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Time to start thinking about your future career?

Penelope shares Careers and Employability’s 6 top tips for exploring options for the future and compete for jobs.

It’s safe to say, autumn term at Cardiff University is incredibly fun.

One minute, you’re sat in a lecture theatre getting to the heart of what first drew you to your degree. The next minute, you’re in the library polishing off an essay. When that’s done, you’re dashing into town with friends to pick up the best (read: cheapest) face paint you can find, in preparation for tonight’s Y Plas party.

Oh, and on top of that, you’re probably mid-way through an Internship application form, or are at least having a think about what career path you’d like to head down.

Sounds familiar, right? Sounds like your average weekday?

Not exactly. In fact, it’s far from average.

When you take a moment to digest how fast-paced university life can be, like you did in the paragraph above, it’s easy to see it has the potential to become stressful.

But adding careers planning into your schedule doesn’t have to add in unnecessary pressure.

Take a moment, grab a cup of tea, and read about how Careers and Employability can ease your worries…


6 ways that Careers and Employability can help you career plan…

1. Explore your options

Do you feel as if there’s such an overwhelming amount of options for students and graduates, you don’t really know where to start?

Our Careers Fairs are full of employers all under one roof – all excited to meet you and discuss their opportunities. So, if scouring the internet each evening for ideas for the future is filling you with anxiety, stop now!

Take a couple of hours out of your day on Tuesday 31st October (Law Fair, 13:30 – 16:30, City Hall) and Wednesday 1st November (Science Fair, 10:00 – 14:30, Main Building) instead.

Additionally, this upcoming November we’ve also got our Diversity Panel events! The perfect chance to meet industry leaders and gain a true insight into the world of work.

Make sure you save the following dates:

2. Develop your skills

Do you feel as if you don’t have the skills you need to move through an application process, or even apply for opportunities in the first place?

Don’t stress – this is incredibly easy to fix with our masterclasses! Short, expert-led sessions where you can brush up on everything from assessment centres, to commercial awareness, to LinkedIn.

Find out what masterclasses are on offer and sign up here.


3. Join the Cardiff Award

Have you heard about how amazing the Cardiff Award is, but are also worried that the employability programme is a lot of work?

This is a myth! It’s totally doable, as you’re supported every step of the way by the Award’s dedicated team.

Just ask Cardiff Award student, Lucy!


4. Bring your ideas to life

Cardiff University’s Enterprise and Start-Up team encourage you to think creatively, spot opportunities, make things happen, and develop skills for life.

Check out the blog below to see how the Spark Challenge can help you kick start your business ideas or current ventures.

Enterprise and Start-Up isn’t strictly about business, though; it’s about helping you to make the most of yourself.


5. Compete for jobs

Are you fretting that you’ve not got what it takes to compete against other graduates when it comes to securing employment?

Well, you can network with employers right here on campus at our employer events. Take ARUP for example. Their breakfast networking event allows you to connect with the global firm, and grab breakfast while you’re there.


6. Gain experience in the UK and abroad

Internships, placements, vacation schemes, graduate schemes. Just reading that sentence can be overwhelming! Especially if you’re unsure what each term means, and which ones would be right for you.

Careers and Employability can undoubtedly help you navigate the world of work experience. Read our blog on what options there are for you.

For more information, visit your Careers Account or the ‘Your Future’ intranet pages to view online resources. Alternatively, drop in and meet the Careers and Employability team at 51a Park Place, and start exploring your options for the future and competing for jobs.


Best wishes, 

Penelope, Careers and Employability.

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 and MoneyCareers and EmployabilityCounselling, Health and WellbeingDisability and 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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