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Charlie Thompson

BA (Hons) Sports Studies & MSC Leisure Management & MBA
Graduated 1999, 2000 & 2002
Corporate Efficiency Manager
Belfast City Council

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

providing me with a solid, well-rounded management and academic foundation through both my general academic studies and through promoting practical industry related assignments and projects. The opportunities to meet a diversity of people while at Ulster allowed me to establish life long professional networks that I continue to use today. - Charlie Thompson

My Journey

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

    Placement should be a compulsory component of all degree programmes I believe as the inexperience is invaluable.


    The practical approach to assignments and reports within the degree and masters programmes really bring the programmes to life.


  • How placement enhanced my employability

    My placement helped me develop key management and people skills that have stayed with me throughout my career and it also helped me to make a more informed decision on my chosen career path.

  • How study abroad enhanced my employability

    It allowed me to experience different people, cultures and attitudes that in my opinion helped me as an individual to open up my own mind to alternative ideas and concepts.

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

    1. Selecting the right placement job with an eye on the future is key.
    2. Never stop developing and diversifying your skill sets.
    3. Signing up for the MBA programme opened up many new opportunities rather than just being seen as a sport and leisure management specialist and it extended my earning potential.

What would your advice to students be?

Always try to plan where you want to get to next in your career path and focus on what steps you need to take to get there.

Build strong relationships and networks in every role you are in so you can continue to utilise these networks as your career develops as good people skills are a critical element for career progression.
- Charlie Thompson