“Cardiff enabled me to make the most of both work time and play time, and really find and realise the things that I enjoyed. I made a lot of new friends and had lots of new and fun experiences.”
Meet George, School of Computer Science graduate and future Digital Forensic Officer in the police force.
Hi George. It was great chatting to you on graduation day. What did you study?
I’ve graduated with a First Class Hons. in Business Information Systems (School of Computer Science).
Why study Business Information Systems at degree level?
I’ve always had a keen interest in technology, and was interested in some of the topics covered in the course (e.g. computer forensics) so decided to study something which would be both interesting and make me more employable.
Did you enjoy your time in Cardiff?
Joining the kayaking club in final year was probably what I enjoyed most. We did some great trips, and I’ve really enjoyed taking up a varied and interesting sport, and pushing myself to learn new skills in this.
What else did you get up to?
I’ve had a lot of fun working for Cardiff University Widening Access at their Summer Schools and some other events of theirs. It’s immensely pleasurable and rewarding to work in this department – one that most people don’t even know exists – but one that plays an important role in making sure as many of us as possible can experience university!
Did you face any other challenges?
Learning to balance the work/life load was probably my biggest challenge: In second year, all I did was worked – in third year, I realised that work isn’t everything, and focused on enjoying myself out of lectures in kayaking. This helped me to make the most of the time I actually worked, and manage my time more efficiently.
Did you have any techniques for doing this?
Writing everything down in my calendar or reminders apps – if it wasn’t there, it didn’t get done!
You sound organised! What’s next for you?
I’m taking up work with a police force, as a Digital Forensic Officer. I start in 2 weeks!
How did you find graduation?
It feels strange to finally be done. I was glad to see friends and catch up before we all go our separate ways!
You sound like you’ve got a great career ahead of you. What advice would you give to students looking to start a similar degree?
Take up a sport or society, get involved, say yes to things you usually wouldn’t. Some of the best things I’ve been involved with at uni have happened because I took a chance and did something out-of-the-ordinary.