Careers & Employability

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

The recruitment process – how to apply and what to expect

Posted on 27 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our careers adviser Cath gives an overview of where to find opportunities and some of the steps you may have to face to move from student to employee. It includes lots of links to further advice and tips. Finding your first job following graduation can be a nerve wracking notion. Some graduates are under pressure to
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Graduating entrepreneurs

Posted on 27 June 2017 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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Top ten tips for finding a graduate job

Posted on 26 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Llinos, Careers Adviser for SHARE, shares ten top tips for finding a job and signposts where to start your search. I love graduation week! Cardiff is brimming with a sea of smiling student faces, striding purposefully down the student high street in high heels, polished brogues and flowing robes, with proud family in close pursuit. It
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Guidance for students who have failed their exams

Posted on 22 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Einir from the Advice and Money Team shares 5 steps for students who have failed their exams. The exam board has met and you will have received an email to say your results are available to be viewed on SIMS.  When you viewed yours did you find a dreaded F, or a lower classification or pass
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Interview with an academic: Enterprise in the curriculum

Posted on 20 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Lecturer in Media and Communications, Caitriona Noonan shares why she got involved with Enterprise and Start-up and how we helped her… In autumn 2016 the Enterprise and Start-up Team worked with Dr Caitriona Noonan from the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies to design and deliver seminars to help her students pitch commercial ideas.
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Supporting you this summer

Posted on 15 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Student intern, Victoria, shares information about the support available to students during the summer. Assessments and exams are finally over! Sighs of relief swept Cathays on the 9th June, alongside torrents of rain and the chaos of General Election results. Now, undergraduate students across campus are getting ready to pack up their things and head
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Ready, steady, get set for the Cardiff University Student Fun Run 2017!

Posted on 15 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

After hundreds of students took part in our Student Life Fun Run last year, it’s back again this year with new t-shirts, new participants and new prizes! Student intern, Sophie, tells us more… Cardiff University students, staff and alumni are invited to walk, jog, skip or run around the 2.4 km route through Cardiff’s Civic
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Top tips for getting your funding right for your placement year

Posted on 15 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Einir England from our Advice & Money Team explains what students need to do to apply for their placement year funding … It’s that time of year again when you have to reapply for your funding. If you are on a sandwich course, the application this time will be slightly different because next academic year you will be
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Tips on finding a job after graduation from Cardiff Award Alumni

Posted on 7 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Amy, from the Cardiff Award Team, shares advice on finding a job after graduation from recent Cardiff Award Alumni. We asked some of our Cardiff Award Alumni to offer some advice on finding a job after graduation. They also talk about which parts of the Cardiff Award particularly helped them to prepare for the world
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Interview with an Entrepreneur: Löyn Toys

Posted on 25 May 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Recent Cardiff University graduate and entrepreneur, Veronika Lazarenko, shares how she brought her #ideastolife and started her own business… “Löyn Toys” is a company which offers sensory toys and products for children and young people to enhance their sensory experience and to stimulate their senses. The products of the company help with sensory integration, development of
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Celebrating our Student Mentors, Consultants and Ambassadors

Posted on 24 May 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Academic Study Skills Manager, Ann, tells us all about the annual celebration of our Student Mentors, Consultants and Ambassadors… Firstly, let us say CONGRATULATIONS to this year’s cohort of Student Mentors, Mentor Consultants and Ambassadors! The annual celebration evening was our opportunity to celebrate you and all of your hard work, so let us also
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Get work experience before you graduate with GO Wales

Posted on 24 May 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Andrew discusses the service GO Wales offer and shares their great news with students… Graduating this summer but lacking in work experience? If you’re starting to panic about future employment, fear not! It’s not too late as Cardiff University Careers and Employability service can help.   Have you got work experience? Employers put work experience at the
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Enterprising Summer

How to have an enterprising summer

Posted on 22 May 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Enterprise Manager, Rhys, shares his tips for an enterprising summer… Summer is the perfect time to try something new; safe in the knowledge that you’ll be back in tutorials come October. Why not step out of your comfort zone with these tips for an enterprising summer.
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Thinking of postgraduate study?

Posted on 17 May 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Student intern and Postgraduate Ambassador, Victoria, shares all you need to know about the Master’s Excellence Scholarships available. Graduation looming, but unsure of your next steps? Don’t be left looking befuddled rather than triumphant on graduation day, clutching your cap for dear life and thinking ‘What next?!’ It’s good to have a rough plan of
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Before you graduate

Posted on 17 May 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Information Officer, Karen, and Student Intern, Sophie, have teamed up to share all you need to know (and do!) before you graduate… With so much going on after your exams, it can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of it all and miss out on important careers-related information. Spend some time before
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Summer Careers Fair: Hear from employers first hand about the benefits of attending

Posted on 15 May 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Helen, our Employer Liaison Officer, shares the top reasons for you to attend. For those graduating this Summer and students from other year groups wanting to find out what opportunities employers are offering, the Summer Careers Fair 2017 is a fantastic event to meet employers. There are a wide range of companies attending the event
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Spark 2017 – The Winners

Posted on 10 May 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Enterprise Manager, Rhys, announces the winners of Spark 2017… SPARK, our annual business ideas competition sets out to inspire and motivate our most entrepreneurial students and graduates through awarding funding and support across a range of categories. Find out who won this year and what it means to them… Best venture A student-led enterprise that
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“Have I left it too late?” and how the Summer Careers Fair can help you face the ‘The Fear’

Posted on 2 May 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Are you worried about what you’re going to do after graduation? Laura, Employer Liaison Officer, explains why you should check out the Summer Careers Fair… You’ve done it. You’re nearly there! You can see the finish line. It’s a time full of ‘lasts’, the ‘last’ late night visit to the ASSL, the ‘last’ deadline, the
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Interview with an Entrepreneur: Pontus Global Solutions

Posted on 19 April 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 14 April 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 12 April 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 11 April 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 11 April 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 10 April 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 5 April 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 30 March 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 28 March 2017 by Your student life, Supported

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 21 March 2017 by Your student life, Supported

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 20 March 2017 by Your student life, Supported

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 28 February 2017 by Your Student Life Supported

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 22 February 2017 by Your student life, Supported

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 13 February 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 13 February 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 7 February 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 6 February 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 6 February 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 6 February 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 3 February 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 30 January 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 25 January 2017 by Your Student Life Supported

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 19 January 2017 by Your Student Life Supported

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 8 January 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 4 January 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 3 January 2017 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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Have you heard about our NUE finalists?

Posted on 23 December 2016 by Your Student Life Supported’

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 14 December 2016 by Your Student Life Supported’

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 13 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 6 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 3 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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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