Project fair

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Each year our final year students participate in a project module. The projects involve working closely with an academic in an area related to research interests within the department, or supervised by an academic whilst working on a project suggested by a company.

Each spring, students prepare and present a poster about their project at a project fair – usually together with a system or software demonstration. We also strongly encourage students to create CVs and business cards to take along to the fair, as businesses and employers visit to view the range of projects and make contact with the graduating students.

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Key skills

The importance of gaining valuable core skills and life experience whilst at University has never been so critical.  As computer scientists in training you will be taught a full range of core skills and practises by leading experts that will enable you to successfully pursue a career within computing.

Undergraduate students will benefit from:

  • excellent transferable skills to careers in all sectors of the economy
  • a large industrial programme – supported by ITWales – that gives undergraduates the opportunity to undertake interesting, well-paid work in organisations in Wales allowing them to build long-term links with a company that can lead to an industry-related final-year project and possible employment after graduation
  • excellent employment prospects in an ever growing and changing computing and ICT industry

Graduate destinations

Swansea University has been ranked in the top 10 in the UK for graduate prospects, and has maintained its number one ranking in Wales, with nearly 86% of graduates in professional level employment or further study.

The figures are from the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey. The survey is an annual collection of data that provides information on the activities of leavers from higher education gathered approximately six months after their graduation.

According to the latest survey, 85.6% of Swansea University graduates were either in professional level employment or in further study six months after graduating in July 2017, up from 82.6% last year.

When compared to universities that provide a wide range of degree courses, this places Swansea University 10th in the UK, up from 15th in 2017, based on 128 institutions as included in the Times Good University Guide 2018. 

Some example job titles from the surveys

Apple Family Room Specialist: Apple | Account Manager: Dezrez | Analyst Developer: Admiral | Business Analyst: TATA Steel |Case Management Software Advisor: Admiral | Computer Programmer: Advanced Security Technologies | Electronic Engineer: E-Computers |Graphic Designer: Embedded Results | Graduate Analyst Programmer: CGI UK Limited | Graduate Software Developer: Renishaw | IT Engineer: Castell Howell | Junior Software Developer: Multicom Product Limited | Lecturer: Trinity St Davids | Research Assistant: Swansea University | Software Developer: Quantarc LTD; Wheelies Direct; Accedo; Renishaw; Admiral; Cisco Computer Systems; We Predict; DVLA | Software Engineer: Admiral; Keima; Nagra Kudelski | Technical Director: Data Sec Consultanting LTD | Testing Analyst: CGI Group | Technical Specialist Telemetry: Natural Resources Wales | Tutor: Jonlo | Technical Engineer: Giakonda | Web Designer: Mewn | Welfare Warden: Swansea University

The Swansea Employability Academy

SEA logo‌The Swansea Employability Academy (SEA) was created to give all students easy access to a comprehensive employability programme. Working closely with the Careers Service, SEA is committed to improve all elements of student employability, from timetabled careers sessions and fairs, delivery of the SEA award, the WOW and SPIN placement programmes through to events like the dedicated employability week activity, ongoing scheduled employer events, talks and seminar sessions. Whenever you see this logo across campus you know an employability event, workshop or employer talk is taking place which you can attend.

WOW

"Definitely do it. It’s easy to apply and you may gain some invaluable skills and experience. You have nothing to lose but a lot to gain.” L Vaughan, 2nd year student, WOW placement 2015.

SPIN

“I learnt more about teamwork and data collection in the real world… I would advise new students to apply.” M Langley, 2nd year student, SPIN placement 2015.               

Santander

"Santander Universities SME Internship Programme is an amazing scheme. Having Santander add their weight to supporting graduates to get real world experience is adding real benefits to students at Swansea University." Adam Curtis, CEO at Hoowla & Co-Founder of TechHub, a Swansea SME.

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Find out more

To find out more about the Employability support on offer here at Swansea University, please the SEA academy website for information: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/employability-academy/