Employability

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

New figures released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) show that the number of Aberystwyth University graduates in work or further study have improved over the past year.

2017 figures, up 3% on the previous year, revealed that 95.4% of full-time first degree students were either in work or further study within 6 months after graduating, placing Aberystwyth 1% ahead of the overall sector average. 75.6% of those students were in professional-level jobs or graduate level further study, a 6% increase on the previous year.

Aberystwyth University departments were found to be outperforming the UK national average for numbers entering work or further study within 6 months after graduating. Examples of which include: 

 

  • 100% of UK/ EU Art graduates in employment or further study 6 months after graduation. (HESA 2017)
  • 100% of UK/ EU Law graduates in employment or further study 6 months after graduation. (HESA 2017)
  • 100% of UK/ EU Education graduates in employment or further study 6 months after graduation. (HESA 2017)
  • 100% of UK/ EU graduates from the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies in employment or further study 6 months after graduation. (HESA 2017)

Our continued commitment from campus to career

These upward trends in graduate employability and the University’s employability rating are due, in part, to our ongoing focus and commitment to making sure that our students are prepared for the workplace so that they can enter into a career after they graduate.

 

Aberystwyth University offers an increasingly wide range of four-year courses with an integrated year in industry, allowing students to spend time working for a company in their chosen field of study.

This offering, alongside the University’s Year in Employment Scheme, now in its 40th year, empowers every student to take up the option of a year of invaluable experience prior to graduating.

The University’s Careers Service also provides a comprehensive range of opportunities for students who wish to improve their career prospects, including the sought-after AberForward internships.

The University’s Institute of Business & Law has also introduced a new employability module and is working with local organisations to provide real-life work experience for students.

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, for those seeking advice from further afield, the exciting eMentoring online platform allows Aber alumni to offer career mentoring and guidance to current students and young graduates.

 

Table of employability rates by subject

Department Percentage in Work or Further Education
Art

100% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 7% more than Creative Arts and Design graduates nationally, HESA 2017

Aberystwyth Businses School

95% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 2% more than Business and Administrative Studies graduates nationally, HESA 2017

Aberystwyth Law School

100% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 5% more than Law graduates nationally, HESA 2017

IBERS

97% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Biological Science graduates nationally, HESA 2017

Computer Science 

99% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 9% more than Computer Science graduates nationally HESA 2017

95% of our graduates entered work at professional level, 15% more than Computer Science graduates nationally, HESA 2017

Education 

100% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Education graduates nationally, HESA 2017

Geography & Earth Sciences

95% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Physical Science graduates nationally, HESA 2017

International Politics

95% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 1% more than Social Sciences graduates nationally, HESA2017

Mathematics

93% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 1% more than Mathematical Science graduates nationally HESA 2017

Modern Languages

100% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 7% more than Language graduates nationally, HESA 2017

Physics

85% of our graduates entered work at professional level, 21% more than Physical Science graduates nationally, HESA2017

Psychology

98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Psychology graduates nationally HESA 2017

Welsh & Celtic Studies 

100% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 7% more than Language graduates nationally, HESA 2017

 *Our employability figures are taken from the Destination of Leavers in Higher Education 2015-16 survey published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) in June 2017.