Preparing for your future, Work Experience

Would you like to make yourself more employable and better informed

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 …




Work experience and volunteering is a great way for  you to gain real life experience while studying and make yourself more employable.


Cardiff University’s Careers & Employability team have dedicated staff offering support to students and providing links to organisations with opportunities for Cardiff Uni students, and this month there is a great range of events taking place to support you.


The Work Experience & Volunteering Fair is an annual event, held each spring to promote the benefits of work experience and how accessible getting experience is for students, including:


The Fair is a free event for students from all years and degree disciplines and takes place on Thursday 26 February, 11am-3pm, Great Hall, Students’ Union. There’s no need to book, drop-in on the day.


Organisations supporting this year’s event, and keen to recruit Cardiff University students include:

British Curry Club/CHAAT Magazine BUNAC Cardiff Award  Cardiff University Student Recruitment Careers & Employability Work Experience Teams Cardiff University Enterprise  Celtic English Academy   CRCC Asia   ECTARC EY  Global Opportunities Gradlancer Handelsbanken  Headway Cardiff Innovate Trust Jobshop Kenyan Orphan Project Lagardere Unlimited Events Marie Curie Network Rail Oxfam Online PwC Raleigh International Royal Voluntary Service RSPB Cymru Santander Scout Association Sherman Theatre  Skills Development Service Step Super Stars  SVC Teach First Tenovus Cancer Care Ty Hafan UNA Exchange VCS Cardiff Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA)


As well as the Fair, the Work Experience Team will be delivering an extended programme of events for students:


These sessions are designed to give you a greater insight into the topic and are hosted by Careers staff and external guest speakers – full details and descriptions are available online, but here is a brief listing for quick reference.


Successful Networking 23 Feb, 12noon Students’ Union

How to get Classroom based work experience 23 Feb, 2pm, Students’ Union

Getting Work Experience Abroad 23 Feb, 3:30pm, Students’ Union

Scout Association Drop-in, 24 Feb, from 12noon, Students’ Union

Commercial Awareness 24 Feb, 1.30pm, Students’ Union

WCVA Explore Internships Drop-in, 24 Feb, 3:30pm, Students’ Union

Getting Work Experience Abroad, 25 Feb, 12noon, Students’ Union

Your CV and Work Experience 25 Feb, 12noon, Students’ Union

International Students – Work Experience Ideas 25 Feb, 1pm, Students’ Union

Disabilities and Work Experience 25 Feb, 2pm, Students’ Union

Getting Work Experience in the UK 25 Feb, 2.30pm, Students’ Union

De-mystifying Commercial Awareness 25 Feb, 3pm, Students’ Union

Your Finances and Work Experience 25 Feb, 3,30pm, Students’ Union

Work Experience & Volunteering Fair 2015 26 Feb, from 11am, Students’ Union


Work experience is relevant to all students, all years and all degree disciplines; so please make the most of these events and the valuable support available to you throughout your studies.


Read our previous blog post for more about why work experience is so valuable  Work Experience? Here’s 10 reasons why…


For further details and updates follow us on twitter @expworkscu and @cardiffcareers find us on facebook cardiffunicareers or search ‘work experience fair’ on the Cardiff University Intranet.


We look forward to meeting you at our events soon!


Best wishes

Work Experience Team, Careers & Employability 


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