Finding a job

 

​Graduate jobs are big business. There are hundreds of websites advertising vacancies and graduate schemes. This information is here to help you narrow your search and find what you want.​

Getting started

  1. Decide what type of job you want. If you have not decided, visit our exploring career options section to help narrow your job search.
  2. Do your research. Find out what the common job titles are for your area of interest, which companies are hiring and where the jobs are based. 
    • Prospects job profiles are a good place to start, which include more details about the job, how get work experience and find vacancies.
  3. Search for vacancies. CareerHub is your dedicated vacancy search at Cardiff Met. This features employers who are looking specifically for Cardiff Met graduates, so take a look and start applying. 
    • You can also use the websites on the right for more vacancies.

Check out Prospects getting a job and TARGETjobs careers advice for more online advice on finding a job.

Graduate scheme vs graduate job

Graduate schemes are mainly offered by large employers, take place over a set period of time following a structured development programme and can offer a great salary and benefits package. They tend to be extremely competitive to get a place.

Graduate jobs represent graduate level work, often in smaller businesses, that is more hands on and can offer greater flexibility in your development. These can be just as competitive as graduate schemes, but often are not publicised as widely.

Access the hidden job market

Millions of jobs every year are filled without even being advertised. Many managers prefer to hire within the company, through staff referrals or by networking. How do you access the hidden job market?

  1. Get networking. Make networking a habit and increase your chance of finding vacancies. LinkedIn is great for networking; us LinkedIn for students to get started.
  2. Sign up to Google News alerts to get the latest information about an employer.
  3. Attend a conference or networking event to make new contacts and ask about opportunities
  4. If you are already working, see what other departments have to offer.
  5. Contact employers directly and apply speculatively.

Speculative applications

This is where you send an application directly to an employer when they may not have a vacancy advertised. It is best to send your CV with a covering letter, explaining why you are writing, what you can offer and why you are interested in working for the company.

Further information and support

We are here to help if you get stuck or need a member of staff to provide some impartial feedback. Here's how you can get support from us:

  1. Book an appointment with a member of staff. They can talk through your job search strategy and help you research the job market.
  2. Ask a question on CareerHub. Ideal for students and graduates who cannot get to an appointment in person. We aim to respond within three working days.