As part of a college's internal enrichment programme, nearly 20 ex-students returned to their college campus to lead a variety of workshops based on their own experiences of life after college, including university life, apprenticeships and work.
The students returned to Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor's Pwllheli campus to take part in college's 'The Next Step Workshop' with scores of current A-level students.
One of the main workshops concentrated on those students who are considering studying medicine or veterinary science at university. College staff were delighted to invite back ex-students Dr Eilir Hughes, who works at the Ty Doctor surgery in Nefyn, and Bethan Griffith from Milfeddygon Deufor Veterinary Surgery in Y Ffor, Pwllheli. They both spoke at length to current students concerning the best way to apply for medical and veterinary science courses at university.
Eilir Hughes studied at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor in 2005 and comes from a farming family just outside Pwllheli. He then went to Bangor, Swansea and Cardiff universities where he studied psychology and medicine. He returned to the area in 2017 as a GP.
Bethan Griffith was also a Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor student, before going on to study veterinary science at Liverpool University. She returned to Pwllheli to take up a position at the local veterinary practice in Y Ffor.
A-level student, Eva Jones from Penrhyndeudraeth, who attended Dr Eilir Hughes' medical workshop, said:
I personally thought that the workshop was very informative because hearing the doctor talk about the different route he took to becoming a GP was useful and reassuring. He gave us a general perspective on applying to medical school, the qualifications needed, and the extracurricular activities available.
Another student, Lleucu Lane from Garndolbenmaen, added:
The workshop was useful because we were given a very detailed insight to what life as a doctor is like. The advice he gave was very useful and informative and he also gave us tips on the interviewing process.
Tutor Wendy Hinchey said:
Each of the ex-students had their own story to tell about how they chose the right university/apprenticeship/sponsorship for them. They offered valuable advice on a number of issues, including, choosing the right location, modules, living expenses and handling pressure. In addition, they talked about what it is like living away from home and provided hints and tips on how to survive the first year.
They also gave them advice on completing valuable work experience alongside their academic studies, helped them understand the UCAS application process, and gave hints and tips on how to improve their profile when applying for an internationally popular university course. Tutors at Pwllheli are continually working with these students to help them develop their aspirations to enter these highly-competitive professions.