What do you think about the course you were studying?
I really enjoyed the course I was studying. Each individual module was engaging and informative. Some modules were more difficult than others, but overall the course required a discipline and dedication that I will take into my future career.
Why did you choose that subject?
I originally choose to go into business because I felt it would give me the most options career wise down the road. Partly due to the fact that I was studying abroad as well as my love for travel and seeing new places, I chose international business.
How do you think the skills and knowledge that you gained on your course helped after graduation?
I think the most valuable skill I learned while studying at the University of South Wales was being able to prioritize my time between my classes, studying and playing professional ice hockey for the Cardiff Devils. The self discipline required to balance the two will be a valuable skill later in life and in business. As far as course work, what interested me the most was understanding the importance of differing cultures across multinational corporations. Incidentally that’s what I believe will be of most use to me in a career in international business.
Why did you choose to study at University of South Wales?
I originally came to wales to play ice hockey, but I returned the following season after learning of the incredible opportunities that USW presented. The top-up program provided me with a means of finally finishing off a degree that I had been labouring over online for several years. Online classes had been my only option while moving around to play ice hockey in different countries such as, the USA, Italy and Germany. While online courses were convenient, they were anything but interesting and engaging. Attending in person modules at USW was a breath of fresh air, and finally gave me the learning experience I had been looking for.
Was your learning experience at South Wales positive (eg support from and communication with teaching staff; facilities like lecture halls, laboratories, IT equipment, Learning Resources Centre)?
What I enjoyed most about my learning experience was the small class size numbers. Rarely was I in a lecture of more than 15-20 students at a time. This allowed for very close interaction with the module leaders and lecturers. Most importantly for me, this allowed for constant communication and therefore some flexibility for my studies to fit around my strenuous ice hockey schedule.
What did you think of the leisure facilities, like the Students’ Union and Sports Centre? Did you use them much?
Due to my profession, there was little need, and or, free time for me to take advantage of the leisure facilities. Therefore I couldn’t comment much on them.
Tell us about where you lived (Halls of Residence or off-campus)?
Unlike most other students, I lived in Cardiff Bay due to my other commitments. However, the drive up to the Treforest Campus is little more than 25 min or so. Where I come from that’s like going to the market, so not a big deal at all.
Did you enjoy your University experience at South Wales?
I very much enjoyed my experience at the University of South Wales. With first class teaching staff and moderate class sizes it is a great place to learn.
What are you doing now?
After finishing my BA at the University of South Wales I was able to go on and complete my MBA. I have now recently returned home to Canada after playing my final season of pro Ice hockey for the Cardiff Devils. I am looking forward to the next phase in my life, which currently includes interviewing for jobs and showing off my credentials from USW.
Could you describe your time at University of South Wales using 10 words maximum.
“The most productive, engaging and beneficial year of my life.”