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Living And Working In Cardiff

Joanna Clare

The city of Cardiff, in the county of Glamorgan, is in Wales and is not only the largest city there but is also their capital city. It is fondly nicknamed the ‘city of arcades’ because of the high amount of shopping arcades it has - both modern and historic. It is situated towards the south east of Wales and is in close proximity to the coastline.

Cardiff is around one hundred and fifty miles from London with an extremely efficient and regular train service and has its own busy international airport - Cardiff Airport.

Cardiff began to expand during the latter half of the 18th century with the development of coal mining and iron ore mining which initially stemmed from around Merthyr Tydfil. With the opening of the Glamorganshire Canal, then Cardiff's first dock followed shortly afterwards by the railways, Cardiff was able to export its coal at a rapid rate. As more docks appeared and with an interest in the iron industry, business was booming and Cardiff soon became the largest coal exporter in the world.

In modern times, Cardiff is doing very well for itself and is positively booming. It is a driving force for success in multiple sectors which include Science and Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, Financial Services and Business, Culture and Creative and I.T. Two fifths of Cardiff’s strong workforce are qualified to degree standard or equivalent.

The BBC has a strong influence in Cardiff with its Drama Studios. Both film and television are well established here and many major and international companies are based in Cardiff and indeed are sourced from Cardiff due to its high profile.

With a predicted twenty percent increase in the population by 2036, Cardiff will be the fastest growing city in the UK with unemployment forecast to fall further.

A survey performed by a leading university which took six main factors into consideration has named Cardiff as the third greenest city in the UK and further research compiled recently, names Cardiff as one of the friendliest cities in the UK.

There is so much to explore here such as St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff Bay which is filled with shops, restaurants and some fascinating attractions and the centuries old Cardiff Castle. Popular with tourists, the city of Cardiff itself is a vibrant, thriving and multicultural city yet is surrounded by some spectacular landscapes which include Bute Park, Castle Coch and Fforest Fawr, Sgwd yr Eira and Margam Country Park, just to name a few! In addition, there are several lovely beaches nearby.

Cardiff University is a high ranking university and attracts national and internationally talented students because of its specialist facilities and excellent reputation.

Sporting enthusiasts will be interested in one of the most iconic stadiums in the world, the huge Principality Stadium (formerly the Millenium Stadium) especially with rugby being the national sport in Wales.

Cardiff is an increasingly popular and sought after place to live with properties here a little higher than the Welsh average yet still affordable in comparison to other major cities.

Are you looking for a Career in Cardiff? You are invited to attend our Cardiff Careers Fair held at Principality Stadium on Friday 24th March, between the times of 10am-2pm. Don't miss out and secure your ticket today!

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