Careers and Employability

Bangor University and the School of Social Sciences offer a range of facilities and services to help students boost their employment prospects.  

Careers and Employability Service

The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. These include work placements, work taster schemes, part-time work, and volunteering and mentoring opportunities.

Find out more about Bangor’s Careers and Employability Service.

Bangor Employability Award

The Bangor Employability Award is designed to enhance students’ immediate and longer-term career prospects. It enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their University life. 

Find out more about how the BEA can help you.

The Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)

The HEAR award is an end of degree document from the University that itemises your achievements, both academic and extracurricular. It is an important part of the BEA award.

HEAR points can be obtained for any activity which takes place within the university, or which is university-approved. This can include internships, being a course representative or student ambassador, assisting with Open Days or contributing to research projects. BEA points can be obtained for all other relevant activities, such as paid or unpaid work and voluntary experience outside the University.

Read more about the interconnecting aspects of these awards here.

Seminar series

The School of Social Sciences runs a series of seminars by internal and external speakers, exploring contemporary topics and research. By attending these seminars and demonstrating engagement with their studies outside the classroom, students can claim 5 points towards their HEAR Award.

Take a look at our seminar series for the current academic year.

School of Social Sciences Film Club

Postgraduate students from the School of Social Sciences run a film club which shows films with some relevance to topics being studied and researched within the school. A short presentation is given prior to the screening, which encourages critical thinking regarding the film. Discussions are then held after the screening and lively debates are encouraged. Students can obtain 5 HEAR points for attending these events.

Postgraduate study

Our postgraduate programmes have been designed to allow students to improve their employability prospects by following a more in-depth programme related to their chosen career path. We offer training in the core principles of social science and in the practice of social research.

Find out more about postgraduate study at the School of Social Sciences.

Research centres

We have links with a number of research centres, which ensures that our curriculum is up-to-date and reflective of contemporary developments within the sector. This collaboration also opens up opportunities for research with colleagues across Wales.

Find out about the research centres in which we are involved.

Graduate employment

97.7% of Social Sciences graduates* were in employment or further study six months after graduating in 2016 (DLHE).

*of all those who responded (90)

Examples of recent graduate employment:

  • Administrative Officer
  • Arrest Referral Worker
  • Childcare Assistant
  • Credit Hire Advisor
  • Educational Practitioner
  • Housing Solutions Assistant
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Learning Support Assistant
  • Prison Officer
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Researcher
  • Social Worker
  • Support Worker
  • Tenancy Support Officer
  • Trading Standards Officer
  • Trainee Probation Officer
  • Trainee Senior Case Handler
  • Visitor Information Ranger
  • Youth Worker