I graduated from Sport and Exercise Science last July. My 3 years studying at Cardiff Met were the best years of my life so far. The course was diverse and interesting, and I was able to tailor my degree to suit my strengths. In second and third year I specialised in Exercise Psychology, Sport Psychology and Sport Physiology; along with my optional module of Strength and Conditioning. The flexibility and personalisation of the course at Cardiff Met was something that really stood out to me when I was applying to University and the practical-based learning style really suited me.
I also completed 2 work experience placements as part of my course, the first as a Gym Instructor and the second working with an athlete to design and deliver an S&C training programme over the course of 8 weeks. My module leader for work experience helped me find the first placement and the S&C placement was a built in to my S&C module. These placements helped with my employability and helped me develop a variety of transferable skills; which have benefited me hugely in the working world. They’ve helped me develop my reflective practice skills, critical analysis abilities and helped me with my confidence within working environments.
When I started my degree, I was slightly overwhelmed with how much content there was and Biomechanics really confused me. Although I struggled with Biomechanics for a while, I got additional help from my course mates and managed to pass the module. After first year, I specialised in the areas that I enjoyed and that I was good at. The option to study Strength & Conditioning as part of my SES degree was quite unique and this helped affirm my decision to come to Cardiff Met.
The thing I loved most about studying Sport and Exercise Science at Cardiff Met was the practical-based learning style. We’d learn the underpinning knowledge in a lead lecture and then we’d get to apply it in the labs for biomechanics and physiology; and in seminar group discussions and case studies for psychology. Sometimes we would have to participate in the studies, sometimes we would be in charge of conducting the research.
The physiology practical sessions were so interesting and were without doubt something that I looked forward to every week. We got to research a variety of topics from both a health and performance perspective. Strength and Conditioning was so much fun and so interesting, it not only helped me academically, but also improved me as an athlete. I was able to use the methods and training techniques I learnt, to improve my own training.
As every other graduate will say, trying to get a job after University is super competitive and time-consuming. The CV workshops, careers workshops and online job shop available to me as both a Cardiff Met student and graduate helped me massively. Along with these resources and the work placements I undertook during my studies have really helped develop my understanding of what employers are looking for, behaviours and qualities that stand out to employers and how to approach employers.
I currently work in the Student Recruitment team at Cardiff Met specialising in Sport. I absolutely love my job, I get to travel all over the UK speaking to prospective students, school pupils and sport scholars, helping them with their UCAS applications, helping them choose courses and helping them prepare for Uni. If I hadn’t come to study at Cardiff Met, I wouldn’t be in the job I do now. University helped me so much academically but also made me become more confident, more independent and more employable. Without a doubt, the best 3 years ever!