Third year Sociology and Social Policy student Gianna Tomassi, took a year out of her studies at SOCSI to carry out an internship at the Welsh Government's Education and Skills Division. Read her story below.
What made you decide to carry out an internship?
I didn't want my experience at Cardiff University to end so quickly and I thought a year in industry would be invaluable to my job prospects after university.
What did your internship involve?
I worked in the Welsh Government's Department for Education and Skills, School Management and Effectiveness Division, School Information and Improvement Branch as an administration and project support officer. Daily tasks would involve answering queries from schools and the public by telephone and email, managing the diaries of the team to arrange meetings and checking that computer systems run by the branch were working correctly.
What did you find most challenging about your internship?
Adapting to a 9 to 5 lifestyle was definitely a challenge after two years as a student, but probably learning the huge amount of acronyms used departmentally by the Welsh Government which are now a second language to me!
What did you find most rewarding about your internship?
I really enjoyed working to support my team with various large scale projects they undertook over the year such as the launch of the My Local School website and it was really rewarding to see my work contribute to it.
What do you feel are the benefits of internships for SOCSI students?
Definitely the real world experience of working and the advantage it gives you over other graduates when applying to jobs after university.
What are your plans for the future once you graduate?
I'm currently planning to continue my studies and do a masters, yet to specify in what exactly