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How to make the most of your postgraduate degree at Cardiff

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Cardiff University offers a vast range of opportunities and activities outside of your chosen postgraduate degree. Here we provide 10 plus 1 tips of how to make the most of your degree.

1. Settle in as a postgraduate at Cardiff

Our Graduate Centre and the Students’ Union organise a range of events during Fresher’s week and beyond aimed at helping you settle in as a student and finding out what Cardiff University has to offer. This includes events aimed specifically at postgraduates.

In addition, the International Office organises an international induction programme.

The Graduate Centre also offers a range of social events – games, quiz and film nights as well as coach trips – throughout the academic year.

2. Join a society and sports club

Not just for undergraduates – joining a society is fantastic way to meet people with similar interests as yourself outside of your course. With over 140 societies to choose from, there's bound to be something to suit you.

The Societies Fayre during Freshers’ is a perfect means to find out what’s available.

Joining a sports club is another great way to meet new friends, and it’s not just for those who want to compete at a high level. Our Athletic Union supports over 60 sports clubs.

The Sports Fayre is your opportunity to see the range of sports clubs on offer here at Cardiff University. With over 60 sports clubs, expect everything from Aikido to Yoga.

3. Sign up for a free language programme

Our Languages for All initiative offers all undergraduate and postgraduate students the opportunity to learn a choice of languages for free, alongside your studies.

Whether you are a complete beginner or just want to further improve your language skills, we cater for all abilities.

4. Get involved with our student media

Not just for aspiring journalists, our Students’ Union has its own newspaper, magazine, radio station and TV station.

5. Volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to make a difference in the local community, meet new people, and have fun while developing your skills and gaining experiences outside of your class room. Student Volunteering Cardiff is our Students’ Union’s volunteering organisation and offers a wide variety of different projects which you can choose to fit around your own schedule.

Find out what’s involved and possible at the Volunteering Fayre during Freshers’.

6. Make use of the Skills Development Service

Supported by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP the Skills Development Service (SDS) provides a range of accredited and non-accredited courses aimed at increasing transferable skills – such as communication, personal effectiveness and leadership – and your employability potential.

7. Attend events

Cardiff University, its staff and students host a range of one-off and regular events open to the public.

8. Make full use of our Careers & Employability team

Careers & Employability offers a wide range of careers services, including 1 to 1 guidance appointments, workshop sessions, careers fairs and employer events, a job board and more.

9. Get entrepreneurial

Even if you don’t want to follow in the footsteps of some of Cardiff University’s graduates who have been able to set up their own successful business, enterprise skills are still very valuable in today’s business world. Cardiff University Enterprise provides a range of events, workshops, competitions and advice helping you fulfil your entrepreneurial potential.

10. Sign up with Unistaff Jobshop

Unistaff Jobshop is a free student employment service provided by Cardiff University’s Students' Union which aims to find casual employment for registered Cardiff University students. Opportunities are available within the University, the Students' Union and with local employers.

Assignments offered include admin / clerical, bar, catering, manual and retail work amongst others. These can vary in length from just a few hours work to more regular on-going work.

11. Bonus for postgraduate research students: Make full use of the University Graduate College

The University Graduate College supports our postgraduate research community by enabling cross-school and interdisciplinary networking activities, hosting over 400 workshops per year, supporting four annual student-led conferences and awarding £15,000 for research-led activities.