Hello! My name is Thomas Hiscocks, 24, currently living in Auckland, New Zealand and I graduated with BA (Hons) International Tourism Management from Cardiff Met in July 2018.
In my final year of university, I decided that I wanted to live and work abroad. Studying International Tourism Management, I wrote essays about different destinations and found I loved researching was New Zealand. I visited New Zealand in 2013 and knew I wanted to return. So I made myself a promise that I’d work for a year after graduating, save money and move to the other side of the world!
In June 2018 I applied for a Santander Internship that Cardiff Met offers to students. I managed to land a role with Kidney Wales, a charity based in Cardiff and work as a Marketing & Fundraising Executive for their flagship event, the Cardiff 10K. The three-month placement was a great experience which allowed me to utilise the knowledge gained from my studies. Coupled with my love for sport it was the perfect placement for me!
In 2018 I travelled to Leeds for the ‘Association of Tourism In Higher Education’ conference where I was presented with the ‘Student of the Year Award for the Tourism’ at Cardiff Metropolitan University. I was so proud to have my contribution to the course recognised.
Following my time at Kidney Wales I was over-the-moon to secure a job as a Data Management Indexer at South Wales Police. The role involved analysis, research and time management, all skills I had developed at Cardiff Met.
I’ve now have been in Auckland three months with my girlfriend, Carys and we’re loving it! We’ve managed to travel around New Zealand during this time.
I am currently working for the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) as a Quality Assurance Analyst. I wouldn’t have got this role if it wasn’t for my time at South Wales Police. The role at the police developed skills which the bank admired and led to me successfully getting the job.
There are so many places I want to visit whilst I am here. Exploring New Zealand, visit the nearby Pacific islands and Australia. I am excited for what happens next, whether it be here in New Zealand or elsewhere in the world.