Student Profiles

Wenyao Sun – MA International Public Relations and Global Communications Management

School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

Why did you choose to study a postgraduate degree at Cardiff University?

I have done my undergraduate degree here and the help and resources I had made me want to stay at Cardiff. The university provides insightful career guidance alongside our academic studies and it prepares us well for the future after graduation. We also have loads of student activities happening at the Students Union which provides great opportunities to enrich campus life by meeting like-minded people.
Other than that, my experience at postgraduate open day confirmed my choice. The conversation I had with academic staff and the School tour helped me to picture what the university could offer me towards my career.

How was your experience as a postgraduate at Cardiff University, in terms of the programme?

I met a lot of like-minded people with different backgrounds during the programme. And it was an inspiring process to see what we can achieve together at the end.

We have lectures together and were given situations to work together as well. We are a very knitted class.

One of my favourite elements of my programme is the Speaker Session for every Thursday. These sessions allow us to network with industrial leaders and know about the real practice. For instance, the session we had with Sir Craig Oliver former Director of Communications for British prime minister David Cameron

How was your experience of living in Cardiff, in terms of the city, social life and accommodation, again specifically as a postgraduate student?

I lived in a private accommodation in the city centre, which is close to my School. Life at city centre is vibrant and it is not a difficult thing to hang out with friends as we never ran out of choices in terms of where to go. There are lots of amazing coffee shops in the Arcades, which are great for a chilled afternoon. We also go to Bute park, which is close to the university Column Road residences.

What was different about your postgraduate experience at Cardiff University compared to your previous degree?

In terms of the whole university experience, I have always felt the open atmosphere during my undergraduate and master’s degrees. What is different about a master degree here is that we have more free time to allocate by ourselves. Since I have moved into a different subject for my masters, I did more group work engagements than I did during my undergraduate studies.

I think it’s because there are more commitments to the study as everything gets more serious. But there is still time for student life. We have to develop our time management skills to ensure we have the right work-life balance. And according to my experience, we’ve all managed to do that at the end.

How did you fund your postgraduate degree?

My parents supported me for my course fees and I supported myself for the living cost through part-time job opportunities from university JobShop.

How do you think that your postgraduate degree is helping prepare you for the future – job aspirations, career development, future study etc?

Since the university has a good reputation in the communications world, a degree from JOMEC helps you stand out from the crowd. The professional network we are exposed to is a bonus and it provides future opportunities in career pathways. The group project and portfolio could be used in further job applications highlighting my knowledge and skills gained at the university. Finally, having spent a year with my international classmates, I ended up with increased global connections on my LinkedIn profile!