Careers, Employability & Your Future

Employability and the School of Chemistry

A degree from the School of Chemistry gives you a wide choice of careers. Graduates with a good degree in Chemistry have either stayed with us to study a postgraduate course in Chemistry (MSc and PhD) or gone on to work with:

  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Metallurgical companies
  • High tech industry (e.g Optoelectronics, chemical sensors or computer modelling)
  • Commercial analytical laboratories
  • Computer Software developers
  • Chemistry teaching (following a PGCE)
  • Government organisations
  • Environmental consultancies
  • Government and Environmental Regulatory organisations
  • Company Health ans Safety Officers
  • The Water industry
  • Fast-track management training schemes

Other graduates have used their specialist knowledge and skills they have aquired on our degree courses as the basis for a different career path such as accountancy, journalism or the Civil Service.

We place a high priority on transferable skills which are built into all our degree courses and teaching. These skills include:

  • literacy
  • numeracy
  • computer literacy
  • time management
  • task organisation
  • critical thinking
  • communication skills
  • team work
  • presentational skills
  • research skills

Opportunities at Bangor

The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)

The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.

The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.


Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.

Internships offer valuable experience in a professional work place and there is a range of internships you can get involved in.

Student Volunteering

Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.

The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.

Working while you Study

The JobZone is the University’s Student Employment Bureau; they advertise the following opportunities:

  • Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities
  • GO Wales opportunties

To access these opportunities you need to register with the Careers and Employability Service.