Aberdare man on track for promising career thanks to Careers Wales

An Aberdare man who struggled with choosing a career path is now on track for a promising future in the sports industry after receiving help and guidance from Careers Wales.

Twenty-three-year-old Matthew Griffiths, a former pupil at Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun, has now become a supply school sports coach in the Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) area and a teaching assistant at Cardiff West High School after Career Wales made him aware of his options.

After not securing the A-level grades he had hoped for, Matthew, a fluent-Welsh speaker, was apprehensive and unsure of the career options available to him.

He made an appointment with the Careers Wales branch in Aberdare and discussed his interest in sport and how it could help open doors for a career in sport.   

Following Careers Wales’ advice, Matthew enrolled onto a two-year BTEC Level 3 extended diploma course at Coleg y Cymoedd in Nantgarw.

After completing the course, Matthew decided to continue his studies and secured a place at the University of South Wales where he completed a BSc Science and Sports Coaching degree.

Following graduating with first-class honours, Matthew now hopes to secure a permanent position within a sports development setting.


Matthew said: “A-level results are such a daunting time for any young person and when I didn’t get the results I wanted, I was really apprehensive about what I could do with my future."

“I immediately made an appointment with my local Careers Wales branch where they asked me about my interests and helped me to narrow down what is was that I wanted to do and the best way to get there."

“After Careers Wales told me about the BTEC Level 3 Sport course in Coleg y Cymoedd Nantgarw, I was thrilled to secure a place as this was the fundamental block towards my career development."

“I really enjoy teaching and hopefully I’ll be able to secure a permanent position and continue developing in my career in the future."

“If you take away the involvement from Careers Wales - I would have hit a wall. None of this would have happened without their crucial contribution which gave me the ambition and direction I desperately needed."

Graham Bowd Chief Executive at Careers Wales, said: “Matthew is a prime example of the many students who come to see us unsure about their options and futures. We’re pleased that we’re able to help these students navigate the various career pathways and help them reach their goals and full potential."

“We’re glad Matthew found his experience with Careers Wales beneficial and it’s great to see him doing so well. We wish him all of the best and know he will be a excellent role model for other students.”

For more information on Careers Wales services visit www.careerswales.com or speak to a member of our team on our webchat service.


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