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Careers and employability

Get advice and support from our team of specialised careers advisers to help you map out your future and prepare for life after university.

Know exactly what you want to do after you graduate? Or are you stuck for job ideas? Whatever your situation, our team of career advisers can offer you tailored online and one-to-one advice to help you plan for your next step.

You can also access a range of workshops to help boost your employability, including:

  • picking a career
  • searching for jobs
  • preparing for interviews
  • application writing and many more

Our service is available to every student, including postgraduate taught and postgraduate research students. And for our international students, we offer advice on gaining employment in the UK and at home.


Among UK's most sought-after graduates

95% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study, due to start a new job or course, or doing other activities such as travelling, 15 months after the end of their course (source: Graduate Outcomes 2021/22 survey).


Myriad organisations to choose from

Our students have had placements with more than 100 multinational, SME and local employers.

Work experience

Ready to start your career? Our strong partnerships with the industry mean we can offer you a range of placement and internship schemes so you can be work-ready before you even graduate.

We have a team dedicated to sourcing work experience for students throughout their studies. With opportunities ranging from one day to one year, you can get an insight into the working world, start building your professional networks, boost your CV and find out what you're interested in.

I had two meetings with my careers adviser, an interview preparation meeting and a mock interview. She was absolutely lovely and provided me with great advice on how to answer interview questions successfully and what to look out for. With all her support, I managed to secure a graduate job! 
Shriya, MChem Chemistry with Year in Industry 

The shorter, flexible opportunities can easily fit around your studies and other commitments. But you also have the option to try longer, paid internships, which can be completed around studies or during breaks and over the summer. You can even gain work experience abroad.

Or you can incorporate work into your degree: many of our programmes also have an element of work experience built in.

Whatever opportunity you choose, you'll still have access to all of our libraries, facilities and student support and wellbeing services. It's the best of both worlds.

A few of the companies we've worked with

Careers on-demand

We have a dedicated online library of hundreds of resources, tools, sessions and interactive activities to help build your employability at a time that suits you.

As a student, you will also have access to our intelligent CV checker which uses advanced AI to provide instant feedback on your CV, 24 hours a day.

I can really recommend getting in touch with the careers team, I definitely couldn’t have got a job without them! Cath supported me through every stage of the recruitment process. She really got to know me and gave really good advice about how to manage video and live interviews. It really helped with my nerves and confidence preparing me for all the things that happened throughout the process.
Emily, BSc Mathematics

International student employability support

Student Futures has dedicated support for international students, including career coaching where you can discuss getting part-time work, options for placements and graduate roles in the UK and at home and support in mapping your career journey.

You’ll also have the chance to build your employability skills with tailored international student events, talks and workshops during your time in Cardiff.

Graduate recruitment

Hundreds of student and graduate recruiters target the University annually as part of their recruitment campaigns, and we work alongside them so you can:

  • browse more than 1,000 opportunities on our online jobs board
  • attend careers fairs (both general and sector-specific)
  • access employer events and showcases to learn more about them

We have an excellent graduate employment record. Cardiff University is ranked the 12th best UK university for employability in the  Global University Employability Ranking (Times Higher Education 2024).

Our graduates are in demand across a broad range of careers and we remain an institution that both National and international employers target.

Start a business

Have an idea for a business, or social enterprise or looking to go freelance? We know that not all students' career paths lead to a traditional job role, so we offer tailored support which combines expert business mentoring with in-depth training and access to seed funding and desk space.

You also have the opportunity to become mentors to other students – a very popular scheme which encourages skills development in both mentees and mentors.

Watch Seb's experience with YMLEAN

Employability award

Our employability award offers you the chance to gain recognition for the activities you do during your studies, including work experience, mentoring, societies, volunteering and part-time work.

The award is open to all students and helps develop key employability skills that demonstrate to employers you are ready for the world of work.

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We are a member of The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS).

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