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Tackling interviews – a guide to success

Posted on 19 March 2019 by Your Student Life, Supported

Second year Business Management student and Careers Ambassador Josh shares his advice on tackling interviews. Hi all, I’m Josh, the Careers Ambassador hoping to give you an insight into my top tips and tricks for succeeding in interviews. Once I leave University I know how competitive the market is for jobs so I know that
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5 top job hunting tips

Posted on 19 March 2019 by Your Student Life, Supported

Searching for a graduate job can be a long process; here are Careers Adviser Jason Law’s 5 top tips to secure that job offer. Stay positive – You may feel frustrated or disheartened, but you will land a job offer eventually. Ask for feedback where possible, learn from your mistakes and keep moving forward. Watch
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What it’s like to work in Cardiff as a graduate!

Posted on 15 March 2019 by Your Student Life, Supported

Over the past few weeks I’ve been speaking to Cardiff graduates who stayed on in the city after they’d finished their exams and handed back the keys to their cold houses in Cathays. They have all been people who are keen to let soon to be graduates know that you can make it happen in
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Free co-working space with Ymlaen!

Posted on 12 March 2019 by Your Student Life, Supported

Are you looking to develop your business idea or looking to freelance? Find out how you could get a free desk space in a Cardiff co-working hub together with seed-funding to bring your idea to life. The Ymlaen! (Welsh for ‘onwards’) scheme offers a free desk space for current students and graduates in a local
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Life after Graduation – It’s all in the planning!

Posted on 4 March 2019 by Your Student Life, Supported

When asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I don’t think I ever once said ‘a town planner’. My first experience of town planning came much later, during a week of work experience at the local council while I was still in the Sixth Form. It was an intriguing and eye-opening week
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Sustainability Week 2019

Posted on 26 February 2019 by Maddie Duffield

This year sustainability week has the theme of sustainable food. Join us between 4-8 March for events which are free and open to students and staff. Drop-in day, 4 March 11:00 – 14:00 Our opening event will be a drop-in day on Monday 4 March 11:00 – 14:00 in the VJ Gallery. Come along and
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My experience at Delio…What it’s like to work at a Fintech start-up!!

Posted on 26 February 2019 by Your Student Life, Supported

I was first drawn to Delio at the ‘Integrated Placement Programme Speed Network Event’ in March, 2018. As a first year Business Management student, I was keen to gain some real-life working experience whilst studying my degree but, I didn’t really want to leave Cardiff for a whole year! The placement semester suited my needs
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Discover Cardiff and Beyond on a Budget

Posted on 11 February 2019 by Your Student Life Supported

Our experts in the Advice and Money Team share some help and advice to make the most of your money. Putting the fun back into budgeting We know that the thought of budgeting can make anyone start to sweat but we’re here to remind you of the benefits of budgeting and why it’s important. So
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Why You Should Apply to be a Student Mentor

Posted on 4 February 2019 by Your Student Life, Supported

Looking to develop your employability skills and enhance your CV?  Apply to become a Student Mentor and you will be given full training and supervision to support a small group of new students with their transition to university life and to guide them in developing their academic skills. If you are a continuing undergraduate or
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Interview with a graduate entrepreneur – Mohamed Binesmael

Posted on 30 January 2019 by Your Student Life, Supported

Recent graduate, Mohamed Binesmael, shares with us his new start-up and how he took it to Dubai. My name is Mo, I studied civil engineering at Cardiff University, and I’m from Cardiff.  I’m an avid competitor and love to program, hence I joined Cardiff Racing at the earliest opportunity, and founded Cardiff Racing Driverless, bridging
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Becoming a Student Mentor

Posted on 28 January 2019 by Your Student Life, Supported

Becoming a Student Mentor will enhance your employability skills by giving you the opportunity to guide new students in their transition to university and academic career. If you are a continuing undergraduate or post-graduate taught student and would like to volunteer to help first year students, the Student Mentor Scheme is a great opportunity for
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Things to Do in Cardiff Over the Holidays

Posted on 29 November 2018 by Maddie Duffield

Genetics student, Maddie, shares some things to do in Cardiff over the winter break. Staying in Cardiff over the holidays and looking for something fun to do? There’s a variety of events and activities to suit everyone in Cardiff this Christmas no matter what your interests, but here are our top picks!   1. Visit
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A guide to remote working and virtual teams from SAGE

Posted on 27 November 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Stacey from SAGE talks to us about remote working and virtual teams and their benefits… In 2017, more than 4.3 million people worked remotely in the UK. The latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that three quarters of these people were experienced professionals who work in the highest skilled areas of the economy.
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5 Myths and Misconceptions of Work Experience

Posted on 20 November 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Emily McCarthy from the Work Experience Team explores five myths about work experience that could be holding you back from achieving your dream job. It’s a given – the graduate recruitment market is highly competitive, and you need to stand out from the crowd, so what, if anything is stopping you from strengthening your position
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Start your Careers Journey – Science Careers Fair

Posted on 2 November 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Hear from Careers Ambassador and Biosciences student, Jasmine about what you can expect from the Science Careers Fair The Autumn term can be loads of fun, what with starting your new modules, joining new clubs and societies, or getting back into the swing of things with your existing groups, the never ending list of party
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How to get the best out of attending the Science Careers Fair

Posted on 24 October 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

With the upcoming Science Careers Fair taking place, fair sponsors PCI Pharma share their top tips on how to make the most of the careers fair.  Here are our top 5 tips: Don’t rule us out Yes, we are a Pharmaceutical company, but it’s not all about recruiting scientists (although they are important too).  Any
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Discover your potential at the Business, Finance and Banking Fair!

Posted on 15 October 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Josh, Careers Fair Ambassador, explains why the Business, Finance and Banking Fair is an unmissable opportunity and gives his top tips on how to make the most of what’s on offer… The business, finance and banking industry is extremely varied with so much to offer to students. Whether you’re looking to discover your future career path,
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Myth Busters: Careers Fair Edition

Posted on 5 October 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Josh, Careers Fair Ambassador, explains why Careers Fairs are not just for graduate roles and tells us how they can benefit students in ALL years of University. It’s October, and that means one thing, Careers Fairs! It’s that time of the year when soon-to-be graduates start to wonder what life outside the walls of university
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STEM Careers Fair: Why you should consider a place on the graduate scheme at Confused.com

Posted on 25 September 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

See what the Confused.com 2018 graduates get up to on a day–to-day basis… What would you say to someone considering the graduate scheme? Josh: Do it. If you want to challenge yourself and expand your skillset to include a wide range of useful programming languages then the Confused.com IT graduate scheme is a fantastic opportunity.
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Gender Pay Gap blog

What your business needs to know about: Gender pay gap reporting

Posted on 17 September 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Stacey McIntosh from Sage tells us about the new legislation around the gender pay gap and what you’re required to do. For the past 12 months, in the run-up to new legislation, the gender pay gap has been at the forefront of discussions in business and of how organisations must work to close the gap
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2018 Summer of Enterprise

Posted on 11 July 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Complete these easy challenges to keep your Entrepreneurial ambitions ticking over summer. Let us know how you get on by using #EnterprisingSummer! Exams are over, coursework is submitted and your room’s all packed up and ready to go: Hello Summer 2018! From us here at Enterprise, a massive congratulations to everyone for getting through another
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Win a £10,000 Branding and Website Package for Your Start-Up!

Posted on 5 June 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

BRAND LABS, a competition by Designdough, will give one Welsh start-up an expert website and branding makeover package to support their Entrepreneurial journey! Designdough, a progressive brand design agency based in Cardiff Bay has launched BRAND LABS for the second year running. Following last year’s success story featuring winning business, Odddot, the competition will run again this year and
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Top Tips for Graduating Entrepreneurs

Posted on 28 May 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rhys, Enterprise Manager, shares advice for anyone considering starting a business after graduating… Starting a business and freelancing are legitimate career paths after graduating! Enterprise and Start-up are able to help graduates up to 5 years after they’ve graduated and sometimes longer depending on demand. Here are your next steps to becoming an entrepreneurial graduate…
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Insight into a Digital Start-Up

Posted on 14 May 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Austin, Marketing Assistant with Click Mechanic, asks his team about launching a digital start up. Here’s everything you need to know… Giants like Google, Facebook, and Amazon dominate most business discussion as their influence on the modern world is unparalleled. Entrepreneurs are constantly hoping to be the next company to break through meaning tech start-ups
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Congratulations to our Student Mentors!

Posted on 26 April 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Academic Study Skills Manager, Ann, tells us all about the celebration of our Student Mentors and Mentor Consultants and how you can get involved with the scheme before 8 May 2018. CONGRATULATIONS to this year’s cohort of Student Mentors and Mentor Consultants! On Thursday 22 March we held an event to reward Cardiff University Student
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Bring your creative dream to life with Ymlaen!

Posted on 24 April 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jannat, founder of the creative writing magazine, Lucent Dreaming, discusses her experience of starting her own creative business and how you could do the same… Have you ever just wanted to drop everything and do your own thing? You’ve spent years in education trying to get a foothold on real life and now you’re here
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Start-up accelerator

Launch your idea with Start-up Accelerator.

Posted on 23 April 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

It’s that exciting time of year when we invite you to apply to be part of our 3-day Start-Up extravaganza.  But why should you come along this year…                   Why should you come? Do you have a business idea?  Not sure how to bring it to life?
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The One-Page Business Plan

Posted on 16 April 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Sage are here to give you the full lowdown on why a Business Model Canvas IS the new Business Plan If you’re looking to start a business or want to expand, writing a plan is a key part of the process. An effective business plan will outline what you want to achieve and highlight problems
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Top tips for meeting employers at careers fairs: what to do next!

Posted on 16 April 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Former Cardiff Uni graduate Clare, now Senior Student Recruitment Associate at EY, advises on how you can make yourself stand out at a careers fair. With the Big Grad Fair only days away, I got to thinking back to my time as a Social Science student at Cardiff University, before I joined EY in 2016.
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Why Cardiff is such a great place for new graduates to thrive

Posted on 9 April 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

FOR Cardiff exists to make Cardiff city centre a better place to do business and one of the things we’re keen to do is convince lovely new graduates like you to stay in the city.   Yes this might be a little bit selfish but keeping hold of graduates is good for Cardiff but let’s
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Reasons why all year groups won’t want to miss #BigGradFair

Posted on 3 April 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Laura from Employer Engagement explains how all students, from all year groups, can benefit from attending the #BigGradFair… The #BigGradFair is coming! On Friday 27 April, Careers and Employability will play host to over 50 top UK employers with loads of amazing opportunities for students. You can visit the Big Grad Fair from 11:00 –
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SPARK’d Out – What have our entrepreneurs learnt so far?

Posted on 2 April 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Get the full roundup of everything SPARK 2018 and the life lessons our applicants picked up along the way First off, a HUGE congratulations to our SPARK Winners for Plan and Venture! Find out who’s won over on our Facebook! Another year, another SPARK. It was a hugely successful year for everyone who applied for
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Commercial Awareness: What you need to know

Posted on 21 March 2018 by Your Student Life Supported

Emily McCarthy from the Work Experience Team explains what commercial awareness is and what you can do to be more commercially aware… What is commercial awareness? Commercial awareness is a term that refers to a candidate’s general knowledge of business, their business experiences (or work experience) and, specifically, their understanding of the industry which they
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Brexit and your graduate job prospects

Posted on 21 March 2018 by Your Student Life Supported

Emily from the Work Experience team discusses Brexit, the possible effect on the graduate job market and how you can negate it effectively. On 23 June 2016, the UK held a referendum on whether Britain should withdraw from the European Union. With a 52% vote in favour of leave, the UK Government triggered Article 50
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5 Top Tips for Creating Great Visual Content

Posted on 19 March 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Sean, Enterprise Officer, gives you his 5 top tips to creating social media content that can help boost your following and brand awareness. One marketing trend that is hard to ignore is the power and value of visual content in your social media.  Posts that contain images produce 650% higher engagement than text-only posts.  Having
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My Student Innovation Experience

Posted on 12 March 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Idoia, Innovation Ambassador, tells us more about her involvement in the Student Innovation Festival and the event she helped organise… Volunteering in an area related to your professional aspirations is one of the best things I would recommend every single student to do. Is all about gaining valuable experience without the fear of failing or
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Working Hard Or Hardly Working? Striking A Balance When Your Office Is At Home

Posted on 5 March 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Caspar, our Enterprise Intern, tells us how you can stay focused on your start-up when you’re working from home It’s been full steam ahead for the past week at Enterprise. Between supporting students with their last minute SPARK applications and getting the Student Innovation Festival ready for launch, we really needed all the office hours
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5 Skills You Need To Start Up Your Own Business

Posted on 19 February 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Stuart McClure, co-founder of LoveTheSales.com, lets us in on his 14 years of business management experience and how his LoveTheSales is all the better for it. Starting your own business is tough. It takes a lot of hard work, effort and emotion, but most people understand that the rewards of doing so outweighs the toil of
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Why become a Student Mentor?

Posted on 8 February 2018 by Your Student Life Supported

Three current Student Mentors talk about their experience of the role and what they’ve gained from it… Many students starting university have questions and queries and sometimes it is difficult to know who to turn to for support. As a Student Mentor you are able to help first year students from your academic school settle
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STEM Careers Fair: Why should you consider a career at Barclays Partner Finance

Posted on 7 February 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Formerly Cardiff University graduate, Sami Souabni tells us about settling in at Barclays Partner Finance and why it’s such a great place to launch your career… In 2017, I decided to join Barclays Partner Finance, based on the outskirts of Cardiff. Joining in May, my introduction to BPF was particularly warm: great weather, a lunch
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Get Networking Working for You

Posted on 5 February 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our Enterprise Project Officer, Claire, talks about how effective networking impacted her music career and how networking can improve student employability. Not to give away my age, but back when I first set myself up in business and launched my career in music 20 years ago, I didn’t realise that what I was doing was, in fact,
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New year, new you, new experiences

Posted on 23 January 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

2018…Let’s make it all about you! Emily McCarthy from the work experience team explains how you can make this your year… It’s a fresh new year, a time for new starts and as the once popular boyband McFly serenaded us once, ‘It’s all about you’. Let’s make an agreement that this year, 2018, is going
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The rise of the ‘Portfolio Career’

Posted on 22 January 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Sean, Cardiff University Enterprise Manager, tells us how the world of work has changed and it isn’t turning back any time soon. In the past many people would stay in the same job for the whole of their working life. Today, that luxury is gone and it’s unlikely that you’ll even stay on the same career path
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A Summer at Centrica – The Wonders of Work Experience

Posted on 22 January 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Michael graduated from Cardiff in 2017 with a degree in Mathematics, Operational Research and Statistics, and can tell you first-hand the importance of completing a summer internship… We seem to be constantly in the process of making decisions, and at university it’s no different. If anything, it’s even more daunting. Whilst studying Maths, Operational Research
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SPARK 2018 – It’s Back and BIGGER Than Ever!

Posted on 8 January 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Pitch your business plan or your business’ growth strategy to win up to 20,000 in cash and support! SPARK 2018 continues with your chance to share a prize pot of over £20,000 in cash and support! The annual ideas competition for Cardiff University Students and Graduates started in November with the Ideas stage, where 12
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Is your January rent sorted?

Posted on 11 December 2017 by Your Student Life Supported

If you are funded through Student Finance Wales or Student Finance England, you will not receive your second student loan payment until Monday 8 January. Rachel, our student intern, talks about what to do if you’re not already prepared… With Christmas around the corner and New Year’s celebrations just after, we know that this might be
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A Careers Christmas Carol

Posted on 8 December 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Emily from the Work Experience Team gives a careers twist on a well-known tale… We all know the seasonal story of Charles Dickens’ novella, A Christmas Carol, and if you don’t then I would advise watching the Muppets version of this classic at once. In this post, we will visit the three Careers Ghosts of
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Pathways into the Public Sector/Llwybrau i’r Sector Cyhoeddus

Posted on 30 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

There and back again: an unexpected journey Rhodri Wyn Jones, Cardiff Uni Alumni who now works at the National Assembly for Wales details how he worked his way into the Public Sector… A recent report found that 85% of the jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t even been invented yet. So when I was
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Getting The Word Out

Posted on 28 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Caspar, our Enterprise Intern, lets us know how your business can start making a noise even before you’ve started making money… I’m loving my new role as the Marketing Intern for Enterprise because it encapsulates my two favourite things: social media and being the centre of attention. But I must say it’s been a steep
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