Zoë Leigh Edwards
BSc (Hons) Animal Studies
I started on a 3 year full time BSc (Hons) Animal Studies degree in 2014 at Wrexham Glyndwr University. This course helped to prepare me for the world of work because I was offered a lot of part time work within the university; including main reception, Admissions and Enquiries as well as being a student ambassador. I gained many skills in these positions which has helped me further develop my skills for a graduate level job. The Careers team have been there every step of the way with advice and guidance on my CV and sign posting me into suitable positions.
The lectures on my course were absolutely fantastic and helped to advise and guide me throughout each module. The course requires you to gain work experience enabling students to build contacts for their future as well as explore the industry to see where they may be best suited.
I am currently working at Chester Zoo developing and scripting guided tours that are due to be released soon. Whilst doing this I am making many contacts that will help me further my way in the animal industry. A lot of research time is needed in this role and I feel my three years here at Wrexham Glyndwr University has equipped me with the necessary skills to carry out this role. I also hosted guided tours of the university which helped to give me an advantage over other graduate level applicants.
I made a big move coming over to the UK but I would say completing my degree and securing this position at Chester Zoo has been my biggest career highlight to date. I chose to study at Wrexham Glyndwr University after considerable reviewing by family in the UK but mainly because the modules appealed to me on this specific course.
I would say I was a very hard working, sociable student whilst at University. I always try to entertain anyone who meets me, you are guaranteed a laugh if you cross my path.
Studying at Wrexham Glyndwr University has helped to fully equip me with the knowledge to undertake my current role and everything I need and more to develop my future career.
My advice to someone considering working in a similar field would be; experience is essential, even if you gain experience in an area that may not be of interest to you, you still build a network of contacts in the field which may come is useful in the future.
I would certainly recommend this specific course to others. The staff at the university are very helpful and will go out of their way for you. I cannot put enough emphasis on how amazing the lecturers on the Animal studies course are, they were available at all times of the day and would help you in every way possible, they were so supportive at the Northop campus were most of my lectures took place. The lecturers would take the time to get to know us all on a personal level and by doing so I felt like part of the Glyndwr family.
These lecturers have equipped me with all the skills I need to make a success of my future and I cannot thank them enough.
My favourite memory of this course was getting to meet so many different people and learning so many different things on this hands on course. The animal encounters I experienced were fascinating.
The harder you work, the more you’ll get out of it. There is no limit to what you can achieve.
I would just like to thank each and every member of staff in the university that I have worked with for all their support and guidance. Without them I wouldn’t be where I am today.