Careers Support

The MATHS Careers and Placements Team

Room Ext. Email
Dafydd Evans Placement Coordinator M/0.28 70621 EvansD8@cardiff.ac.uk
Joanna Emery Knowledge Exchange Officer M/0.30 70851 EmeryJL4@cardiff.ac.uk
Rhian Todd Careers Administrator M/0.07 75262 ToddR2@cardiff.ac.uk
Cath Elmer Careers Consultant M/0.32 70210 ElmerC@cardiff.ac.uk

Students can book individual appointments with Cath to discuss practical matters related to careers and employability. Appointments with careers consultants from the Careers and Employability service must be booked online at

Friday afternoon appointments will take place in the Careers Lounge. Appointments are available at other times at different locations.

Journals and Portfolios

Regular reflection is perhaps the most important aspect of effective personal and professional development. Students are each provided with an individual electronic journal and encouraged to record and reflect on periods of work experience. The journals are located in the MATHS-UG-LEARNING-LOGS module on Learning Central. Students are also provided with an individual electronic portfolio, where a personal collection of digital items such as word documents, powerpoint presentations and computer programs can be assembled. An e-portfolio serves as a record of achievement which provides evidence of your abilities, skills, knowledge and experience.

Careers and Employability Service

The Careers and Employability service offers a wide range of support for students, including consultations with careers advisers, skills development sessions, careers fairs, employer presentations, networking opportunities and a jobs board. Various events are advertised on Twitter (@cardiffcareers).

Career Central is a comprehensive repository of online resources, designed to help you plan your career, apply for work experience, enhance your employability and pursue your personal development plans.

Overview of Careers and Employability for MATHS students

Centre for Skills, Enterprise and Volunteering

The Centre for Skills, Enterprise and Volunteering is located in the Students’ Union building, and is jointly run by the Students’ Union and Cardiff University.

  • The Cardiff Award is a structured programme for students to improve their employability, practice key recruitment techniques, network with graduate employers and gain official recognition for their development. The programme is open to first, second and penultimate year students. Applications can be submitted from the end of September 2016 and the final closing date will be in February 2017.
  • The Jobshop is a student employment service owned and run by the Students’ Union and Cardiff University, and was one of the first student employment services to be set up in the UK.
  • Cardiff Volunteering offers a wide variety of volunteering opportunities. Students give up their time to help improve the social, economic and environmental lives of others in the local community.
  • The Skills Development Service provides a range of courses aimed at building confidence, improving transferable skills and increasing employability potential. Certificates are awarded for successful completion of courses and are highly regarded by employers.
  • Cardiff University Enterprise helps students to realise their potential in business and entrepreneurship. Enterprise is all about thinking creatively, spotting opportunities, making things happen, and developing skills for life. Cardiff University Enterprise runs workshops, competitions and sessions to help students develop their skills and knowledge in order to identify creative solutions to problems and put their ideas and innovations into practice.