Skip to content

Career prospects

Careers Fair

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

Cardiff University is among the best in the UK for preparing graduates for the workplace.

Times Higher Education - Global University Employability Ranking 2016

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.

Our graduates remain some of the most highly sought after amongst employers, according to the latest Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education figures (2016/17). They show that 95.7% of our students are employed or in further study six months after graduation. Cardiff University remains above the UK average (94.6%) and ahead of other leading UK universities like Oxford (93.4%) and Cambridge (93.1%).

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.

Iwan Jones

The School of Mathematics was known internationally and offered a wide range of courses which would help me with my career ambitions. These combined factors made it a no brainer.

Iwan Jones (MMath 2018)

Careers and employability

Students graduating
Cardiff has an excellent graduate employment record.

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 and customer awareness, communication and 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.

As a leading employer of graduates, we recognise the important role played by Cardiff University and the Careers & Employability service by encouraging students to meet local and national employers and producing high calibre, motivated individuals who are ready to enter the world of professional services.

Scarlett Seager, Graduate Recruitment Officer, PwC