Employability

Researcher examining plants in the National Plant Phenomics Centre

We support students to develop the scientific knowledge, hands-on experience, and transferable skills required by employers in today’s global job market.

From clinical molecular geneticists to marine conservationist, veterinary surgeons, farmers, environmentalists to science bloggers, our graduates go on to enjoy a wide range of successful and rewarding careers. Our students have an excellent reputation for finding employment after they graduate.

Some of our graduates go on to study a PhD or Masters degree, while many others enjoy successful careers in science-related fields such as research and development, conservation, environmental management, medical research, scientific publishing, public health and wildlife management, amongst many others.

A degree from the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) can act as a stepping-stone to further training in professional areas including teaching, medicine, dentistry, nursing, and veterinary science. Our graduates also have many transferable skills that are attractive to a wide range of employers in other industries.

The Integrated Year in Industry

If you want to broaden your horizons and get a taste of the workplace or experience a career through a work placement, then choosing a degree with an integrated year in industry will strengthen and improve your career prospects after graduating.

The majority of our single honours courses are available with the option of an integrated year in industry.

The integrated year in industry takes place in your third year, after which you will return to Aberystwyth to complete your degree in your fourth year. Your industrial year is assessed and contributes towards your final degree mark.

Advantages:

  • More employable when you graduate
  • More likely to have a higher starting salary
  • More likely to secure a graduate level job.

Our own students have identified additional advantages:

  • Find out what you would actually like to do as a graduate
  • Great experience - exploring a new area in the UK or abroad
  • Makes your final year easier
  • Develop your social and professional networks.

Applications and interviews can be time-consuming, and you will graduate a year later than your university friends, but the advantages of the integrated year in industry definitely outweigh the disadvantages.

What support is available?

  • Support is provided by an academic member of staff primarily responsible for the integrated year in industry students and IBERS’ own Careers consultant, working hand in hand with the Careers Service
  • In your first year you will receive guidance on how to explore career opportunities and enhance employability
  • In your second year you will receive help searching for posts, writing CVs, cover letters and making applications. You will receive formal interview practice and official approval of your placement(s)
  • During your Year in Industry you will receive regular contact and support and will be visited by an academic supervisor if you are based in the UK.

Why not watch some short video interviews to learn more about the experiences of some of our students during their year in industry.

Supporting your employability

IBERS is fully committed to developing our students' long-term job prospects. Our aim is to provide opportunities to develop your employability to help you secure an appropriate career following graduation.

These include:

  • embedding employability skills development in our teaching modules
  • encouraging personal development and career planning with the Abergrad portfolio
  • organising employer events throughout the year.

The University offers further employability opportunities which can be accessed via the Careers Service, including:

  • Year in Employment (YES) and Go Wales schemes, offering paid and unpaid work experience placements
  • Aberforward scheme, which is designed to build graduate level expertise and career-management skills.

What our graduates did next

Check out our student profiles to discover more about what it’s really like to be an IBERS graduate and what career opportunities an IBERS degree could lead to:

Undergraduate profiles

Postgraduate profiles