Joshua Richards

My name is Josh, I’m 26, living in Cardiff and I graduated with BA (Hons) Business & Management from Cardiff Met in 2017. Since graduating my time has been filled with enriching work experiences, mainly in small businesses. This blog is a reflection on how Cardiff Met has shaped my career so far…

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The Psychology course at Cardiff Met is very diverse, ranging from studying minds and children’s behaviour to the intelligence of animals in the world around us, therefore, there is something for everyone. Also, the course includes many opportunities for work experience in order to prepare students for the world of work.

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I’m now a manager for product testing at the Adidas headquarters in Bavaria. I’m in charge of the running and swimming clothing categories. I manage the testing process which involves organising and overseeing wear tests, examining garments, writing test reports and communicating the results with our marketing, design and development departments. I am in constant contact with Adidas athletes and I’m always trying to find new product testers. I love my job and I’m proud that all the hard work and effort paid off.

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I am a 21 year old textile designer and artist, about to begin the second year of my textiles course in the Cardiff School of Art & Design. I made my first textiles piece as a goodbye gift to my Mum and took it to a gallery to be framed. They asked me to make more work for their gallery and ever since then my art career has spiralled.

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Probably one of the fonder memories that everyone has of being a student is packing a suitcase and heading off across the country to live in student accommodation. In my case, in between my second and third years, I packed up a suitcase and backpack and headed off across the continent to do a traineeship at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

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Since graduating from Cardiff Met, I am very happy to have recently been offered a full time job in London as a Display Coordinator for a company called Anthropologie; a chain of lifestyle shops specialising in quirky, artsy and ‘boho chic’ clothing and homeware.

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One of the biggest regrets I’ve had whilst being at University, is not becoming a Student Ambassador earlier on. I started working as a Student Ambassador in September of this year, and unfortunately, because I’m in my final year at University this is the only year I will be able to do this role.

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Typically, there are 2 types of people that take a gap year or ‘a year out’.
Type A: has just arrived home from an amazing ‘gap yah’ (in true Matt Lacey fashion – if you’re not sure what I mean, watch this video). Type A has been busy taking selfies next to the Eiffel Tower, …

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