🎓 Employability

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The UAO CEU has the highest ocupation rate among Catalan universities



In 2017, the AQU (Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency) carried out their three-yearly employability survey of graduates from all Catalan universities over the course of the three years following their graduation.

Highlights of the results include:

  • The overall employability rate of students graduating in 2017 was 90.1%, two points higher than the average for all Catalan universities in the field of social sciences.
  • The employment quality index that measures aspects of job satisfaction (contract situation, pay and suitability of education for work) is 73.2%, eight points higher than the average for Catalan universities. 
  • 90 % of UAO CEU graduates are in jobs carrying out functions that correspond to their level of studies.

The 6th edition of the Employability Survey, which is carried out every three years by the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency (AQU Catalunya), highlights attractive career prospects for graduate students at Abat Oliba CEU University. Our excellent results in quantitative terms (more than 90% of graduates from our university are in employment) are coupled with our positive results in terms of quality.

These and other aspects are publicly available in this document, and the results were presented by the director of AQU, Martí Casadesús, at an event held at our university on 23 July 2018.


In 2017, the AQU (Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency) carried out their three-yearly student satisfaction survey of graduates from all Catalan universities over the course of the three years following their graduation.

The study highlights the fact that the overall index of satisfaction of UAO students with the studies they undertook is 79.8%, one of the highest among Catalan universities (between second and third place).



The Work Placement and Employment Service has extended the scope of careers advice thanks to a collaboration agreement signed between the Catalan Employment Service (SOC) and Catalan universities.

The aim of the service is to help students find work by offering careers advice and guidance. This advice looks to improve the employability of students by offering training in the key professional tools and skills they will need to find jobs, through both individual and group sessions.

These activities include:

  • how to write a CV
  • how to write a cover letter
  • preparing for a job interview
  • defining your professional profile
  • setting your career goals
  • strategies to find work (social networks, websites, contacts, etc.)
  • professional coaching

Ruth Llopis · rllopisg@uao.es
Office 3.01 · T. 93 254 09 00



The CEU ePlus Employment Skills Programme brings out the best in each student to develop their skills and help them achieve their career goals. It supports students from the very first semester of the first year and accompanies them through to their final year, when the professional skills workshops and the CertiUni certification sessions are held. Students also have the chance to take individualised coaching sessions.

The programme encompasses:

  • the path to employment
  • professional skills workshops
  • internships and work placements
  • individual coaching

The programme aims to progressively enhance students’ professional skills and work on the social skills students will also need. This training will provide students with the tools they need to be able to define their professional goals and take on the challenge of taking their place on the jobs market with confidence.

  • To help students become aware of the importance of developing professional skills to improve their employability.
  • To foster dynamic, experience-based training that gives students useful tools in finding work.
  • To promote self-awareness in terms of students’ professional objectives in order to pursue the right strategy for them.
  • To increase students’ confidence in taking on professional challenges.
  • Get to know yourself and pursue your dreams 
  • Making a stand-out CV 
  • The keys to finding the job I want
  • How to take on a job interview and succeed
  • Self-awareness and communication (elevator pitch)
  • Introduction to the Linkedin Network
  • Opportunities beyond our borders
  • What about becoming self-employed?

These workshops are part of the Internship module, so they are carried out by all students. 

The workshops consist of two different parts:

1. Effective job hunts: writing your CV, how to enter the jobs market, social networks and how to take on a job interview and succeed.

2. Training and developing key skills for your future profession

The skills have been selected based on employers’ assessments of the most important skills and their satisfaction with new graduates. The opinions of the students themselves and the professors have also been collected.


The workshop is aimed at developing skills and is experience based, focussing on participation; this foster self-awareness, feedback and skills development. Each skill is adjusted and adapted to each particular programme, making it easier for students to find their place in their future profession.

As for tools to help students find jobs, our sessions are adapted to match each profession and sector, offering efficient tools that are constantly updated.


There are two types of internships:

  • Compulsory internships: these programmes are included in the syllabus of degree programmes and allow the student to apply and complement the knowledge they have acquired in their academic training, helping them to find work.
  • Voluntary external internships during the degree: these programmes are not included in the curricula of degrees, though they may be included in in the European Diploma Supplement. For students, voluntary work placements are an opportunity to apply the theory they have learnt to the resolution of real-life problems while learning about the relationships that are created within a company.

During the degree, students will face changes, needs, objectives and motivations, and they will need support and accompaniment in taking on these challenges. A particularly sensitive time is when studies draw to an end and students need to take decisions about getting their first job.

Careers Orientation Service supports students during all stages of their academic life and helps guide them in achieving their professional goals, from the very first year of university to life after graduation.

To do this, we have developed a process of several coaching sessions to help students identify their needs, enhancing their personal resources and providing them with tools to achieve their professional goals through concrete action plans.

The success of the process is based on mutual trust between coach and student, confidentiality and commitment.


UAO CEU University Network for Employment