Employability Skills

Taking Action with Enactus

Posted on 16 October 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Kayson lets us in on everything you need to know about Enactus Cardiff What is Enactus Cardiff? To end poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change by 2030. These global goals stemmed from ENACTUS, an international non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. Enactus Cardiff is one of 50
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Organisation, revision and exam strategies for success

Posted on 25 April 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Ann, our Academic Study Skills Manager, shares organisation, revision and exam strategies for success… Prior planning and preparation are the keys to exam success. So let me introduce my exams guide, with organisation, revision and in-exam strategies to help you set a course and stay on track. From planning to procrastination and revision notes to
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Presentation Panic? Tips to help

Posted on 24 April 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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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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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How I kick-started my career with MotoNovo Finance

Posted on 21 March 2017 by Your student life, Supported

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 20 March 2017 by Your student life, Supported

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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Enterprise… more than just business start-ups!

Posted on 22 February 2017 by Your student life, Supported

Iheanyi, Enterprise Officer, explains why enterprise is not just about start-ups but also an employability boost. The term ‘enterprise’ can be an enigma sometimes, even for those in the sector.  Numerous definitions out there often relate it to a business or company. While this is not wrong, it is the process itself (i.e. being enterprising)
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First hand advice from employers on why you should attend the STEM Careers Fair

Posted on 13 February 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 13 February 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 7 February 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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

Posted on 30 January 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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 25 January 2017 by Your Student Life Supported

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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The benefits of work experience from one student intern to another

Posted on 19 January 2017 by Your Student Life Supported

Employer Liaison Intern Jess presents her  top tips for gaining the most benefit from work experience and what Internships, Work Experience and Volunteering Week has to offer… So – you’ve put it off long enough. It’s time to start planning your life a little further ahead than just what you’re going to have for dinner tonight.
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5 Top Tips for Creating Great Visual Content

Posted on 3 January 2017 by Your Student Life Supported

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 14 December 2016 by Your Student Life Supported’

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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Earn while you enjoy

Posted on 28 October 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

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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What you missed at our dyslexia awareness event and top tips from the day

Posted on 11 October 2016 by Your student life, supported

Dylan, Student Intern, reports back on the fun and engaging events for Dyslexia Awareness Week… Last week the Disability and Dyslexia Service celebrated Dyslexia Awareness Week and World Dyslexia Day with a day full of workshops and talks. Here’s a round-up of how the day went, a reminder for those who took part and an overview and some tips to
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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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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 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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Would you like to become a Wellbeing Champion? We are now recruiting

Posted on 21 March 2016 by Your Student Life, Supported

A new and exciting opportunity for students – here we tell you more about becoming a Wellbeing Champion… Are you passionate about your own wellbeing? Passionate about the wellbeing of others? A great communicator? Eager to increase self-awareness, confidence and self-esteem? Wanting to further your employability skills? Interested in the area of wellbeing? If you answered
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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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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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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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