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Interview with an Entrepreneur: Löyn Toys

Posted on 25th May 2017 by

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 24th May 2017 by

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 24th May 2017 by

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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Thinking of postgraduate study?

Posted on 17th May 2017 by

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 17th May 2017 by

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
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Summer Careers Fair: Hear from employers first hand about the benefits of attending

Posted on 15th May 2017 by

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
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Spark 2017 – The Winners

Posted on 10th May 2017 by

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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Presentation Panic? Tips to help

Posted on 24th April 2017 by

Victoria, Student Intern, shares her advice on preparing for a presentation… Most students experience a bit of presentation panic at some point. Your stomach drops, your mouth goes dry, your knees wobble beneath you and a lump forms in your throat. It can be especially terrifying if it’s marked. However, burying your head in the sand
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Top tips to help you manage exam stress

Posted on 19th April 2017 by

Amy from our Wellbeing Team shares some useful tips to help you cope with exam stress. It is normal to feel a little bit of stress (some level of stress can help you focus), but too much of it can lead you to feel out of control and can make it harder for you to take
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Interview with an Entrepreneur: Pontus Global Solutions

Posted on 19th April 2017 by

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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How to write a CV…

Posted on 10th April 2017 by

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 5th April 2017 by

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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How I kick-started my career with MotoNovo Finance

Posted on 21st March 2017 by

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 20th March 2017 by

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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Perfecting your online persona #Social7

Posted on 28th February 2017 by

Careers and Employability Intern Sophie shares tips on tidying up your online profile, as part of #social7… Time to perfect your online persona? According to a recent CareerBuilder study, 60% of employers reported screening candidates online before making a decision. Traces of your digital footprint might always remain online, but thankfully it’s not too difficult to
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First hand advice from employers on why you should attend the STEM Careers Fair

Posted on 13th February 2017 by

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 13th February 2017 by

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 7th February 2017 by

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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All are Welcome! Why students should call into 51a Park Place

Posted on 6th February 2017 by

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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How I found my dream internship at last years Internship, Work Experience and Volunteering Fair

Posted on 30th January 2017 by

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 25th January 2017 by

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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5 Top Tips for Creating Great Visual Content

Posted on 3rd January 2017 by

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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What should I be doing this Christmas to boost my employability?

Posted on 14th December 2016 by

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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Have you got Spark?

Posted on 25th November 2016 by

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 15th November 2016 by

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 15th November 2016 by

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 11th November 2016 by

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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Earn while you enjoy

Posted on 28th October 2016 by

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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5 Ways to prepare for the Law Fair

Posted on 21st October 2016 by

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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LGBT+ Leaders Panel: An insight into being an LGBT+ graduate in the workplace

Posted on 10th October 2016 by

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 6th October 2016 by

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 4th October 2016 by

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 28th September 2016 by

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 30th August 2016 by

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 5th July 2016 by

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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Advice for students who have failed their exams

Posted on 22nd June 2016 by

Please read our latest post ‘What to do if you think that your exam results won’t be as you hoped’ as the post below was published in June 2016. Please contact our Advice and Money Team for further information and advice.  Siobhan from our Advice & Money team tells us more about what to do
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Struggling with application forms? Here are some tips to help

Posted on 7th June 2016 by

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 6th June 2016 by

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 2nd June 2016 by

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 31st May 2016 by

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 9th May 2016 by

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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Get career ready #beforeyougraduate!

Posted on 6th May 2016 by

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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Grads Love Cardiff Careers Fair – Get involved in this first ever event!

Posted on 4th April 2016 by

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 23rd March 2016 by

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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Improve your work and confidence – attend Academic Study Skills Classes

Posted on 25th February 2016 by

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 3rd February 2016 by

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 3rd February 2016 by

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 3rd February 2016 by

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 3rd February 2016 by

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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Need work experience? We did and here’s how we found it

Posted on 27th January 2016 by

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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