Sheffield used to be synonymous with steel (hence its name, Steel City), but its biggest areas of employment are now the health, education and retail sectors. The creative and digital industry has grown too – offering 25,000 jobs in the city.
With a population of over half a million, Sheffield is the gateway to the picturesque Pennines, and is also home to some great shopping (hello, Meadowhall!).
If you’re looking to achieve work-life balance, with a good cost of living, then look no further than Sheffield.
Working in Sheffield
With an economy worth £55 billion, there are plenty of digital marketing opportunities both in-house, and at agencies, where you can specialise in social media, PR, content, SEO, PPC and more.
To get you started on your job hunt, take a look at our list of top 10 agencies in Sheffield below.
Top 10 agencies in Sheffield
If you want a career that will challenge you and develop your knowledge in the field, I would recommend searching for a role within a marketing agency. The wide range of clients you’ll work with, and the experience of the team you have to work alongside is an experience I believe you’ll get in no other organisation. When you are starting in a role, I would argue that initially the broader the better. This will expose you to different areas (PPC, SEO, social media etc) within teams, so you have an understanding of the best practices in each area, and this will also help you discover which area you have more interest in and where you would like to progress your career.
Matt Sellars, Converted
My advice to any new graduates trying to take their first steps in the industry is simple: get your foot in the door. Research agencies local to where you live, or where you want to live and find a handful with a personal development culture. Reach out to these agencies and put yourself on their radar – request work experience and show willingness. The best way to learn and improve within the digital marketing industry is to be in it; so, spending time at a digital agency is the best thing for you.
Aaron Watts, Converted
I achieved my first graduate job from an originally failed attempt at a university placement. After making the final two, I marginally lost out on the original position. The company contacted me two years later just before I graduated, about a position they thought my skills would suit. A week after my final exam, I started. It goes to prove that making a good first impression and trying to gain some work experience whilst at uni can make the difference. My advice to any new graduates trying to get into the industry is to have a go at everything when you graduate. Find something you like. Go and specialise in it!
James Bellamy, SEO Works
If you’d like to spend some time brushing up on your digital marketing knowledge whilst meeting with like-minded professionals, then why not attend these events?
Pretend you’re in a Jane Eyre novel as you explore the stunning gardens and stately home of Chatsworth House.
Since 1549, through 16 generations, it has belonged to the Cavendish family. With over 30 rooms decorated with fine art on the walls and magnificent sculptures on display, it is a place of regal decor.
The gardens are just as stunning, covering 105 acres around the house. The water features and the Victorian maze are some highlights of the gardens that you should try and see.
These rare Georgian gardens are absolutely beautiful, and it’s clear why when you discover they were created by the world-leading landscape gardeners Paxton and Marnock.
Wander along the winding paths through a series of different gardens spanning 19 acres; Mediterranean and Himalayan gardens to Victorian Rose and Prairie style areas, you will be surrounded by stunning flowers and lawns.
Listed as a Grade II site of special historic and architectural interest, this place has character and charm you don’t want to miss!
Skip the long plane ride and visit Tamper, where the cafe brings the taste and experience of New Zealand right into the heart of Sheffield.
Every month they hold coffee tasting workshops, each with a different theme. Suited to everyone, whether it’s your first sip of coffee or you drink five cups a day, the friendly staff will be there to guide you, and can answer any questions you may have.
The food is also incredible – both the main menu and the baked goods. Plus, they have loads of vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options too.
Where? Sellers Wheel, 149 Arundel St. Sheffield, S1 2NU Cost: Free entry, menu from £2-£10.50 Website:tampercoffee.co.uk
This bar is the best of both worlds: a sunny beer garden and good food in the day, to serving a vast liquor range and a closing time of 3am at night, you’ll want to come back here time and again with your friends.
The food encompasses flavours from all over the world, but is made using local and homemade ingredients – the perfect compliment to one of their cocktails.
Why not try one of their weekend events such as the hip hop brunch? Be served delicious food and bottomless drinks whilst you listen to funky beats.
Visit this unique zoo, where you can encounter snakes, meerkats and lemurs or have free-flying birds of prey around you.
Walk through the lemur enclosure and get up close to some of your favourite animals. Learn all about their personalities from the staff, and if you’re lucky, you could even have one sit upon your shoulder!
If you’d like to help with conservation efforts, you can adopt one of the animals – ask the staff for more information.