From the campus to the workplace - students to get a taste of the world of work

Students at Swansea University will be heading for the office rather than the campus on Monday 21 January as they take part in the Week of Work, which organises placements with local employers. The idea is to give students graduate-level experience of the world of work and to sharpen up the skills they need to succeed.

Already, 91% of Swansea University graduates are in work or further education six months after leaving.  However, the Week of Work, along with other placements and support provided by the University’s Employability Academy and Careers Service, is aimed at boosting students’ skills and experience even further, giving them a head start in the job market in tough times.

Employers large and small, and from different sectors, are taking part in Week of Work, including Morgan Cole, DJM Law, Savills, Parc y Scarlets, Leadbitter and the Welsh Government. 

The scheme is part of Employability Week, which runs from Monday 21st to Friday 25th January, and which also offers students almost 150 workshops, all aimed at giving them the edge when they come to apply for jobs.  The University has been working closely with the Students’ Union in developing these opportunities for students.

Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott, Pro Vice Chancellor at Swansea University, said:

“We know that times are tough for young people across the UK, so at Swansea University we’re making sure we give our graduates a strong head start.   

We know employers greatly value applicants with work experience. Placements also allow students to develop key skills that we know employers are looking for, such as commercial awareness and working in a team, and can sometimes lead directly to job opportunities too.”  

Zahid Raja, Swansea University Students’ Union education officer, said:

“Ask any student what they’re worried about and one of the top concerns will be getting a decent job after university. The Students’ Union and the University have been working in partnership to build relationships with businesses, to give Swansea students an edge when they graduate and compete with other graduates to apply for jobs.”