Theo Taylor - BA in Marketing Management 

Enterprising student Theo Taylor has a keen eye on the global economic climate, and by the end of his second year at Cardiff Metropolitan University he had already begun to learn Chinese in order to further his future career prospects.

The Marketing Management student used his work placement module as an opportunity to join an internship programme in Beijing, where he spent his summer holiday working at a Chinese think-tank, undertaking marketing and research projects.

Theo said: “Spending the summer working in China was a great experience and certainly helped me during the final year of my degree, as I had first-hand experience of working internationally, which is a key part of the course. I also chose to write my final dissertation on issues surrounding international students, so again my experiences abroad were really valuable.

Theo went on to graduate with a first-class honours degree and returned to China soon afterwards on a fully-funded graduate programme organised by the Chinese government.
Speaking about the opportunity, Theo said: “Spending a further year in China was a fantastic chance to immerse myself in the language and learn to speak Chinese, while being backed by the government.”

“I now hope to go on to study a postgraduate Law qualification, either in Hong Kong or in the UK, as I believe it’s a career where I can flexibly use the international knowledge I’ve gained, as well as my business qualifications and presentation skills.

“My belief is that in order to make the most of the university experience, individuals have to be proactive, but it helps to be supported and encouraged by the university, and that was certainly the culture at Cardiff Metropolitan University.”

Under the spotlight:

Leaves school with A Levels in History, Spanish and Politics
2010: Internship think-tank placement in Beijing
2011: Graduates with a first class honours degree in Marketing Management from Cardiff Metropolitan University
2011: Returns to China on a government-funded placement to learn Chinese.

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