Carol Duffy

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Sciences & PGCE in Physical Education
Teacher of Physical Education
St Paul's Academy, London

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

continuously providing me with the support and guidance that I needed to balance both my sport and my studies. Ulster provided me with the skills, qualities and meaningful opportunities which allowed me to gain experience in the field of sport and education which enabled me to develop myself. - Carol Duffy

My Journey

  • Career Timeline

    Activities I was involved in at Ulster to enhance my employability

    Work within the Ulster Sports Outreach Unit - involved an extensive range of volunteering opportunities within sport and education throughout my undergraduate degree.

    Through involvement with the USOU I also gained a number of valuable coaching qualifications as well as getting the chance to network and forge meaningful relationships with outside agencies such as the volunteering organisations 'Volunteer NOW' and 'We Volunteer'.

    Placement within a secondary school during my undergraduate degree.

    Coaching netball and self-defence in local primary schools.

  • Career Timeline

    How placement enhanced my employability

    My placements helped to enhance my employability by allowing me to develop both personally and professionally. They enabled me to put the theory that I had learnt into practice as well as work alongside those in the profession to gain a greater insight into the craft of teaching.

  • Career Timeline

    Top 3 most significant steps on my career path so far

    1. Involvement with the Ulster Sports Outreach Unit enabled me to gain valuable experience in teaching and coaching within sport and education as well as helping me to forge links with external agencies.
    2. Gaining a place on the PGCE in Physical Education taking me one step closer to my desired career goal.
    3. Securing my first full-time permanent teaching post as a teacher of Physical Education at a sports-specialist school in South East London and currently completing my MA in Education with St Mary's, Twickenham.

What would your advice to students be?

When you think there is nothing left to do, just remember, there is always something to do, there are always further ways to better yourself. Learning is endless.

- Carol Duffy