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.
“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!”
“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!
“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!”
“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.”
“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…”