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Grangetown Career and Role Models week

Role Models

Raising aspirations by connecting local people with mentors, experts and opportunities.

The idea

Offering the people of Grangetown careers advice, guidance on how to get to university, how to apply for jobs and coaching for interviews.

Progress

The Career and Role Model week is now in its fifth year and is one of the most popular events in the Community Gateway calendar offering both career and course advice to Grangetown residents of all ages.

Events are held over the course of a week giving residents a chance to meet academic and professional staff from Cardiff University and receive advice, support and guidance with applications.

During the week, residents are also given the opportunity to sign up to attend the University undergraduate open day and are provided with transport from Grangetown to attend.

Community Gateway has sought to encourage community members to take advantage of the diverse range of job opportunities available at Cardiff University by working closely with staff from the Human Resources and Careers and Employability teams who offer CV checks and careers advice. Information on getting involved with the Careers and Employability services, along with the Enterprise and Start-up team will be available throughout the week.

Budding entrepreneurs and business owners are also catered for during the week with information sessions on how to set up a business and opportunities to meet with the procurement team to find out how businesses can work with the university.

The Career and Role Models week has been incredibly successful with a number of local Grangetown residents gaining places on Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses at university – success that Community Gateway only hopes to build on in the future.

Career and role model week 2020

This year, all events took place virtually due to COVID-19, but we still had a packed schedule with incredible interviews and insights.

Each day, residents had the opportunity to attend a variety of sessions, ranging from different fields of study or employment opportunities at the University. Attendees benefitted from lecturer talks and insights from current students on courses and attended Q&A sessions to ask questions and find out how to apply to study at Cardiff University.

The Community Gateway student volunteers and ambassadors also had hour-long sessions each day to introduce life at Cardiff University, societies, clubs and volunteering at the University, along with life as a student in Cardiff. During the week, residents were given the opportunity to sign up to attend the University virtual Undergraduate open day.

Career and Role Model week took place between 29th June and 4th July 2020.  You can see more on social media using #GrangetownCareersWeek2020

Next steps

The next Career and Role Model week will take place in March 2021 at Grange Pavilion Community Centre.

Community Gateway

Ali Abdi

Ali Abdi

Community Gateway Partnerships Manager

Email
abdia1@cardiff.ac.uk