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Alumni interview: Chris Jones

“Cardiff University is an amazing place to work. The people make this place. If you get a chance, try and give something back – however small.”

 

Chris Jones is an alumni of Cardiff University, and he now works in Public Relations. 

 

Hi Chris! Why did you choose to study Politics at Cardiff University?

Growing up in the 1980s was pretty grim. My early years were dominated by politics. From striking miners to anti-poll tax demonstrations – they sparked my insatiable interest in the subject.

Can you tell us a little about what do you do now?

I’m one of the University’s Public Relations Public Relations and Media Managers.

How would you describe your experience at Cardiff University in a few words?

Life changing.   

What did you most enjoy about your time in Cardiff?

I enjoyed everything: The academic challenge; the ability to express opinions; and the friends I made. 

Do you remember facing any particular challenges?

I suppose the initial transition to University life was a challenge. Finding yourself in a new place was difficult.

Do any memories stand out in particular?

I still remember going to the Humanities Building to pick up my results. No e-mail in those days. The sense of pride and achievement I felt that day, is something that I will never forget.

Did you join any societies?

Not really. I was a member of Labour students but was totally unelectable. I did write a few pieces for Gair Rhydd but nothing of any significance or note!

Has anything noticeably changed within Cardiff / the university?

Massive changes. Cardiff has grown and developed beyond all recognition. When I arrived in 1996 there was no Millennium Stadium; no Cardiff Bay; no St David’s 2 and certainly no Premier League Football.  Cardiff City still played at Ninian Park – my second home during my University years.

What advice would you give to graduates who are leaving Cardiff this July?

Take every opportunity that comes your way. I’m a firm believer that things happen for a reason. Work hard and you will be rewarded.  

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