Career prospects

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Our graduates remain among the most sought-after by employers.

News: Graduates remain amongst UK’s most employable.

Cardiff students demonstrate the talent, motivation and enthusiasm that employers are seeking.

Paul Davies, Partner at Macfarlanes LLP (international law firm)

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

According to the latest Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education figures, the percentage of full-time first degree leavers in 2014/15 who were employed, studying or both was 94%. Cardiff University remains above the UK (93.9%), England (93.8%) and Wales (93.2%) average.

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.

Careers and employability

From the very beginning of your time here, throughout your studies and after graduation, our Careers and Employability service is readily available to assist you with both developing and achieving your career goals.

We encourage students to develop a wide range of employability skills including aspects of self-management, team working, problem solving, business & customer awareness, communication & literacy, numeracy and IT.

Students involved in extra-curricular activities and work experience can also participate in the Cardiff Award Programme which provides formal recognition of employability skills gained during these activities.

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)