Brooke Rees

Brooke Rees

BA Welsh

What did you enjoy most about studying your course at Swansea University?

I enjoyed the wide variety of modules that were available at Swansea University.

During my Welsh degree, we had to complete compulsory modules such as grammar and speaking, as well as non-compulsory modules such as history, arts, translation, and linguistics. This gave myself an opportunity to try different modules, whilst learning about my strengths and weaknesses. I discovered interests that I didn’t know I had, such as translation. After completing a translation module in third year, I was then inspired to complete a master’s in Professional Translation.

How did your degree help prepare you for your career?

My degree helped me to prepare for my career as it made me challenge myself in several different ways. I completed different speaking modules in the medium of Welsh and English. These modules helped with my confidence, presentation skills and public speaking, all of which were beneficial when interviewing for my current role.

What skills did you learn during your studies, that you now use in your career?

Not only am I more confident, but I also developed my organisational skills. I constantly had deadlines, and I had to prioritise certain aspects of my workload to enable me to meet these deadlines.

I use my Welsh language in my day-to-day role, it is very useful to be able to communicate through the medium of Welsh, in a space such as the NHS.

I also prepare several documents before they go out, this includes correcting any formatting, styles/tones and referencing. Through studying a language at University, I have developed these required skills.

 Would you recommend this course to prospective students? (explain why)

Yes, not only did I learn a new language, but I also developed several skills which have helped me progress in my career. I would recommend this course for any prospective students with an interest in Welsh, as this course enables you to follow the modules that you desire. Without my ability to speak Welsh, I do not think I would be in the career that I am in now.

What advice would you give to students who want to pursue your career?

Although Welsh isn’t essential to a career such as an Executive Assistant, there are many advantages of being bilingual in this type of role, especially living in Wales.

I would advise students wishing to pursue any public sector role within Wales, to consider the advantages of speaking Welsh.