Yearly Archives: 2017

12 May 2017 - 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!” »

20 April 2017 - 12:54 pm WORK+

It can be hard to know where to start when thinking about career planning, but at The University of Sheffield, you can ease your way in with “Taste of Work” from The Careers Service. A short four-hour session is perfect for students who have little or no work experience, as it gives you an idea of what sort of jobs are available to students and what a real working environment feels like, as well as enabling you to add a little bit extra to your CV.

But, what happens next? How can you build on your Taste of Work experience and take it further?

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13 April 2017 - 9:25 am A Survival Handbook of the Digital age- part 2

Last year I went to an event at Oxford University where they brought together leading experts on work, employment and labour markets to discuss how the internet and digital platforms are transforming the world of work.  I have learned a lot of new ideas that are truly eye-opening. In particular, Dr. Gregory talked about how sharing economy pushed individuals from ‘formal labour market came to take up esoteric practice as an entrepreneur practice… ’  She suggested that our digital society is pushing people into entrepreneurship. (Uber driver, for example) She didn’t seem to be happy about it because in her eye that now labour is in great insecurity.  There would not be fixed wages every month, no insurance and no pension from company anymore.   Continue reading “A Survival Handbook of the Digital age- part 2” »

28 February 2017 - 12:46 pm From Engineer to Entrepreneur Pt 1

2 years ago I was a budding chemical engineering student who thought that ‘I’ll just sell it’ was a perfectly valid business model and who had no idea how to code. So, I thought you might be interested to hear the story of how I progressed through one engineering academy and two Startup Weekends to emerge as the proud creator of a computer automation product. Continue reading “From Engineer to Entrepreneur Pt 1” »

10 February 2017 - 2:27 pm T.A.S.K and Infinity School get Evolve Grant Funding

Our February Pitch Den saw USE-supported startups The Ultimate Shortcut Keypad (TUSK) and Infinity School receive grant funding of £1100 and £600 respectively.  Continue reading “T.A.S.K and Infinity School get Evolve Grant Funding” »

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9:19 am Making Music Work

There’s much more to being a professional musician than performing, but it’s often the stuff people don’t teach you. Ever wanted to learn about other jobs in the arts industry? As a USE Intern, I will be conducting a series of sessions on February 28th open to anyone interested in pursuing a career in the arts industry, specifically as a self-employed career.

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9:17 am A Survival Handbook of the Digital Age- part 1

I am going to start a serialised blog in the new semester of 2017- A Survival Handbook of Digital Age. The main theme is to highlight the changing nature of the digital era and how we could catch up with it.

So, what is happening in the digital realm?

The answer is simple but a little bit scary. A step faster than the Artificial Intelligence, the social media platform has taken over the world.

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31 January 2017 - 9:41 am USE supported business Tutora launches new crowdfunding campaign

Unrelenting in their explosive growth throughout the UK, EdTech startup Tutora are gearing up to launch a second round of crowdfunding to continue their expansion into the £6bn UK private tuition industry.

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30 January 2017 - 3:57 pm The role of perseverance in Leadership

My Campaign Manager, Jas, had an extraordinary patience with me. She’d film over and over again my campaign video until she felt it seemed right. She had faith in me, as she had faith in the previous International Officer that she campaigned for, and she was right, because I won. Winning was the result of perseverance and the beginning of a journey of perseverance and this is what I am going to talk about. I will jump over my personal experience of running as I have already written something on it in another USE blog . Thus, I will delve directly into the world of Students’ Union Leadership.

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3:51 pm Who wants to be an entrepreneur? I do.

The days of grafting away, endless days in the library to get that 2:1 and joining the endless amount of graduates entering the industry is a common depiction of a student life. But that is changing. Entrepreneurs are getting younger, with students now beginning to realise a graduate job might not be their only option. Why?

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