UTC Students Learn from Professionals

Students at UTC have been getting a taste of the world of work during an employer mentoring week.

Employers from the sport, health and computing sectors visited UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy last week to meet and talk to students about their professions and share inside tips about securing roles in their fields. These visits happen termly and students are carefully matched with employers, based on interest and career aspirations.

These events are highly beneficial to both employers and students as they offer employers the chance to meet students and discover emerging talent, at the same time as giving students the chance to meet industry leaders and experts to discuss their personal skills development and career paths.

This term representatives from Sheffield University Medical School, Sheffield United Football Club, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Sheffield Hallam Paramedic Studies, RAF, HIVE IT and Sky Betting and Gaming were in attendance.

Commenting on why he came along to the session, Steven Walker, from Sheffield Hallam University, said: “I feel it is important that the University helps young people to aspire to further their study and develop a lifelong learning mentality. When this is achieved, this enables them to gain employment and have flexibility to change careers should they wish.

“We currently have three UTC students on our Paramedic practice degree that have been mentored in this way, and I am proud to report they are doing very well. And are set to become excellent Paramedics.”

Liz Hnat, from HIVE IT, said: “I give my time as a mentor because I believe that in order for students to have the best opportunity following education, it’s important to have links to people who are actually working in industry. It gives them the opportunity to see things from a different perspective, to ask questions and, hopefully, for me to provide some guidance and occasional nuggets of advice which could help them develop their skills.”

Year 11 student Lauren, who met with Sheffield United Football Club, said: “It was good to talk to somebody who already works in sport and discuss what might be the best options for me to take at Post 16. I know I want to study sport and carry on playing football to the best of my ability. Ryan let me know what course might suit my needs and what careers it could lead to.” 

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