Ulster University helped me achieve my current career success by...
giving me the platform to build on my passion for sport and working in the field of sport for development today. The degree course content and delivery was key to enhancing my knowledge and personal development whilst reinforcing my decision to undertake Sport and Exercise Science.
Activities I was involved in at Ulster to enhance my employability
My degree at Ulster provided me with many opportunities to volunteer and get involved with as many sport initiatives as possible.
Everyone will have the degree but it was the additional opportunities that you take that helps set you apart from others when you compete for job vacancies after you graduate.
How placement enhanced my employability
The most beneficial aspect of my time at Ulster, was the opportunity to complete a teaching placement year. I would recommend you to take this opportunity as it allowed me to experience the professional workplace and a chance to make my own decision if that was the right career path.
How study abroad enhanced my employability
Unfortunately I did not partake in any study abroad opportunities, however I have known students who have and I think it adds an extra dimension to your CV if you can show 'global' experience within your field of work. Study abroad in my opinion definitely would make you more employable.
Top 3 most significant steps on my career path so far
- Setback: I experienced the pathway of PE teaching and found out it just wasn't for me. I took time to change my career in sport and gained experience in the community sector and now thoroughly enjoy my role as a Sports Mentor, using sport for social change.
- Further Study: I have found exploring other areas of further study has helped me not only progress my own personal development and knowledge but has also helped me enhance my employability status due to qualifications/experience and being able to grow in the role I'm in currently.
- Taking a risk: I worked as a community liaison officer with the NIHE for 2 years, a complete u-turn from working in sport, however I knew it would be a stepping stone to gaining a position in the field of sport for development.
What would your advice to students be?
Patience - things may not always run smoothly and how you would like, however remain patient and positive to achieve your career goals.
Be motivated - keep reminding yourself why you took your degree in the first place, if like me you have a passion for sport then keep working hard and focused by doing all you can to get where you want to be. You will get there eventually!