Before you graduate, More, Preparing for your future

Before you graduate

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 you graduate getting ready for the world of employment – even if you’re taking some time off when you leave – and make the most of the careers help available on campus before you go home!


Struggling for ideas?

Don’t panic! Check out our career planning resources and set up a face to face meeting with your careers adviser to get the support you need. You can book here.


Got an idea but aiming to take time off first?

Start getting everything sorted so that you’re all set to go once you’ve had your break –

  • If you know what career you would like to pursue, use our Careers A-Z to find job sector links and start planning your career
  • Check out possible deadlines for the career or employers you are interested in – they may open earlier than you think!
  • Brush up your skills before you go – see Whatever stage you are at
  • Got a CV and LinkedIn profile? Are they ready to impress? Get advice from a careers adviser – book an appointment or come to a drop-in (weekdays 13.00 – 16.00)


Still looking for a graduate job?

  • Make sure you come along to the Summer Fair on Tuesday 6 June. There will be a variety of employers from different sectors – there really is something for everyone!
  • To make a good impression, also attend the ‘Prepare for the Fair’ masterclass with the Careers & Employability team at 51a Park Place for great tips on researching employers and how to network.
  • Use our Jobs Board and Careers A-Z links to get your search going

 Summer Careers Fair

Whatever stage you are at

Think about starting/updating your LinkedIn profile and CV & Cover Letter. Build up your Interview and Commercial Awareness skills. Get job-search ready. There are masterclasses to help you get started with all of this on Wednesday 7 June (the day after the Summer Fair) – you can follow the links to book a place:


Talk over any worries or questions you have with your careers adviser – book an appointment or come to a drop-in (weekdays 13.00 – 16.00). You can see them as often as you need before you graduate in mid-July (once you’ve gone home you can still talk to a careers adviser over the phone or Skype).


Keep updated

Remember to follow and like us on Twitter and Facebook and join us with #beforeyougraduate to get the latest updates from Careers and Employability and to let us know how you’re getting on.

We’ll have more to help you throughout June and July – also watch out for #afteryougraduate and we have a new website launching in June.


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Get planning and good luck!


Best wishes,

Karen (Information Officer) and Sophie (Student Intern)
Careers & Employability Team

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The Student Support Centre has a range of services dedicated to helping students make the most of their time at University, including: Advice and Money, Careers and Employability, Counselling, Health and Wellbeing, Disability and Dyslexia and International Student Support. The Student Support Centres are located at 50 Park Place, Cathays Campus and Cardigan House, Heath Park Campus.

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