Wenxiao Cen

MSc Transport and Planning (2011)
Current Job: 
Assistant Transport Planner, Shanghai WSP Consulting Ltd.

Why did you choose Cardiff University as a place to study?

The university has a good reputation especially in terms of urban planning and engineering and its ranking has been persuasive in the recent few years, which offered me a good opportunity to deepen my research and strengthen my knowledge structure in transport field. Moreover, a moderate living cost in the capital city also is also an incentive.

What was the best thing about your time as a student at Cardiff?

The one year experience abroad was unforgettable and almost every day was a good memory.  The best and most impressive thing for me is the relationship between people. People here are very nice, kind and supportive, which might be a contrast to my hometown.

What thing or person inspired you most whilst you were a Cardiff University student?

The one year course presented an abundance of contents whereas the most inspiring thing was a new study method which I had to accommodate. Through reviewing a large amount of literature, learning by practice and writing assignment, there was something I could really learn from and apply in my future career.

What one thing would you tell someone else about the School of Planning and Geography at Cardiff?

I would introduce our prominent transport team who delivered us their understanding of the current transport planning concepts and philosophy from local to international scope, through which I was able to further enhance my capability in resolving transport related issues.

How did your degree most help you in the career or job you have now chosen?

I benefited a lot from my degree in choosing my current job and obtaining my first offer which made me competitive among over fifty candidates.

Tell us a bit about your current job, how you got into what you are doing and what you enjoy about it most.

I work as an assistant transport planner in a global engineering consultant, which for me is quite an ideal position to be in moving from higher education to professional career. In the past few months, I have grown from a graduate to a qualified assistant transport planner. I have started on a few projects ranging from transport impact analysis to transport modeling tasks. I found myself very fortunate that what I learnt is closely associated with my work and I will try and keep it that way.

What opportunities do you feel have opened up to you as a result of being a student at the Cardiff School of Planning and Geography?

As mentioned above, the UK degree as well as my bachelor degree from a renowned university back in my country made it easier to get a job. Besides, the one year overseas experience is clearly a wonderful addition.

Tell us any interesting facts about yourself, hobbies or interests that you have.

Engaging in sporting activities is one of my hobbies. I played football many times during my stay in Cardiff. I also remembered the afternoons in the Maindy Pool when I went swimming.  After the dissertation, I took the opportunity to travel extensively around Europe which was a fantastic experience.