February 6, 2018

Alex Harding

I chose to study at Cardiff Met because I wanted to relocate to a vibrant city. I also have a big interest in sport, and Cardiff Met is one of the best places to be for university sports – the Cyncoed Campus has state of the art facilities and the Uni’s sports teams have had unprecedented success. The men’s football team nearly qualified for the Europa league recently, and many students have gone on to perform at national level and even in the Olympics and Commonwealth Games.

I study Economics, and I’d recommend it as a subject that can put you a step above the rest. Lots of the concepts that you learn can be applied to many different job roles. For example, Information Economics has enabled me to understand risk strategy, which would be useful to roles in the insurance industry.

I am also studying Economic Tools for Government at the moment, which provides an understanding of how the public sector works, which is vital when so many job roles are in government agencies.

During the second year of my degree I was required to complete a 20-day placement, I worked at a small firm, dealing with accounts. Students are actively encouraged to find appropriate work and timetables are adjusted so that there is time to focus on these key areas of development.


The facilities here at Cardiff Met are pretty impressive.

Currently I am in the process of deciding what to do next, and my lecturers are more than happy to help with providing useful contacts and writing references.

I’ve also been encouraged by my lecturers to get involved in relevant extracurricular activities that will help boost my CV. Myself and two friends recently competed in the Inter-University Economics Games Tournament, where we were tasked with using our knowledge to work out optimal pricing strategies. Out of the 31 teams that entered we came 3rd in the world and 1st in the UK, beating UEA, University of Glasgow, and Aston University among others.

Outside of my course, the city of Cardiff has amazing night life. You’ll end up developing a love-hate relationship with places like Live Lounge, maybe going on the odd bizarre social to Bingo Lingo at Depot or just spending all your student loan by October in St David’s shopping centre! It’s a great city with so much to do – and nothing beats match day during the 6 Nations rugby championships.

I joined Cardiff Met with excitement about discovering a great city which I now call home. Studying Economics has given me the tools to vastly improve my value in the job market. The staff have encouraged my personal development and continued to support me as I’m looking towards my next steps. I feel that I have the ability now to go and do a Masters course if I choose to, or to find work at numerous top firms

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