Catch me if you can

catch me if u can

Allie Lawson, Student Marketing Ambassador shares her experience of the recruitment process and some handy tips that could help you 


My life last term was chaotic, to say the least. Alongside finishing my degree, running a business, and working part time, I managed to beat the odds and get a place on a graduate scheme.   Continue reading


How to apply for your first dream IT job or work experience opportunity.

Hire MeDespite official reports stating a drop in youth unemployment rate (16-24 year olds) there’s no denying that getting your first job or work experience opportunity can still be a tricky task, especially in a competitive market. So how do you gain that much coveted role in your dream firm?

Here are a few top tips both for your application and you CV to ensure that you get to interview. Continue reading

Graduated and Living in Wales – Thinking about a career in teaching but no class room experience?

TeacherMelanie Wortham – Graduate Careers Adviser at Cardiff University talks about how you can get this once you have graduated.

If you have thought about teaching, but have no real experience in the classroom, then this FREE course below which is being delivered by the OU and funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales could be just the ticket to help you make a choice on whether teaching is really for you!

The course is offered on a very flexible basis and includes six days school experience in a secondary school local to each student. A personal tutor is allocated to all students plus a school facilitator. At the end of the programme students will know whether they are temperamentally suited to train to be a teacher and whether there are any gaps to be filled in their subject knowledge. Continue reading

Kick start your graduate career with GO Wales.

Kick start your graduate career with a GO Wales Taster, Placement or Jobs Growth Wales role.

Universities in Wales deliver a range of services for graduates and students via the GO (Graduate Opportunities) Wales programme. These services are designed to help you make the best start to your graduate career through quality work experience, jobs, training and other support.

GO Wales services are available to graduates from any University, of any age, with any degree – with the exception of Jobs Growth Wales  scheme which is for graduates who are 24 and under.

This year GO Wales is celebrating 10 years of the programme, and to celebrate they’ve pulled together some impressive facts and figures…  Continue reading

Looking to get on the career ladder? Work experience is key!

Hannah Richards

Hannah Richards

A recent graduate of Cardiff University, Hannah Richards explains how a portfolio of work experience was instrumental in gaining her first job within her preferred field.

Hi, my name is Hannah and I’m an English Literature graduate of Cardiff University. I got my first job through GO Wales and I’d like to tell you how work experience was a major part of this achievement.

I always felt that work experience was important: to discover what type of career I would like, to practice my skills and to develop new ones. I knew I wanted to work in the area of media, marketing and PR and so I went on a mission to get work experience and test out the industries. My placements included a week at the South Wales Argus, a fortnight at Working Word PR and a week at Buzz Magazine – a Taster I applied for through GO Wales. As well as these placements, I volunteered as a marketing and publicity assistant at a local charity. For me, these experiences confirmed that I loved writing and that these were my preferred career areas. I could leave university with a clear focus and with evidence of my interest and abilities in these industries on my CV.

Undertaking work experience also gave me the opportunity to build up a portfolio that would demonstrate my creativity, writing, media and marketing skills. I collated samples of the work I had completed throughout my voluntary experience and took the portfolio to my job interview. My employer later told me that the portfolio was a nice surprise as it showed how much I wanted to work and also that it was the ‘icing on the cake’ –  the part of my interview that fully confirmed his decision to pick me.

Due to my efforts with work experience, I am now the Marketing Assistant at Pinnacle Internet Marketing. My duties include copywriting, search engine marketing, paid search advertising, email marketing, content marketing, work with website design, work with clients and exhibitions and various other areas. Within the four months I have been at the agency, I have already developed a whole new set of skills that will be of great use for me going into the future, and I’m still learning something new every day.

Even though I have a full time job, I want to keep my career options open. So, in my spare time I contribute to Buzz magazine, both because I enjoy writing and because I want to build upon my journalism experience. My GO Wales Taster with the magazine is what introduced me to this opportunity and my previous work with Buzz was a great help when I applied to become a contributor.

In light of my experience, if I could give one piece of advice to all prospective students, current students and graduates, it would be that work experience is the key to getting on the career ladder!

Make the best start to your career with GO Wales – paid work placements, work experience, jobs and training.

Get further help and support from the Careers & Employability Work Experience Team.

A job well done and a great experience – insights from our Student Marketing Ambassadors

job well done

You did well girls – thankyou!
We recruit annually at Careers & Employability and we are pleased these new projects have worked well for us, in the Marketing Team and for Allie, Mia and Lowri.  

These opportunities have allowed Allie, Mia and Lowri to develop their skills, gain exposure to employers and gain some valuable work experience, which will help them with their career planning and provide good examples of the key skills employers look for: digital lieracy, communication, interpersonal, team work and more. 

If you haven’t started your career planning or undertaken any work experience I hope this blog will inspire you to do so.  Continue reading

Career insight from Natasha Caplan, GO Wales Taster Manager

ImageNatasha Caplan graduated from Huddersfield University in 2004 after studying Hospitality and Events Management, and now works for GO Wales within the Careers & Employability department of Cardiff University.

I am originally from Warrington in the North West and moved to Cardiff 9 years ago for a graduate role as an Events Assistant.  After 4 months I realised that the industry simply wasn’t for me. As well as the unsocial hours and the lack of training/development, I found myself feeling stressed and out of my depth.  Continue reading