Preparing for your future

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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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The 4 week housing countdown

Posted on 19 April 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Siobhan from the Advice and Money Team lets students know everything they need to do before moving out, in the 4-week, ship-out, bond-back countdown! Wow, where has the time gone? I bet it feels like you only moved in a few weeks ago, but another academic year has flown by and already it’s nearly time
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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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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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The 12 blogs of Christmas… Information, Advice and Important Contacts for Cardiff Uni Students

Posted on 1 December 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 25 November 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 15 November 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 15 November 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 11 November 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 4 November 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 4 November 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 28 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 26 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 25 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 25 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 21 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 21 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 21 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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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