Thursday, 9 April 2015

Yunpeng talks about Sheffield's Services for International Students

Hi all, this is Yunpeng Zhu, International Office Ambassador for China. I hope you have enjoyed my previous blogs and you can find out more about me on-line.

In this blog, I would like to talk about the support that the University provides to the International students, and the ones that I have benefited from myself since being in Sheffield. 

We may consider our future development whilst we pursue our undergraduate study. The University of Sheffield provides a wide range of supports to the international students that helps us to achieve our goals.

As an international student who spoke a different language, it was a bit hard to have a crack on with a job application. Fortunately I attended a workshop given by the Career Services and the English Language Teaching Centre or  ELTC, who helped me to proofread my CV and covering letter. The career services advisors are very patient and dedicated to students. The career services and each department also organize several careers fairs throughout the semesters including stands of many big companies. They also post lots of vacancies of internships and graduate positions online and we can directly apply to the companies. They also have an online course that opens to everyone, even those who are not from the University of Sheffield. They also have workshops that target at interview skills.

We can visit many services in the Student Union Building. The two that I visited most are:

1.  SSID is located on level 3 of the students' union, the one stop shop for information, help, support and guidance. 'If in doubt, come to SSID'

2. Student Jobshopa good place to go if we want to find a part-time job to earn some money while we are studying and to gain experience. They also advise us how to get necessary documents such as national insurance numbers.

As overseas students we can only work according to our visa requirements, and it is important that we work legally. The university has many dedicated visa advisors who provide essential information about visa and about the impact this can have on the work we can do while we are students. The University also helps to extend our visa if we change our course to a longer one. The team which helps with this is called the International Student Support team.

I really like the friendly services that the University provides us, and have benefited from the so far during my time in Sheffield.

By Yunpeng Zhu
International Office Ambassador for China


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