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 a difference for future applications, wherever your aspirations lie.
Why you should think about applying?
By signing up to the Cardiff Award you will:
- Be more aware of your current employability skills & strengths
- Become a master of CV’s, cover letters & application forms
- Gain a better understanding of how employers recruit
- Network with top graduate employers
- Be supported by the Cardiff Award team throughout the process
- Have the Cardiff Award on your enhanced student transcript when you graduate.
My experience of the Award and why I applied:
I applied to the Cardiff Award during my placement year. I hadn’t actually thought too much about my employability before this, but after going through the stress of applying to placements, (and feeling slightly ill-equipped), I really started to focus on how I could make myself more employable after I graduated.
The Cardiff Award seemed like a good thing to do to make myself a better candidate and be more prepared for future job applications. I also realised a lot of the things I was doing already actually counted for the hours (part time work & volunteering) – so it seemed to make a lot of sense to apply.
Over the past year I have attended workshops, networking events and talks hosted by the careers service by key industry leaders. I think the biggest thing I have gained is an awareness of my professional strengths and how these match onto what employers are looking for. I am 100% happy with my decision to apply for the Cardiff Award; it has really given me that extra step forward into the graduate recruitment market that I really needed. If I had one regret it would have been not applying in first or second year when I had less pressure on and a bit more time.
Want to apply for this year’s Award programme?
The application deadlines is Wednesday 15 February so don’t hesitate. Send your CV and a covering letter detailing why you want to be accepted onto the Cardiff Award, and what you hope to gain from the programme to cardiffAward@cardiff.ac.uk. Your CV doesn’t need to be perfectly polished – this is part of what you will learn during the Award!
For more information about the Cardiff Award and to hear from other Cardiff Award alumni, visit our blog page.
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Rosie, Student Intern.
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