Additional Skills Development Options

The Skills Development Service (SDS) is part of a employability initiative in the Students’ Union bringing services to where students need them most. The Skills Hub is located on the 2nd floor of the Students’ Union and comprises the Skills Development Service, Cardiff University Enterprise, Cardiff Volunteering and the Jobshop.

Alongside the Skills Development Service courses, other recognisable ways in which to bolster your CV include volunteering through Cardiff Volunteering and taking part in enterprise courses through Cardiff University Enterprise, check out Cardiff University Enterprise on Facebook and Twitter.

Jobshop

The Jobshop is a free student employment service which aims to find casual employment for registered Cardiff University students. Opportunities are available within the University, the Students' Union and with local employers.

Careers and Employability

The Skills Development Service works in partnership with Careers and Employability, which provides students with interactive learning resources, specialist guidance and support throughout University via Your Career Journey online. Additionally students can access 1:1 careers advice, employability sessions in schools and employer events on campus. You can log into your Careers Account  https://intranet.cardiff.ac.uk/students/your-future to get your CV checked, book a careers appointment and browse work experience opportunities, jobs and employer events. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates or email them at careers@cardiff.ac.uk.

Get Support to Secure Work Experience

GO Wales: Achieve Through Work Experience aims to level the playing field for eligible students who require support to secure flexible career-related work experience.

GO Wales can provide the following support:

  • Individual support of a Project Officer: who will work with you and discuss your career goals, work experience preferences and any workplace adjustments that might be required.
  • Flexible work experience placements to enhance your CV: anything from a 3 day taster up to a 30 days placement.
  • Funding: to cover travel, accommodation and workplace adjustments.

 To find out more about GO Wales please have a look at the  GO Wales intranet page.  Email: Gowales@cardiff.ac.uk  Tel: 029208 70181

 

upReach at Cardiff University

Cardiff University is partnering with upReach to provide free support with exclusive access to employer insight days, mentoring with top employers and support with employability skills.

To be eligible for upReach you will have attended UK state schools since age 11, Achieved  BBB (or Realrating equivalent) A levels and have a household income below £42,620. 

Start your application to become an upReach Associate now  www.upreach.org.uk

 

 

Academic Study Skills

In Academic Study Skills we are continuing to develop and expand the number of online interactive tutorials for students.  There are a range of topics from Note Taking to Essay Writing that you can complete in your own time. Study Skills

We now have a Study Skills module on Learning Central – you just need to self-enrol to access pre-recorded classes, links and guides.  study skills support module on Learning Central

And to complement these asynchronous resources we also have live classes via Zoom. Book your place at live study skills classes here.

The Cardiff Award

Students completing any extra curriculum activities including skills sessions, volunteering, mentoring, societies and work experience can have these hours officially recognised through the Cardiff Award.

Below contains information on the value of the Cardiff Award, what the program involves and how you can sign up.

5 Reasons for students to sign up to the Cardiff Award

1) To develop your employability skills and attributes.

2) To improve your understanding of the graduate recruitment process.

3) To understand and reflect on your strengths and abilities.

4) You will receive a digital certificate that can be printed out and used on LinkedIn.

5) It will go on your Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR) for employers to see.

What it involves

  • 70 hours of activities (including work experience) in a minimum of two activities and record their experience on Your Career Journey.
  • Complete ‘CV’, ‘Cover Letter’ and ‘Reflection’ online sessions.
  • Upload their CV to the CV and Application Review for feedback.
  • Complete 5 other employability sessions online or attend employer events and employability sessions within their school.
  • Reflect on their experience through a range of reflection online sessions.
  • Practice for recruitment by completing one recruitment experience on Your Career Journey (mock interview, mock video interview, mock assessment centre, business plan, psychometric tests).

How to register

Sign up for ther Cardiff  Award through the home of the Cardiff Award, Your Career Journey. You simply need to click on the left hand icon that says  ‘Cardiff Award Portfolio’ and select the ‘Join the Cardiff Award’ button. Once joined you can make their way through the Cardiff Award through the 'Cardiff Award portfolio' icon located on the left hand menu (top right drop down menu if on a mobile device) of their homepage.

Undergraduates and Post Graduate Taught students: You have until 1 April of your final taught year to complete to enable it to be included on your Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR).

Research post graduates: Submit the award at anytime during their time at Cardiff University.

Leah Doherty

Cardiff Award Manager

Student Support & Wellbeing Division

Cardiff University

51a Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT

t: +44 (0)29 225 ext. 10803

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Enterprise & Start-Up

Enterprise & Start-Up is a joint initiative between Cardiff University and Cardiff University Students' Union to help students realise their full potential in business and entrepreneurship. Enterprise is all about thinking creatively, spotting opportunities, making things happen, and developing skills for life. It's not just about business; it's about helping you to make the most of yourself.

Enterprise & Start-Up runs workshops, competitions and sessions to help students develop their skills and knowledge in order to identify creative solutions to problems and put their ideas and innovations into practice.

To find out more about the courses and sessions Enterprise & Start-Up will be running in the upcoming year, simply visit their website.

Contact Enterprise & Start-Up

E-mail: enterprise@cardiff.ac.uk

Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/studententerprise

Follow us on Twitter: @CardiffUniE

Phone: 029 2078 1442

Visit us:
Centre for Skills, Enterprise and Volunteering
2nd floor Cardiff University Students’ Union
Park Place
Cardiff
CF10 3QN

European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)

The ECDL (Europe Computer Driving Licence) certification is a highly recognised qualification, it offers you a key recognition of your literacy in computer skills and is designed for novices or casual computer users and will get you to a high computer literacy standard. The ECDL Certification is the fastest growing IT user qualification in over 125 countries, with many UK companies setting the ECDL as a mandatory requirement.

ECDL qualifications can be constructed from a combination of these modules:

IT user fundamentals
Internet and email
Word processing
Spreadsheet software
Presentation software
Database software
Online collaboration
Improving productivity
Project planning
IT security for users

Cardiff University offers the 7 unit (Core) version comprising IT user fundamentals, Internet and email, Word processing, Spreadsheet software, Presentation software, Database software and IT security for users .

But a specific combination of these can be constructed and can also offer a version that excludes the database module that some users don’t like, and also leave out the Internet/email module due to credit count.

Upon completion of this programme the ECDL Certificate indicates IT user fundamentals, IT security for users, Word processing, Spreadsheet software, Presentation software and the additional Improving Productivity module that must be included where you build your own ECDL certificate.

Cost £175.00. Details of the course can be found at https://www.bcs.org/deliver-and-teach-qualifications/training-providers-and-adult-education-centres/deliver-our-digital-literacy-qualifications/deliver-ecdl/ecdl-syllabi/

If you would like to undertake this as a Cardiff University student please contact IT-training@cardiff.ac.uk