With placement and internship recruitment for 2016 under way, imminent closing dates and the pressure of interviews the latest ACSE Careers Workshop provided a much needed opportunity for our students to become both confident and successful in the recruitment process.
The ACSE Careers Workshop was held on 28th October 2015 in the Pam Liversidge building and was attended by numerous high profile industry members, including representatives from; ARM, BAE Systems, IABG, ITP Engines, Meggitt, Riverside Automation, Rolls-Royce, Teach First, Thales and ZF TRW Conekt.
The day ran from 10am-6pm and was well attended by ACSE students and academics alike. Throughout the day there were presentations from our departmental academics, including an opening talk from our head of department, Prof. Daniel Coca.
Stacey Mottershaw, Employability, Placements and Alumni Officer, explained the purpose of the Careers Workshop,
“The aim of the day was to help prepare our students for their future career – whatever that may be. Answering any questions the students may have and generating a networking forum that could help them establish valuable working relationships.”
Our students not only got to listen to the industry representatives but there were also a number of opportunities to network with and chat directly to industry attendees. A mock interview demonstration was held which proved to be very beneficial to the students in attendance. They not only learned some valuable lessons but were also able to ask questions and get great feedback that was tailored to individual situations.
The day also boasted a panel style Q&A session and we defiantly needed the allotted 1hr 30 mins as questions were still being fired at our panel right to the very end.
Our careers workshop was designed to challenge and inspire our students and it definitely did just that. Javier Balam, an MSc student in Advanced Control and Systems Engineering commented on the workshop, saying:
“There is going to be a substantial change in my CV and application after this great workshop.”
The day offered a great taste of what employers really want from University graduates and how they can apply their own skills and backgrounds to answer interview questions and make themselves stand out. The industry presentations were of great importance, highlighting existing opportunities and schemes run within their companies, including application deadlines and processes. Hints and tips were given on how our students could preform to the best of their ability and with a number of ACSE alumni in attendance, it was great for ACSE students to hear about real life experiences and how their degree can be translated in working environments.
A massive thanks has to go to all of the industry representatives who attended our ACSE Careers Workshop – we look forward to welcoming you again next year.
If you would like more information on ‘what to do next’ then please visit the Careers Service website for advice on job hunting, vacancy searches and much more: www.sheffield.ac.uk/careers/students/gettingajob. You can also visit our ACSE blog which includes regular updates on graduate engineering and recruitment opportunities: https://acsesheffield.wordpress.com.