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Career prospects

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Cardiff has an impressive graduate employment record which is underpinned by relevant Masters programmes and high quality teaching.

Going places – destinations of Cardiff University graduates

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education statistics show that 90.2% of our taught postgraduates who responded to the survey were in employment or further study during the first six months after graduation (for those graduating between academic years 2011/12 and 2013/2014.

Destinations of our postgraduate taught students

Pie chart illustrating postgraduate taught graduate destinations: 74.8% in employment; 9.3% in further study; 6.1% in work and study; and 7.1% unemployed and 2.7% 'other'.
For postgraduate taught graduates between academic years 2011/12 and 2013/14.

An e-tutorial that I produced won the Cardiff University Department Best Media Prize, which the GMC has shown interest in recognising as an example of good practice. I feel therefore that my studies in Cardiff have absolutely helped boost my potential to reach my career aspirations.

Shouja, MSc Medical Education

Careers advice

Subject specific career advisers provide careers advice in our Careers & Employability Centre and help you develop your career plans after graduation. We also have extensive online resources available to postgraduate students of Cardiff University to help with skills planning and skills development.

The centre also includes extensive information resources managed by experienced information staff and provides a wide range of materials including occupational information, DVDs and an online vacancy bulletin.

Careers Programme

In addition to tailored careers provision within academic Schools, a full Careers Programme runs throughout the year and includes employer fairs and presentations, careers talks and workshops run by careers staff and employers to help you hone your CV writing skills, perfect your interview technique, write applications and present yourself effectively.

Paid work placements

As a postgraduate you can also benefit from the experience of paid work placements across Wales.

Skills Development Service

The Skills Development Service provides a range of courses aimed at building your confidence, improving your transferable skills and increasing your employability potential. Certificates are awarded for successful completion of courses and are highly regarded by employers. The Skills Development Service is supported by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

My Cardiff MSc is solely responsible for turning my career around. Having worked full time previously, studying with the Open University in my spare time, I decided that the daily grind of an office job wasn't for me. The new plan was to pursue a career in academia. Having been through the stressful process of PhD applications throughout the last few months, I am now heading to Cambridge for a fully funded PhD in Astrophysics. I have Cardiff to thank for this.

Lester, MSc Astrophysics