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Cardiff graduates excel in tough jobs market

01 August 2011

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94% per cent of 2010 Cardiff University graduates found a job or entered further study within six months of completing their studies, a major graduate employment survey has found.

The survey, conducted by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa), found of the 3,100 University graduates in 2010, 2,915 were successful in gaining employment or continued their studies.

The figures confirm Cardiff graduates are some of the most prized amongst UK employers and places Cardiff amongst the UK’s leading universities when it comes to securing graduate employment - with Cambridge recording a 93% result alongside Oxford who saw 90% of their graduates secure employment in the same survey.

Les Rees, Director of the University’s Careers Service, said: "Our approach to employability focuses upon building the skills our graduates will need once in employment, whether that is in the public or private sector, in academia, in a multi-national company or an SME here in Wales.

"Our students are valued for their academic ability, motivation and resourcefulness. As one of the UK’s leading teaching and research universities we prepare students for leadership and we are listed annually in the top twenty universities targeted by The Times Top 100 Graduate Recruiters.

"As a result, over 94% of 2010 graduates are employed, undertaking further study or taking time out six months after graduation. Students benefit from a stimulating study environment, research-led teaching and interaction with academics working at the frontiers of knowledge in their field."

There are a number of ways the University has embedded employability into the student experience. They include:

  • A dedicated and professional Careers Service offering information, advice and guidance to all students.
  • Access to a Career Management Skills Programme delivered in our academic Schools to help students articulate the skills they’ve gained at University to employers - more than 5,000 students attend this programme annually.
  • A pro-active partnership between the University, the Careers Service, the Students’ Union, employers, placement providers and students themselves to enhance students’ employability and enterprise skills.
  • Support from our Student Enterprise Unit for students considering setting up their own business or developing their entrepreneurial skills.
  • Paid and unpaid work experience opportunities as part of the flagship GO Wales programme, and the chance to complete a City & Guilds Professional Development Award as a formal recognition of their skills development. The Cardiff GO Wales Team annually place around 300 students and graduates with employers to work on tailored projects. Around half of the graduates are offered longer term employment with their host employer.
  • Excellent relationships with major employers in the UK and local employers who attend Cardiff’s employer fairs and target our graduates.
  • A dedicated work experience manager, road show events, a work experience fair, workshops and 1:1 advisory sessions.
  • Direct links between the University’s academic Schools and industry leaders, many of whom give lectures and act on curriculum advisory panels.
  • Selected degree schemes with a professional training year and others which provide alternative opportunities to develop core employability skills.
  • The chance to meet with employers at presentations and specialised skills sessions where students can establish a connection which may lead to a job offer.
  • A bespoke service for International students and a dedicated International Student Career Consultant.
  • Support from the Students’ Union through its Student Development Unit and Unistaff Jobshop offering casual employment in the University and surrounding area.

It’s not just during University that careers advice and support is available to students. Advice continues beyond graduation, in person or at a distance, for as long as needed.

Les Rees added: "Careers support at Cardiff University also doesn’t stop at Graduation. Help continues to be available from the Careers Service, in person or at a distance, for as long as it is needed through our Graduate Employment Advice Centre which helped nearly 200 students who had previously graduated into new employment in last year."

Graduates who need careers advice and support can contact the Careers Service by telephone (029) 2087 4828, by e-mail: or by calling-in at the University’s Careers & Employability Centre, 2nd Floor, 50 Park Place, Cardiff.

Further information is also available at:

Read what employers say about our Graduates:

"Mott MacDonald has an established relationship with the Cardiff University Careers Services, which we have been building for over the past few years. We recruit graduates, industrial trainees and vacation students and find the Careers Service are always very helpful in assisting us to target their students. We hope to continue to build our relationship with the Careers Service to enable us to keep recruiting from one of the best universities in the country." Melissa Hopper – Graduate Recruitment Manager, Mott MacDonald

"Macfarlanes has sponsored the Cardiff Law Fair for a number of years and we have been consistently impressed by both the high quality of the event and the calibre of students attending. Cardiff students demonstrate the talent, motivation and enthusiasm that employers are seeking. The Careers Service offers an extremely high level of support and in doing so enables both students and potential employers to get maximum benefit from the event." Paul Davies – Partner, Macfarlanes LLP

"Here at Teach First we have been continually impressed by Cardiff. The Careers Service has always been helpful, efficient and very friendly. The students from Cardiff often seem very open to different career options. They tend to be strong applicants and we are pleased to say that we have a high application to offer conversion rate at Cardiff University." Gavin Butler – Talent Officer Graduate Recruitment, Teach First

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