Swansea University

Employability and Careers

Employability and Careers

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THE SWANSEA EMPLOYABILITY ACADEMY - The University's Careers and Employability Service

Employability is relatively easy to define; it refers to a combination of your knowledge, mind-set, skills and personal qualities, drawn from study, work experience, volunteering and extracurricular activities which will make you attractive to employers.

To develop your employability and achieve the outcomes you are seeking as a graduate, you need to know about what employers really want, the fundamentals of graduate jobs and the competencies which employers expect you to have.  It's an iterative process of reflecting, getting experience and learning – and one that is visually articulated in the student designed ‘My Career Journey’ Map.

The Swansea Employability Academy offers a supportive environment where you can gain access to impartial Careers and Employability Information, Advice and Guidance.  For details of all our services and resources, please visit https://myuni.swan.ac.uk/employability/.

Our services for students include:

  • Masterclasses on a wide range of topics relating to developing your Employability and managing your future career;
  • A programme of employers' talks, bespoke events and careers fairs;
  • Individual advice and guidance from professionally qualified Careers Advisers;
  • The Swansea Employability Award;
  • Help with finding part-time jobs, internships, funded work placements, volunteering opportunities and graduate vacancies;
  • A programme of both UK based and international work experience opportunities organised by the Academy's Employment Zone;
  • Access to information resources on a wide range of career management topics;
  • Advice and guidance on postgraduate study and funding.


The Swansea Employability Award

A degree is important to getting a great job, but employers look for much more than a degree when choosing which graduates to employ.  Gaining experience and developing skills whilst you study and during your holiday periods will give you a competitive edge.

But what exactly do you want to do when you graduate?  What kind of work would suit you?  Many types of work require you to have had some experience before you apply.

The Swansea Employability Award helps you to:

  • Find out more about yourself, what you value in life, your personality type, learning styles, what jobs might suit you and how you can develop resilience; then market yourself by creating a CV and covering letter.
  • Evidence your experience, gained through work placements, internships, volunteering, short courses, positions of responsibility relating to clubs and societies, to name a few possibilities.
  • Consider how you make decisions and develop a career action plan.

You can complete the Award at your own pace and it will be recorded on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).

Please visit the website to find out more and to register and participate in the Award.


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