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Your Career and the Welsh Language

How do you feel when you see ‘Welsh Essential / Desirable’ on a job description?

“When I speak Welsh, I often worry I’ll be judged on how well I speak it” 

You are not alone! 51% of the Welsh population who have some Welsh-speaking ability agree*.  

Being a Welsh speaker, no matter what level:

  • Gives you a competitive advantage when applying for a job.  
  • You will have an additional skill to include in your CV.  
  • You also have more opportunities available for you. 

This page will showcase the opportunities available to develop your Welsh language skills as well as the opportunities available.  


Your Career and the Welsh Language

Would you like to develop your Welsh language skills and your confidence ready for a Welsh or bilingual career?

This year, USW is offering exciting new modules to prepare you for using your Welsh language skills in the workplace. They are available to all students in any year of study. 

If you are interested in registering for these modules, please contact [email protected]

What do the modules include?

  • 1 hour live sessions will take place over the web for a period of 6 weeks, with supporting resources on Blackboard.
  • The modules will be assessed through a combination of oral and written tasks but most of these will be done within the sessions (you will have the choice to submit work in Welsh or English).
  • There is an emphasis on building confidence to use spoken Welsh and to write your work/assessments in Welsh, and your tutors will support you with this.

They are 5 credit modules in addition to the main course, so it will be an extra study to put on your CV.

USW Careers are here for you

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Best place to start with lots of resources and signposting to all of our services. Including resources to help you stand out from the crowd when writing a CV, Cover Letter, Application Form & preparing for an Interview. Including advice and support if you are completing a placement as part of your course. Check out our calendar of workshops, events and employer activities. 

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We are always here to help. Appointments are available to all USW students and graduates via Microsoft Teams (video) and via telephone. 

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Our career and skills development system. It is jam-packed with resources, tools and learning materials to help you understand yourself better and the options open to you, develop your skills, and present yourself well to employers.

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Jobs & volunteering board where you can find all the latest health & care sector opportunities posted by a range of organisations both on a local and national level. 

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 I studied photography and graduated in 2017.

I now work in Comms for a medium-sized housing association that also delivers support to homeless people across South Wales.  My job was originally a graduate post but I have been able to extend this to a permanent position and it’s a role I feel really passionate about.  

By planning for questions you’ll reduce anxiety. Seeing  ‘desirable’ was something that often put me off applying for jobs, but taking the time to research where you are applying makes all the difference. For example, if Welsh is desirable, learn how they use welsh and what is the expectation of the sector. This gives you the power to come up to solutions and discuss that at the interview. This helped position me ahead of others who applied for my job as I came across a solution-focused person rather than panicking when they inevitably ask. The same applied when I saw driving was essential … I researched where I work and found a bus stopped right outside the office… so said that in my interview.

I’ve been told that my solution-focused approach to the answers around welsh and driving was one of the reasons I stood out as a candidate and got the job.

Do you want to freelance or start a business? Speaking Welsh Can give your business a competitive advantage


Research shows that there is a growing appetite to use Welsh as a commercial tool and to stand out in a competitive market*


Student Enterprise can help you explore ideas, start freelancing or start your own business.  We can help you every step of the way; from a scribbled down idea to the launch of a business and beyond!

We offer one-to-one support and mentoring throughout the year, as well as a range of interactive events and workshops, giving you the knowledge, confidence and networks to start working for yourself.

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https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/statistics-and-research/2019-01/national-survey-wales-welsh-language-confidence-attitudes-2017-18.pdf

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/big-retail-brands-say-welsh-15470885