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After graduationTips and advice

Graduation Worries

10 July 2014

We understand that many of you have been busy revising for finals and waiting for results over the past couple of months, which means that you have not had the time to plan for graduation day itself. This post aims to assist with those last minute worries that you may be having.

Before and On the Day:

Not finding somewhere to stay

Hotels in Cardiff over graduation week are rapidly becoming pricier and pricier, with many already sold out. If you are not able to find a room that suits your budget, University accommodation is offering a number of self-catering places for both you and your family. Check out the details here.

Alternatively, have you thought about renting an apartment? There are numerous holiday lets down the Bay which can be found by performing a simple Google search.

Not getting enough tickets

Unfortunately, not everybody will get their desired amount of graduation tickets, despite extras having been released. Luckily, each and every graduation ceremony will be available to view on the big screen outside St David’s Hall for family members and friends who wish to share the moment with you.


Ladies: wear shoes you are comfortable in, that you can actually walk in. We cannot stress this enough. Gone are the days of skyscraper heels (thankfully!) – embrace the smaller heel or the wedge and collect your degree without any slip-ups! Two previous posts, which can be viewed here and here, have further advice on that graduation outfit dilemma!

Men: just watch where you’re walking!

In the Future:

What to do after graduation?

Some of you may already have a graduate role lined up – congratulations! Others of you will be continuing with your studies – good luck! However, for many of you the prime worry right now is getting a job. It’s important to remember that more Cardiff University graduates are finding jobs than the national average, with 95% of the Class of 2013 in employment or further study. Dr Peter Florence, founder of Hay Festival and Cardiff University Honorary Fellow, told last year’s graduates to “stay flexible and find out as much as you can about anything that catches your eye” – invaluable advice to any soon-to-be graduate.

To help with any concerns, the Careers and Employability team have supplied a number of Resources for Graduates, which include guides on how to write a good CV and covering letter and how to successfully complete an application form. They have also created a list of Things to do Before you Graduate:

  • Drop in at Career Central, 50 Park Place, for information, advice and support.
  • Register with GO Wales, where graduates in Wales can access free services, including a vacancies database, training and placements.
  • Check out Santander Internships and Graduate Job Vacancies online for a great range of vacancies.
  • Join the Cardiff Alumni Network to keep in touch with over 130,000 graduates and supporters across the globe, as well as news, events and benefits for members.

Don’t forget that if you have any other questions, the @CUGradReporter is on hand to help!