Author Archives: Yalda Yousefi

6 September 2013 - 10:08 am One Year at USE: Postgraduate Internship

It was about this time last year when I checked my university inbox and read a job advertisement about a PGR internship at the University of Sheffield Enterprise. It so happened that at that time I was actually looking for a part-time job at the campus. It was almost a year since I’d been in Sheffield and I found my student life not as rich and engaging as I expected it to be. I had attended the PhD Entrepreneurial Conference held by USE a few weeks prior to this, so I was a bit familiar with what the centre was for and what the job would require. So I decided to apply for it, hoping for the best, and it just turned out to be one of the best decisions I made career-wise. Continue reading “One Year at USE: Postgraduate Internship” »

9 August 2013 - 10:10 am PGR Enterprise Workshop – Day Three

Today is Wednesday, July 31 2013, and it’s the last day of the PGR Enterprise Workshop. All teams are here early in the morning and they only have time until 11 a.m to prepare for their final pitch. Gavin Boyce, Samantha Deakin, and Sara Pates are the judges today, and teams know they need to deliver topnotch pitches in order to win the cash prize of £500 (another £200 cash prize was also won due to the close competition). It’s not just about the money; it proves what a team can achieve in such short amount of time if they have team work spirit, know how to communicate, and utilize every member’s potentials and expertise.

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7 August 2013 - 10:05 am PGR Enterprise Workshop – Day Two

Another day starts and we are back at USE ready for the second day of the workshop. After an introduction on the day’s schedule, teams are back in their rooms and have a debrief session with their tutors, a.k.a interns, on the elevator pitch of yesterday. After hearing about the feedback they received from the judges, they learn that in order to deliver a good pitch, it is good to start with a problem and then finish with the solution. To be passionate about the idea and to deliver a clear pitch is the key in engaging the audience and winning their attention.

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5 August 2013 - 10:03 am PGR Enterprise Workshop – Day One

Atra, Fei, Jon, Tya, and I – the five postgraduate interns at USE – held PGR Enterprise Workshop to help researchers enhance their personal and research skills through a series of mini-challenges, careers sessions and idea generation with a team of expert advisers. Now that the workshop is finished, and the winners of the grand prize of £500 cash and the £200 cash prize are announced, I would like to share the story of the three days of workshop with you in a series of blogs. Hope you’ll enjoy them! Continue reading “PGR Enterprise Workshop – Day One” »

8 July 2013 - 10:12 am Advertisement or Propaganda?

The most recent exhibition held at British Library is ‘Propaganda: Power and Persuasion’,  which explores international state propaganda from the 20th and 21st centuries. Since I’ve been spending most of my time at British Library recently for my research, I’ve visited the exhibition a few times exploring new things every time. But one question was always there perplexing me when I was paging through books or fumbling in the exhibition store: How different is propaganda from advertisement? Continue reading “Advertisement or Propaganda?” »

22 June 2013 - 10:51 am PGR Enterprise Workshop – Prize of £500

Are you a PGR student or an early career researcher at the University of Sheffield? Do you fancy a chance to enhance your research and networking skills, broaden the scope of your academic studies, or explore your potentials for a future career? Have you got a burning business idea you are keen to get off the ground? Do you think you can be the next Apple? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then PGR Enterprise Workshop could be just the opportunity you are looking for. This two-and-a-half-day, non-residential event will take place on 29th – 31st July at the University of Sheffield Enterprise on Portobello Road: it is FREE, food and drinks are provided throughout the whole event, and you have the chance to win a whopping prize of £500.

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15 May 2013 - 10:24 am Charity or Social Enterprise?

The first words that usually come to one’s mind on hearing the word charity are grants, donations, or hand-outs. However, after joining USE and gaining some more knowledge about the concept of enterprise, I realised that there are many charities these days which are actually social enterprises because they raise most of their income by trading. Continue reading “Charity or Social Enterprise?” »

24 February 2013 - 10:51 am Online identity

As an English Literature student whose first language is not English and is not from England, I find it quite hard to believe that I will get the job I want in the UK after graduation. As I mentioned in my previous blog, interviews are very decisive in finding a career. But I believe what the panel does before inviting me to an interview is to Google me. And whatever I have put on my Facebook or Twitter can have as much effect on the interview’s outcome as does my CV. I recently realised that I need to have a strong online presence if I want to have a chance in this competitive job market. Continue reading “Online identity” »

15 February 2013 - 10:07 am Academic Interviews

Job interviews can be quite nerve-wracking, specially if the market is as competitive as in the UK. To learn how to sell yourself better in an interview can help you to surpass other candidates. So, I decided to attend a seminar held by the English School’s Graduate-Staff Student Committee on how to prepare for an academic interview. The most helpful thing I learned was that the panel is looking for a colleague and invites candidates to know more about them and their research and not to crush their dreams! I guess interviews are not that scary, after all. Here are some pointers and tips I learned that might also help you get your dream job: Continue reading “Academic Interviews” »


11 February 2013 - 12:39 pm Ideas Exchange – and FREE Lunch!

Are you an Arts and Humanities PGR student? Do you want to have friendly chats with other researchers and share ideas? Would you like to know what other doctoral researchers are up to? Or are you looking for a partner to carry on an interdisciplinary project? Well, come along to a FREE lunch and learn what is happening in the research community around you. Continue reading “Ideas Exchange – and FREE Lunch!” »

  • About the author

    Yalda Yousefi

    Hi! I'm Yalda, one of the postgraduate interns at USE, and I'm doing a PhD in English Literature. Prior to starting my studies in the University of Sheffield, I taught English modules and did some administrative work. I enjoy walking - be it in town or at the peaks - specially when I have good company.