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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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Let me tell you how you can do something positive, develop your skills and help other students

Posted on 30 January 2018 by Your Student Life, Supported

Sophie, Graduate Intern (and dog lover), tells us about the events and activity you can get involved in to help yourself and others this February… Getting involved in student causes and volunteering your time at University to support others can be a great way to boost your wellbeing and CV – I’ve done it and
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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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Try a different language this Global Week

Posted on 23 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Bonjour, Gutentag, Ciao, Hello and Helo! George, Journalism Student and Marketing Intern, talks about the opportunities to learn a language during your time at Cardiff Uni…   How many times have you said that you want to learn a language? How many times have you been envious of the foreign tongue of your chosen destination,
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Transgender Awareness Week

Posted on 16 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jo, from the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Team, talks about Transgender Awareness Week, 13 – 17 November, and Transgender Day of Remembrance, on 20 November… Transgender Awareness Week is an annual event which aims to raise the  awareness of transgender and gender non-conforming people and address some of the issues the trans community faces. Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) takes place just after Transgender Awareness Week, and is
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Three reasons why work experience is vital

Posted on 10 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Emily McCarthy, Internship Project Officer, explains the importance of work experience… In a fiercely competitive graduate job market, it is becoming increasingly clear that work experience is no longer an added extra but a vital necessity. It is what employers value more than anything!  Within such a fierce job market, having relevant work experience is
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University not going so well?

Posted on 8 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our Advice and Money Team give you some tips on what to do if you are struggling with university and considering withdrawing… Starting university is exciting but it also comes with some anxiety. It’s quite common to feel overwhelmed in the first few weeks and wonder if you are in the right place, or if
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Win Investment in your Venture with Y Syniad!

Posted on 7 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Enterprise have been working hard to bring something big to Cardiff University students this November. We take Global Entrepreneurship Week seriously here at Enterprise and Start-Up because we’ve seen first hand what taking big ideas seriously can achieve. Every day we meet ambitious students and every day we see their ideas grow, so we wanted
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Take the ACTion course

Posted on 2 November 2017 by Your Student Life Supported

Eleanor Brown, Student Counsellor, talks about the Take ACTion course offered by the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service… Do you ever find yourself have a debate with your inner voice, perhaps justifying why you have put off that task or activity you planned on doing today or arguing about why you should be doing it when all you
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Time to start thinking about your future career?

Posted on 1 November 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Penelope shares Careers and Employability’s 6 top tips for exploring options for the future and compete for jobs. It’s safe to say, autumn term at Cardiff University is incredibly fun. One minute, you’re sat in a lecture theatre getting to the heart of what first drew you to your degree. The next minute, you’re in
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Benjamin’s Bright SPARK

Posted on 30 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

How Benjamin Land is using Enterprise and SPARK to help young people suffering with mental health issues ‘Prior to university, I had a vision about setting up a retreat centre for mental wellbeing offering a wide variety of activities. I decided to turn thought into action by drawing together a variety of nourishing and supportive activities
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Convey Law’s Tips and Tricks for getting the most out of a Career Fair

Posted on 27 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Read Chloe from Convey Law’s helpful hints on how to make yourself shine in the hustle and bustle of a Careers Fair. Here at Convey Law, we look for motivated and talented individuals who demonstrate the highest levels of customer service. Our advice is to make yourself memorable to an employer by demonstrating brilliant communication skills,
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Perfecting your online persona #Social7

Posted on 17 October 2017 by Your Student Life Supported

Marketing 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 construct a
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Taking Action with Enactus

Posted on 16 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Kayson lets us in on everything you need to know about Enactus Cardiff What is Enactus Cardiff? To end poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change by 2030. These global goals stemmed from ENACTUS, an international non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. Enactus Cardiff is one of 50
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Applying for the Cancer Research UK Graduate Scheme

Posted on 9 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Emily graduated from Cardiff in 2017 with a BA (Hons) in English Literature and tells us more about applying and succeeding on Cancer Research UK’s graduate scheme.   When I told people that I’d be studying English Literature, they assumed that I was planning to become a teacher or work in publishing – both great options,
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My journey with GO Wales

Posted on 6 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Sara, English Literature and Language student, shares her experience of gaining work experience with the help of GO Wales. Employers put work experience at the top of their wish list when they recruit graduates. However, not everyone finds it easy to get the work experience they need. This is where GO Wales could help! GO
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“From Computer Science student to my first graduate job”: How Careers and Employability helped me launch my career with Circle IT

Posted on 3 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Imogen, Computer Science graduate, shares her experience of using the careers service to her find her first graduate role at Circle IT   What did you study at Cardiff University?  BSc Computer Science (2014 – 2017)   What is you current role at Circle IT? How did you find out about the company?  Graduate Internal
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STEM Careers Fair 2017: Life as a Cloud Consultant at Oracle

Posted on 2 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Oracle will be attending the STEM Careers Fair on Tuesday 17th October. Kent University graduate Christopher Wing tells us about his experience as a Cloud Consultant on the Oracle Internship Programme so far… How did you find the initial job advert? During the closing months of my final year at university I was approached by
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Make the most of your time at university!

Posted on 30 September 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Careers Adviser, Helen, advises new and returning students on how to make the most of their time at university… Congratulations! All that revision was worth it and you’ve made it to university! The chances are that you are feeling a mixture of excitement and anticipation, perhaps combined with a little anxiety about what life as
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SPARK 2018 – The Idea Competition for Cardiff University Students

Posted on 25 September 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

It’s that time of year again and we are excited to announce that SPARK is here! Spark is the Annual Idea Competition for Cardiff University Students and graduates. With an overall shared prize pot of over £20,000 worth of cash and support available, SPARK will give six Cardiff University students & graduates support to develop
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Top Qualities that Start-up & SME employers look for when hiring graduates

Posted on 4 September 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Sophie from Talentpool tells us what qualities Start-ups look for when hiring graduates… Working for a startup or SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) can be a fantastic way of kick-starting your graduate career; with the opportunities they offer to develop a wide skill set, have a real impact on the business and the fun work
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Why we must be careful not to stereotype all students as ‘lazy layabouts’

Posted on 7 August 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Iheanyi, Enterprise Officer, explains why all students should not be labelled as ‘lazy’…                       While I do not believe for one second that we all feel this way about all students (both higher and tertiary level) or all young people for that matter, you can’t
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