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Good news for the graduate job market

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 entering professional jobs has also risen to 68.2% which is a great sign that graduates are entering roles which reflect their ability.


So does this mean it is now easy to get a graduate job?

Not exactly.

It is still a very competitive job market out there, and to get the career you want, you need to be ready.


Here are 3 top tips for boosting your employability during the Spring Semester:


  1. Think about your CV

Employers from every sector like graduates who have made the most of their University life. Think about getting involved in a club or society, signing up for volunteering or arranging work experience. Search ‘Work Experience’ on the Intranet to find out about student opportunities.


  1. Develop your career ideas

Being flexible and open to new ideas is a key skill for today’s graduates. Having said that, the graduate job market will be easier to negotiate if you have some idea of what you are aiming for. Take a look online to start your research and speak to a Careers Adviser for further guidance:

Career Central – online resource for Cardiff University students – student and graduate careers website


  1. Visit Careers & Employability!

You can talk to a Careers Adviser about any aspect of your career planning, from 1st year onwards. We offer advice, guidance and information, workshops, work experience and employer events. A key date for your diary is the Internships, Work Experience and Volunteering Week from 25-27 January 2016. Search ‘Careers & Employability’ on the Intranet to get started or find us at 50 Park Place.

The new statistics about graduate jobs are encouraging, but really it’s about much more than statistics – it’s about you finding a career you will enjoy. So don’t hesitate to visit Careers & Employability during the Spring Semester, we’d be delighted to work with you!


The Careers & Employability team can help you …

Careers & Employability are here to support you throughout Your Career Journey, providing the services and events to help you with:

Exploring your Future – Know yourself,  identify your strengths, explore your options by:

Building your Skills – Develop yourself, take opportunities, reflect & focus by:

Making it Happen  – Know the process, take action, achieve your ambition by:


Best wishes

Sarah Allbeson, Careers Advisor
Careers & Employability Team


Your Student Life, Supported.The Student Support Centre has a range of services dedicated to helping students make the most of their time at University, including: Advice & Money, Careers & Employability, Counselling, Health & Wellbeing, Disability & Dyslexia and International Student Support.

The Student Support Centres are located at 50 Park Place, Cathays Campus and Cardigan House, Heath Park Campus.

For further details of services, events, opening times and more find us on the University Intranet.



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