Hannah Martinson's Met Award Journey

Honestly, I can’t recommend the Met Award enough. Sign up! What have you got to lose? Add something unique to your CV that might help give you the edge and stand out to a future employer.

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My journey to university didn’t start immediately after I finished Sixth Form. I took time to complete a foundation art course, work full time and then move abroad to work too. So, when I finally did get to Cardiff Metropolitan University, I knew I had to say yes to everything and take advantage of the opportunities that university gives you. Signing up to complete the Cardiff Met Award was a no-brainer!  

Signing up in my first year and giving myself three years to complete the Cardiff Met Award has been brilliant, knowing there were no time constraints or deadlines. I could take my time; take part in workshops I knew would be beneficial to me and find valuable work experience and voluntary hours.  

Now I will admit when the pandemic hit and we went into lockdown I did think completing the award would be impossible, nothing was happening! But in September 2021 I went on campus and stood in front of Alison and Will to complete the final step, my presentation! And now I can proudly say I not only have accomplished the Cardiff Met Award and the additional Leadership pathway, but I’m working hard to complete my Enterprise pathway too. 

As an Event Management student in a pandemic, I was worried about finding relevant experience. But Rosie introduced me to SVC (Skills Volunteering Cymru), and I had the privilege of being involved with several online events, as well as having the opportunity to plan and host some of my own! This is experience I otherwise wouldn’t have found during lockdown and is now something fantastic to add to my CV and demonstrate that I was proactive in an otherwise quiet time.  

I also attended Aimee Bateman’s online workshop ‘Social Media for Employability’. This workshop was amazing! I now have a website of my own (https://hannahmartinsonwales.wordpress.com/) after listening to Aimee discuss her journey and how Career Cake was born, I was inspired and set to work on making my very own website. 

Honestly, I can’t recommend the Met Award enough. I’ve loved everything I’ve done with the award; my confidence, and leadership skills, have definitely grown during the process. Sign up! What have you got to lose? Add something unique to your CV that might help give you the edge and stand out to a future employer. 

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