Your career and skills
There are many reasons to go to university, but most students hope that their degree will lead to a fulfilling and challenging career. Politics students often have big plans for their working lives, and helping our students to achieve their goals is something we take very seriously.
All of our courses are designed with students' future careers in mind. You will learn a range of skills which are highly prized by employers, and which will help you to find work and fulfill your future roles. These include presentation skills, statistical analysis, independent and group work, research skills and leadership opportunities. Every module you take will provide you with the extra evidence you will need to show you can do a great job. We also provide careers talks and events here in the Department, as well as ongoing support from tutors.
A range of activities, resources, opportunities and accredited awards are available to help you develop your skills throughout your time at university.
Throughout your degree
Regular careers talks take place in the Politics Department, on topics such as 'Careers with a Politics Degree'. These are advertised around the Department well in advance. There is also a programme of events run by the Careers Service.
Your personal tutor is available to offer support and guidance. They will be happy to discuss your skills, career plans, help you to identify areas you need to work on, and provide you with references.
If you have little or no work experience, the Taste of Work scheme offers you an opportunity to try out different types of role.
The Skills for Work Certificate is designed to help you use your experience gained from work to demonstrate to future employers that you have the necessary skills to perform in the workplace. Details
Job vacancies, particularly for part time work, are advertised in the Student Jobshop.
Entrepreneurs and those with big ideas can find support and opportunities at University of Sheffield Enterprise.
Internships can be a great way to work alongside your degree and gain valuable experience. These can be paid or unpaid. Internships
Volunteering is a good way to meet people and looks great on a CV. We have one of the biggest volunteering programmes in the UK.
301 is a new student skills and development centre opening at the University of Sheffield in autumn 2012. 301 has been set up to help you develop skills for the workplace, including languages and leadership experience. 301 Centre