BSc (Hons) Sport, Exercise and Leisure & PGCE in Phyical Education
Primary 6 Teacher
St Patrick's Primary School, The Loup
Ulster University helped me achieve my current career success by...
providing an excellent undergraduate degree course with highly motivating and interesting lecturers.
Activities I was involved in at Ulster to enhance my employability
A key element of the undergraduate course was the placement year I spent working with Primary and Post Primary schools as a Sports Outreach Officer. This sparked my interest in working with children in a professional manner.
As a result of this placement year I later went on to further study of a PGCE in PE.
How placement enhanced my employability
My placement year helped me become more employable as I was given the opportunity to work in an administrative role that involved scheduling coaching sessions. This gave me a great introduction to liaising with schools and clubs and working with a body of coaches.
Top 3 most significant steps on my career path so far
- Once I had completed my undergraduate course I decided I wanted to do some sort of travelling so I thought the obvious choice was to work in the leisure industry abroad. I was lucky enough to get a job working in a Leisure Suite on a Carribbean cruise ship.
- Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed the travelling aspect of the cruise I quickly realised that the leisure industry was not for me. During this cruise I applied to the PGCE in Jordanstown and was delighted when I got a place to begin the following year.
- When I got a one year post to teach in my old Grammar school but got injured. This affected my ability to teach PE so I left to travel during my rehab. I returned to sub in a primary school and I'm still there today and loving it!
What would your advice to students be?
Don't get weighed down by getting on what you think is your ideal career journey. Take the opportunities that come your way, even if you think it's not the dream job. It's all worthwhile experience. You may end up doing something that you never dreamed of.
Enjoy university, try to experience as much of the real world, in as many different ways that you can and with a bit of luck your career will find you!