Thanks to your donation to the Hallam Fund, students at Hallam will be able to develop their critical thinking skills and broaden their professional networks through The Hallam Fund Career Mentoring Bursary.
During the Hallam Fund telephone campaign, we were overwhelmed by your generosity and that of our wider Sheffield Hallam network of alumni and friends. As well as financial gifts, many of you offered your time and expertise to provide mentorship opportunities to students.
For today's students and graduates, making the transition from education to employment can be challenging; having a mentor can help to open up doors to advance their careers.
However, unfortunately mentoring opportunities can be out of reach for those students who are set to benefit most from the experience. Regularly travelling across the country to meet a mentor, paying for accommodation and taking time out from a part time job can leave students out of pocket.
The Hallam Fund Career Mentoring Bursary has been set up thanks to your generous donations to ensure that all students, regardless of background or financial situation, have access to networks of professional people to help them make decisions about their future career. The bursary will support students with travel or accommodation costs during their period of mentorship which typically runs for six months.
The Hallam Fund Career Mentoring Bursary is open to all students with those from underprivileged backgrounds, who are in their final year of study, or who have little work experience or networks to support their development, considered a priority.
Louise Harrison, Careers and Employability Consultant, who has led the launch of the new bursary is a passionate advocate of the importance of building networks to promote social mobility. Louise said: "Anyone who has been lucky enough to be supported, formally or informally by a mentor, knows the difference that it can make to confidence, outlook, career direction and, of course, self-esteem.
"Our programme is open to all students, but as many come from disadvantaged backgrounds or have barriers to career development, the generous support from our staff and alumni through the Hallam Fund will ensure that a student's financial background won't disadvantage them in accessing opportunities. The Hallam Fund Career Mentoring Bursary would ensure that students who would usually not be able to afford to take up these opportunities (such as being able to shadow a barrister in London or meet their mentor in Hull) are able to do so, helping to improve their knowledge, employability, and most importantly their confidence in their future."
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