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Why Cardiff?

Career prospects

Our graduates are among the most sought-after by employers – more so than their counterparts from most other major UK universities.

A Cardiff degree carries great weight in the jobs market as employers value the University’s graduates for their academic ability, motivation and resourcefulness.

"Cardiff students demonstrate the talent, motivation and enthusiasm that employers are seeking." Paul Davies, Partner at Macfarlanes LLP (international law firm)

Students benefit from a stimulating study environment, research-led teaching, and interaction with academics who are working at the frontiers of knowledge in their field. This all serves to encourage critical thinking and nurtures both self-reliance and teamwork.

"EY are pleased to work with Cardiff University and support the Cardiff Award as we believe it will help students not only realise their own potential and strengths but also learn how to communicate these effectively to potential employers." Laura Smith, Graduate Recruitment Officer, EY (Ernest Young, Cardiff)

Careers & Employability

Cardiff University offers a comprehensive range of services, support to help you develop your employability whilst at University. Our employability and careers service can offer support and advice on:

We have taken steps to embed employability into the student experience through a range of activities; this includes a Career Sessions in Academic Schools and the Cardiff Award, which help students enhance their skills and experience employers look for.

Further information can be found at

Student Enterprise Unit

Cardiff University Enterprise can support you to develop your skills and confidence, whether you plan to start your own business or want to be a more enterprising and employable graduate.

Additional support is also available from the Students' Union.

The table below shows the percentage of graduates, from Russell Group Universities, obtaining first degrees in 2010, who were in employment or further study six months after graduating.

University %
Edinburgh 94.5
Newcastle 94.3
Cardiff 94.1
Cambridge 93.6
Bristol 93.4
Liverpool 93.0
Glasgow 92.9
Leeds 92.6
Nottingham 92.6
Sheffield 92.5
Queens, Belfast 92.5
Kings 92.2
LSE 92.1
UCL 92.0
Manchester 91.5
Southampton 91.4
Imperial 90.9
Birmingham 90.6
Oxford 90.2
Warwick 90.1


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