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⌗itooamcardiff gives BME students a voice

Posted on 17 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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

Posted on 12 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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

Posted on 11 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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

Posted on 10 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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

Posted on 6 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our Employer Liaison Intern Jess explores where a STEM degree can take you and how to find out more at our STEM Autumn Careers Fair… University is all fun and games until you slowly begin to realise that you cannot live in Talybont until you’re 54, nor can you get away without ironing anything for the rest
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Find out more about the Autumn Careers Fair and our main sponsor, Redrow Homes…

Posted on 4 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Joshua Golding, New Entrants Programme’s Co-ordinator for Redrow, the sponsor for this year’s Autumn Careers Fair, tells you all about their 2016/17 Graduate Scheme… Those at Cardiff University’s Student Support’s Careers and Employability Service are proud to host the Autumn Careers Fair on 11 October 2016, from 11am-3pm. This will give students the chance to
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Learn more about our LGBT+ Leaders Panel

Posted on 28 September 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our Employer Liaison Marketing Intern Zoe tells us more about our upcoming LGBT+ Leaders Panel… Cardiff University is always seeking to promote fairness, equality and justice amongst all its students and staff members, which is why the Careers and Employability Team are looking forward to hosting our very own LGBT+ Leaders Panel Event on Monday 3rd
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How Experience Works

Posted on 30 August 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Internships Officer David Keane, talks about the benefits of undertaking a paid graduate internship…   For those graduates who are still unsure on what the future holds for you after life at Cardiff University, did you know that you are still eligible to apply for a paid internship for up to 3 years after graduation? Internships are
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Top tips for making the most of your summer

Posted on 5 July 2016 by Your Student Life Supported’

Tori, our Employability Manager gives her top tips on what you should be doing this summer… Congratulations! You’ve made it to the end of the academic year – hoorah! Exams are over, you’ve studied hard and played hard(er?). But, what next?  I’m a big fan of taking time out and switching off, but … (occupational hazard)
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Struggling with application forms? Here are some tips to help

Posted on 7 June 2016 by Your Student Life Supported’

Our Employability Manager shares her tips on Application Forms… If you’re struggling with an application form for a grad scheme or summer internship, Careers & Employability can help you.  Here I’ve noted the careers resources available to you before you go home for summer and accessible online 24/7 via the Student Intranet.
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Recruiters targeting Cardiff University students and graduates at the #cusummerfair

Posted on 6 June 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Join our Careers & Employability team for the Summer Careers Fair – here’s a round-up of what and who you can expect… This is a great event for our students and graduate from all degree disciplines to find out more about the support available from Careers & Employability and to meet a great range of
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5 top tips to help you prepare for the Summer Careers Fair

Posted on 2 June 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Milly our Employer Liaison Student Intern shares her top tips on  preparing for the Summer Careers Fair… Our final Careers Fair of the year is being held in City Hall on 7th June from 11:30am. One of the best ways to appeal to potential employers is to arrive at the fair suitably prepared! To help you prepare
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Looking for graduate opportunities? Find out who’s recruiting at this year’s Summer Careers Fair

Posted on 31 May 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

The Careers & Employability Team tell us who will be attending this year’s Summer Careers Fair and what degree disciplines they will be targeting… On Tuesday 7 June Cardiff University will be holding its last careers fair of this academic year. The Summer Careers Fair, held in City Hall runs  from 11:30am – 15:30pm.  The fair is a
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Night of Celebrations for our Student Mentors

Posted on 9 May 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Ann Mc Manus, Our Student Mentor Programme Manager tells us more about this year’s Celebration Evening… A big CONGRATULATIONS to all of our Student Mentors and Mentor Consultants who turned out for the annual Celebration Evening. This was the university’s opportunity to thank and celebrate you and your work; THANK YOU!
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Six steps to help you get the most from Career Central online

Posted on 9 May 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Phoebe our Student Intern, provides a step by step guide on how to get the most out of Careers & Employability’s useful online resource, Career Central… Are you a first year, second year, or just about to graduate? Whether you are struggling to improve your CV or need advice on knowing what opportunities are available to you after university,
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Get career ready #beforeyougraduate!

Posted on 6 May 2016 by Your Student Life Supported’

Our Employability Manager shares her tips on how to get ready for graduation and finding your dream job…    If you’re graduating this summer but haven’t got a job yet, don’t panic, it’s not too late to get yourself ready to WOW employers. You’ve studied hard and got a degree form a top uni – check!
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How to start a career in the Creative Industries

Posted on 5 May 2016 by Your Student Life Supported

Last Tuesday, 26 April, Careers & Employability organised a Creative Industries Panel Event with professionals from different sectors including a published writer and PR professional, a political editor from a national newspaper, the CEO of an advertising agency, a music events manager, a starting broadcast journalist and the internal communications manager for the Millennium Centre. All
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My afternoon with the Daily Mail’s Political Editor

Posted on 3 May 2016 by Your Student Life Supported’

Competition winner Madeleine Banfield shares some insights from her experiences of the Careers & Employability Creative Industry Day … I was one of four Cardiff University students who won the opportunity to have afternoon tea with Andrew Pierce. Firstly, I attended the career service High Profile Guest Lecture in which he spoke about his professional career,
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Interested in a Career in Journalism? Meet the Political Editor of the Daily Mail!

Posted on 12 April 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Virginia, our Employer Liaison Officer,tells us how you can meet Andrew Pierce and hear his insights into the world of journalism and media… Andrew Pierce is the current Political Editor of the Daily Mail and the former Assistant Editor of both the Times and the Telegraph.  He is also a regular on TV and Radio
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Grads Love Cardiff Careers Fair – Get involved in this first ever event!

Posted on 4 April 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Virginia, Employer Liaison Officer, tells us more about Grads Love Cardiff Careers Fair and why you should consider staying in Cardiff… Planning to Stay in Cardiff after Graduation? Around 40% of Cardiff University graduates find a job in Cardiff or South Wales after graduation, for this reason we are launching our brand new event Grads
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How to get work experience and develop your career – a personal account

Posted on 23 March 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Gerard Harris, Cardiff Business School alumni and now editor of Tuppence Magazine talks about the importance of practical experience to starting and developing your career… When it comes to finding your first job after finishing your degree or getting the graduate placement you’re hoping for, the difficulty can often be the lack of work history
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Anyone for Admiral’s Grad Programme or other opportunities in Cardiff?

Posted on 18 March 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Virginia, our Employer Liaison Officer tells us more about the new Grads Love Cardiff Careers Fair and it’s sponsor Admiral …  If you are planning to stay in Cardiff after graduation, this is an event you can’t miss! Around 30 organisations will be offering graduate opportunities in Cardiff and the South Wales area and are looking for students from
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Why students should consider Spark2016 Idea Challenge

Posted on 10 March 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Enterprise Officer, Iheanyi, explains what the Spark2016 Idea Challenge is, how it can improve your employability, and why you should apply… Spark is the Annual Idea Competition for Cardiff University students and graduates. With an overall shared prize money of £7,000 available, Spark gives three or more Cardiff University students and alumni support to develop their own idea. Spark
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Improve your prospects with Work Experience – Register with us for Student & Graduate Opportunities

Posted on 9 March 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Phoebe, our Student Intern, tells us more about the benefits of work experience and how easy it is for Cardiff Uni students and graduates to apply for placements with the help of Careers & Employability’s Work Experience team… For Cardiff students it’s as easy as registering with the Work Experience team (registration details below), to
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Law students – have you considered alternative career routes into law?

Posted on 8 March 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Milly, Careers & Employability Intern, explains why it’s a good idea for law graduates to explore alternative career options … On Wednesday 16 March the Alternative Career Routes into Law Event will be taking place in the Postgraduate Study Room in the Law School from 13:00 – 16:00. The event is an opportunity to find out more about
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Improve your work and confidence – attend Academic Study Skills Classes

Posted on 25 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

The Academic Study Skills team are here to help all undergraduates get the most out of their time at university, to help to improve your grades and get a Cardiff University Certificate!  Ann Mc Manus tells us more … When we study at University we are expected to study in ways which may be different to
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STEM Careers Fair, what is that about?

Posted on 3 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Virginia, Employer Liaison Officer, tells us more about the STEM Fair and event sponsor MeetingZone … Next Tuesday 9th February, the Spring STEM Careers Fair will be taking place in the Engineering Forum from 10am-2.30pm. 23 organisations will be exhibiting, all targeting students from Engineering, Physics, Maths, Technology and Computer Science. The companies at the fair
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Support for Cardiff Uni students whatever the weather

Posted on 3 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Will, our Student Intern, tells us more about the University’s student support teams and how to get your hands on one of our new umbrellas …   No matter how long you have lived in Cardiff, it is easy to see that it rains quite frequently! I am one of many students who have experienced walking to
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Want to improve your employability? Join the Cardiff Award

Posted on 3 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

The Cardiff Award is recruiting this month, and here Wendy from the Award team tells us more about the Award and the benefits for students who take part … Applications are now being accepted for students to take part in Cardiff University’s employability award programme.
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Become a Student Mentor – Cardiff University is recruiting Mentors now

Posted on 3 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Ann, Student Mentor Scheme Manager explains what it’s like to be a Mentor, how valuable their support is to other students and how to apply … Being a Student may mean making some great new friends, having an awesome social and sporting life, having some unique experiences and of course getting a degree! However, not all students
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Top tips from the Internships, Work Experience & Volunteering Week

Posted on 3 February 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Virginia, Employer Liaison Assistant, gives us a roundup of Internships, Work Experience & Volunteering Week … If you joined us thank you, if you missed the event/s then don’t despair, here’s a roundup of how the week went.  Last week, from Monday 25th to Thursday 28th around 1300 students engaged in the Internships, Work Experience & Volunteering
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Good news for the graduate job market

Posted on 28 January 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Sarah Allbeson from Careers & Employability highlights new positive statistics about graduate employment in the UK … The 2015 edition of What do Graduates do? shows the graduate employment rate is 76.6% (up from 75.6% in 2014) and unemployment rates are down at 6.3%, the lowest level since before the recession. The number of graduates
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Need work experience? We did and here’s how we found it

Posted on 27 January 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our final year interns, Phoebe and Will, offer advice on how to gain valuable work experience … Read their stories and find out more about the support available to you whilst you are at Cardiff University.
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Careers and Employability helped me land a Graduate Scheme

Posted on 26 January 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Claire Blakeway, SU President tells us more about how Careers helped her land a graduate job …     What should I apply for, how and when …  My name is Claire Blakeway and I am the President of Cardiff University Students’ Union. Back in September, I began the long and, what felt like, daunting process of
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How to make the most out of the Internships, Work Experience & Volunteering Fair

Posted on 18 January 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Next week sees the start of the Internships, Work Experience & Volunteering Week and Fair, here Virginia, Fair Organiser, shares her tips on how to make the most of these events … Next week, on Thursday 28th January, the Internships, Work Experience & Volunteering Fair will be taking place in the Students’ Union Great Hall
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5 reasons to start Dry January now – tea anyone?

Posted on 13 January 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Annie, Student Intern tells us more about her experience of dry Jan so far, and why it’s not too late to join in … Stop-tober, Dry Jan, it’s not uncommon for people to pledge they are going to give up something, usually alcohol, for a given period of time. Being a student this was a
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Internships, Work Experience and Volunteering Week – the secret to getting ahead in your quest for your dream job.

Posted on 12 January 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

Kirsty McCaig, Employer Liaison Manager explains why Internships, Work Experience and Volunteering are vital in securing a graduate job … The Christmas festivities are well and truly over, the stress of exams will soon be a distant memory and the Spring Term is in full swing, so what to do now? If you’re in your first
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Struggling to study at home? University library opening times and info

Posted on 8 January 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

It’s that time of year again where most students are revising for exams, here Annie our Student Intern, shares useful information about university library opening times and locations … During the exam period it can become a constant frustration for students to revise at home for a number of reasons … it might be because you
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Christmas Survival Guide Part 1 – Activities and things to do over the holidays

Posted on 7 December 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Having to spend the Christmas holidays at university can be hard, especially if you are usually at home with family. Our 6 part Christmas Survival Guide should help you to banish those winter blues and make the most of festive period, ensuring it’s a time filled with fun, love and support…   There are a number
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You too could be a Civil Servant

Posted on 17 November 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Kirsty Mc Caig, Employer Liaison Manager, tells us more about  Mitchell Leimon’s Guest Lecture and graduate opportunities in the Civil Service … On 9th November Cardiff Business School hosted a guest lecture from Mitchell Leimon who is Head of Major Projects and Commercial Assurance at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.  If you weren’t
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National Stress Awareness Day – Support for Cardiff students

Posted on 3 November 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Annie, Student Intern for the Counselling Health and Wellbeing team tells us more about National Stress Awareness Day … Wednesday 4th November is National Stress Awareness Day, the annual celebration of stress education, awareness and advocacy. Every year on the first Wednesday of November we come together to focus on the effects of stress and
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A Summer Internship with Grant Thornton

Posted on 27 October 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Max, 3rd year Accounting and Finance student and Campus Community Manager for Grant Thornton tells us more about his Summer Internship …     As a second year student I decided I should probably start looking at getting some work experience. I’d heard of Grant Thornton through my lecturers as some of them had worked
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Great customer service for Cardiff Students

Posted on 27 October 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our Division has been awarded the Customer Service Excellence ® standard, here we tell you more about what this means for students … We are putting students at the heart of everything we do and are really pleased to have received the Award and acknowledgement of the work we do to ensure students receive great service
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Are you applying for the right job?

Posted on 26 October 2015 by Your Student Life Supported’

Victoria Rees, Employability Manager looks at whether you’re applying for the right jobs this Autumn…. 5 things to consider before your applications Graduate schemes and Internships are open for 2016 recruitment and everyone (mostly your parents!) is telling you to crack on and make some applications. Lots of them, get them in by the bucket
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Improve your work and confidence with Academic Study Skills classes

Posted on 6 October 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

The Academic Study Skills team are here to help all undergraduates get the most out of their time at university, to help to improve your grades and get a Cardiff University Certificate! When we study at University we are expected to study in ways which may be different to how we have studied previously.  We offer
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An insight into Cardiff University’s first international careers event for graduates and finalists

Posted on 23 September 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

An insight into Cardiff University’s first international careers event for graduates and finalists by Victoria Rees, Employability Manager …     Saturday 19th September and The Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai played host to this new event, collaboratively run by Universities of Cardiff, Bath, Bristol and Exeter.   Chinese students from Cardiff University were invited to
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Employers targeting Cardiff University this Autumn

Posted on 22 September 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our Careers & Employability team have been hard at work organising a series of Careers Fairs that will help students meet employers and increase their career potential … Attend one or all of these events to find out more about a vast range of student and graduate opportunities.
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A tasty Welcome to Wales for Fresher’s

Posted on 17 September 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

We’ve teamed up with Braces Bakery to offer students the chance to take part in our Welcome to Wales Welsh Cake Challenge  …      The Braces vans are heading to the Student Support Centre at 50 Park Place   New and returning students are invited to join Student Support & Wellbeing staff at our stand
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Congratulations to the Class of 2015

Posted on 13 July 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Here’s how the Careers & Employability Team can help you now you have graduated …     As a Cardiff University Alumni you still have access to a range of our services.  
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What will you do after graduation? Tips for what next

Posted on 10 June 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Amy, Student Intern at Careers & Employability shares her experience and offers tips on what to do next …   So you have finished your University Degree and upon you dawns the realisation that you now suddenly have nothing to do. It can be a bizarre situation to find yourself in, especially after a solid three
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