Elin Rhys graduated in 1978, having studied Biochemistry. She is currently Managing Director of the TV and Multimedia production company, Telesgop.
Why did you decide to study at Swansea University?
Swansea had a great reputation for biological sciences, and I needed to be fairly near home for family reasons. Plus it’s by the sea!
What did you enjoy most about your course at Swansea?
The biochemistry course was fascinating - I’m still having withdrawal symptoms! Our group was small so we had lots of attention. I loved the whole atmosphere, and being near the sea! There were students from all over the world, and for a young girl from Llanelli it was a life changing and eye-opening experience.
What are you doing now career-wise?
I am the founder and Managing Director of TV and Multimedia production company, Telesgop based in Swansea. We employ over 30 full time staff and make documentaries for many broadcasters including BBC, S4C, Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel.
How has Swansea University and your course helped you with your chosen career path?
It made me think big.
What are the most challenging parts of your job?
The most challenging aspects are leadership in times of change, crisis management, future proofing and dealing with reluctant and negative people.
What are the most rewarding parts of your job?
It’s fantastic to watch the programmes we make going out on the various channels, and it’s great to see the staff we have trained achieve creative success. I also enjoy brainstorming with really creative people.
What was the best careers advice you were given?
“If you want to see your name on the map - publish your own map."
What advice do you have for current students and new graduates?
Think about the advice I was given! Also, if you really want to do something you need to be prepared to work for nothing for some time, with people who are already doing what you want to do.
What are your plans for the future?
I have many plans, these include; surviving the economic downturn, opening new doors in the digital world, making more programmes for a worldwide audience and seeing Wales as a centre of creative excellence.
What have you done that you are most proud of?
Being a mother to a wonderful daughter whilst building Telesgop, and finding out she wants to be a film editor.
What are your favourite memories of your university years at Swansea?
There are so many! Surfing, my fellow students on the biochemistry course, the inter-college Eisteddfod, beautiful sunny days sat outside Fulton Houses in the long hot summer of 1976, making a hole in the ceiling of the chemistry lab with boiling acid! And finally, riding my Honda 50 motorcycle down Mumbles Road in full leathers!
And finally, describe yourself in 3 words…
Curious, approachable, fair ....I hope!
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