Wales: A View from the Outside

Posted: March 1, 2011 in Opinion
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Becci Gould

by Becci Gould, Account Executive

Originally from the West Midlands, when I came to Cardiff four years ago I had no idea what it would feel like to be part of such a strong national culture. As a (sort of) Brummie, I have to admit that I am used to avoiding associations with the area (and accent in particular) at all costs, but here in Wales it is very different – people seem proud to live here, fully embracing their Welsh accents, traditions and landmarks. And so they should.

National Museum

I’m not going to pretend I’ve visited the whole of Wales – in fact I still haven’t made it as far as Swansea – instead I’m going to stick to what I know and have become quite attached to – Wales’ thriving capital, Cardiff.

On my very first visit to Cardiff, as a 17 year old college student desperately hunting for the perfect university, I instantly fell in love. Not only did the city feel welcoming but having never really been interested in architecture before, I found myself mesmerised by the beautiful buildings – from the National Museum to the Main University building – it all just felt right!

Roath Park, Cardiff

Four years later and I am now not only living in the city but also working here – a true Cardiff convert! Having spent my university days exploring the lifestyle here in Cardiff – the varied nightlife, the ever-improving shopping facilities, the gorgeous parks and the many restaurants (particularly those with frequent 2-for-1 offers), I am now experiencing the city’s thriving business culture.

Having hosted several Cardiff Breakfast Club events, I can now say with great confidence that the business community here are not only friendly, helpful and polite but also professional and extremely knowledgeable both in their particular sectors and in the economy as a whole. Most importantly, they are also up-to-date with current issues, technologies and trends and are able to confidently advise on these matters. I have therefore discovered Cardiff is a great place to begin a career – not only does commuting across the city not mean getting up at 6am but there is a great balance here, between being in a city that is a national centre of business but also that provides a great local atmosphere where it is possible to gain focused and specialised experience.

I cannot deny that I have been inspired by the people who work here – from my university lecturer and careers advisor to the notable mentors I have been lucky to work with during my many work experience placements. From entrepreneurs to fundraisers – the people I have met have been not only determined to succeed but fundamentally dedicated to benefiting others – and, in my personal opinion, it is this final observation that Wales should be most proud of. 



Happy St. David’s Day Wales …Dydd Gwŷl Dewi Sant Hapus

Bring on the Welsh Cakes!




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