Alex Pirie BSc Psychology

What did you enjoy the most about the course and studying at Swansea University?

The course:  The lecturers at Swansea University are superb. As world-leading researchers in  their respective fields, their passion is transferred into the classroom it's contagious and makes for a truly special learning environment. 

Swansea University: The location is incredible: it's beautiful, exciting, affordable and safe but it's the people who make Swansea a truly unique place to be. 

What skills did you learn from completing the course and how did they help you get a job?

Studying at a research-intensive University really teaches you how to tackle problems; I was encouraged to try new ideas and to look critically at everything around me. Without being able to see things from a different perspective, I wouldn't have been able to get any of the jobs I've had. 

What have you gone on to do since graduating? 

  • Hitch Rep - LCD Hitch (whilst studying)
  • Group Leader- Swansea Uni Summer in China Programme
  • Studied Mandarin in China at Chongqing University of Technology on a full scholarship
  • Events Coordinator at the British Chamber of Commerce in Chongqing
  • English Teacher at an International School in Chongqing
  • International Student recruitment officer at London School of Business & Finance (LSBF)
  • Executive Education programme consultant at LSBF
  • Marketing Manager at Navitas 

Where are you currently working? What are you enjoying about it?

I currently work for one of the biggest International Student Pathway providers in the world, Navitas. I am based at Swansea University and my job is to recruit international students onto Foundation programmes, Supported First Year and Pre-masters which will lead to Swansea University degrees. I've been aiming for this job for the last few years and love it. I am able to travel the world (I've been to 20 different countries in the last 18 months), speak with people from all kinds of backgrounds and share the fantastic opportunities that Swansea University has offered me.

Is your current job related to the degree? If yes, how? 

Psychology is all about people. A big part of psychology is about working out 'what makes people tick', so being able to use that same scientific approach when speaking with students has given me a big advantage.

What would your advice be to new students entering the college?

Talk to the person next to you in class, you'll find that psychology students often have a lot of interesting ideas and opinions. They're people people!  


Alexander completed his Psychology degree in 2010.