Careers and employability

By providing experience and insights into the world of work, we prepare students for post-University life.

We encourage you to think about life beyond University from day one, offering modules and support to give you a competitive advantage when you graduate.

Our dedicated Employability and Placements Manager, Andy Dodge, offers advice on available work placements, internships, work experience and other opportunities to enhance your CV and broaden your horizons. Support with job applications and interview techniques is also available.

Most second-year students have the opportunity to take a module – Working Knowledge: Analysing and Experiencing Employment (with Placement) – which embeds a work placement into the curriculum. Completing a work placement in the outside world is an opportunity to gain experience in a professional setting and acquire valuable skills.

Most placement host organisations are based in Cardiff within easy reach of the University. We have previously worked with a wide range of organisations such as Welsh Government, National Assembly for Wales, Public Health Wales, NSPCC, British Council, Institute of Welsh Affairs, Rathbone Cymru, Universities’ Police Science Institute (UPSI) and DVLA. Other placement hosts have included primary schools, legal practices, Arad Research, Park Plaza Hotel and a range of charities.

Summer placements: UK

Cardiff University Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP), one of the UK’s largest undergraduate research schemes, provides summer placements for undergraduates in the University research environment. Bursaries are offered to support students on a placement of up to eight weeks duration, working under supervision on staff-defined research projects.

Summer placements: international

Academic staff discuss their research interests and work in collaboration with other institutions all around the world. This leads to opportunities for students to undertake research projects in association with these organisations. In summer 2016, we had students working and studying at institutions in New York, Dortmund, Helsinki and Beijing.

The University’s Global Opportunity Centre (GOC) provides opportunities for students to work or volunteer internationally. In 2016, students from the School undertook work placements, internships or volunteering opportunities in Canada, Fiji, India, Japan, Thailand, Tanzania and USA.

One-year (paid) internships (12-month sandwich student placements)

Over the past two years seven of our undergraduates have successfully secured fiercely-competitive one-year paid internships with the Welsh Government’s Social Research Internship Scheme (eight were advertised in total).

Where do our graduates go?

In 2013/14, 95.5% of Cardiff University graduates were employed, engaged in further study or both.

Our graduates have secured roles in organisations such as the Welsh Government, Civil Service, Office for National Statistics (ONS), National Union of Students, NHS, NSPCC, Ministry of Defence and the British Council.