Your time at University provides you with the perfect environment to gain a very broad range of experiences and skills that will be invaluable to you in your future. The role of the Careers Service is to enable and empower you to make the most of these chances by ensuring that all sorts of opportunities are on offer to you.

We arrange work tasters, placements, presentations, workshops, on-campus opportunities, information resources, face-to-face meetings, volunteering options, employer–led events and so much more to prepare you for your future. 

As a result of such activities there has been a 9 percentage points rise in the number of AU graduates gaining graduate level employment and a 6 percentage point rise in the number of graduates in work and/or study, compared with a 1% increase nationally.  “These new statistics show that rising employment levels among Aberystwyth University graduates constitute one of the many compelling reasons to choose to study here.”  Professor April McMahon, Vice-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University.

The below gives a taster of the services which we offer at Aberystwyth University:

Your Course and Department

A range of options are offered to our students within the academic department to develop skills and abilities further. Workshops, presentations, lectures and employer-related activities are offered by our departments.

Your Future
We seek to help our students plan for their futures from the very first day at University. Here are a few of our facilities and services:

Drop-in access
Email enquiries
Guidance interviews
Resources for information and advice
Events and activities with employers
Workshops and skills development sessions

Graduate Opportunities

Employers, organisations, institutions and individuals often visit Campus to offer our students insights, advice, ideas and jobs. Here are some of our partner employers:
Oracle, National Trust, Admiral, QinetiQ, Charteris Foundation, Civil Service, ACCA, Network Rail, IBM, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Teach English in China, Metropolitan Police, Endsleigh Insurance.
Support is also offered for those who wish to set up their own business.

Work Experience

Our Careers team can help find work experience for our students.

Tasters and shadowing – try it out first!
Casual jobs locally
Part-time options on Campus
Research opportunities
Summer placements
Year in Employment Scheme
Study Year Abroad
International Exchanges
Graduate employment


What is AberForward?

‌AberForward comprises a range of employability initiatives designed to help our students and recent graduates gain relevant and useful work experience. Our schemes allow participants to develop a range of valuable, transferrable skills and supports the recognition of these skills so that participants feel more confident entering the job market after graduation. We provide a number of placements that each present an invaluable opportunity to participate in meaningful work experience.  

What we offer...

We currently offer three different schemes for students and recent graduates of Aberystwyth University.  

The AberForward Summer Scheme is open to current second year and third year undergraduates to undertake full-time, paid work experience across the University. The summer placements offer a taster of a professional working environment that can help you to develop work-based knowledge and raise your confidence in finding future employment opportunities.   

The AberForward Graduate Scheme allows the return of our recent undergraduates, a few months after graduating, to undertake paid work experience on the University’s campuses. These placements are ideal for those graduates who have found themselves either unemployed or underemployed since graduation. The graduates attend a series of workshops to develop the skills and knowledge that will help them to succeed in a competitive graduate job market.

The AberForward Internship Scheme provides an invaluable opportunity for recent undergraduates to undertake a fully paid internship that will expose you to the challenging and stimulating business of the Higher Education sector.  There are opportunities across many disciplines at the University and these placements are ideal for ambitious and talented graduates who wish to make their first inroads into a successful career in Higher Education.