Employability and Entrepreneurship

Employability

One of the University’s primary aims is “to prepare and promote the employability of students”. Our academic courses aim to equip you with valuable experience and high-level skills that employers look for. Wherever possible, courses are accredited by professional bodies. Our long history of working with business, industry, commerce and the public sector enables us to add real value to your education. We listen closely to employers when they tell us what skills and experiences they require from their graduate employees, and we tailor our courses to make sure that you gain those professional and high-level skills that will enable you to thrive in today’s competitive world.

Work experience opportunities to develop skills through Academi Hywel Teifi

We offer a work experience module (module code: AHT200). On this module you will spend 10 days work experience with an organisation, charity, business or government organisation in Wales. You will attend the placement for one day a week throughout the term to develop employability skills and a comprehensive understanding of the world of work. In addition, there will be lectures and seminars to help foster your employability skills to help you make the most of your time on work experience and to help you prepare to apply for jobs. For further information, you can email Iestyn Llwyd: i.llwyd@swansea.ac.uk

The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Certificate in Welsh language skills

This Welsh Language Skills Certificate is a chance to receive an extra certificate which shows future employers that you are confident and proficient in your written and oral Welsh language skills. The Coleg Cymraeg will arrange sessions via Academi Hywel Teifi in order to prepare students to achieve the certificate and there are extra resources online. You will need to complete a series of oral and written tasks before sitting an exam at your university in order to achieve this qualification. Over 200 employers recognise the Certificate, including ITV Wales, The National Assembly for Wales, The Millennium Centre, National Resources Wales, and many more.

Swansea Employability Academy (SEA)

The Swansea Employability Academy (SEA) provides a network for linking students with employers - ranging from employer talks and workshops through to student led networking events. The Academy supports Swansea University students at each stage of their journey towards a graduate career - from coordinating professional careers advice, managing a range of placement schemes and ensuring face-to-face & online support, to providing guidance for making informed career choices and preparing for interviews.

Our award-winning Careers and Employability Team can help you:

  • Explore career ideas
  • Get a great CV
  • Get a placement
  • Get a job or find out about further study

International Opportunities 

Swansea University has proved that it is among the world’s top universities, by appearing in the top 200 of the Times Higher Education (THE) world ranking of the ‘most international universities’. We are able to offer unique international experiences and work placements to students as International connections are all important to Swansea University. A number of our Welsh-medium lecturers are worldwide experts in their field.

Stuyding abroad schemes give you an opportunity to gain valuable interpersonal and transferable skills, such as organising and planning, joint working, problem-solving and communicating. These days employers recognise how important it is for graduates to have an understanding of international issues or other cultures, and they expect it. As a result, the University offers various opportunities for you to study abroad as part of your degree or to take advantage of one of the summer programmes available. Swansea University has links with more than 100 partner universities and organisations around the world. For further information about this scheme and other opportunities, please see the University’s International Development Office pages