Student Career and Employability

The skills you develop at the International Study Centre will help you at University and in your career beyond. Learn to work with others, perfect your English language, and develop employability skills that will put you ahead of the crowd when you graduate.

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Cardiff graduates get top jobs

In an increasingly competitive global job market, you will need to stand out from the crowd. A degree from Cardiff University is respected worldwide. Graduates are in such high demand by employers that the University is currently ranked 12th in the UK for graduate employability​ (Times Higher Education Global University Employability Ranking 2023/24). Here, you will develop the ability to analyse problems, consider innovative solutions and work effectively in a team. International graduate destinations include:

  • Accenture
  • Deloitte
  • Emirates airline
  • Microsoft
  • Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP
  • Reuters
  • Shell
  • Siemens
  • Sony
  • Unilever

The University's wide range of industry links informs courses and helps you develop the tools necessary to find and succeed in employment. The majority of degree programmes give you the option of a professional placement year and/or internship — usually in your third year so you can gain first-hand experience, which can greatly enhance your degree and subsequent employment prospects. Many degree options are also flexible, meaning you can tailor your course to suit your interests and career goals.

Work after study

Start your career in the UK with the new Graduate Immigration Route – a 2-year post-study work visa for international students graduating from UK universities. You’ll be able to work for up to two years after graduating with your valid Student visa. Study a pathway programme and take the first step towards working in the UK.

Dedicated careers support

As you prepare to embark on your journey at Cardiff University through the International Study Centre, we want to ensure that you have the necessary support to navigate your career path effectively. As part of our commitment to your success, you will have access to a range of invaluable resources offered by Student Futures. These include an online CV checker powered by advanced AI technology, designed to provide comprehensive feedback to enhance the quality of your CV and cover letters.

Additionally, our on-demand platform offers a wealth of career learning resources covering essential topics such as application writing, interview preparation, and much more. You’ll also have the opportunity to hone your interview skills through practice video interviews, allowing you to build confidence and readiness for any upcoming professional opportunities.

Make a difference

Cardiff Volunteering, based in the Students’ Union, offers a variety of opportunities to get involved in the local community. As well as making a difference, you will also develop key employability skills such as leadership and time management, to get you noticed by employers. Volunteering opportunities include:

  • Primary school volunteering - from one-on-one reading with young pupils, to helping on school trips.
  • Digital Champions - teaching vulnerable groups how to use computers and the internet.
  • Waste Not Want Not - collecting unused food from the University and Students' Union and redistributing it to those in need.
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95% of graduates

are in employment and/or further study, due to start a new job or course, or doing other activities, such as travelling.

Graduate Outcomes 2021/22

Tala from Jordan

I'm eager to start applying what I've learned. I'm going to look for jobs in PR and communication, in a charity or an NGO.

Tala from Jordan
Studying MA International Public Relations and Global Communications Management

Join us today

We're here to support you throughout the application process. Use our online application form and our student enrolment advisors will be available to answer your questions.