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Graduate gets ahead with GO Wales

03 December 2009

Laura Cooper-Young with Jane Hutt AMLaura Cooper-Young with Jane Hutt AM

A graduate from the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies who secured a permanent job via the University’s GO Wales scheme, has been congratulated in person by the Welsh Assembly’s Education Minister.

Laura Cooper-Young, who embarked on a GO Wales graduate placement at Forum Europe after finishing her degree, was visited by Jane Hutt AM at the company in Cardiff city centre where she is now a permanent Event Development Executive.

During her visit the Minister heard about Jane’s own GO Wales experience, how it gave her a head start in the job market and led to successful employment.

Laura said: "As I approached the end of my degree in journalism, film and media studies, I was unsure of the direction I wanted my career to go in, especially given the current economic climate. My GO Wales placement was varied and engaging, and has led to full time employment in a field that I may not have otherwise discovered, but now thoroughly enjoy."

While on placement at Forum Europe, Laura was given the opportunity to travel to the company’s Brussels office to gain experience in events management and also attended a copywriting course which was part funded by the GO Wales Training and Development strand.

Jane Hutt said: "It is fantastic that graduates are given the opportunity through GO Wales to gain valuable experience on placements and in some cases secure full time employment as Laura did.

"It is essential for us to keep investing in graduates, and through schemes such as this we aim to encourage individuals to use their knowledge and skills to help them on the right career path to achieve their full potential."

Funded earlier this year with a £17 million Welsh Assembly Government convergence package, GO Wales gives students and graduates a head start in today's job market. The scheme has been providing a wide range of work experience opportunities, training and jobs, accompanied by a helpful range of career resources since its establishment in 2003.

The GO Wales project is led by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and managed at Cardiff University by the University’s Careers Service.

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