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Support for new graduates

The Swansea Employability Academy can still provide help and advice to Swansea University Alumni up to five years after graduation, including:

  • Individual appointments with Careers Advisers
  • Advice by email or telephone
  • Advice on postgraduate study and funding
  • Job hunting information
  • Access to some of our work placement programmes.

Our degrees open doors – help us prove it!







Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey

Early in 2017 we will ask you to complete a short anonymous survey asking whether you are working, studying, volunteering or doing something else.

These official DLHE statistics are used in league tables and guides. If Swansea does well again it reflects well on our graduates – and that means you.

The data also gives us an insight into the jobs market so you will be helping the students who follow in your footsteps.


This exciting and varied opportunity enables you to build on your employability skills by promoting Teach First.  As a Brand Manager you’ll need to have bags of initiative and use your confidence and connections to be our visible presence at your university.  It’s a paid role, requiring a commitment of four hours per week, and in addition to financial reward you’ll gain valuable experience in marketing and event management. You’ll also expand your own personal and professional networks, and be part of a fun and motivated team.

Applications close soon:

Teach First are currently open for applications to join their graduate programme, the Leadership Development Programme (LDP), after graduation in 2017.

LDP is a world-class training and development programme, combining teacher training and a fully-funded Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), with one-to-one coaching to develop your personal and leadership qualities. This is all alongside earning a full salary for two years, and the opportunity to complete a partly-funded Masters in your second year.

More than 80 high-profile organisations in the private, public and charity sectors recognise the programme’s ability to develop leaders for life.  They know that people who can engage and inspire in the classroom will be a valuable asset to any working environment, no matter where they choose to go beyond the LDP.  This includes Teach First’s Platinum Partners – Aldi, PwC, Accenture, Goldman Sachs and the Royal Navy.

Join an online webinar  on Wednesday 22nd June at 6.30pm to find out more about the LDP, and to hear directly from the ambassadors who have completed the two-year programme.  You can reserve place in advance by registering here .

Alternatively, you can start your application today here:

What you’ll get

Working as a language assistant is the perfect opportunity to discover another culture and develop invaluable, transferable skills for the workplace.  Plus, you get paid to do it.  During your placement in China you’ll get

  • year-round support from the British Council, with over 35 years’ experience working in China
  • on-going support from the British Council’s partners overseas
  • a two-week induction course when you arrive, including language and culture lessons
  • a free online TEFL course with practical tips to help you succeed in the classroom.

Find out more and apply:

Salary and benefits

As a language assistant in China, you can expect to be paid a comfortable salary every month.  Your accommodation will be sorted for you, taking away the hassle, flights are paid for and there is no programme fee to pay.


You do not need to speak any Chinese, but you will need to:

  • be a native speaker of English
  • have graduated from university by the time you start your placement.

A CELTA course is a great way to gain an English language teaching qualification and prepares you to travel and work abroad or start a career in English language teaching.

What better way to find out more about English language teaching, CELTA and ELTS (English Language Training Services) than attending an open evening?

Next open evening:

Tuesday 23rd February. 18:00.
Keir Hardie Building Rm 430
Swansea University
Singleton Campus.

For more information, or to book your place on the open evening, visit:

You can book online to attend at:

Events include:

  • Drop-in sessions
  • Army Officer interviews
  • A workshop in getting into teaching
  • Postgraduate study

Click here to download more information.

Click here to download an overview of what’s coming up this month through to March.

If you want to focus particularly on forthcoming Careers Advisers Workshops, you can download the details here:  Employability Workshops

There are events on both campus, and all our events are open to students of all disciplines.

For events that require pre-booking, you need to:

Book through our online event booking system, and once you have registered/logged in:

  • Click on Events Calendar
  • Select:  Date of the Event
  • Select:  Book

Chris Cardew talking about the Swansea Employability Award at the Careers Fair held on 09/10/15.

UWTSD University Wales Trinity St David – PGCE courses for Secondary School Teaching

Date/time: 3/12/2015 – 17:00 – 18:00
Venue: Keir Hardie – Room 230

An informative and enthusiastic presentation for those considering a teaching career within secondary schools. The UWTSD (Townhill Campus, Swansea) offers a one year PGCE course in Business Studies, Mathematics, English, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, MFL, Geography, Art and Design, Design and Technology, Welsh, ICT and Computing, Religious Education and History. Bursaries are available in some subjects. All staff are former teachers and knowledgeable about current initiatives in education.

Target audience: undergraduate/postgraduate students from the disciplines above who are interested in secondary teaching.

Visit our talks and workshops page at for more information and to book online.

Smash a wine glass with sound, create spiral rainbows, use light to heal wounds and explore medical optoelectronics – volunteers needed!

Do these things sound intriguing? Are you interested in communicating science to a young audience? Lab in a Lorry needs volunteers with a scientific or enginering background for events across Wales during school term-time from September 2015 until March 2017.

What is Lab in a Lorry?

Lab in a Lorry is an interactive mobile laboratory which gives young people (11 – 14 year olds) the opportunity to explore science through open-ended experiments. volunteers guide the students through the experiments (optoelectronics and medicine, sound and resonance, light scattering and colours) and make sure everyone gets to be involved through hands-on experience.

Download more information, including a schedule of dates and locations:
Lab in a Lorry – Volunteer flyer and tour schedule – Wales

Here is the Lab in a Lorry map of current locations.

Our team of Careers Advisers will help you find out how to develop your employability skills at these workshops covering vital topics like

  • Writing CVs and making effective applications
  • Getting into teaching
  • Interview techniques
  • Assessment centres
  • Finding jobs
  • What employers look for in applicants
  • Commercial awareness and personal branding.

Download a summary of forthcoming workshops here.

Click here to register/log into our online booking system. Having registered/logged in:

  • Click on “Events Calendar”
  • Select the date of the session you wish to attend
  • Select “Book”.

ECTARC Wales (European Centre for Training and Regional Co-operation) is a British Council accredited centre.

In addition to ECTARC’s programme which includes work placements abroad for people from Wales, they are now offering a 4-week residential TESOL training course available in August, September and November 2015. The course could add another string to your bow and increase your skills. Visit for more information.

For general information on teaching English as a foreign language, visit the Graduate Prospects website at

The Summer of Student Innovation is a competition which offers students a prime role in developing novel uses of technology to improve their experience at college or University. Click here for more information on the Jisc website.

It offers a variety of competitions:

  1. Student ideas competition: Ideas using technology that could help improve research, learning or student life across further and higher education
  2. Supporting technology startup projects: Support for existing educational technology products that addresses needs of learners and researchers in further and higher education
  3. Learner ideas in FE competition: Ideas from learners based in UK colleges, or apprentices and trainees who have a technology idea that could improve the learning experience
  4. Apprentice-led ideas challenge: A pilot project to support apprentices or trainees and learning providers who have an idea for technology that could help work based learners.

Students have until 18 May to submit their entries and, with Jisc’s help, attract votes from around the sector.

TeachFirst still have places left for Welsh medium students on their Leadership Development programme. These opportuniteis are open to final year students who have at lest 50% of their degree in Welsh OR a grade B or above in Welsh at A level and GCSE at grade B or above in both English and Mathematics.

The LDP is an intensive two-year programme that combines your development as a practising teacher with personal and business skills training, internship opportunities, mentoring and access to an ambassador network and supporters.

High-profile recruiters from all sectors recognise that the skills and strategies you develop in the classroom are directly transferable to any career. They know that if you can engage, motivate and stimulate a class of 30, you can handle pretty much any situation in any organisation. Google, The Civil Service Fast Stream, Goldman Sachs, Accenture, Aldi and PwC are just a few of Teach First’s supporters who have gone on to recruit graduates after the Leadership Development Programme. They also support in other ways such as deferred entry schemes and offering internships whilst you are on the LDP.

Exactly how your journey evolves will be up to you – this is your journey, and, while there are a number of fixed requirements along the way, Teach First expect you to take the lead in shaping your route. Where will it take you? Places are nearing capacity so it’s time to get yours submitted!

Download more information here:

  1. Information on the programme
  2. Wales – Cymru as a location on the programme
  3. Salary and benefits (including a fully funded PGCE, partially funded Masters plus a full-time graduate salary)

Contact Emma Cheetham at TeachFirst: Email:, telephone: 07534903873

Watch out for the following Employer in The Foyer events organised by Careers and Employability:

Location: Entrance foyer of the Library

19th February 11-2.00 – Chatteris International Graduate Programme in Hong Kong

3rd February 10-4.00 – Smaller Earth

10th March 10-4.00 – Teach First

12th March 10-4.00 – ICAEW – Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales

Posted on behalf of the British Council:

The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. We call this work ‘cultural relations’. Each year we work with millions of people across 110 countries, connecting them with the United Kingdom, sharing our cultures and the UK’s most attractive assets: English, the Arts, Education and our ways of living and organising society.

Every summer, we bring new ideas to the organisation by taking on between 10 and 12 interns for a 12-week period from June – September. We learn from having new talent in the organisation during the summer months; plus, we gain an insight into how we can deliver the best opportunities for young people. In return, you learn new skills while on a paid internship, and make some useful contacts for the future. If you are keen to learn more about working for a global charity and to make a real difference over the summer then this opportunity is definitely for you!

As part of the programme you will join a specific department in one of our key business areas, and work with a dedicated line manager working on real projects, that add value to our organisation and our international work. You will also take part in a group project, where you will be able to apply your project management and team working skills as well as receiving career advice and training that provide you with real direction and perspective to take away with you on completion of the programme.

Our 2015 scheme is made up of the following positions:
• Music and Film Internship, London
• Corporate Communications Internship, London
• Policy and External Relations Internship, London
• Digital Internship, London
• HR Internship, London
• Science Communications Internship, London
• Services for International Education Marketing Events Internship, Manchester
• Schools Internship, London
• English and Exams Self Access Learning (SAL) Digital Internship, London
• Global Network Team Internship, London
• Iran and Syria Internship, London

This is a fantastic opportunity to make the most of your summer, to develop your own cultural relations edge and to work for an organisation that really values diversity and innovation. Take a look around – there’s a whole world of opportunity to explore.

Want to find out more?

If you need any more information then please visit our dedicated internship scheme page on our Study Work Create portal. Where you will be able to apply directly and learn more about the application process and core criteria for the scheme. Please note applications close at midnight on 8 March 2015:

A presentation on the British Council’s Generation UK India programme
Wednesday 4th February, Keir Hardie Room 130, 1.00-2.00 pm

If you are interested in attending this talk please email in the International Development Office.

This programme offers three different types of placements this Summer; cultural immersion placements, teaching assistantships and other work placements.

Generation UK– India offers young people from the UK the chance to experience India through unique and exciting placements across a variety of sectors. As one of the world’s fastest growing countries, India is destined to be a key player in the global economy over the coming decades. This is an opportunity to get involved now, to gain skills and knowledge that will be vital when going out into a job market that is more competitive than ever before. A placement in India offers the kind of cultural immersion that you just cannot experience as a tourist or traveller. It involves you in the real India, giving you the opportunity to understand one of the most important countries in the world and make connections that will last a lifetime.

Funding: For work placements and teaching assistantships, the IDO (International Development Office) and SPIN (Swansea Paid Internship Network) will be combining funds to offer a bursary to students up to maximum of £1055 per student. The IDO will also be able to offer a Global Opportunities Bursary of up to £400 for cultural immersion placements. More information to be provided during the presentation.

Visit for more information.

PGCE Secondary information days will be held on:

  • Tuesday, 18 November, 2014, 9.30 – 12.30
  • Thursday, 12 February, 2015, 16.00 – 19.00

The South West Wales Centre for Teacher Education
Swansea Campus
Townhill Road
Swansea SA2 0UT

Download the following here:

Book online here to attend an Information Morning.


Trainee teachers can receive incentives of up to £20,000 (amount to be confirmed for 2015 and subject to programme and degree qualification).

The following Secondary PGCE programmes are available for 2015/16:

Art and Design
Business Studies
Design and Technology
Modern Foreign Languages
Religious Studies
Science 11-16

Vacancies also exist for Primary PGCE

Our annual Careers Fair is your opportunity to come and talk to lots of potential employers all in one place here on campus.

You can download full details of the Fair at,on/.

Also, click  here to download a list of questions to help you with ideas about what you might want to ask employers.