Employability

Students from all over the world have been coming to our university for many years for a high quality educational experience and to gain employment around the world.

A degree or postgraduate qualification is an investment in your future, and we want to make sure that your investment pays off. That’s why all our courses are designed with employability in mind. 


Wayne Kwenda

Wayne Kwenda, Aircraft Maintenance Engineering graduate and GE employee


Graduate employability

We have a great record of employability. 95% of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after completing their courses. (Source: DLHE 2016)

As well as specialist knowledge in your chosen field, we’ll also give you the practical skills to apply that knowledge to the workplace. You’ll not only graduate with a degree but also the real-life practical skills that you’ll need to get ahead.


Accredited courses

Many of our courses have 'official’ industry approval, through accreditations from a host of professional bodies, including ACCA, the British Computer Society (BCS), Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), the British Psychology Society (BPS), Skillset Media Academy Wales, the Institute of Fire Safety Engineers, RICS – the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and CILECT – the association of the world’s major film and television schools.


Eghosa Ogoleh, Chiropractic student from Norway, 2018

Eghosa Ogoleh, Chiropractic student


Industry links

It’s essential to keep up with the ever-changing working environment, so we have close links with relevant employers and industries. Companies like British Airways, General Electric, Sony and Tata tell us what’s going on, so we can design courses that give you the skills they’re looking for.


First class facilities

As a USW student, you’ll be using the same technology and equipment that is used in industry, from a full-size Jetstream 31 airliner and Merlin MP521 engineering flight simulator, to TV studios to crime scene houses and healthcare suites. You learn by doing, which means that you will be more prepared for the world of work. 


Forensics facilities

Forensic Science students working in the Crime Scene House


Careers Service

The Careers and Employability Service help students and graduates with all aspects of their career. Services range from advice and guidance on career choice to postgraduate study, work experience, practical support with job hunting and working/studying overseas. We can even help you find a part time job whilst you study.


Workplace skills

When you get to work, you’ll be working as a team, writing notes or reports, giving presentations and communicating with colleagues, meeting targets or client deadlines. 

We make sure you develop all these skills while you’re studying. Through group work, presentations, research and projects, you’ll get plenty of opportunities to practice the skills you need for any job in any sector.


Happy John Mang_Ache MBA - Master of Business Administration student

Happy John Mang'Ache, MBA student


Work experience 

Wherever possible, we encourage you to undertake work placements during your studies, to complement your learning and gain practical experience. Employers want to recruit graduates who have some knowledge of the working world and there is a strong link between having work experience and getting a graduate level job. 

Many of our degrees can be studied as ‘sandwich’ courses, where you will spend up to a year in paid full-time work experience that counts towards your qualification.

* International (non-EU) students will need to discuss the options of doing a work placement with our Immigration and International Student Advice (IISA) team after they start their undergraduate studies at USW.  The ability to undertake a work placement as part of your course may depend on your category of leave (visa type) and personal circumstances.

Radoslaw Krajnik BEng_Mechanical-Engineering

Radoslaw Krajnik, Mechanical Engineering graduate and TATA Steel UK employee