Work Experience & Volunteering

USW Placements

USW Work Placement Team, part of USW Careers & Employability, providing work experience advice & support to students, academics & employers.

USW Placements


Voluntary work is an excellent way to gain the skills and experience you need while helping a great cause, it also proves you have the drive employers are looking for.


GO Wales

GO Wales Achieve through Work Experience Programme is for young students on higher education courses in Wales who are facing barriers in securing work experience.

GO Wales

The importance of undertaking a period of work experience if you are a student is growing year-on-year.

Employers want to recruit graduates who have some knowledge of the working world and there is a strong link between having work experience and getting a graduate level job.

A period of work experience can provide you with that important insight into a particular job or sector, help expand your network and develop your business skills.

Below is some information and links to resources that can help you when you find work experience that you are interested in.

Before you can be selected for certain jobs or work placements you may be asked to undertake a DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service). This is most common where contact with children or vulnerable adults may be involved or where you may be required to deal with confidential or sensitive information. A DBS check looks into your background for spent and unspent criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings.
Download the information pack for full details:
Work Placements and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)…Your Questions Answered

Targeting Employers – Target the specific employers you want to work for.

Applications and CV – help with Applications and CVs, including on-line CVs, templates and best practice.

Interviews and Selection – practical help on how to prepare for interviews.

Disability and Dyslexia Service [DDS] – You can find out more information on the support available through DDS.

Immigration & International Student Advice [IISA] – You can get help if you are an international student from IISA.

Graduate Prospects’ Application Advice – work experience application advice.

Target Jobs Internships Magazine

Targetjobs Law Vacation Opportunities

Prospects Work Experience Magazine

Grad Edge
Found work experience already? Why not use it to achieve the Grad Edge Award.

Equality in Employment

The Careers and Employability Service are committed to the practice of Equality and Diversity in all aspects of its work. We are aware that students and graduates may face many barriers in the job market and we strive to not only address this but to help overcome it with positive action. Please see our Equality in Employment page.