Cardiff University

Careers services

Please comment on the support you’ve had from the careers services, the type of employers that present and recruit on campus, the effectiveness of the alumni network, as well as fairs and on-campus recruitment activity.

2017

"The jobshop office on campus seems really good for finding part-time work to do while at uni. There are lots of emails from the careers service about workshops and talks. I went to one talk by Teach First and it was very well organised and informative."
"I receive emails at least once every two or three days with opportunities for placements and work experience, which is definitely a positive about the university as it steered me into deciding what to do after university."
"I'm taking the Cardiff Award, which has meant that I have attended presentations about improving my CV and attending interviews. If it hadn't been for that, I wouldn't have realised just how much there is on offer from the careers service so I don't think it is marketed well enough to students. There are emails sent out about opportunities but I would prefer it if the university made sure that all students had at least one placement as a degree isn't enough to land you a job in such a competitive market nowadays."
"The Cardiff award prepares students for finding a job while the careers service prepares students for interviews. Alumni on LinkedIn are always super helpful and willing to give a helping hand."
"I have managed to get work experience through our careers service including the students' union jobshop getting me a job based in the industry I wanted to go into. I want to go into marketing so I had work experience with a local company and now work for an events and marketing company one day a week. There are career fairs to go to and the careers department are really good."
"There are talks on careers and career fairs being held by the university to show students what is available to them. The careers service are also very open with the fact that they are available if students ever need more advice on how to get a job. Big law companies work with Cardiff where you can apply to become an ambassador for these law firms, which is often a good way to get your foot in the door."
"They are available and I do receive emails for jobs. However, the university doesn't always send out important information so you may have to find some out for yourself."
"Regular support is available from the careers service when needed and I've also had some good talks given by the careers services throughout the duration of my degree. Employers from all over the UK come to the university for careers fairs and the university has a good record of getting their students recruited by some of the top companies in the UK. The university has lots of strong links with industry through its alumni network. Year in industry and year abroad are popular forms of placement that are taken by students at the university and summer placements are also encouraged."
"There are established career services but the level of support you can receive varies depending on your course. For example, it is much easier to receive work experience and placements for science degrees than it is as an English literature student."
"The careers service has so far come in the form of talks but those who are interested are able to take a range of routes to improve their career skills including meetings with supervisors to learn about internships and placements."

2016

"Our course careers advisor runs weekly CV drop in sessions to help with job applications and general CV setup. The careers fairs are run a few times a year and there are usually one or two subject specific ones, allowing you to speak to potential employers. Some companies have guest lecturers discussing the opportunities available within their workplace and how to go about the application process."
"There are a lot of career fairs which keep taking place in the uni. Since I am studying business we have a lot of events in business school which provides an opportunity to network with employees and increase the chances of employment. The jobshop at Student Union provides a lot of one day and weekly jobs, the business school has a work with placement programme. There are a lot of opportunities which are available and I am glad to be a part of my uni."
"Where I have looked for part time work, the job shop has been helpful in providing me updates continuously. Also, when trying to find work experience or a summer internship, where I have been looked for advice I have been able to find it. However, I feel as though I could be made aware of the various employers out there within my field of interest – I feel I am at a loss here."
"Very good career service for applications. Drop-ins are available almost on a daily basis. Skills development service delivers free, or very low cost workshops to help with employability. The employers that present and recruit on campus are very well known."
"The school of geography and planning sends around an abundant and wide range of career and work experience opportunities. This is very helpful as it can sometimes be difficult to know where to begin in applying for jobs. The careers fair is also a great place to engage with prospective employers and for students to envision where they may wish to work after graduation."
"There are lots of ways to talk to someone if you are unsure about work after uni, or if you're considering dropping out. They are supportive and there are so many people to contact with a wide range of issues."
"The student union has a careers and employability department who give information about careers fairs, networking opportunities, and job/experience opportunities. There is also a skills development service at the student union who offer courses on personal effectiveness, communication skills and leadership skills."
"The support I've had from careers services has been great. I have also signed up to just about everything possible, so that has provided me with more support also. The alumni network is something that is underrated, it's really helpful to have first-hand experience from a range of individuals. Fairs and on-campus recruitment are ideal, as they have come to you."
"The careers service is AMAZING, they are so in touch with the graduate job market and will give you any help and advice you need. Vast range of employers visit campus so whatever you're looking for you'll be satisfied. LinkedIn has a very extensive alumni network and there are a multitude of employer workshops to help the recruitment process."
"Compulsory CV writing sessions with advice on networks such as LinkedIn. There are often company talks or stands around the buildings offering advice to third year students looking for graduate employment."

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