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Top tips for making great Presentations

Posted on 4 March 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Liam Havard, Student Intern tells us more about ACCA’s session on Presentation Skills and the advice they shared with students …    Cardiff University had the pleasure of having Kylie from ACCA visit us to offer advice on presentation skills, as part of Careers & Employability’s Internship Bootcamp.   If you think you’re a bit rusty when it comes
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Student events to help support and develop you, 2nd-13th March

Posted on 2 March 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Fortnightly Roundup of  Student Support & Wellbeing’s events and activity, by Marketing Manager Katrina Taylor …   We’ve had a busy start to the spring and seen hundreds of students at the Student Support Centre and at our events and there’s more to come throughout March. From Monday 2nd to Friday 13th here’s what we have
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6 Student Mentors share their experience and encourage you to join the team

Posted on 19 February 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Over 200 students volunteer as Mentors within their Academic Schools each year, here Ann Mc Manus and 6 of her current Mentors tell us more about the scheme and why it’s such a great opportunity …     What’s it all about? The Student Mentor scheme matches continuing undergraduate students with first years from within their own school and where
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An insight into work experience at BBC Cymru Wales

Posted on 19 February 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our Marketing Intern and final year Jomec Student Virginia recently undertook 2 weeks Work Experience at BBC Cymru Wales, she shares her experience here …   A opportunity I couldn’t miss A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about my career plans and how lost I was. I had realised I did not want to
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Would you like to make yourself more employable and better informed

Posted on 18 February 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

You can make yourself more employable and better informed, simply, by attending our Work Experience events and taking time to consider the type of experience that would enhance your future prospects; the organisations you’d like to work with, the roles you’d like to experience; if you’ll be paid or unpaid; and how to go about securing work experience …    
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Your student life supported – What’s On Mon 16 – Fri 28 February

Posted on 16 February 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Fortnightly Roundup of student services and events delivered by Student Support & Wellbeing, by Marketing Manager Katrina Taylor …   Welcome back … here’s the latest from us at Student Support & Wellbeing, and a brief note of what our teams are up to between Monday 16th and Friday 28th February.  Whatever your year or degree discipline you
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HSBC’s internships and graduate opportunities. Are they for you?

Posted on 11 February 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

HSBC visited Cardiff University to talk more about internships and graduate opportunities, Liam Havard, Student Intern, tells us more …   The HSBC presentation was organised by Careers & Employability as part of Internship Bootcamp and proved popular with around 30-35 students attending it.   Help was at hand when this globally established bank came
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Tips for Competency and Strengths based Interviews

Posted on 11 February 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Amelia Dyer, Student Intern tells us more about EY’s talk on ‘Practice for Competency and Strengths Based Interviews’ … This was the last session of the Internship Bootcamp for this year and the attendance was excellent! It has been great seeing how many people care about improving their chances of obtaining internships and graduate roles!
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The importance of networking and networks

Posted on 10 February 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Cath Bushell, Enterprise Manager, answers the question ‘Is there value in networking?’ … No-one really tells you in your first job how important and rewarding creating a network around you can be. Too often you might find yourself feeling as though you are simply there to complete the tasks you are given and to sit
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Are you commercially aware?

Posted on 10 February 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Liam Havard, Student Intern tells us more about KPMG’s Commercial Awareness session as part of the Internship Bootcamp … KPMG visited Cardiff Business School to enlighten students on the importance of being commercially aware. This interactive session witnessed around 20 students turn up and proved to be an invaluable source of information.
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What makes Duncan Bannatyne an inspiration, by Enterprise Ambassador Sophie Gregory

Posted on 4 February 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Over the Christmas break, the Enterprise Team set their  Student Ambassadors the question “In your personal opinion, who is the most inspirational entrepreneur of the last 50 years”. Sophie Gregory, a final year English Language & Communication student came back to us with this response… At the age of 30, Duncan Bannatyne was living a modest lifestyle and
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Have you got the Presentation Skills to WOW Employers?

Posted on 4 February 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

ACCA ran a session today on Presentation Skills to WOW Employers, here Amelia Dyer tells us more …   With the third day of the Internship Bootcamp underway ACCA paid Cardiff University a visit to help boost students confidence when tackling presentations. The session began by focusing on the skills employers are looking for and then continued
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Make 2015 the year you improve your study skills! Classes available now.

Posted on 4 February 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

The Academic Skills and Mentoring Team explain how Academic Study Skills classes could help you improve your work and confidence … When we study at University we are expected to study in ways which may be different to how we have studied previously. The Academic Study Skills team are here to help all undergraduates get
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Why I’m inspired by Wikipedia, by Enterprise Ambassador Adam Dixon

Posted on 4 February 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Enterprise Ambassador Adam Dixon tells us ‘Why I’m inspired by Wikipedia’  …   Over the Christmas break, we set our Student Ambassadors the question “In your personal opinion, who is the most inspirational entrepreneur of the last 50 years”.   Adam Dixon, a Mechanical Engineering student, came back to us with this response.
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L’oreal tell Cardiff students exactly what they’re looking for at Assessment Centres

Posted on 4 February 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Another great day for the First Year Internship Bootcamp and an ACE Assessment Centre session with L’Oreal. Emma Green our Student Intern tells us more …         L’Oreal were on campus yesterday (3rd Feb) as part of the first year Internship Bootcamp. They were specifically focusing on how to succeed in the group task element of the assessment centre
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Employability Skills Tips from Martin Flynn

Posted on 3 February 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

A great start to the First Year Internship Bootcamp with the arrival of Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Liam Havard, Student Intern tells us more …      Internship Bootcamp was launched yesterday with a presentation from Martin Flynn, who spoke about Employability Skills. This took place at a classroom in Cardiff Business School and saw approximately 20 people attend it.
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Brush Up On Your Interview Skills

Posted on 3 February 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

What’s your stumbling point when it comes to getting your dream job? Guest post by Seb Atkinson, for CGMA, a globally recognised designation for management accountants, powered by CIMA and AICPA.             A survey of CFOs in the US last year revealed that while candidates have brushed up on their CV writing
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First Year Internship Bootcamp gets off to a great start

Posted on 3 February 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

The First Year Internship Bootcamp got off to a great start yesterday! Emma Green, Student Intern tells us more …         PwC, Enterprise Rent –a-Car, The Royal Mail and HSBC were all on campus targeting first year students for their summer internships.   
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The difference between part time work and internships

Posted on 3 February 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Emma Green, Student Intern for Careers & Employability, share her experience and the difference between part-time work and internships …   It’s day two of the First Year Internship Bootcamp, so for first years and any other students considering an internship, Emma offers some great reasons to get involved!   The skills I’m learning on
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What you need to know about this Thursday’s Postgrad Wales 2015

Posted on 2 February 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Cardiff University is once again hosting the Postgrad Study & Funding Fair, Roxanne from Target shares her top tips for the event … We are counting down the days until the Postgrad Wales Fair on Thursday 5 February. We thought that it was only right to provide you with some crucial details about the event, and of
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Internships for first years – the early bird catches the worm!

Posted on 2 February 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Careers & Employability’s Information Team talk about Internships for first years …   Some employers are so keen to get students to work for them that they offer work experience opportunities right at the beginning of your university course. So you’ve only just got used to living away from home and worked out where all
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Your Student Life, Supported – New Fortnightly Roundup

Posted on 2 February 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Welcome to our new Fortnightly Roundup, by Katrina Taylor, Marketing Manager, Student Support & Wellbeing Division. Your Student Life, Supported, is our tag line and I hope this new fortnightly round-up will help you learn more about the support, information and events we offer Cardiff Uni students. Here I’ve given an overview of what our teams
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Ignite 2015: Use your skills, have fun and make a profit!

Posted on 27 January 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Taren Young, CU Enterprise Officer tells us more about IGNITE and what a great experience it is for students …   Ignite is a 4 day intensive enterprise course run by Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University and the University of South Wales.   Last February I experienced my first ever Ignite and I had an absolute blast!
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Social Enterprise Week starts today – Using your Bright Ideas to Help Others

Posted on 26 January 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Taren Young, CU Enterprise Officer tells us more about how our ideas can help others … From 26th – 31st January Cardiff University Enterprise will be celebrating Social Enterprise Week. This week of activities is aimed at enterprising students who want to become more socially responsible and use their big ideas to solve the big
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Enhance your degree with an Explore Internship – over 40 available!

Posted on 26 January 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Catherine and Annie from WCVA have joined the Careers & Employability Team, here’s more about the Internships they will offer …     We provide Internships to students and graduates to develop skills, gain meaningful work experience and build networks within Wales’ voluntary sector. Since 2011, over 970 individuals have participated in the programme, will you be the
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Work Experience? Here’s 10 reasons why…

Posted on 26 January 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

David Moseley, Internship Officer for our Work Experience team shares his thoughts on why students should do work experience … With the job market as competitive as it’s ever been, it’s tough making yourself stand out from the crowd. Having experienced first-hand the difference that work experience can make to job hunting, we have complied
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First Years: Secure Paid Summer Internships Now! By Emma Green

Posted on 23 January 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Emma, Student Intern tells us more about Internships and the First Year Internship Bootcamp 2-5 February … Your first year at university can be an overwhelming one and whilst graduation may be the last thing on your mind, you only have two summer holidays until you’ll be applying for full time employment!   The number
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Why The Body Shop is inspiring, by Enterprise Ambassador Alicia Lee

Posted on 21 January 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Over the Christmas break, The Enterprise Team set their  Student Ambassadors the question “In your personal opinion, who is the most inspirational entrepreneur of the last 50 years”. Alicia Lee, a Business Management student, came back to us with this response…     The past 50 years has been characterised by unprecedented advancement in entrepreneurial business
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Become a Student Mentor – Cardiff University is recruiting Student Mentors now for October 2015

Posted on 21 January 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

The Academic Skills and Mentoring Team explain how the Student Mentor Scheme gives undergraduates employability skills whilst helping first years settle into university … 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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“Oh my, where has the time gone!? I should really start doing something!”

Posted on 22 December 2014 by Your Student Life, Supported

Amy, Student Intern at Careers & Employability shares her story … “Oh my, where has the time gone!? I should really start doing something!” Hello! My name is Amy and I have (very) recently started working in Careers & Employability as a student intern. I am in my last year in Cardiff University, as scary as
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My career planning so far – Virginia 3rd Year JOMEC

Posted on 3 December 2014 by Your Student Life, Supported

Virginia, Marketing Intern, shares her experiences and an insight into her course, work experience and career path …    My name is Virginia and I’m a third year Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies undergraduate. I came to Cardiff because I always wanted to be a journalist and this was the best university in the UK for this discipline.
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Juliette’s insight into JP Morgan’s Business Challenge

Posted on 3 December 2014 by Your Student Life, Supported

Juliette, our Marketing Intern, shares her experience at JP Morgan’s Business Challenge …   I applied to the JP Morgan Business challenge event in Bournemouth after I received an email from Jane McElroy (the Business School Careers Adviser)  informing us of the opportunity. I had never considered operations as a career before as I was convinced
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The Cardiff Award is Changing …

Posted on 26 November 2014 by Your Student Life, Supported

You’ve probably seen that the Cardiff Award is recruiting for its new programme. Here Kathryn Foot, Cardiff Award Manager tells us more … We have 500 spaces, meaning this will be our biggest intake ever.  This is hugely exciting, but it has meant we have needed to make some changes to ensure we maintain the quality. 
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I’m a Cardiff alumni now recruiting Cardiff students

Posted on 25 November 2014 by Your Student Life, Supported

Guest blog by Cardiff Alumni Catherine Walters from Enterprise-Rent-A-Car … When I think back to the start of my final year, awkwardly approaching employer’s stands at careers fairs, I remember feeling daunted by the whole idea of graduating and entering the real world. I never thought in just two years I would be on the other
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Cardiff students success at Bloomberg BAT Test

Posted on 19 November 2014 by Your Student Life, Supported

Guest blog by Lisanne from Bloomberg on Cardiff students and the BAT test …   Bloomberg have had 452 connections made between employers and Cardiff BAT test takers. These were made by 87 unique different companies ranging from Investment Banks, Consultancy Firms, Financial Services, Insurance, Wealth Management, Large Multinationals and everything in between.
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Career Tips for International students

Posted on 18 November 2014 by Your Student Life, Supported

Career Consultant Aled Williams talks to Craig Gonzalez, Cardiff Alumni, about Career Tips for International students … The leaves may be falling thick and fast, but have you noticed the career events and fairs that have descended upon Cardiff recently? It’s mid-way through the Autumn semester and we are well into another graduate recruitment season. 
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Preparing and writing application forms for internships

Posted on 12 November 2014 by Your Student Life, Supported

Juliette, Marketing Intern and 2nd year Business student shares her thoughts on ‘Preparing and writing application forms for internships’ …   Everyone always stresses the importance of getting an internship as this gives you a taster of a job you may be interested in, the transferable skills that employers are looking for when hiring graduates as
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More of the UK’s graduates want to leave for opportunities overseas

Posted on 11 November 2014 by Your Student Life, Supported

Guest Blog by David Palmer of trendence UK, on how the UK risks losing almost a quarter of its graduate workforce to employment opportunities overseas, according to their research. Where do you see yourself after graduation? Are you going to live the high life in London or do you intend to head off to France, America, Australia
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A Career in Communications – is it the job for you?

Posted on 10 November 2014 by Your Student Life, Supported

Last Tuesday, 4th November, Cardiff University had the pleasure of  hosting Alex Aiken’s talk on a Career in Communications. Here, Virginia tells us more … Alex Aiken is the Executive Director of Government Communications, based in Downing Street and the Cabinet Office. He went to theLondon School of Economics (LSE) where he studied economics and discovered his
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What will life be like after graduation?

Posted on 5 November 2014 by Your Student Life, Supported

Guest blog by Lowri Ribbons from UK trendence, offering an insight into their research and what students are expecting after graduation …   Be it now or in the not-too-distant future, the question of what life will be like after graduation will cross every student’s mind at some point; “Where will I be? What will
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Employers continue to recruit at Cardiff throughout November

Posted on 5 November 2014 by Your Student Life, Supported

Our Careers Fairs may be over but employers are still busy recruiting, don’t miss the remaining events for this autumn …  Thousands of students have attended Careers Fairs in the last four weeks and gained amazing exposure amongst an array of local, national and international employers.  We’ve had great feedback from students and employers alike
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Engage with employers – they want you!

Posted on 29 October 2014 by Your Student Life, Supported

Dr Tom Tatchell, Education and Students Manager, School of Chemistry encourages students to attend Careers Fairs and engage with employers … Tis’ the season for recruitment fairs and all students should see one if not two fairs scheduled that can be applicable to the degrees that they are studying.
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Getting the most out of the Law Fair

Posted on 29 October 2014 by Your Student Life, Supported

Feeling a little lost when it comes to law fairs? I expect you are not alone.  Naomi Morley First year Trainee at Michelmores and Cardiff Alumni  shares her thoughts on preparing for the Law Fair… Having attended a number of law fairs as a student, I know that the experience can be quite overwhelming and it can be
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From Zoology to Finance at Dyson – where will your career take you?

Posted on 28 October 2014 by Your Student Life, Supported

Guest blog from Matthew Wilcox, Cardiff  Zoology Alumni and Finance Graduate at Dyson … ACCA student Matthew Wilcox comes from a family of accountants. Growing up, he was determined to take a different career path, opting to study Zoology rather than Finance at university. He soon discovered that his favourite part of his degree was numerical
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International Relations – Is it the job for you?

Posted on 28 October 2014 by Your Student Life, Supported

Virginia Bonet Morrell, final year Jomec student, attended John Hemmings career talk and shares her experience with you … Last Thursday, 23rd October, John Hemmings, who is part of Cardiff University Alumni, gave an inspiring talk about life in International Relations (IR) today. In a friendly and approachable manner, John engaged with students from the
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My Route to Law Firm Withy King by John Pengilley (LLB and LPC- Cardiff University)

Posted on 22 October 2014 by Your Student Life, Supported

Guest Blog from John Pengilley on his route from Cardiff University to Withy King …   Enjoy John’s blog and for further information about careers with Withy King you can talk to recruitment staff  at the Cardiff Law Fair on Tues 4th November from 1.30pm at City Hall. Take it away John … I studied Law at Cardiff from
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We can help you realise your potential

Posted on 22 October 2014 by Your Student Life, Supported

Taren Youngs shares her experience as a graduate and the value of Enterprise. SO, what’s it all about … This time of year I find myself talking to a lot of students. This isn’t unusual; I talk a lot to pretty much everybody all the time. But, it’s a bit different in October and November because
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What’s On – Careers and Employer Events from Mon 27th October until Thursday 6th November

Posted on 21 October 2014 by Your Student Life, Supported

I’m very sorry to say that we are having issues with our what’s on web listings – darn thing!  So to help you here’s a quick note of what’s coming up, excuse the long listing … Log in to Your Careers Account, using your University log in, for event times, full description and to book your place: www.cardiff.ac.uk/careers   Application
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Owen Evans, Director General of Education and Skills, appealed to students with a genuine, friendly and insightful lecture

Posted on 19 October 2014 by Your Student Life, Supported

Emma Green, 3rd year Human Geography student, shares her experience of Owen Evans guest lecture … Despite his senior position Owen Evans, Director General of Education and Skills, appealed to students with a genuine, friendly and insightful lecture on Thursday 16th October.   Owen Evans joined the Welsh government in 2010 and was promoted to Director
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The best bits of the Autumn Careers Fair by Emma Green

Posted on 15 October 2014 by Your Student Life, Supported

Winter may have arrived in Cardiff but the rain wasn’t enough to stop hundreds of Cardiff students heading to City Hall for the autumn careers fair on Tuesday! Emma Green, 3rd year Human Geography student, on yesterday’s Fair  … With over sixty exhibitors there was something for everyone, notable names included: Network Rail, DCC, Marks and Spencers,
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