Award-winning Ali praises Cardiff Met emphasis on employability
Ali Mason credits her time at Cardiff Metropolitan University with giving her the academic knowledge and practical skills to break into her dream career.
School of Health Sciences star graduate Ali moved to Wales from Worcestershire in 2009, drawn to Cardiff Met by its well-respected reputation and lively on-campus atmosphere.
Ali said: “The
Environmental Health course at Cardiff Met was recommended to me by various people working in the field, and when I attended the open day it just felt right.
“It’s one of very few UK universities with an Environmental Health degree accredited by the
Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, which was a major selling point for me.”
A desire to make a positive impact on the lives of others sparked Ali’s interest in a career in environmental health, and work experience highlighted a particular passion for public health.
Speaking about her degree, Ali said: “Lecture content was really varied, covering a range of current public health issues as well as historic case studies and legal aspects, so we got a really broad insight.
“We were often treated to specialist guest lecturers, which inspired us to consider different perspectives and potential career paths.”
Ali completed numerous practical placements within health organisations and local authorities throughout her degree, including an internship with Cardiff City Council where she a developed a keen interest in infectious diseases and outbreak management strategies.
Ali commented: “Cardiff Met really encouraged us to seek out opportunities for work-based learning, and that practical focus definitely gave me an advantage in the graduate job hunt.
“My degree and work placements helped me to develop transferable skills like investigative research, data analysis and communication; lecturers encouraged us to think long-term about employability and how to apply our knowledge to a career.”
Ali graduated from Cardiff Met in 2012 with first-class honours, and was named the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health’s Graduate of the Year.
Nominated for the award by senior lecturer Andrew Curnin, Ali was then invited to the House of Commons where she discussed the health hazards and legal issues around shisha smoking before a panel of judges.
Speaking about her time at Cardiff Met, Ali said: “The best thing about it was the atmosphere – lecturers and students all knew each other, our course was like a family.
“All the School of Health Sciences staff had an open door policy and were really supportive of personal problems as well as academic difficulties.”
Having studied topics from food safety to housing standards, Ali could have applied her knowledge to many different public and private sector roles; she is currently working in the health protection role.
Ali comments: "The public health field is very varied which means that every day is different. I enjoy multiagency partnership working and building professional connections' ' At the minute I’m gearing up to start my Masters in Public Health, and plan to undertake further specialist training"
Under the spotlight:
2007 Studied A-levels in Biology, Geography, Art and Philosophy at Prince Henry’s High
2009 Started BSc (Hons) Environment Health at Cardiff Met
2011-12 Placement year at Cardiff City Council
2012 Graduated from Cardiff Met and received CIEH gold medal
2013 Started working in a health protection role.
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