About you and background
My name is Scott Jones and I am 26 years old currently living in Treorchy, Rhondda. I started at Coleg y Cymoedd in 2012 at the age of 23 to study music technology after completing a 4 year modern apprenticeship in mechanical maintenance engineering with BOC gases. My time with BOC unsettled me as I didn’t really get a great deal of satisfaction from my job so I decided to take a gamble and pursue my true passion which is music.
What course did you study at Coleg y Cymoedd?
I studied the BTEC extended diploma in music technology at Rhondda campus and achieved D*D*D* (3 Distinction*) after getting distinctions in every unit.
What made you decide to study at Coleg y Cymoedd?
Music had been a hobby/passion for me since my early teens but it wasn’t until I had started my apprenticeship and subsequently grew to dislike my engineering role that I decided it was important for me to do a job I enjoyed, I was passionate for and I cared about. This meant that I had to re-train myself through further education. After speaking to ex-students from the college about the music course it sounded like a no brainer for me really.
Why did you choose to study this course?
As I was 23 at the time of finishing my apprenticeship it felt at the time like a now or never instance for me. I was at a crossroads in life and after speaking to some trusted friends and through my own research I decided that the music technology course at Coleg y Cymoedd sounded perfect to help me improve and progress.
What are the benefits of studying at Coleg y Cymoedd?
For me personally I think the experienced faculty staff whose industry knowledge was invaluable in giving me an idea on how best to succeed in an unstable and unpredictable industry. Also the equipment and facilities at your disposal as a student is more than I ever could have wished for. Professional recording studios and performance areas mixed with state of the computer systems and industry standard software were some of the greatest benefits of studying at Coleg y Cymoedd.
What do you intend to do next or what are you doing now that you have left?
Now that I have left college I am currently working freelance as a producer / sound engineer for various bands and artists in South Wales. I am also developing myself as an artist and hope to release my solo album later this year. Finally after spending 2 years at Coleg y Cymoedd studying I am now currently a member of staff at the college working as a tutor technician on the music technology and media production courses as well as working as the events sound and light technician when my time allows.
How is the course helping you achieve your ambitions?
The course has opened doors for me vocationally that I never knew existed. I am eternally grateful to the course and the tutors for giving me the skills and confidence to firstly be employed by the college which now supports me to pursue my own interests in music etc. It also gave me the confidence to set up a small studio at home so now I can freelance from home and also work on my solo material in my time off which has always been a dream of mine. When I think back to my early twenties and how unhappy I was in my previous job it seems a million miles away from the job I am currently in.
How will studying impact on your life?
The impact of studying at Coleg y Cymoedd has given me a new sense of confidence in my skills and abilities that will hopefully enable me to fulfil my long term goals within the music industry.
Would you recommend this college and this course to others?
Yes for certain, I think when you combine the course content with the experience of the tutors, the excellent specialist facilities and equipment at your disposal and the general amenities found on campus for students I cannot look any further than studying at Coleg y Cymoedd. For me it was a totally engaging and immersive experience that literally changed the direction my life was headed. Off the back of my positive experience with Coleg y Cymoedd I have actually recommended the college to my little brother who turned 18 this year and he is due to start in September at Nantgarw campus.
Your tutor Rory Meredith said:
“There is nothing more rewarding as a tutor than to see a student of our Music Technology course achieve the highest grade possible and then go on to secure employment in what is a demanding industry. Scott’s achievements justify his decision to leave a well-paid job, re-train, follow his aspirations and are indeed a testament to his ability and positive mental attitude.”