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GO Wales

We understand that some students face additional barriers and challenges to securing that career relevant job after graduation.

If you meet our eligibility criteria you can access the GO Wales programme at any point throughout your course.


You must be a student under 25 years old, studying full time and answer yes to at least one of the following:

  • I have a disability or work-limiting health condition
  • I am from a Black and/or Minority Ethnic background (of non-white descent)
  • I have caring or child-care responsibilities
  • I have been in care
  • I'm estranged from my family
  • I’m from a low higher education participation neighbourhood.

How to apply

Complete our GO Wales checker to see if you are eligible.

We contact all eligible students who complete our form within 5 working days to offer them an appointment with an adviser.

When to apply

The GO Wales programme works best for those in their second and final year of study but it’s never too early to think about your employability.

Wondering if it’s the right time for you? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

You can also contact the GO Wales Team at gowales@cardiffmet.ac.uk


We work with you on a one-to-one basis, and will mentor you to find out the best option for your work experience opportunity.

You will receive support from the employer and your adviser will keep in touch during your work experience to check how things are going.

We are here to support you, help you grow in confidence and try new opportunities you may not otherwise have considered.


We create tailored, flexible work experience for students through our database of assured employers. This includes:

Work shadowing - up to three days of unpaid work experience where you observe someone in their role to understand how they do their job.

Work tasters - up to four weeks of unpaid work experience where you have the opportunity to learn about work and the working environment by observing and undertaking some tasks.

Work placements - four to six weeks of work experience getting hands-on experience or working on a project.

If you are an employer looking to offer work experience to a student, visit GO Wales for Employers

Student testimonials

Jake Inglis, Nuffield Health

'The GO Wales programme was possibly the most useful thing I‘ve done since being at university. I got a huge amount out of it. The objectives and preparation before the work experience allowed me to really make the most of my experience.'

Read Jake's blog post about his GO Wales experience: 
How GO Wales helped me: a student case study 

Alina, MW Phillips Pharmacy

'The GO Wales programme has helped me step into the next journey of my life.'

Alina learnt so much more than she expected at MW Phillips Pharmacy. 

Carys, UNA Exchange

“Something to add on your CV and for employers to think this person’s got experience.”

Carys found exactly what she was looking for at UNA Exchange.

Keira, Cardiff MADE

'It was really helpful finding a placement that was so suitable for me.'

Keira loved her work experience at Cardiff MADE.


Contact us

We are a friendly team, based within the Careers Service. We love our jobs and helping students to realise their potential.

If you would like more information email the team at gowales@cardiffmet.ac.uk or call 02920 416996. We would love to hear from you.

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