17 February 2015 - 4:50 pm

E is for….

If it isn’t one E word (enterprise) that I go on about, it is another one, employability.

We all know that the graduate market is highly competitive and you need to be able to stand out from the crowd. The way I like to describe this is by thinking of a cake: your degree is a great solid base that has got the essential knowledge that you need to do the job (or in a cake sense, you need the sponge to be a cake) but it is the things that you do on top of your degree that makes you more attractive to employers (and for me, the sprinkles, toppings and anything else you can fit on the cake makes it sooo much more attractive).

This is why the Students’ Union is having an employability week, this February. The main aim of the week is to show you how important employability is and, for those of you who are stuck for what activity to do, there are loads of options that you can have a go at.

Put the icing on your cake... increase your employability skills

Put the icing on your cake… increase your employability skill

So what activities are happening? Here are my highlights from the week:

Monday kicks off with one of the Experience Sheffield Events. This time, it is for science. At these events, you will be able to find out about the wide range of opportunities that are available to you whilst at the University of Sheffield. If you are concerned that there is nothing on your CV, this is a great place to start. There will be one event per faculty, so keep your eyes peeled for yours.  You will be getting details come into your inbox about your specific fair.

Tuesday is the day to sort out your CV. On the 24th February, there is a workshop for International Students that will help you put together a high quality CV, covering letter and application form. You might be a cracking candidate, but without having a CV that articulates how great you are, it is really difficult to get the job of your dreams.  This session is run by the Careers Service and runs from 1pm-2pm in the Hicks Building. For more information and how to register, check out the Careers Website.

Have you already got a part time job? If so, Wednesday is the day that you need to look into what SEOTY Awards are.  SEOTY  are the Student Employee of the Year Awards and are awarded to the students that are really contributing to their place of work whilst studying at university. It is a great award to win and there are categories in many different areas, so regardless of what job you do, or what your skill set is… it is worth a look. Check out the SEOTY website for more details or pop into the Jobshop in the SU today.

Thursday is the day to give back to the local community. Did you know that it is also National Volunteering Week? That means that there is even more opportunities this week to get involved in Sheffield Volunteering and to increase your experiences outside of your degree. Why not check out what is going on this week at the Sheffield Volunteering Website .

Friday might be the day to let your hair down, but why not develop your skills at the same time? On Friday 27th Feb, it is the return of Pitch Club. This is where you can pitch a business idea (and get a free pint) and then you could win £100! Pitching starts from 7pm. For more details check out the Pitch Club website.

Employability week runs from Monday 23rd February to the 1st March.  For a full list of all of the events that are happening  during that week, check out the Student Union Website.

Thank you to Eva Blue for the image.

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    Liz Taylor

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    I am the Enterprise Officer at USE and I am VERY passionate about enterprise! Most of my blogs will tell you about the up and coming events in Sheffield as well as some activities that can really test your enterprise skills.