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Promoting employability for Welsh language graduates

19 December 2017

Cardiff University’s School of Welsh welcomed back several recent and successful graduates to a careers evening for current students on Tuesday 21 November 2017.

This is the second year the School has held such an event, which is an opportunity for students to hear about the careers of graduates and the variety of jobs and experiences they have had since leaving the University.

This year, five graduates returned to discuss their careers and to share insights into their professional adventures in the Welsh workplace while emphasising how the skills they developed during their studies at the School had been essential to their work. The speakers represented a range of different sectors and professional fields including translation, marketing and communications, television production and language policy. The School was pleased to welcome back:

  • Steffan Bryn (BA Welsh and Politics 2016) – Office of the Welsh Language Commissioner
  • Ellen Carter (BA Welsh 2016 and MA Welsh and Celtic Studies 2018) – National Museum of Wales
  • Bethan Huws (BA Welsh 2012 and MPhil 2016) – Boom Cymru
  • Cadi Thomas (BA Welsh and History 2013 and MA Welsh and Celtic Studies 2015) – Cardiff University
  • Sara Vaughan (BA Welsh 2014) – Cardiff University

Dr Lisa Sheppard, Employability Officer at the School of Welsh, said: “We have an excellent reputation as a School for thoroughly preparing students for the contemporary welsh workplace. Developing our students’ employability skills is very important to us. We are committed to helping each and every student achieve their professional ambitions and contribute to the development of language, culture and the economy. Recently, we have expanded our provision to offer more opportunities for students to undertake work experience. This is an opportunity to gain practical experience of the working world and develop a firm understanding of employer expectations. It is also an opportunity for students and employers alike to witness how essential employees with excellent Welsh language skills are to the workforce of a modern Wales.

Dr Sheppard added: “In the most recent survey of graduate destination, 100% of our graduates were in employment or further study six months after graduation. We are very proud of the results but we are not complacent and we will continue to develop our academic provision and the practical opportunities available to prepare students for life outside of the University.”

Single and Joint Honours courses at the School of Welsh help prepare students for a range of different professional careers in modern Wales, and beyond. The School has two new programmes for Entry 2018 – BA Welsh and the Professional Workplace and BSc Business Management with Welsh. This new provision means that the School is continuing to enrich the student experience and provide the best possible opportunities for them while at university, preparing them for a bright future.

Find out more about our provision.

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