Ulster University helped me achieve my current career success by...
exposing me to a variety of different opportunities, environments and situations which opened my eyes to the world of work and gave me fantastic networking opportunities!
Activities I was involved in at Ulster to enhance my employability
My placement year in a school teaching PE taught me a lot about how to handle a range of situations, work under pressure and be extremely organised.
Working part time whilst studying was also very beneficial for me as it taught me a good work ethic, how to be organised and how to manage my time efficiently.
Completing a range of coaching qualifications was also very insightful for me and gave me experience across a range of both individual and team sports.
Ulster Sports Outreach gave me the opportunity to be involved in their LIFE programme which taught me a lot about myself and how to work and coach primary school age children.
How placement enhanced my employability
The work experience I got on placement was essential as future employers want to see that you have work experience outside of your studies and can rise to the daily challenges of the world of work. Placement broadened my horizons and opened my eyes.
How study abroad enhanced my employability
I didn't do any study abroad during my time at University but I have developed networks within professional sports teams both in the UK and USA and know the importance of your work and reputation being globally recognised and valuable.
Top 3 most significant steps on my career path so far
- My placement year was a very significant part of you career journey as it taught me a lot about myself and open my eyes to the world of work. It was the first step on my journey to becoming employable and understanding the working world.
- When I didn't get selected for a PGCE place that door shut for me but I unlocked another one and used my network of contacts and got offered a job with Statsports straight away. With Statsports I got to work with a range of teams in the English Premiership.
- Through working for Statsports I was offered to work with Ulster Rugby where I have now worked for 5 seasons and have input in terms of the physiological, technical and tactical aspects of performance.
What would your advice to students be?
Work hard. What you put into the opportunities you are given is what you will get out. Being known and proving you have a good work ethic is essential.
Keep your options open at University and take the opportunities when they present themselves as the networks and experience you will gain from these are invaluable. Don't stop when you get a negative outcome and admit defeat, adapt the pathway you expected to go on.