Hi my name is Hannah, I have recently completed my degree at Cardiff Met studying Speech and Language Therapy. I am now about to start work as an Adult Speech and Language Therapist working with adults who have communication difficulties as a result of a stroke or a degenerative disease such as Parkinson’s disease. I was not expecting to have a job so quickly but I found one I was passionate about and with help from my Personal Tutor and my friends on the course I managed to get the job.
I am writing this blog to give you an overview of my experiences both studying Speech and Language therapy and being part of the Cardiff Met community. I always get the questions; What is Speech and Language Therapy? Why did you chose that? Or Why Cardiff Met? So I thought I would explain briefly.
Speech and Language Therapists work with a wide range of people who have speech, language and communication difficulties. I chose this degree because first and foremost I always wanted to work with people. I then did lots of research into different careers and found something I felt passionate about (Speech and Language).
The reason I came to Cardiff Met was because Cardiff has always been a place that interests me and when I went on the open day I fell in love with the place and the course they were offering (also the Welsh cakes are pretty good too). 4 years later and I still agree that it is an amazing place, there is always something going on e.g. The Six nations, concerts in the Castle or the Christmas markets (one of my favourites). It is a city that loves students.
Before coming to Cardiff Met I was convinced my future would be working with children, this couldn’t be further from what I am doing now. I’ve had an incredibly varied placement journey from working with children with autism to adults who had had a stroke. By having the chance to experience many different client groups allowed me to find what I loved doing.
I have felt so supported throughout my 4 years from all the lecturers and people on my course. It is a really friendly atmosphere and being such a small cohort meant all the lecturers knew our names and got to know us on an individual basis which I feel is so important especially as I was only 18 and moved to a brand new place.
As well as spending my time in lectures and studying I was also the Captain of Cardiff Met’s Cheerleading team. I found that being part of a team helped me to have a healthy work/life balance. It provided me the chance to meet other people from different courses, have new experiences and feel part of a group of people who were all going through the same things as me. I think joining a team or society is so important and would recommend for everyone to do so.
The main point I want to make is that Cardiff Met has allowed me to have an amazing 4 years studying Speech and Language Therapy. It has required hard work, motivation and dedication and I now am leaving Cardiff Met ready to start my new journey as a Speech and Language Therapist.