Preparing for your future

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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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5 tips to get you started after you graduate…

Posted on 21 July 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Whether you’re excited to embark on the future, or a little bit apprehensive – don’t worry. Sophie, our student intern, explains… I can’t believe that this is it, I’ve received my results and I will be graduating from Cardiff University with a 2:1! The last three years have flown by. It feels like only yesterday
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The University needs you! Complete the DLHE survey

Posted on 6 July 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

 Are you graduating this summer? Help the University by completing the DLHE survey! Megan from the Careers and Employability Team tells us more… Each year, Cardiff University have a legal obligation to conduct the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey on behalf of the UK government. This exercise records employment status amongst graduates six
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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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Visa options for international students who would like to stay in the UK

Posted on 27 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

International Student Adviser, Abbie, shares some information for international students who want to stay in the UK after graduation. Wondering what the future holds after graduation? Well, there are a number of opportunities out there for international students to stay in the UK and work. International Student Support (ISS) is here to help with your
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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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Repaying your student loans and the ultimate top tip

Posted on 21 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Advice and Money student intern, Rosie, shares all you need to know about repaying your student loan, along with a top tip that could save you a huge sum of money… Graduation can be a bit of a crazy whirlwind without having to worry about repaying your student loans as well. But I’m here to
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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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Wellness beyond University

Posted on 20 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rachel, Wellbeing Practitioner from the Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service, talks about support outside of University and how to look after your wellbeing when you have finished. The dreaded dissertation is done, exams are but a distant memory and suddenly you’re thrown out into the ‘real world.’ Whether you’re remaining in Cardiff, moving back home or
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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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Disability and Dyslexia support for postgraduate study

Posted on 15 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Jemma, from the Disability and Dyslexia Team, shares information on the support available for postgraduate study for those with a specific learning difficulty, mental health issue, or long term medical condition…  If your exams are over and you can almost feel the cap on your head, well done! I’m sure that all of your hard
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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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Postgraduate funding for master’s study

Posted on 14 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rosie, Advice and Money student intern, shares information about postgraduate funding with students considering further study after they graduate. Ah, graduation. Just the word itself brings on an instant cocktail of excitement and complete and utter dread inside of me. Having just finished my second year of University, I’m now teetering on the edge of
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Special arrangements and disabled access for graduation

Posted on 9 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Student intern, Victoria, shares information about inviting family and friends, finding University accommodation and special requirements that you may need to bear in mind for the big day… Graduation is your time to robe up, partake in hundreds of staged photos outside City Hall or shameless selfies, and watch as caps everywhere are thrown in
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Visas for graduation

Posted on 9 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Kristina, from our International Student Support Team shares some important visa information for international students who will be attending graduation and inviting family. So you’re on your way to successfully completing your course and earning your qualification. First of all – Congratulations! It has taken a lot of hard work to get to this point.
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Managing your money after you graduate

Posted on 7 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Rosie, student intern with the Advice and Money Team, shares some guidance on managing your money after graduation. Congratulations on finishing your studies! Your graduation will be one of the most exciting moments of your life so far. You’ve achieved a lot and you’re ready to become an adult! Only problem is, you don’t actually
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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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Online support all year round

Posted on 31 May 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Tsvetina from the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Team reassures and encourages students to utilise the online support available all year round. People say accessing support is the first big step that you take when you want to cope with a problem and there is no wonder why some of us may find that first step
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Four ways to get your bond back

Posted on 30 May 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our student intern, Victoria, gives advice on how you can avoid a disastrous departure from your student digs… So it’s nearly the end of the year and the cherry blossom trees of the Main Building and the Woodville are blowing the hints of oncoming summer into many an unsuspecting face. It’s been so long since
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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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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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