Careers & Employability

Careers & Employability including: Advice, Guidance & Information, Work Experience, Academic & Employability Skills, Student & Graduate Recruitment and Enterprise & Business Start-Up.

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Interview with an Entrepreneur: Pontus Global Solutions

Posted on 19th April 2017 by

Cardiff University graduate and entrepreneur, Andy Porras, shares how he brought his #ideastolife and started his own business… I graduated from Cardiff University in 2014 with an MSc in Financial Economics, having also completed my undergraduate degree with the university. Since leaving Cardiff I have spent some time working in a ‘Big Four’ firm and
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How to complete Application Forms successfully…

Posted on 14th April 2017 by

Joanna Harris, Careers Advisor at Cardiff University tells you the tried and tested ways to succeed on your application form and help you get an interview… Are you at the section of your application where there’s a big box or several boxes, all asking you to talk about yourself, your skills and/or your experiences? Do
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Leaders with Disabilities Panel: How #disabilityworks for graduates entering the workplace

Posted on 12th April 2017 by

Laura Carter, our Employer Liaison Officer, looks at what was discussed at the recent Leaders with Disabilities panel event and what it means to start your career as a graduate with a disability… 1.2 billion people globally live with some sort of long-term illness, impairment or disability (the equivalent to the population of China!). In
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9 Things to do this Easter

Posted on 11th April 2017 by

Victoria, student intern, shares 9 things to do this Easter, to help you to keep busy, recover after a stressful term and prepare for another. It’s Easter at last! Another term has whizzed by, the deadlines are done, the Welsh weather has suddenly transformed and Varsity has left everyone with that victory glow. Now a
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Protect your eggs this Easter: Keeping your student digs secure

Posted on 11th April 2017 by

Victoria, Student Intern, shares some top tips on keeping your student digs secure this Easter… Student homes can be targeted during the holidays, so make sure not to leave burglars an Easter trail right into your home – you could lose more than just chocolate eggs! That’s if of course, you’ve exercised extreme self-control and not gobbled them
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How to write a CV…

Posted on 10th April 2017 by

Sophie, Student Intern, answers the big questions when it comes to writing CVS and assures us it doesn’t have to be all that scary! How do I structure my CV? The norm is two pages, although exceptions can be made for academic and medical CVs. For example, some areas of the media, prefer a one page
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5 mistakes you don’t want to make on your CV…

Posted on 5th April 2017 by

Have you made any of these mistakes on your CV? Sophie, student intern explains… Are there any typos or grammatical errors? The latest research suggests your CV has 8.8 seconds in an employer’s hands. 8.8 seconds to show you’re the best person for the job. Before you send your CV off, double check your spelling and
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Which kind of Work Experience is best for me?

Posted on 30th March 2017 by

Work experience is very important to scoring your dream job. Our student intern, Sophie explains more… The graduate job market is highly competitive which means that work experience is more important than ever if you want to secure your dream job. Gaining work experience has many advantages including: Explore a career idea and see if it’s
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How to break into Cardiff’s Start-up scene.

Posted on 28th March 2017 by

Its official, the Cardiff Capital Region has a thriving start-up scene and it’s fun, ambitious and eclectic. If you’re consider starting a business, becoming a freelancer, or looking for unique work experience opportunities, why not get stuck in to everything Cardiff has to offer. Photo:  Julia Avis Phillips Here’s your crash course for breaking into
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How I kick-started my career with MotoNovo Finance

Posted on 21st March 2017 by

Cardiff University graduate Satish Patel tells us about how the Grads Love Cardiff Careers Fair kicked off his career with MotoNovo Finance, and why it’s such a great place for a young, ambitious graduate to work…   Last year I attended the ‘Grads Love Cardiff’ Careers Fair. Having lived in Cardiff since 2013 I knew
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Thinking about or planning to stay in Cardiff after graduation?

Posted on 20th March 2017 by

Jess, our Employer Liaison Marketing Intern, gives you the low down on why Cardiff is a great place to live and work as a graduate, with quotes from young professionals who are living the dream themselves… Cardiff is a fantastic city – but you already know that, as you chose to come to university here!
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Perfecting your online persona #Social7

Posted on 28th February 2017 by

Careers and Employability Intern Sophie shares tips on tidying up your online profile, as part of #social7… Time to perfect your online persona? According to a recent CareerBuilder study, 60% of employers reported screening candidates online before making a decision. Traces of your digital footprint might always remain online, but thankfully it’s not too difficult to
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Enterprise… more than just business start-ups!

Posted on 22nd February 2017 by

Iheanyi, Enterprise Officer, explains why enterprise is not just about start-ups but also an employability boost. The term ‘enterprise’ can be an enigma sometimes, even for those in the sector.  Numerous definitions out there often relate it to a business or company. While this is not wrong, it is the process itself (i.e. being enterprising)
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First hand advice from employers on why you should attend the STEM Careers Fair

Posted on 13th February 2017 by

Jess, our Employer Liaison Marketing Intern, provides you with the top tips given first hand by employers attending the Spring STEM Careers Fair For those studying science, technology, engineering and mathematical based degrees, the Spring STEM Fair is an invaluable opportunity to meet some of the top national and international employers in the field. Whether
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Love is in the air – tips and advice you’ll love

Posted on 13th February 2017 by

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day this week we will be sharing ‘tokens’ of love with all students. As noted below each of our ‘tokens’ will link to blog posts, videos or intranet content all written to help support you throughout your student life. Follow us on facebook and twitter to see daily information and advice
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Why I applied for the Cardiff Award and recommend other students do too

Posted on 7th February 2017 by

Rosie, Cardiff Award Marketing Intern and current Cardiff Award student, tells us more about the programme and shares why she applied for the Award… The Cardiff Award is a structured programme providing recognition for you extracurricular achievements and helping you develop your employability. In a hugely competitive graduate market, the Cardiff Award can really make
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Here for you throughout your student life! Find out how Student Support can help you

Posted on 6th February 2017 by

This week we are showcasing our Student Support Centres and the teams who work within them, to highlight the services and support available to students… We understand that student life brings with it all sorts of new experiences and challenges for students. At Student Support we have a great range of services and support to help meet student needs, as detailed
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All are Welcome! Why students should call into 51a Park Place

Posted on 6th February 2017 by

Our Student Intern, Sophie, tells us more about what’s behind the colourful door at 51a Park Place… Have you ever ventured through the doors of 51a Park Place and discovered how you could get on track to secure your future career? A part of Student Support and Wellbeing, Careers and Employability is dedicated to improving your
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Come in! Student Support at Cardigan House

Posted on 6th February 2017 by

Our Student Intern, Kate, tells us more about the Student Support Centre at Cardigan House… The Student Support and Wellbeing team at Cardigan house offer confidential advice and support on a range of topics including: advice for your student life, student occupational health, finances, housing, health and wellbeing, disability and dyslexia and careers and employability.
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Interview with an Entrepreneur: Phytoponics

Posted on 3rd February 2017 by

Cardiff University Graduate, Adam Dixon, shares his entrepreneurial success story with us…   Adam graduated from Mechanical Engineering at Cardiff University in 2015, and since then has taken the plunge and started his own business. We met up with him so that he could tell us more about his business. Tell us about your business
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How I found my dream internship at last years Internship, Work Experience and Volunteering Fair

Posted on 30th January 2017 by

Jess, our Employer Liaison Marketing Intern, recounts how she used last year’s Internships, Work Experience and Volunteering Fair to land herself an internship in PR I had that epiphany moment when talking to a taxi driver in my second year of university. “So…” he said, “what are you actually going to do with a Sociology
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6 books to help inspire and motivate, in your course, work and life!

Posted on 25th January 2017 by

Rhys, Enterprise Manager gives you his low-down on the top 6 books to help inspire and keep you motivated, in your course, work and life… Are you on a mission to have an amazing 2017?  Why not start with our alternative reading list designed to get you inspired and motivated! #ideastolife
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The benefits of work experience from one student intern to another

Posted on 19th January 2017 by

Employer Liaison Intern Jess presents her  top tips for gaining the most benefit from work experience and what Internships, Work Experience and Volunteering Week has to offer… So – you’ve put it off long enough. It’s time to start planning your life a little further ahead than just what you’re going to have for dinner tonight.
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Tips and Advice for the Exam period

Posted on 8th January 2017 by

Help is at hand to support you through the exam period and this week we will be publishing a series of blog posts providing tips and advice for students to help support you through the next few weeks… From managing exam stress to healthy eating and practical tips on staying focussed to extenuating circumstances, here’s more
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Nervous about a presentation? Help is at hand

Posted on 4th January 2017 by

Victoria, Student Intern, shares her advice on preparing for a presentation… Your stomach drops at the very thought of it; the dreaded P word that has students quaking in fear and dreading presentation day. It’s especially fear-inducing if it’s marked. However, burying your head in the sand and panicking are the worst things you can
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5 Top Tips for Creating Great Visual Content

Posted on 3rd January 2017 by

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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Have you heard about our NUE finalists?

Posted on 23rd December 2016 by

Have you heard our news…? Following our blog post on 21st October we can proudly announce that Cardiff University has 3 (yes 3!), successful shortlisted nominations in the National Undergraduate Employability awards 2017. Congratulations go to the following: Student Shortlist Hristo Anastasov Timothy Taylor They have both been shortlisted in the Best Intern category. This
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What should I be doing this Christmas to boost my employability?

Posted on 14th December 2016 by

Tori Rees, our Employability Manager, gives you some ideas for how to make the most of your Christmas holidays and start boosting your employability skills whilst you’re off campus…   Fresher’s is a distant memory and you’re going home to enjoy some festive drinks with school friends and reminisce about term 1 of 16-17 –
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Why work at a Start-up?

Posted on 13th December 2016 by

Austin, Marketing Assistant at Click Mechanic, shares 5 simultaneously challenging and rewarding reasons why working at a Start-up could form your way forward. My name is Austin, Marketing Assistant at ClickMechanic. The business has been operating since 2012, with huge growth and success, as they offer the digital solution to car repairs. A walk back from
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10 things to do during the Christmas break

Posted on 6th December 2016 by

Don’t be a lonely snowman this Christmas, Victoria, Student Intern shares some great tips for things to do … Being away from home during holiday season is always hard, especially when you step outside and you realise Cathays is completely deserted! However, just because student life stops for a few weeks, it doesn’t mean you have nothing to
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6 Christmas markets worth a visit

Posted on 3rd December 2016 by

Kate, Student Intern, shares the top six Christmas markets to cheaply access from Cardiff… It’s that time of the year again! The nights are longer, the weather is colder and everything is a bit more sparkly and covered in fairy lights! This is your guide to exploring the UK’s best Christmas markets at the lowest prices
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The 12 blogs of Christmas… Information, Advice and Important Contacts for Cardiff Uni Students

Posted on 1st December 2016 by

As the festive season fast approaches we bring you ‘The 12 blogs of Christmas’… Whatever your plans over the University’s Christmas Recess we have created a series of blogs to help give you some fun ideas on what to do and offer practical advice on your wellbeing during the holidays.
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Have you got Spark?

Posted on 25th November 2016 by

Iheanyi Ibe, Enterprise Officer, explains Cardiff University’s Spark Competition and how you can get involved… Spark is the Annual Idea Competition for Cardiff University Students and graduates. With an overall shared prize money of over £5,000 available, Spark will give six Cardiff University students* support to develop their own idea. Spark is part of the business
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I want to train to be a teacher… now what?

Posted on 15th November 2016 by

Sophie, student intern, talks about getting into teaching – the experience you’ll need and how to decide if it’s right for you. Both becoming a teacher, and the path you take to get there can be challenging so it’s vital to make sure that teaching is right for you. When you reach your goal, it’s
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Women Leaders Panel: What it means to be a #GirlBoss

Posted on 15th November 2016 by

Laura Carter, our Employer Liaison Officer, reflects on what was discussed at the Women Leaders Panel event and advice for a female graduate entering the workplace… On Monday 7th November, Careers & Employability ran the Women Leaders panel event to encourage female students to consider themselves as future leaders in whatever profession they may choose
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How innovative are you?

Posted on 11th November 2016 by

Rhys, Enterprise Manager, encourages students to identify and improve their innovation. Employers are increasingly looking for graduates who can be enterprising and innovative; but what does that mean? Cardiff University Enterprise & Start-Up believe it means having the self-belief and skills to bring your ideas to life.   How innovative are you? Find out: How
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Interview with an entrepreneur: Barnfield Bros

Posted on 4th November 2016 by

Cardiff University Graduate, James Barnfield, shares his entrepreneurial success story with us… James Barnfield obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Cardiff University in 2013, and since then has taken the plunge and started his own business. We met up with him so that he could tell us more about his business.  
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3 Top tips for surviving the financial tightrope of student living

Posted on 4th November 2016 by

Victoria, our Advice & Money Student Intern, explains financial capability and shares her top tips for boosting yours… There are two words every student should know, and they aren’t ‘baked beans’, ‘student discount’ or ‘pre-drinks’, although all these may be key phrases and phases in your time at Cardiff University. The two words are ‘financial
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Earn while you enjoy

Posted on 28th October 2016 by

Victoria, our Advice & Money Student Intern, shares her advice on how to find a part-time job that suits you… The best way to increase your income is to find part-time work. Work? Yeah right, as if you have time for that on top of your raucous social life and the ever-growing pile of university
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Oxford PharmaGenesis: What a career in life science could look like

Posted on 26th October 2016 by

Oxford PharmaGenesis, one of the sponsors for this year’s Science Careers Fair, offer career opportunities in medical communications. Tom Potter, Communications Consultant, tells us more… Can you remember what first sparked your interest in science? For many, being involved at the cutting edge is highly motivating and research breakthroughs are rewarding. However, the reality of
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The Science Careers Fair: Find your future

Posted on 25th October 2016 by

Student Intern Zoe tells us more about our upcoming Science Careers Fair… Coming to the end of your degree can seem daunting and overwhelming, particularly if you’re unsure of where your degree can take you, or where in fact you want it to take you! That’s where Cardiff University’s Careers and Employability are here to help
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Interview with an entrepreneur: Tide Creative

Posted on 25th October 2016 by

Daniel Simmons tells us more about what it was like setting up his own business after studying at Cardiff University, and how he’s found start-up life after graduation… Daniel graduated from Cardiff University with a BSC in Business Management, in 2015. Since then he’s taken the plunge and hit new heights, by starting his own business. Here’s a
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5 Ways to prepare for the Law Fair

Posted on 21st October 2016 by

Simona, Student Intern, tells us all about the Law Fair and shares her tips on how to make the most of it… On the 1 November 2016, the suited and booted law experts will take over City Hall for the Cardiff University Law Fair. Are you ready? Whether you’re a law fresher, a third year, a past
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What can I do with my business or finance degree?

Posted on 21st October 2016 by

Penny, Employer Liaison Intern, tells us about what the Business, Finance and Banking Fair can offer to students… Congratulations! If you’re reading this you’re probably taking a break from one of the most employable and in-demand degrees. Tomorrow you may be analysing a pile of statistics, the next day, you’re getting to grips with marketing
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The NUE Awards: Could you be a winner?

Posted on 21st October 2016 by

Moira, a member of our Work Experience Team, tells us all about the NUE awards… Introducing (drum roll please)… the the National Undergraduate Employability awards: celebrating excellence in Undergraduate Employability! Calling all students! Have you benefitted from work experience within an organisation that has helped you build your confidence, skills and employability? Employers, have you
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⌗itooamcardiff gives BME students a voice

Posted on 17th October 2016 by

We are pleased to launch our new, I, Too, Am Cardiff, Harvard-inspired campaign… Tuesday 18th October will see the launch of our new student-led campaign, which gives BME students a voice.  The campaign will be rolled out across the University for all to see. Here’s more about what we have planned and how you can get involved.
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The Cardiff University Student Life Fun Run 2016

Posted on 12th October 2016 by

Kate, Student Intern, shares the best bits of Cardiff University’s first ever Student Life Fun Run… On the 1st October 2016 the streets of Cardiff were invaded by hundreds of students taking part in the Student Life Fun Run, a new event exclusively for Cardiff University students. The 2.4km route looped twice around Cardiff’s Civic
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Why we want Cardiff students to be disruptive…

Posted on 11th October 2016 by

Rhys encourages students to Disrupt the Block and be in with a chance of winning £200… Disrupt the Block is your chance to think of innovative ways to improve halls of residence, increase your employability, explore your entrepreneurial potential and win money!   Student communities Nothing else in life is like moving into university halls.
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LGBT+ Leaders Panel: An insight into being an LGBT+ graduate in the workplace

Posted on 10th October 2016 by

Laura Carter, our Employer Liaison Officer, reflects on what was discussed at the first event held for LGBT+ students at Careers & Employability… On Monday 3rd October, Careers & Employability ran our first event focusing on supporting LGBT+ students in their future career planning. This event was held in association with the Iris Prize Film
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