Choosing to study Events Management at Cardiff Met was a no-brainer for me. I knew I wanted to be in the heart of a city, and the university offered some amazing opportunities. Having the opportunity to go out into the real world and experience an industry I am keen to be involved been has been fantastic.
Being in the Police has always been a passion of mine, from a very young age, so when the opportunity for a Business Support Internship came up, I had to apply. Never in a million years did I think I would be where I am now!
This year out of study has really helped me develop as a person. I have found what I am interested in, and where I see my professional journey start.
Since joining South Wales Police, my interests have moved more towards corporate events and conferences. I have learnt endless amount of transferable skills, which has provided me with a diverse range of opportunities. I have received so much support from the organisation and I have had the opportunity to attend a number of courses and training sessions.
During my time at South Wales Police, I have gained a lot of valuable experience. I have been able to apply the theory learned in university to my work, which has resulted in me organising events and meetings for South Wales Police.
My role within the Digital Services Division has assisted with Digital Change Culture. The Digital Services Division gives both South Wales and Gwent Police the opportunity to implement new ways of working. I have assisted with the mobile roll out of 6,000 phones to officers and staff, throughout both forces which required me to attend a number of training sessions as a facilitator.
On the 2nd July 2019, Prince Charles visited South Wales Police for their 50th anniversary. This was a very memorable day and was a privilege to be a part of; it was interesting to see how the force prepared for this event.
The Department visits have given me an insight into the different sections of the force and has opened up my interests. Some of the department visits included The Mounted Section, Public Service Centre, and I also got the opportunity to go out with the territorial unit.
I have attended a Level 2 Welsh Course, and have received training on Process Mapping, which was all new to me at the start, and recently I have been asked to create process maps for the Public Service Centre to assist them with national programme of works.
It has been an amazing experience, and I really encourage anyone to get some work experience behind them. I can’t stress enough how much I have developed as a person, and how it has enhanced my skills.
When I graduate from Cardiff Metropolitan University, I see myself going back to South Wales Police, pursuing my dream, and putting everything I have learnt from my degree into practice.
Sian achieved a First Class in BA (Hons) Events Management and is now working at South Wales Police since graduating in June 2020.