Employability

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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Supporting you this summer

Posted on 15 June 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

Student intern, Victoria, shares information about the support available to students during the summer. Assessments and exams are finally over! Sighs of relief swept Cathays on the 9th June, alongside torrents of rain and the chaos of General Election results. Now, undergraduate students across campus are getting ready to pack up their things and head
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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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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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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 to write a CV…

Posted on 10 April 2017 by Your Student Life, Supported

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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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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Perfecting your online persona #Social7

Posted on 28 February 2017 by Your Student Life Supported

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 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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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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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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Have you heard about our NUE finalists?

Posted on 23 December 2016 by Your Student Life Supported’

Have you heard our news…? Following our blog post on 21st October we can proudly announce that Cardiff University has 3 (yes 3!), successful shortlisted nominations in the National Undergraduate Employability awards 2017. Congratulations go to the following: Student Shortlist Hristo Anastasov Timothy Taylor They have both been shortlisted in the Best Intern category. This
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Working abroad is a fantastic opportunity with benefits that will last a lifetime!

Posted on 8 June 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Amy, final year English student and Intern at Careers & Employability shares her thoughts on working abroad …     Working abroad is a fantastic opportunity with benefits that will last a lifetime! We all know that. However more often than not, some of us can’t help but feel that it is an opportunity that
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4 reasons why you should attend Cardiff Uni’s Summer Fair

Posted on 26 May 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

The Summer Fair will soon be here and after a year of planning and preparation, the Careers & Employability team guarantee a great event that could have a big impact on your future.     Here are just 4 reasons why you should attend the Summer Fair …  
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Handy tips when applying for Graduate Schemes

Posted on 13 May 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Handy tips when applying for Graduate Schemes, by Emma Green, Student Intern for Careers & Employability … I cannot believe how quickly these three years have flown by and I have now found myself in my final year of university. Remarkably, the prospect of graduation and what I am going to do when I leave Cardiff
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How to create the perfect CV for you

Posted on 6 May 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

There are many myths surrounding CVs and cover letters. Joanne Gibson and Melanie Wortham from our Careers & Employability’s Guidance Team give their take on what works well and what to avoid when playing the recruitment game.  
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What does Entrepreneur actually mean?

Posted on 11 March 2015 by Your Student Life, Supported

Being entrepreneurial is all about carving your own path, and making your own future, so it can mean something different to every individual. This month we asked our Enterprise Ambassadors what the word Entrepreneur means to them. Here’s what the Enterprise Ambassadors had to say …
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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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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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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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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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