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.


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 on the intranet 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

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:  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


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.

Emily (Nem) McCarthy

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


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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
CF10 3QN

Keep Safe: Suicide Safety Skills workshop for students

This is a 4 hour student workshop that aims to provide you with skills to support somebody who may be at risk of suicide, and skills to look after your own mental health.

On completion, you will have increased knowledge, skills and understanding about: the myths and facts of suicide; the signs that warn that somebody may be thinking about suicide; barriers that may stop somebody from getting help; fears that may stop somebody from helping somebody at risk; how to use the ‘Look-Listen-Link’ Model to support somebody at risk; how to look after your own mental health; and the support services available at Cardiff University and how to access them.  

This Workshop is suitable for:

  • Students who wish to build their knowledge and skills in this area
  • Students who are concerned about somebody else’s mental health
  • Students who are concerned about their own mental health
  • Students who have been impacted by the suicide, or the risk of suicide, of someone close to them
  • Students who wish to learn more about the signs that someone might be at higher risk of suicide

Please note: Due to the sensitive subject matter covered in this workshop, we recognise that this workshop may be distressing for some people.  Please only attend if you feel comfortable to do so. We do not recommend this workshop for anybody who has been very recently bereaved by suicide or who feels this topic would be difficult to explore at this time. Please know that support will be provided to any participant who requires it.

If you have any queries or would like to find out more about this Workshop, please contact: 

Search 'Health and Wellbeing Events' on the student intranet to find available dates and how to book or contact

Bringing in the Bystander workshop

Anyone can be a victim of violence, abuse and discrimination.

Actions that normalise inappropriate behaviour towards any student or staff member are #NotOn

You can play a part in creating a safe and inclusive campus by becoming an Empowered Bystander.

If you're a Cardiff University student interested in learning to recognise the signs of violence and abuse and how you can help intervene safely by acting as an Empowered Bystander, then book now.

You will learn to:

  • IDENTIFY behaviours on a continuum of violence
  • DEVELOP empathy for those who have experienced violence
  • PRACTICE safe and appropriate intervention skills
  • COMMIT to intervene before, during and after an incident of sexual abuse, relationship violence and stalking occurs.

You will receive a certificate of completion of the 2.5 hour course to supplement your CV.

Please note, the content of the workshop focuses on addressing sexual violence and relationship violence, therefore maybe distressing. Support will be provided to any participant who requires it.