to you.

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An obvious one is getting a university job. There are a number of different departments around the university that are always employing people, and an easy one to get is an ambassador job. I worked for the School of English as an ambassador and worked on Open Days, UCAS fairs, or introductory seminars. The Students’ Union is also usually hiring, in the various shops/eateries they have. You might even find research jobs or placements that pop up in your department, which require you to work 100 hours, for example. Keep an eye out on the Careers Service ‘Career Connect’ page, which all students have access to. If you do decide to go for a job with an external company, make sure they know which hours you intend to work. The University recommends 16 hours or less, and I’ve found that doing evening shifts allows me to do course work during my free hours in the day. See what works for you!

  • Organise your life!

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Now that I am a Masters student, I know how easy it is to lose track of what you have going on and when. I now have a wall planner, a diary, and various to do lists dotted around my bedroom, because I know it’s the only way I’ll know what I’m doing and when! We also have Time Management workshops at 301 which are now bookable at: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/301/services/workshops, with the first one starting on 27th September, 1.15pm. It gives you realistic and practical tips for managing your time and being more productive, which can help you organise your activities around your studies! I always make sure that I write down all of my shifts as soon as I know them, as well as any deadlines, appointments, society meetings, etc. Even using your smartphone to write everything down is a good idea!

  • Know that it’s okay to have multiple breaks.

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It’s so important to know when you need a break, and when you need to ask for help. There are so many times where I have bottled my stress up and I could have easily talked to someone. There are many services across the University, but even just talking to a friend or personal tutor can really help put things into perspective. It sounds simple but sometimes I just needed reminding that there are people around who can help! Also, never feel guilty about taking breaks throughout the day – you know your own body and mind, and when it needs a rest. If that means taking a full day off your studies/activities, then go ahead! As long as your work or activity is not taking over your studies of course!

  • Just need the skills? Volunteering is an excellent way to get them!

If you just need the skills and development that a job can give you, then signing up to activities at the Sheffield Volunteering office is an excellent way to gain them. I have done a few activities with children and it really helped me to figure out whether teaching was right for me. Not only can it help figure out what you want to specialise in, but it’s incredibly rewarding and the hours you work are not meant to impact your studies in a negative way. I did a few hours a week at a project combatting homelessness last year, and it gave me that much needed boost every week to see that I was supporting people.

I hope these tips were helpful to some of you looking for part-time work and worrying about fitting it around your study timetable. University is not only a chance to study but a chance to get that experience for future employers. But remember, your studies should be your number one priority and you’re not obliged to remain in a job or activity that is making you stressed!

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