Career Readiness Support

Career Readiness Support (CRS) is an extra level of support for students who might face barriers when it comes to finding future graduate-level employment.

It is specifically aimed at individuals who are feeling uncertain about the future, perhaps due to low confidence, a lack of relevant work experience, or not having networks and contacts who can help.

What does it involve?

Career Readiness Support is a part of Aberystwyth University's Careers Service. We offer skills development opportunities, workshops and training as well as opportunities to meet individuals from a wide variety of businesses and organisations through Meet the Professional sessions. We also work with employers to advertise work experience opportunities they have developed specifically for CRS students.

Who can take part?

Career Readiness Support is available for students from second year onwards who:


  • Are disabled (for example, a hearing, physical or visual impairment or development condition)
  • Have a mental health condition (for example, Anxiety, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Schizophrenia)
  • Are neurodivergent (for example, autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD))
  • Have a work-limiting health condition (for example, cancer, HIV, diabetes, chronic heart disease, epilepsy)
  • Are from a low-income family (households earning less than £18,840 a year)
  • Are the first in my family to attend university
  • Are studying through the medium of Welsh
  • Are Asian or Asian British
  • Are Black or Black British
  • Have Mixed Ethnicity



  • Are from another Ethnic Group
  • Are a Mature Student
  • Are care experienced
  • Have caring responsibilities, including parental responsibilities
  • Are estranged from family
  • Identify as LGBTQ+
  • Are from Gypsy, Roma or Traveller background
  • Are a refugee or asylum seeker
  • Are from a religious minority
  • Are a veteran
  • Were raised by a family member in the armed forces
  • Are from an area where not many people go on to enter higher education
  • Are from an "area of deprivation" in Wales



Important Information for Students Graduating 2024!

We have limited spaces for final-year students on CRS. So that you don’t spend time completing our online form unnecessarily, please first email us via, sharing which of the characteristics above apply to you and why you feel you need the additional support.

(Students from other years can proceed straight to completing the form, accessed via the link below.)


If you relate to any of the above, click here to find out if you’re able to access additional Career Readiness Support.

(If you need assistance with completing our online form or require an alternative way to explore signing up, please email us via


What does involvement look like?

Here is an example of one CRS participant’s journey:

CRS participant wearing a red shirt

SOS, a non-binary, neurodiverse, mature postgraduate Creative Writing student at Aberystwyth University, faced employability barriers due to a lack of work experience and networking contacts. They also grappled with internalised stigma about their mental health condition, fearing potential employer discrimination.

From March 2023, SOS engaged in 30 one-on-one sessions with the team at their university, focusing on CV development, application support, and skill enhancement. Workshops attended included "Developing a Growth Mindset," "Diversity and Employability," and "Neurodiversity in Business."

SOS's participation in the programme led to an ABERforward placement with the university's Accessibility and Inclusion team. This experience, combined with the support from the Career Readiness Support team at the university, inspired SOS to apply for a permanent role within the same department, highlighting the transformative impact of the programme.

"The Career Readiness Support has been invaluable. My Adviser's assistance in securing placements and graduate employment, along with CV and LinkedIn support, has been instrumental."