A great way to gain valuable work experience, increase your skills and improve your general well being, is to get involved in activities outside of your course.
There are numerous activities you can do and if you are looking to gain specific job-related skills you can tailor the activity, so that you are getting the experience you need. There are lots of opportunities at the university to help you get the most out of your time here. which will also help you gain the experience you will need for your future career. You could join a society or club, sit on a committee, become a mentor or ambassador, or volunteer. These are all ways to enrich your CV, get valuable work experience – and provide you with a reference!
Societies and Committees.
Joining a society or committee can be an enjoyable experience that will help you meet new people and learn new skills. If you take a position on a committee you will receive training, gain experience of managing projects, working as part of a team and get recognition on your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report).
There are various mentoring programmes within the university that you could get involved in. You could be a mentor within your department or you could be mentor in one of the schools that the university works with. Working on these programmes enables you to develop transferable skills whilst contributing positively to the lives of local pupils. Mentoring is also HEAR accredited.
You can volunteer to be a mentor or you could apply to be a part time paid mentor, more information here: Programme website for more information
There are lots of volunteering opportunities in Sheffield and the Students Union has an office that deals specifically with volunteering opportunities. You can volunteer to help on projects within the university or the wider Sheffield community. Whether you’re looking to gain experience to help you with your future career or you just want to get involved, there will be something for you! Find out more here: www.sheffieldvolunteering.com
Twice a year the Students Union run “Give It A Go” activities. These sessions offer a taster of volunteering and a chance to benefit the local community. This is a great opportunity to try different things out and find the right one for you. They are brilliant for your physical and mental health, a great chance to meet new people and offer something exciting to boost your CV!
You can find more information on “Give it a Go” on the Students Union website, here: https://su.sheffield.ac.uk/