Employability

Record numbers of Aberystwyth University students entering work or further study.

Figures released in June 2018 by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) show that 96.8% of our full-time, first degree students were either in work or further study six months after graduating from Aberystwyth University in 2017.

Aberystwyth's data also demonstrates that 78.2% of UK/EU full-first degree Abersytwyth graduates were in professional level jobs or graduate level further study. 

The survey also shows that 99% of Aberystwyth graduates who studies some part of their course through the medium of Welsh were found to be in employment or further study six months after completing their course.

Here are just some of the impressive statistics showing where students from a range of Aberystwyth University departments go after graduating:  

  • 100% of graduates from the Welsh department were in work or further study within 6 months, 6% more than Language graduates nationally. (HESA 2018*)
  • 99% of our graduates from the History & Welsh History were in work or further study within 6 months, 6% more than Historical & Philosophical studies graduates nationally. (HESA 2018*)
  • 98% of graduates from the department of Theatre, Film & Television were in work or further study within 6 months, 4% more than Creative Arts and Design graduates nationally. (HESA 2018*)
  • 97% of our graduates from the Business School were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Business and Administrative Studies graduates nationally. (HESA 2018*)
  • 97% of our graduates from the Geography & Earth Sciences department were in work or further study within 6 months, 4% more than Physical Science graduates nationally. (HESA 2018*)
  • 97% of our graduates from the School of Art were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Creative Arts and Design graduates nationally. (HESA 2018*)

Our continued commitment from campus to career

These upward trends in graduate employability and the University’s employability ratings reflect our commitment to ensuring our students have the skills they need for the 21st century workplace.

We offer a growing range of four-year courses with an integrated Year in Industry, giving students the chance to spend time working for a company in their chosen field of study. Real-life work experience like this can make a crucial difference when it comes to getting a job.

Another option is our Year in Employment Scheme which for the past 40 years has been offering students the opportunity to do a paid job for 12 months between their second and third year of study – either in the UK or overseas.

If working or studying abroad appeals to you, you’ll be glad to hear that Aberystwyth University is part of the Erasmus+ 2014-2020 scheme.

Mila de Clercq spent a year abroad in France in 2016 as part of her French & Economics degree course and worked as a wine tourism guide in Bordeaux. She went on to land a job with an established wine importer in London and is convinced her Erasmus year abroad made her application stand out.

“After graduating, I started applying for graduate-level jobs in London knowing that it can be very tough to get work in the wine industry unless you have good connections. I believe my year abroad gave me a huge advantage in getting a job as I could draw on my language skills and my experience of living and working France.” – Mila de Clercq

Whatever your chosen career, the University’s Careers Service can help you recognise your strengths and explore a wide range of opportunities so that you make informed decisions about your future.

This support is available throughout your time here as a student and after your graduate – when you could be eligible to apply for one of our sought-after AberForward internships.

Graduates seeking to turn business ideas into reality can access a full programme of enterprise events organised by the Careers Service under the AberPreneurs banner, which includes the popular InvEnterPrize student ideas competition.

And our Institute of Business & Law has a focussed employability module, with local organisations providing real-life work experience for students.

Our wonderful family of alumni across the world are also on hand to offer current students and recent graduates career mentoring and guidance through our eMentoring online platform.  

 

Table of employability rates by subject

Department Percentage in Work or Further Education
Art 97% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Creative Arts and Design graduates nationally. HESA 2018*
Business & Management 97% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Business & Administrative Studies graduates nationally. HESA 2018*
Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences (IBERS) 98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Biological Science graduates nationally. HESA 2018* 
Computer Science  98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 8% more than Computer Science graduates nationally. HESA 2018*
Education 98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months after graduation. HESA 2018*
English & Creative Writing 96% of our graduates were in work or fruther study within 6 months, 2% more than Language graduates nationally. HESA 2018*
Geography & Earth Sciences 97% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 4% more than Physical Science graudates nationally. HESA 2018*
History & Welsh History  99% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 4% more than Historical & Philosophical studies graduates nationally. HESA 2018*
International Politics  94% of our graduates were in work or further study 6 months after graduating. HESA 2018* 
Law & Criminology  77% of our graduates this year entered professional level employment or graduate level further study, 3 percentage points higher than the UK figure of 74% last year. HESA 2018*
Mathematics 96% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 4% more than the Mathematical Science graduates nationally. HESA 2018*
Modern Languages 95% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 1% more than Language graduates nationally. HESA 2018*
Physics 93% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months after graduating. HESA 2018* 
Psychology  96% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 4% more than Psychology graduates nationally. HESA 2018*
Theatre, Film & Television  98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 4% more than Creative Arts & Design graduates nationally. HESA 2018* 

Welsh & Celtic Studies 

100% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 6% more than Language graduates nationally. HESA 2018*

 *Our employability figures are taken from the Destination of Leavers in Higher Education 2016-17 survey published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) in June 2018.