Organisation: Anglesey Sea Zoo
"Working at the Sea Zoo is totally different from a normal 9-5 job. Something different happens every day! It was such a privilege to be able to work with such beautiful and interesting animals found around the British coast, ranging from octopus to 3m long conger eels to rare british seahorses."
Anglesey Sea Zoo is a popular tourist attraction on the Isle of Anglesey. They recently offered a ten week paid work placement for a graduate to work as part of the biological team at the zoo and local Bangor University Marine Biology graduate, Lowri Elen Evans was the appointed placee.
Lowri had a brilliant time on placement at the Sea Zoo explaining that it was not like any other job she had done before. She was involved in designing and building up tanks for displays, collecting, transferring and feeding the animals and giving public talks. The skills Lowri gained through public talks are what she considered to be most valuable.
Lowri’s mentor Dylan Evans, Managing Partner of the Sea Zoo, echoes the positivity of the scheme:
"I rate Lowri’s work very highly. She was able to quickly develop an understanding of the outcomes that we as a company wanted and therefore she could work independently and free up the time of our core biological staff."
Dylan rated the GO Wales scheme very highly and as a result the Sea Zoo is still in cooperation with the initiative. Lowri concluded that she had gained so much valuable experience on the work placement and earning money at the same time made it an even bigger incentive, "I recommend it to all of my graduate friends!"