Skills, Employability and Your Future

The University's Skills 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.

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.

Work experience and placements

Work experience is a critical factor in gaining future graduate employment. We offer a variety of options to gain valuable employability skills, which includes supporting you in work placements and internships that you may wish to undertake.  

From September 2019, new undergraduate students on most of our courses can choose to take part in a voluntary two-week (70 hours minimum) work placement in Year 2, or to take a voluntary Work Placement Year, which is a year out between Years 2 and 3 of your degree. 

You’ll be supported throughout this period by a dedicated member of staff within your academic School, and this experience will be recognized appropriately. These placements offer a great opportunity to gain valuable experience working in a field relating to your course and you will also develop your communication skills whilst organising the placement.

Those taking the voluntary two-week work placement will have the opportunity to include it in their HEAR document and those taking the voluntary year out option will have ‘with work placement’ added to their degree title.


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.
There is a wide range of internships you can get involved in, from medical research to marketing and promotion. Internships offer valuable experience in a professional work place.

Working while you Study

TARGETconnect 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 on TARGETconnect you need to log in with your student / alumni account.