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Networking through photography

1 November 2022

Scarlett Griffiths and Sophie Eardley

Two Cardiff University students attended the launch of France Alumni UK following the submission of photographs taken during their year abroad.

Earlier this year, France Alumni UK invited students to enter a photography competition showcasing their best shots from their time in the country. In return, entrants were offered invitations to the launch held at the French Embassy in London.

Sophie Eardley and Scarlett Griffiths, both final year students at the School of Modern Languages, attended the event. The new initiative sought to connect students who have lived in France and facilitate networking opportunities with various potential career sectors.

Sophie said: “I decided to join France Alumni UK due to having such a wonderful time in the country. I wanted to share my photography as it can be a window into one’s personal experience of culture, life and emotions.”

Both students hope to return to France following their studies however recognise the challenges they might face and appreciate the importance of attending such events to improve their prospects.

Scarlett said: “Due to the impact Brexit has had on language students and their ability to move freely around Europe, it is now more important than ever to take every opportunity that is given to us to build networks outside the university.

“You never know, it might just be a cocktail party, or there might be someone there who becomes your future employer and your key to living in a different country.”

Dr Catherine Chabert, Reader in French at the School of Modern Languages added: "The new France Alumni UK Network presents our students with the opportunity to expand their own contacts and become part of a community of like-minded people."

“This gives them a chance to share their experience and forge new relationships. As well as being able to socialise, this will be very helpful for when they start looking for employment."

Dr Catherine Chabert Reader in French, Executive Director of Confucius Institute

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