Our Careers Service aims to provide a professional and friendly advice and guidance service to our current students as well as our potential students. We work to the Matrix Standards and strive to achieve 100% positive feedback from our clients.
The Careers Team can help you decide on which course may be best for you, plan your progression or even help with an application to university or for a job. Please use the information below to find out more about how we can help you.
A CV is your chance to show an employer that you've got the skills and experience that they need. The National Careers Service CV Builder helps you create a CV in bite size chunks. You can also get advice on applications forms, covering letters and interviews.
The National Careers Service have profiles on almost 800 different types of job, from gardener to graphic designer. Each one explains which skills and qualifications you need to get into that job. You can also read about what the work would be like, the average salary you could expect and what the career prospects are.
Understanding Job Adverts
Have you ever been confused by the words in job ads, job descriptions and person specifications? With all the talk of 'stakeholders' and 'proactive self-starters' it can seem like recruiters are talking in a different language! Use this link to help you to understand job adverts.
Job Hunting - Useful Websites
- https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/whats-new/job-vacancies.html – Sheffield City Council will advertise their current job vacancies on this site. It is updated every Wednesday.
- http://www.rotherham-jobsonline.co.uk – Rotherham Councils current available jobs. It is updated daily.
- http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/ – The official apprenticeship website giving information to young people and employers about the scheme
- http://www.graduatesyorkshire.co.uk/ – A jobsite for local graduates
- http://www.jobs4sheffield.co.uk/ - Jobsite for the Sheffield area covering a wide range of the job sectors
- http://www.jobseekeers.direct.gov.uk/ – The official Job Centre website that has an online facility to look for jobs of all sectors in any part of the UK
- http://www.jobs.guardian.co.uk/ - Search by sector or by employer. Dominant in public sector, education, media, graduate and permanent IT positions. Includes a useful career manager auto-alert facility
- http://www.prospects.ac.uk/ – This is the official Graduate Careers Service tool and will be useful to all students on current Higher Education programmes or those that have completed one. The site has careers information on ‘What to do with a degree in….’, destinations of students, careers fairs etc. It also has lots of information on how to write CV’s and job hunt as well as a search facility for postgraduate courses. There is a search function for graduate employers and live jobs can be sent directly to students by registering for ‘My Prospects’. As well as the web resource they offer may paper based products that can be found in the careers room and in the LRCs.
Applying For University
- http://www.ucas.ac.uk/ – Students wishing to apply for full time HE programmes will need to complete an application via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
The UCAS Timetable Is Featured Below:
15 Oct – closing date for Oxford and Cambridge Universities and Medicine and Veterinary courses
15 Jan – closing date for the first round of applications in which all applications will be looked at
24 Mar - closing date for some art and design courses
30 Jun – final closing date for UCAS applications. Any applications received after this date go into clearing.
20 Aug – Clearing period starts, this is where students will ring around universities to see what places are left.
Once applications are sent to the universities, student can keep to date on their application via the TRACK facility which will show them if they have received any offers. The offers may be conditional i.e. they need to get specific grades in their A levels etc or unconditional for students that already have enough UCAS points. UCAS points are awarded via the UCAS Tariff i.e. an A level at A gives you 120 points, a B gives you 100 points and so on. No course will ask for anymore than 360 points.