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Swansea is the second most populous city in Wales and its close proximity to the Gower Peninsula, along with its stunning selection of beaches, makes the city a favourite with tourists.

Career city: Swansea | Postgraduate study | Local graduate employers | Moving to Swansea

The service sector is the most significant employer in the area, predominantly in areas such as HR, administration, health and education. Swansea NHS and the Welsh Assembly Government are major graduate employers in these fields.

The automotive industry is another substantial employer in the area, with careers in manufacturing, engineering and technology. Retailers such as Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer, and Tesco are also popular, recruiting graduates for entry-level roles in customer service, logistics and management.


Postgraduate study in and around Swansea

Swansea University’s beautiful coastal location has made it a firm favourite with students. It has also won awards for the best student experience in the UK and boasts an impressive range of sporting facilities available for the use of all students. Highly rated research areas include history, physics, general engineering and biological sciences.

University of Wales Trinity Saint David has had a campus in Swansea since merging with Swansea Metropolitan University in 2013. There are plans underway to create a vibrant Waterfront Innovation Quarter situated in a modern waterfront location with easy access to the city centre.


10 local graduate employers in Swansea

  1. Swansea City and County Council, Swansea (Public sector)
  2. Dawnus Construction Ltd., Swansea (Engineering; Construction)
  3. Admiral Group plc, Swansea (Sales; Customer service)
  4. Calsonic Kansei, Llanelli (Engineering; Technology; Research)
  5. Swansea University, Swansea (Education; Research)
  6. NHS Swansea, Swansea (Healthcare; Management; HR; IT)
  7. Welsh Assembly Government, Swansea (Public sector; Translation; Media)
  8. Crown Prosecution Service, South Wales, Cardiff (Law; Finance)
  9. Virgin Media, Swansea (Customer service; Marketing)
  10. BT Group plc, Swansea (Marketing; Finance; Law; HR)

(Note: these employers may not be currently recruiting. Their names have been provided as a guideline to the type of work available and what areas to look in.)


Moving to Swansea

It’s on the map for…

  • Birthplace of Welsh delicacy lava bread
  • A wealth of museums, including the popular Dylan Thomas Centre
  • Home to one of Wales’ most famous landmarks: the historic Mumbles Pier

It’s within commuting distance of…

  • Bridgend – 24 miles
  • Cardiff – 42 miles
  • Newport – 52 miles

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