Part-time postgraduate study helped secure Geraint's promotion
When Geraint Huxtable wanted to further his career in the competitive Events industry, he realised Cardiff Metropolitan University could provide the perfect tool.
Cardiff born and bred, Geraint was working as an Events Manager at the National Assembly for Wales when he started studying at Cardiff Met.
With a BSc in Business Studies and experience of organising activities for visiting VIPs and working on major events such as the royal opening of the fourth session of the Welsh assembly in 2011, Geraint decided to build on his strategic business skills with a Masters degree.
Cardiff Met's School of Management offers a range of programmes in specialist fields such as Tourism, Hospitality and Events to develop students' business ethics and advanced management knowledge.
Geraint said: "I was keen to gain a qualification to help me stand out in a crowded job market, so the MSc in Events Management seemed like the ideal course for me.
"The accessibility of the Cardiff Met campus, so close to the heart of the city, really clinched the deal– being able to travel between work and university so easily felt like a sign that postgraduate study was the right choice for me."
Geraint completed his Masters degree over two years at Cardiff Met, studying part-time whilst working full-time at the National Assembly for Wales.
The bulk of his postgraduate work was a 20,000-word consultancy dissertation, focusing on the use of events to increase public engagement with the National Assembly and its work.
He said: "It was very challenging to balance my studies with working full-time, but staff at Cardiff Met were all so understanding and went out of their way to help me.
"I'm particularly grateful for the support I received from Dr Claire Haven-Tang at times when I was struggling to manage the workload."
As Cardiff Met courses promote transferable skills and employability, Geraint's study of cutting-edge modules such as Business Stewardship and the 'Times Higher Education' Integrated Project directly facilitated his career development.
Since graduating, Geraint has been promoted to Front of House Manager at the National Assembly for Wales.
He is now responsible for a team of staff across three Assembly buildings, delivering flawless front-of-house service, overseeing VIP events and managing the retail outlet in the iconic Senedd building.
Geraint said: "I'd say my promotion is largely down to my Masters degree – as well as developing my managerial and entrepreneurial skills, balancing study with full-time work proved my commitment to my career and drive to succeed."
Under the Spotlight:
2000 A Levels in Business, Biology and Geography
2003 BSc in Business Studies at Swansea Metropolitan University
2006 Completed BSc and started work at HSBC
2008 Started work as Events Manager at National Assembly
2009 MSc in Events Management part-time at Cardiff Metropolitan
2011 Completed MSc
2012 Promoted to Front of House Manager at National Assembly
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