Alumni and Student Careers Fair Success at Swansea’s SA1 Campus


Current students and alumni attended a Careers Fair at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s (UWTSD) SA1 Swansea campus to meet with potential employers and hear about the employment opportunities available in a variety of sectors.

Hosted by the University’s Careers Service, it was the first in person event post pandemic and was held at the IQ building with a STEM focus. The event was co-ordinated by Mel Hall, Careers Adviser at the University’s Wales Institute for Science and Art (WISA) and was attended by representatives from 25 businesses.

She said: “A massive thank you to all the fantastic UWTSD staff who pulled together to make the first student and alumni Technology Careers and Volunteering Fair a great success, with local and national employers and over 120 students in attendance. The event was a great success, and the positive feedback we have had from students and employers involved has been amazing.

“The careers team is immensely proud of the work we do to support students who have had a difficult time over the past couple of years during the pandemic. It is great to have an in-person event to bring employers, students, and graduates face to face to improve employability for our students and also address the need to fill those essential vacancies for employers.”

Jane Bellis, Executive Careers Advisor Student Services said: “We had fantastic support from WISA lecturers and the wider university, such as colleagues from Alumni engagement and Apprenticeship development. We would like to thank all our employers and voluntary organisations for attending. We had 120 students attend and hope that many have secured work placements/graduate level jobs as a result. On a personal note, I thoroughly enjoyed supporting our students on the day and witnessed first-hand their enthusiasm to engage with employers.”

The careers team provides one to one career advice and guidance to current students and alumni, help with CV, applications, interview preparation and advice on finding work experience. The careers service at UWTSD are proud to highlight that they offer a service to alumni regardless of their year of graduation and are as available to recent graduates, as they are to those that graduated many years ago and are perhaps looking for a career change or have experienced redundancy.

Pierluigi Bonagura, Automotive Engineering Student at UWTSD who attended said: “It has been an incredible event, which has been helping me and others to discover new job opportunities, well done for organising this.”

The Alumni team at UWTSD were delighted that so many graduates travelled to the event, some from across the UK, and were incredibly positive in their feedback about the event, as were employers who relished the opportunity to reach out to students and alumni about numerous roles in the employment sector.

Recruiting Managers from Digital Health and Care Wales (DHCW) had the opportunity to have face-to-face interaction with students that are interested in software development, technical support or testing.

Jan Sparks, NHS Wales said: “Students had the opportunity to explore entry level options and to network with people in the desired industry plus introduce students to alternative career paths they might not have thought about previously. Digital Health and Care Wales (DHCW) is the national organisation building and designing digital services for health and care in Wales. DHCW are part of the NHS Wales family. We currently have vacancies for Software Development Officers to join our team to develop, test and support the national software applications within NHS Wales.”

Employers attending included: Tata Steel, GotBoost, HEIW Wales, NHS Management, Kier, Sureview, DVLA, Kaymac Marine Engineering, Sony, Concrete Canvas, Oakwood Theme Park, Students Union, MFL Cardiff University, Carmarthenshire Theatres, St Davids Cathedral, Environment Centre, Vinci Construction, Flexonics, Vaillant, Digital Health Care Wales, South Wales Police Force, UWTSD Enterprise, Hydrock Engineering, Swansea City Council Building Services, Sunny Recruitment. Links to the employers attending can be found on our LinkedIn site: UWTSD Alumni Network

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