At UWTSD we are committed to the personal and professional development of our students, and encourage you to be as proactive and driven as possible in the pursuit of your dream career. There are lots of ways you can boost your employability alongside your studies – it doesn’t have to wait until after you’ve graduated – and it all starts with making the most of the opportunities on offer.
If you’re not sure where to begin, don’t panic. These resources can all help you to establish what kind of opportunities are on offer. If you need further support, you can always get in touch with our dedicated Careers Service.
Prospects is an online platform written by Careers Advisers who specialise in graduate careers. They focus on providing students and graduates with useful information, advice and opportunities.
As well as being able to search for apprenticeships, graduate jobs, internships and postgraduate courses, they’ve got careers advice written by specialist professional advisers, as well as a range of tailored tools such as their career planner, which matches your skills and interests with job profiles to suit you.
By working closely with businesses they make sure that you are developing the skills and experience that graduate employers are looking for, and are there to guide you through each stage of your career journey with honest, expert advice.
You can also create an account with Prospects to personalise the information that you receive and ensure that you’re the first to hear about opportunities.
The platform is free to use and is an excellent resource for all your career needs, so whether you’re just starting to think about your career options, or are starting to look for jobs – check it out!
GO Wales: Achieve through Work Experience Programme aims to help students to develop their employability skills and improve their chances of getting graduate level employment when they leave university.
By participating you will have one-to-one support from an adviser who will work with you to explore the best options for work experience opportunities.
The placements are tailored for you, and your adviser will arrange work experience to fit around your life, studies and other commitments and provides you with an opportunity to improve your skills.
The work experience could be a work shadowing, work taster or work placement opportunity depending on the organisation.
If you would like to talk to an adviser, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also be able to get help with travel costs, support costs and childcare costs so that doing work experience is an affordable option for you.
With over 575 million people using LinkedIn worldwide, and recruitment companies scouring the platform for suitable candidates, you’ll start asking yourself why you’ve not yet set up your profile.
Whether you’re setting up your profile from scratch or looking to improve your profile, check out our top tips here
Graduate schemes can be great opportunities for you to experience different aspects of a company, and get you into that graduate job market right out of uni. Here are some top tips from us if you’re thinking about applying for a graduate scheme:
- Start early – graduate schemes often open early on in the Academic year e.g. October/November, so you’ll need to apply a lot earlier than you think
- Do your research – look into the company before applying and see what they’re asking for in terms of qualifications and experience. Due to the high volume of applications they receive, you are very unlikely to get past the first stage of the process if you don’t meet the criteria.
- Prepare – all graduate schemes are different and some require you to complete aptitude tests as part of the process. Although the idea of these can be scary, research and practice can get you a long way.
If you need any support with your applications, remember that the UWTSD Careers Service is here for you