Careers Fairs – The Benefits

November 6th, 2012 by

With the Cardiff University Science Careers Fair iminent, Chemistry Admissions Tutor Tom Tatchell gives his account of the benefits of attending such events.


Hello Everyone!

I’m Dr Tom Tatchell and I’m the admissions tutor from the School of Chemistry. I was a student here at Cardiff and am now employed by the university to oversee the admissions process for all incoming students, I’ve seen both sides of what its like to be a student here and also work for Cardiff University. Having been through the daunting phase of “What do I do after I’ve finished my degree?” myself, I’m eager to help ally these fears that our students have. Aspects I’m passionate about is increasing students employability, improving their awareness of job opportunities and pathways and promoting the sandwich course of MChem with a Year in Industry. Having undertaken this degree myself, I found it an excellent mix of academic study and gaining real industrial experience.

You’ll find that this Science Careers Fair will host many recruiters whom offer placement years for students and so its an ideal forum for discussion and to find out what types of placement are available. Some attending members are alumni members themselves and so are eager to encourage Cardiff students to undertake these placement’s and to have as good an experience as they did!

Even if you have some idea of what you’d like to do after you graduate, I still urge you to attend as you may discover one potential career pathway that you had not originally thought of. Many of the talks being delivered will inform you of what employers are looking for so you can polish your CV’s and improve your performance at assessment centres or job interviews. This fair is open to all students of all years and so please come along and see the exhibitors and attend the varied talks that are scheduled all day.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Meet The Cardiff Award Students!

November 5th, 2012 by

The Cardiff Award provides Cardiff University students with an opportunity to gain official recognition for the learning acquired via extra curricular activities. It aims to improve participants’ professionalism and employability, to increase self-awareness of their skills and enable them to articulate these effectively to future recruiters. The Award will complement and enhance learners’ university experience and better equip them for graduate employment.

Over the coming months you will see a serious of posts from students who are involved in the award detailing their experience following it’s initial launch. You can meet them here along with the Cardiff Award Manager.


Sam Reid


“My name is Sam and I am a Postgraduate student studying an MA in International Public Relations and Global Communications Management, a mentor for the Cardiff Award and on the Award myself. I studied my Undergraduate degree in Law and French at Cardiff Uni. Between studying my Undergrad and Postgrad I was Cardiff Students’ Union’s Education and University Affairs Officer for a year, during which I helped the Cardiff Award Team develop the award for this year’s intake. In my spare time, when I’m not studying for my Masters or doing work for the Cardiff Award, I campaign with the National Union of Students as the second Welsh Representative on their National Executive Committee, I enjoy catching up and going out with friends and I am a huge music fan. Doing the Award as one of the only Postgrads to have done it is going to be a challenge, but follow my blog posts throughout the year to see how I am getting on!”


Eleanor Halsey


“Hi! My name is Eleanor and I am a second year undergraduate studying English Language at Cardiff University. I applied for the Cardiff Award because I liked the recognition it offers participants for their extracurricular activities. I was also interested in the benefits the scheme offers in terms of future employability. I am excited to be taking part in the Cardiff Award and am looking forwards to writing blogs documenting my experiences throughout the year. I hope that you will enjoy reading them too!



Marc Falconer


“Hi, I’m Marc, and I’m in my second year of studying French & German. I applied to do the Cardiff Award because let’s face it, a good job on leaving uni is getting increasingly harder to find these days and the Award seems to be the perfect way of gearing me up for the world of graduate employment. Outside of lectures, I enjoy running, cooking and playing my guitar.  I look forward to sharing my experiences with you!”




Andy Love


“Hi I’m Andy – a second year Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University (I’m a mature student too!).  I’m seeking opportunities to stand out from the usual University student. I joined the Cardiff Award with aspirations to improve my professional skills.  I am trying to build a great CV so I can prove that I have gained necessary employment skills during my studies. The Award can provide me with that through their certificate, giving me a differential over my peers leaving university with little professional experience.”



Kath Foot


“Hi I’m Kath and I am the Cardiff Award Manager, I have been working at Careers and Employability for 11 years, helping students find and gain work experience! I now run the Cardiff Award, it’s a great programme and something I am really proud to be a part of.  I look forward to sharing my experiences with you…”