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We are proud of our alumni and we want to share your stories and celebrate your successes. 

By telling us your stories, you’ll not only join your peers in sharing experiences, but we are sure you’ll help to inspire our current and future students too. 

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Carly: MA in Sport Development and Coaching, class of 2011


Carly Emsley-Jones
Masters in Sport Development and Coaching
Class of 2011

My name is Carly Emsley-Jones and I graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2011 with a Masters in Sport Development and Coaching which was based at Cyncoed Campus. Following this I told myself my time as a student was over as I headed into my graduate job as a Sport Development Officer.

A few years later, I was invited to return to Cardiff Met to deliver a guest lecture to sport students, providing them with an insight to my role and to share my experience. Little did I know, the buzz I had from delivering this one guest lecture eventually led to me returning to Cyncoed to complete a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education and Training and I graduated in July 2014. I was by no means academically gifted in school but by the time I was 25 I had completed a BSc, MA and PGCE (I know what you are thinking, all that student discount…it was great!).

I hold fantastic and happy memories of my time as a student at Cardiff Met, I made some life-long friends and received outstanding academic support throughout (Bev Smith, John Rawlins, Rhiain Burberry and Leanne Davies to name a few!). The PGCE qualification enabled me to work as a Football Association of Wales Safeguarding Tutor and a Sport Lecturer at Coleg Y Cymoedd alongside my role in Sport Development (you could say I like to keep myself busy), opportunities which wouldn’t have been possible without it.

My career pathway took a turn in 2017 as I started a role as a Project Officer for Cardiff University leading on the Mentoring Scheme and delivering their Academic Study Skills Programme. I always had a personal interest surrounding employability so when a job was advertised at Cardiff Met as a Careers Consultant, I was excited at the prospect of working in Careers and in turn submitted my application. I was successful and appointed in February 2019 – I was back home but this time as a staff member!

As part of my role, I am responsible for supporting students who are studying Health Science, Technology and Social Policy related programmes and this may be through 1:1 guidance appointments, in-curriculum lectures and employer insight events. Topics include exploring career options, applying for further study or even support with job applications. Working in this role during Covid-19 has been challenging yet interesting; we have moved our services online and are still able to support the students from the comfort of our own home (although, my cat likes to gate-crash some webinars).

I have been a Careers Consultant for nearly two years and have just completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Careers Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education at Warwick University (I have given up saying “never again” in relation to studies now!).

In terms of words of wisdom from me, remember that your career pathway may not be linear and that’s completely ok, the transferrable skills you will have gained present you with options. Don’t be afraid to push yourself out of your comfort zone, work in a different industry, meet new people, delve into new challenges and take risks because if you don’t, you’ll never reap the rewards."

Maurice: BSc (Hons) Applied Human Nutrition, class of 1999

Maurice Hoskins
BSc (Hons) Applied Human Nutrition
Class of 1999

Tell us about your time at Cardiff Met

After a varied employment experience, mostly in England, with bouts of unemployment and near homelessness, I moved to Wales, met my future wife and we settled here. In the past, friends had often said that I ought to study for a degree, but I did not feel I was capable. I had failed both English Language and Mathematics at O Level at school, even though I managed to pass them at college in Bristol the following year. Thus I barely considered further academic study for many years.

My wife, a teacher, however, encouraged me to see whether I could find a suitable course. I was accepted on the Access course at what was the Cardiff Institute of Higher Education (which became UWIC of course). Passing with very good marks, I was then able to consider my options. Eventually I asked to be allowed onto the Nutrition and Dietetics course, which was headed up by Mary Barasi. I believe they catered for ten percent admittance for mature students, of which I was definitely one! Having found chemistry and biology of interest at school and college in Bristol and behavioural studies at basic level later in life, the course seemed appropriate. Indeed it was.

The first year was fairly straightforward for me, as a mature student with life experiences. I was able also to encourage the younger students when they seemed to need it. It became rather more challenging of course, but I had expected that. Sometimes I did well, other times not so much, but never having to re-do anything. Ultimately, I was given the chance of being awarded the higher Second Class degree with a viva voce. So pleased to have achieved that.

Tell us about your experience since leaving Cardiff Met

Although I had worked for Companies House in Cardiff immediately prior to studying for the degree, I did not manage to find employment straight away. My wife had a full-time job teaching here in Wales, so we did not want to move particularly. Also, we liked where we were living.

Eventually, I got a temporary job at the Health Promotion Library at Llanishen through an agency. They seemed to like me and took me on permanently subsequently. Strangely, I ended up in one of the places recommended by the tutors for valuable resources for study, which I had probably visited! We were a small team (four) with varying employment schedules. Thus, I was often on my own in the library in the latter part of the day. As well as the requirement for good quality customer service (academics, student nurses, Government employees), I took charge of the complete academic journal collection. I also provided searches and papers as required by those working for the Department for Health at Cathays Park.

After six years of this work, I felt I had to retire because I had been dealing with my wife's illness and, sadly, death at only 53 years of age. Although I returned to work, it simply was not good for me at that time. Fortunately and by chance and good management from above I was offered voluntary early retirement (I was employed as a Civil Servant because the library at that time was administered by the Welsh Assembly Government). The library is now defunct, but I have no doubt the degree helped me greatly in my employment there. During my early retirement I volunteered for five years with a local charity involved with the elderly.

Where are you at the moment

I am now retired and widowed, living in Wales. My two siblings live in England.

If you could offer a piece of advice, a tip or simply some words of encouragement to fellow members of the Cardiff Met Community, what would it be?

Keep going! Accept the challenge. It's only three years, which goes by so quickly. The end point is well worth all that effort. Once achieved, no-one can take that away from you.

Adi Asmawi: HND Sport Development and Coaching, class of 2012

Adi Asmawi Adanan
HND Sport Development and Coaching
Class of 2012

Tell us about your time at Cardiff Met

Initially, Cardiff Met was not my primary choice but thankfully I received an unconditional offer to do the course, which was the main reason why I finally chose Cardiff Met. My time in Cardiff Met was unforgettable.

Being an international student, it was quite challenging at first to blend in with the crowd. The students in Cardiff Met, especially in Cardiff School of Sport were very welcoming and I was able to cope with the change in environment quite well. There were a lot of Bruneians studying in Cardiff Met as well, so it always felt like home. I did not stay in the on-campus student accommodation as I opted to rent a house with my three other fellow Bruneians who studied at Cardiff School of Management in Llandaff campus.

I was part of the Cardiff Met Athletics Team, specialising in short sprints. I also had the opportunity to be part of the Cardiff Archers Junior Athletics Club as an assistant coach, coaching the younger children at the grassroots level. I will forever cherish the memories I had during my time in Cardiff Met.

Tell us about your experience since leaving Cardiff Met

After graduating from Cardiff Met, I realised the opportunity to become a coach was very slim as there was a lack of demand at that time so I chose to join the Army instead. The skills, knowledge and experience I gained during my time in Cardiff definitely helped me during my Officer Cadet training. I was very fortunate to receive the 'Best Academic' award after graduating from Officer Cadet School.

Thanks to technology, I have been keeping in touch with my fellow Welsh friends from Cardiff Met via social media even when we are in different continents and time zones. I will definitely come back to visit Cardiff in the future.

Where are you at the moment?

I am currently a Communications Officer serving in the Royal Brunei Land Force. Looking back at my academic qualifications, it has nothing to do with my current career. However, the experience gained in Cardiff Met was valuable, particularly in my personal development as well as the knowledge that I acquired. Happily married to my beautiful wife Fairuz Madinah and blessed with a lovely son, Ahmad Ilyasa'.

If you could offer a piece of advice, a tip or simply some words of encouragement to fellow members of the Cardiff Met Community, what would it be?

One thing I learnt throughout the years is that people will have different journeys throughout their life. Some will have a straight path and some will experience a long-winding road. Eventually, you will reach your destination. You just have to focus on your goals and always aim for the best.

Hui: MA Education (TESOL), class of 2020

Hui Cai
MA Education (TESOL)
Class of 2020

Tell us about your time at Cardiff Met

As for the reasons to study at Cardiff Met, I love English and sharing my language learning experiences with others, so I chose English teacher as my career goal. What's more, the UK is a native English-speaking country and Cardiff is near the sea.

What impressed me most when studying at Cardiff Met is the friendly teachers and staff. They treated me as a friend, and they were patient to offer help whenever I had problems in study or living in Cardiff.

Tell us about your experience since leaving Cardiff Met

The studying and living experiences in the UK have helped me a lot for my English teaching career. What's more, my experiences also have inspired my students to learn English well and study abroad in the future.

Where are you at the moment?

After graduating from Cardiff Met, I returned to my home country China and have achieved my career goal to become a high school English teacher.

If you could offer a piece of advice, a tip or simply some words of encouragement to fellow members of the Cardiff Met Community, what would it be?

If you don't ask, you will never learn.

The limit of my language is the limit of my world.

As an international student, cherish every moment and it will be one of the most unforgettable memories in your life.

Chris: Humanities and EMBA, class of 2008 and 2022

Chris Davies
Humanities and EMBA
Class of 2008 and 2022

Tell us about your time at Cardiff Met

I was a mature student when completing my BA and am even more of one now! I chose both courses after talking to the relevant course directors.

The BA was literally a case of being accepted into a degree program without traditional qualifications. I had just returned from living in Australia for 5 years and was conscious of the need for a degree to improve any career prospects. I was just a guy who liked reading and was bordering on IT illiteracy when I began the course. I was fortunate enough to have a job that was conducive to studying. I met a lot of great friends during the course, all seem to be on interesting career pathways.

The EMBA was a spur of the moment decision, I'd been contemplating an MBA as a return to HE as it seemed the logical next step for my career. I sent an email in September and was able to get fast-tracked onto the course.

Tell us about your experience since leaving Cardiff Met

I was a little late applying for a PGCE so never went down that route, I'd applied for a few graduate programs without success and was at a bit of a crossroads.

A chance conversation at a Halloween party presented a job opportunity within the anti-piracy department of a large software company. I was the 2nd person to join what was essentially a start-up. Within 6 months I was in Naples on a legal action with the Italian police. Two years later, I was responsible for leading a team of investigators in Europe, conducting negotiations and legal actions throughout the region.

I was headhunted by my current company in 2016 to lead on their anti-piracy efforts globally. Prior to COVID, this entailed a large amount of travelling, usually to China or India.

Where are you at the moment?

I'm currently running the License Compliance department globally for a software company. Our products are predominantly used in the Media and Entertainment industry, enabling movie studios to bring ideas to the screen.

I'm responsible for identifying and convincing illegal users of our software to become legitimate customers, it has its challenges! On the flip-side, it has presented me with some amazing travel opportunities as my major markets are China, Russia and India.

I'm also back at Cardiff Met in the 2nd year of a part-time EMBA.

If you could offer a piece of advice, a tip or simply some words of encouragement to fellow members of the Cardiff Met Community, what would it be?

Always be prepared to adapt and learn. 

Joe: PGCE Primary, class of 2016

Joe Etherington
PGCE Primary
Class of 2016

Tell us about your time at Cardiff Met

I chose to visit Cardiff Met because its reputation precedes it. However, I wasn't prepared for what came next. Not only is the Cyncoed campus nestled in a beautiful part of the city but after stepping off the train, I was instantly hooked by the city's combination of cosmopolitan-meets- history.

The interview process was so personable and even before being offered a place, I felt at home.

Even though I only studied at Cardiff Met for one short year, the friendships I made still live on. Not only I am in regular contact with mentors and colleagues from my work placement but recently, a fellow graduate and I were reunited in the Middle East where we both work in neighbouring countries as primary teachers.

Tell us about your experience since leaving Cardiff Met

Since graduating with the year group's top grade, I completed two years at a primary school in Cheshire where I was a class teacher and PE coordinator. A real highlight was producing the school's debut album and taking the children on a concert and media tour.

I then relocated to Dubai to found the country's premier environmentally focussed school which is rooted in eco-literacy, sustainability and environmental justice. Writing the curriculum for Year 4 was a real career milestone and recently, I took my passion for wellbeing to the next level when I was appointed as the school's mindfulness coordinator. No two days are the same when you work with children from all around the world, as well as animals in the school's biodomes and farm.

Covid19 has re-established my commitment to teaching, as we were forced to adapt to a revolutionary approach to learning in a matter of days. Teaching online provided opportunities to be creative and engage with children in a completely different way. With the challenges stemming from Covid-19, my focus has shifted to wellbeing and pastoral care and I am now the school's mindfulness coordinator.

Where are you at the moment?

I am a primary school teacher and recently, I helped found a brand new environmentally focused school in Dubai. I have been teaching in Dubai for 3 years now.

If you could offer a piece of advice, a tip or simply some words of encouragement to fellow members of the Cardiff Met Community, what would it be?

The PGCE is one of the most challenging years imaginable but keep going. Persevere and work hard but don't forget to show compassion to yourself.

Kieran: BSc Sport and Physical Education, class of 2015

Kieran Joseph
BSc Sport and Physical Education
Class of 2015

Tell us about your time at Cardiff Met

My time as a student at Cardiff Met was a life-highlight! I loved my course because it enabled me to learn concepts within Physical Education, Sport and wider Societal issues that I was passionate about. As the School of Sport Student Rep in my 2nd year, it was an honour to gather and project the voice of all the students in the School of Sport and to see the Academic and SU staff implement actions in 'real-time'! We had fun through Open Mic Nights in the Centro SU Bar, welcoming students from all campus' and Schools - we would have 200-250 people attend on some events!

I enjoyed leading the 'Christians-in-Sport' group and being an active member of the Christian Union, being a part of various events that occurred across the campuses that blessed many people. Peers and I had a lot of fun in practical modules that took us from the Basketball courts to the Swimming pool to the Gymnasium! This led to me gathering quite a few Coaching qualifications and experiences that fed into my next chapter as a PE teacher and beyond! Tuesday and Wednesday nights at Revs led to some outrageous shapes being thrown down on the dancefloor.

The highlights continue to roll and roll to the extent where a short article does not do justice! All the way up to a Sunny Summer Graduation at the Millennium Centre in July 2015! It was an honour to be awarded the 'best all-round undergraduate male in the Cardiff School of Sport' but the friends and experiences I gained along the way were of greater value.

Tell us about your experience since leaving Cardiff Met

I graduated then moved a month later to Nottingham to do a School Direct Secondary PE PGCE. A year later, I moved to Coventry after being successful in gaining a role as a Secondary PE Teacher in a diverse, inner-city School. During my 2nd and 3rd year of teaching, I completed by MA in Education part-time through the University of Nottingham.

Whilst I am honoured to be able to celebrate degrees and jobs, there have been many other formative experiences that have shaped who I am today. One of those collective experiences has been the 'Football, Faith and Community' work that I was able to engage with during my degree and afterwards. Three notable highlights have been able to lead work: 1. Less than a mile from Cyncoed Campus on 'Glenwood [Church] Soccer School' in 2014 and 2015; 2. Leading a Refugee Soccer Camp in Seattle for Ambassadors Football International and the International Rescue Committee in 2018; 3. Delivering training in Rwanda and South Africa for Ambassadors Football in 2019.

In Autumn 2019, I decided to hand in my resignation (due to feeling God wanted me to step into a new chapter of life - my faith and trust in God leads all that I do). This set me on a trajectory to cease teaching at Easter 2020, without knowing that 'coronavirus' was alive and active! Long-story-short, I created a Basketball and Mental Health programme that is called "Guardian Ballers". I will be working in partnership primarily with Coventry and Warwickshire Mind to begin delivering this programme in Secondary Schools in Coventry from January 2021. Periodically and strategically, I will support work locally and internationally (Rwanda and potentially Lebanon) which using Sport or Charitable resources to help vulnerable communities.

Where are you at the moment?

I am living in Coventry and am about to embark on a new chapter of life as the "Founder and Director of Guardian Ballers" (a Mental Health and Basketball programme for children and young people in partnership with CW Mind). I am also acting as an "International Community Sport Developer" by supporting work in Rwanda.

If you could offer a piece of advice, a tip or simply some words of encouragement to fellow members of the Cardiff Met Community, what would it be?

Know that you are a 'work-in-progress': Always have grace for yourself when things don't work out how you'd hoped. But continue to progress, put one foot in front of the other towards the things that you are passionate about.

Pursue vision: 'Dare to dream' by writing down your vision for your life (on whatever medium). Then take time periodically, maybe annually/termly/monthly to reflect on your journey so far.

Choose joy and thankfulness, often and always. In every season, choose to find the things that give you joy and find things that you can be thankful for.

Kirsty: BSc Biomedical Science, class of 2016

Kirsty Hillitt
BSc Biomedical Science
Class of 2016

Tell us about your time at Cardiff Met

My time at Cardiff Met was enlightening. It gave me the freedom to develop into the independent adult that I am today. I’ll always remember the friends that I made and the opportunities I got to develop my scientific knowledge and experience. I was fortunately given the opportunity to spend 10 weeks with Dr Mike Beeton to assess the antimicrobial activity of Manuka Honey against Ureaplasma SPP which is now a publish scientific article for people to read and assess for their own future research. I also got the opportunity to be a course representative and the voice of students for educational and social purposes.

Tell us about your experience since leaving Cardiff Met

As a Quality Officer, I use my problem-solving skills day to day to ensure that drugs are produced to the highest standards to maintain product quality and patient safety. I have built a career in treating patients but a different branch to hospital. I never have even considered a career in pharmaceuticals - I always thought I would be working in a hospital laboratory (which is also an amazing job opportunity) but I didn’t realise the wide opportunities that a degree in Biomedical Science could present.

Where are you at the moment?

I currently work at a pharmaceutical company as a quality assurance officer and use my scientific knowledge and expertise in the manufacture, packaging and quality of pharmaceuticals. The university gave me the ability to be in a position to buy my house at 23, to be able to progress quickly in my career. I am happy and content and grateful for where I am right now and the opportunities Cardiff Met gave me.

If you could offer a piece of advice, a tip or simply some words of encouragement to fellow members of the Cardiff Met Community, what would it be?

Keep your options open! Your degree provides you with the knowledge but also a range of transferable skills which can allow you to develop a career anywhere. Be patient as well, your hard work will pay off.