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Blaine McKenna

BSc (Hona) Sport and exercise sciences & MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology.
Graduated 2015
Football Coach and Coach Educator
China Club Football, Beijing, China.

Ulster University helped me achieve my current career success by...

giving me the knowledge and qualifications that show employers I am competent in my field of work. - Blaine McKenna

My Journey

  • Activities I was involved in at Ulster to enhance my employability

    My strength and conditioning placement was a great experience for me to learn and see what a career in the industry would be like.


    The opportunity to undertake research studies and gain experience giving presentations has been invaluable for me moving forward.


  • How placement enhanced my employability

    Qualifications are brilliant to have on your CV but when you sit down for an interview you need much more than just qualifications. I was asked about times I have put the theory into practice and the challenges and experiences I have faced which my work experience helped with.

  • How study abroad enhanced my employability

    I have not studied abroad but living abroad is brilliant- you learn about your field of study/work, the cultural experiences are amazing, it presents an opportunity to learn a new language, certain travel destinations are more accessible, you make friends from all over the world and you' re more rounded.

  • Top 3 most significant steps on my career path so far

    1. Moving abroad to Kuwait and everything that goes with that professionally, culturally and socially.
    2. Deciding to leave Kuwait and move to Beijing to break into coach education which was a big career goal of mine.
    3. My biggest one may be yet to come as I aim to get into lecturing and have recently applied for a PhD in New Zealand.

What would your advice to students be?

Find a career you are passionate about.

Look at job descriptions for your dream job to see what is required to obtain it and network with people currently in the role.
- Blaine McKenna