Student 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. 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. 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 or 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.

Discover the Graduate Immigration Route


Dedicated careers support

Careers support starts at the International Study Centre. With our support, you will develop a range of skills for success, such as teamwork, problem solving and communication. Staff will also help you to create a personal development plan for your time at university and beyond.

During your time at Cardiff University, you will have access to the Careers and Employability service. Here, you can get specialist careers advice, from help writing CVs to interview preparation. You can also search for work experience opportunities. You will also be able to work with a career adviser linked to your academic school, for additional tailored support. You will have the option to complete the Cardiff Award, tracking your volunteering, work experience, and employability skills through an online platform.

Virtual Internships

Benefit from an online internship placement in a career field of your choice with Virtual Internships. Having access to a virtual work placement experience will help prepare you for the world of work, by enabling you to put the knowledge you have gained from your academic studies into working practice*.

Once you begin your journey with us at the University of Cardiff International Study Centre, you will be able to utilise Virtual Internships at no extra cost and start gaining real-world industry experience while you study with us**.

Benefits of a Virtual Internship

  • Develop your CV whilst you complete your studies.
  • Improve your employability with evidence of work experience from a range of prestigious employers.
  • Prepare for the future workplace by gaining experience of working remotely.
  • Put what you learn during your pathway programme into practice and develop outside the classroom.

You will also gain access to CareerBridge, a professional development hub. Here, you will be assigned a supervisor who can help you develop your CV and interview techniques, as well as deliver key insights that will be useful once you have started your career.

Find out more about Virtual Internships here.

*Under your Student visa you are permitted to work for up to 20 hours per week – this includes any hours you choose to devote to a virtual internship. Please see full terms and conditions for more information.

**Please note that a virtual internship is usually an unpaid experience.

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.

97% of graduates

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


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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