BSc Sport Theory and Practice with a Diploma in Professional Practice & MSc Sport Management (currently)
Ulster University Students Union Sport
Ulster University helped me achieve my current career success by...
Providing me with a clear pathway for my career progress. Affording me the opportunity to learn things outside my comfort zone and become more employable through the experiences throughout my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
Activities I was involved in at Ulster to enhance my employability
Placement with the Ulster University Sports Outreach department gave me valuable work skills for the real world of sports administration and how to handle myself within an office environment.
Modules in sports development, strategic management , politics, and sociology gave me a very firm baseline to expand my knowledge.
How placement enhanced my employability
I took the opportunity to use a split placement to allow me to work for 2 functioning organisations at the same time. Both in sport, however one in the private sector and one in the public sector. The comparisons and contrasts between the organisations showed me the differences between thetwo.
How study abroad enhanced my employability
During the summer between first and second year I took an opportunity to coach in America and it was invaluable to see how the structure of work is. This experience has definitely allowed me to talk freely in interviews about the change in environment abroad compared to the UK
Top 3 most significant steps on my career path so far
- Began a sports development module in 2nd year. This was a topic I got heavily invested in and subsequently brought my career ideas in a more specific direction
- Used the new direction to garner experience in the field of sports development and administration through the IFA, UUSO, KidsActive, UUSU, Council programs, and Volunteer coaching.
- Graduation of uni with intend and success to begin a MSc in sport management.
What would your advice to students be?
Learn how to network from the word go.
Use as many lecturers as you can to aid your personal development . They offer assistance to everyone who shows that they want to progress. Put yourself out there and do the work, and they will help you wherever they can.