Careers service: Interactive workshop on The Employability of English Graduates

Employability & Enterprise

Project Description

The Careers service at the University of Sheffield ran a half day interactive workshop which focused upon ‘The Employability of English Graduates’. This was run in close collaboration with academic staff from the School of English and :

  • Included input and activities to raise students’ awareness of the skills developed through studying for a degree in English, with links to Personal Development Portfolios (PDPs) and the English benchmark statement.
  • Provided an overview of the first destinations of recent University of Sheffield English graduates
  • Included a panel of recent graduates from the School – to give brief individual presentations about their career pathways and to engage in small group discussions with the students.
  • Introduced participants to a specially developed on-line ‘Career Planning Pack for English Students’ accessed through Web CT.

This is one a series of projects. You can read about them all on the main project page.

Project report

The report on this project is now available along with a ‘Career planning pack’ and a list of useful websites.

Benefits to English students

Participants benefitted from this session in a number of ways:

  • It raised awareness of the transferable skills developed through their degree
  • It increased their confidence levels in terms of their potential in the graduate employment market
  • It motivated them to investigate their career options further
  • It signposted them to career planning resources and raise their awareness of the support and facilities available to them through e Careers Service
  • It enabled them to develop some useful contacts

Resources

Free copies of the English Subject Centre DVD A Way with Words – Creativity, Enterprise and the English Graduate.

The development of an on-line career planning pack accessible via Web CT.

Funding to offer travel expenses if required, to the alumni panel.

Contact Details

Hilary Whorrall
University of Sheffield