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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We are interested in the path you’ve taken since finishing your studies. Whether you completed your studies this year, or graduated 50 years ago, we’d love you to share your story with us. Simply complete and submit a ‘Your Story’ form and watch this space!
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"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."