Monthly Archives: May 2017

22 May 2017 - 9:53 am What Startup Weekend Taught Me About Teamwork

This is a guest post by Alex from Crafted Syntax, attendee of Startup Weekend Sheffield in June 2016. 

When I found out about @SWSheffield, I debated for a long time whether I should go or not. I didn’t want to launch a business, I already had one, and there was no plan to change that. So why go?

Well, I wanted to see how I felt about working on businesses with a team, as opposed to being a freelance/indie developer, which can be isolating. This was a chance to get out and find out what I wanted. There was going to be 3 meals a day (very important), what did I have to lose?

At the event, a guy called Ted gave me the obligatory t-shirt and name tag before telling me where the food was. I grabbed some snacks and sat down amongst the other attendees. I managed to get chatting to a few people, and before I knew it, my nerves had gone. Continue reading “What Startup Weekend Taught Me About Teamwork” »

12 May 2017 - 3:51 pm What going on an exchange with AIESEC taught me

In the summer after my first year I have decided to do something I have never done before, travel alone to an unknown country. Was it scary? Yes! Was it rewarding? Yes! Was it something I would do again? Definitely!

Luckily, I didn’t just pack my bags and jump in the first plane I saw in sight (though, as a 3rd year that might seems tempting sometimes) but I left on a 6 weeks volunteering programme in Turkey with AIESEC. When I left UK, I didn’t have a clear goal of what I want to achieve by the end of this experience, just that I wanted to know the world a bit more and learn how to be independent. And I was given the chance to do this plenty of times… Continue reading “What going on an exchange with AIESEC taught me” »

3:38 pm Leadership Development Day: Helping Doctoral Students to unleash their enterprising potential!

Although having a PhD degree can boost the chances for a future career, a truly insightful researcher acknowledges the tremendous importance of possessing transferable skills and qualities in order to secure a job and find success. One of the most valuable traits to make researchers stand out to employers is having what it takes to be a great leader in their area. It may surprise you to know that most postgraduate students already develop many of the skills that makes such a leader while doing their research. Most, however, either underestimate their abilities, lack the self-confidence, or simply fail to acknowledge their strengths when attempting to promote their work to others. That is why we felt the need to create the Leadership Development Day Program, a full-day of workshops for doctoral students from across all faculties.

The first leadership development event was held in November last year, with support and funding from the University of Sheffield Enterprise (USE) and Think Ahead. It aimed to focus on developing skills outside of the research subject. It was planned initially as a one-time event, however, the strong response of postgraduates to the program, and the demand from for more similar events have shown the need to expand on it. This led to the delivery of the second Leadership Development Day in March this year, which included more talks and activities, supported by USE and the Doctoral Academy, with 50 students registered to attend. Continue reading “Leadership Development Day: Helping Doctoral Students to unleash their enterprising potential!” »