Graduating with a first-class degree is always cause for celebration, but Emma-Sian Davies, 38, from Drefach Felindre, has double cause to crack open the Champagne, because her dissertation research also led to a job offer
Emma-Sian graduated from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) this Summer with a first-class BA in Business Management from the Carmarthen Business School, and recently started a new role as project manager at Western Solar as well.
She visited Western Solar as part of a university trip in her final year, and then contacted Dr Glen Peters, the company’s CEO, to interview him for her dissertation. Dr Peters, who is an honorary fellow at the University, went on to make Emma-Sian a job offer.
“That was through sheer cheek on my part!” says Emma-Sian. “After the interview I asked Glen how one would go about getting a position with the company. We discussed what I had learnt from UWTSD and how passionate I had become about sustainable living. I mentioned that I would like to do a further course in project management and Glen suggested he could possibly put together an internship for project management.
“He asked me to forward my CV and a covering letter explaining why I wanted to do it and that was that. After the interview I sat in my car, cried and laughed all at once. I went in for an interview for my dissertation and came out with a job! I still can’t quite believe it and I feel incredibly blessed to have been given this opportunity. I finished at UWTSD, had a week off and started as Project Manager for Western Solar at the end of May – what a whirlwind!”
Emma-Sian’s tutor at UWTSD, Louise Emanuel, is delighted that a University field visit led to a new career.
“Our students engage with live projects and potential employers throughout their studies, and Emma-Sian is an example of a success story in which a field visit to Western Solar led to her dissertation research and ultimately her job offer,” she says. “We are exceptionally pleased with Emma-Sian’s achievements and look forward to working with her in her new role in the future.”
The University’s undergraduate Business Management programme focuses on the future of business. It has a broad remit and can be applied within many business contexts: graduates have found employment in sustainable management, human resources, financial management, marketing, project management and education, and many have gone on to successfully set up their own businesses.
“Our undergraduate students gain valuable skills and experience that will prepare them for the work of the future, evidenced by our success as winners of the UK and Ireland Green Gown Awards 2018 in the Tomorrow’s Employees category,” says Louise.
Despite her outstanding achievement in her degree, Emma-Sian admits she faced challenges along the way – but she has been delighted with the support she received from the University.
“There were times when I didn’t feel I could make it but with the help of the lecturers and family I pushed on. I will be doing a project management course shortly, but I fully intend on returning to UWTSD next year to do a MA in Sustainable Places.”
She adds that she would highly recommend the Business Management degree as a first step towards a successful career.
“Business Management opens so many doors for you and even if you don’t know what your long-term plan is after UWTSD, you’ll most certainly find your passion during the course,” she says. “It was the best decision I ever made, and it gave me the confidence to go after my dream, now it’s your turn. Go for it!”
For further information about the BA Business and Management degree programme offered at UWTSD’s Carmarthen campus, please visit https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/ba-business-and-management/ or contact Dr Louise Emanuel directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies by emailing email@example.com / 01267 676908 / 07449 998476