About you and your background
I am Imogen Llewellyn, I am 19 years old and I am from Cardiff.
What course do you study a Coleg y Cymoedd?
I am in year 2 studying Business level 3 at Coleg y Cymoedd. I currently have a part time job as well as being a full time student.
What made you decide to study at Coleg y Cymoedd?
I had heard about the college and I wanted a change. Coleg y Cymoedd had more resources than my old school and it had more to offer me. I went onto the college’s website and found the business course and thought I would really enjoy it.
Why did you decide to study this course?
I have always had an interest in business and this course offered a more hands on way to learn and offered opportunities to take part in competitions such as Brolio. On the business course, we cover such a wide variety of subjects within business that it has enabled me to discover what I enjoy, which is finance, but also develop my knowledge in other areas of business.
What are the benefits of studying at Coleg Y Cymoedd?
In the college there are a wide variety of facilities available to me. Most classes we have computer rooms so we always have access to the internet to do research and to do assignments. The college library has many computers and books relevant to the course to help with any assignments. If you are at home and stuck, you are able to access the online library, which you can use to read the books without taking them out of the library.
The college has a gym that the students are able to use at a discounted price and is open during the holidays. The college also offers ‘BOOST’ activities on Wednesday afternoon to help boost your CV and other sports activities.
What do you intend to do next?
At the start of college, I was not sure if I wanted to go to university of go straight into work. By researching what opportunities were available for higher education alternatives, I found apprenticeships for Accounting. I have been accepted onto the Deloitte Bright Start scheme which is a 4 year scheme where I will have a salary and work whilst completing my accounting exams. Once I have completed these 4 years, I will be a chartered accountant.
How is this course helping you achieve your ambitions?
This course has helped me discover what I enjoy and find what I wanted to do after college. The course has given me the UCAS points that I need to apply for university and apply for jobs. I have received 5 university offers and a job with Deloitte, which is what I have wanted to do. The course has given me many opportunities to develop my CV through volunteering, work experience and prestigious competitions that helped in my interview.
How will studying impact your life?
Studying this course will help boost your confidence as it involves a lot of group work, it helps improve your presentation skills and develop your ability to speak in public. The course also improves your writing and research skills as a lot of the work is independent research. This course will also develop future opportunities as we have many trips to visit businesses, to universities and the careers advisors are always available to help.
Would you recommend this college and course to other people?
I would recommend Coleg y Cymoedd and the Business course to other people as it is a great opportunity.
Your tutor Kim Purnell said:
"As well as completing her course, Imogen has always been keen to be involved with extracurricular activities and these experiences have made her incredibly employable. We are very pleased that Imogen has secured such a prestigious placement and wish her every success in the future."