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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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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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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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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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The benefits of work experience from one student intern to another

Posted on 19th January 2017 by

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 23rd December 2016 by

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 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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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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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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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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Anyone for Admiral’s Grad Programme or other opportunities in Cardiff?

Posted on 18th March 2016 by

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 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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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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Top tips from the Internships, Work Experience & Volunteering Week

Posted on 3rd February 2016 by

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 28th January 2016 by

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 26th January 2016 by

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 12th January 2016 by

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 27th October 2015 by

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 26th October 2015 by

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 22nd September 2015 by

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 17th September 2015 by

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 8th June 2015 by

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 26th May 2015 by

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 13th May 2015 by

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 6th May 2015 by

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 11th March 2015 by

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 4th March 2015 by

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 2nd March 2015 by

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 18th February 2015 by

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 16th February 2015 by

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 11th February 2015 by

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 4th February 2015 by

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 4th February 2015 by

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 4th February 2015 by

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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Ignite 2015: Use your skills, have fun and make a profit!

Posted on 27th January 2015 by

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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First Years: Secure Paid Summer Internships Now! By Emma Green

Posted on 23rd January 2015 by

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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The Cardiff Award is Changing …

Posted on 26th November 2014 by

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 25th November 2014 by

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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