Bethan Roper graduated from Cardiff Met in 2013 with a BA (Hons) in History and Politics. After having done work experience in her second year of study with an immigration charity she knew that she wanted to pursue a career working with migrants.
Go Wales are an organisation that offer paid work placements, work experience, jobs and training to students and graduates across Wales, Cardiff Met has its own dedicated Go Wales advisors. Bethan knew that she needed more experience in her chosen field and, after meeting with a university careers advisor, she decided to apply for the GO Wales Taster programme.
After successfully applying for the Work Taster Programme, Bethan spent a two week placement at the Welsh Refugee Council.
During her time at the Welsh Refugee Council Bethan learnt about the machinery of the charity, marketing and communications, this included social media as well as fundraising, event planning, casework and policy. The Work Taster allowed Bethan to gain real transferable skills, and she went on to apply for a full time position and is now a full time employee of the Welsh Refugee Council.
Bethan is now feeling excited about what the future holds, she says '' Meeting the refugees and asylum seekers who came to the WRC for help and support was really enlightening and have given me a genuine insight into the important work the WRC does.'
'During my placement I immediately felt not just welcomed, but I was treated as a valuable asset to the organisation. Gaining experience in the area you want a career in is essential, and I would definitely recommend Work Tasters to any students or graduates who want a taste of employment in their chosen field.''